Victoria finish runners up at the 21/U National Netball Championships after a hard-fought and close encounter with South Australia.
Victoria and South Australia have met in the last three Grand Finals and today’s result was agonising for Victoria.
The first quarter developed into a shootout between Jane Cook (Victoria) and Georgie Virgo (South Australia) as both states traded offensive drives and desperate defence late into the quarter.
Victoria were two goal leaders at the first break and the second quarter again started with Victoria opening the scoring only for South Australia to come back and level the scores.
Victorian goal attack Anastasia Hamill made her presence known in the second quarter slotting multiple goals from distance to take Victoria out to a 19-16 lead.
Good defence was also a feature of the term, however Hamill made the second quarter her own.
Once again the third term began with both teams trading goals in quick succession with the deficit not going beyond three goals.
The pace of play picked up on the back of loud and sustained crowd support as both teams wrestled for superiority.
However the quarter ended with just one goal the difference, ensuring that the final quarter of the week would be a thriller.
South Australia quickly raced to a four-goal lead early on in the last term to make it clear that it was going to take some special play by Victoria to wrestle back the advantage.
However Victoria were unable to run down South Australia, who won a thrilling Grand Final by two goals and celebrated with a team hug on the court to the sounds of loud and sustained applause.
South Australia shooting stats
Georgie Virgo 28/37 (76%)
Chelsea Lemke 16/19 (84%)
Victoria shooting stats
Jane Cook 37/40 (93%)
Anatasia Hamill 4/10 (40%)
Madeline Morrison 1/5 (20%)
Selectors have named six Victorians in the 21/U Australian squad following the 2015 21/U National Netball Championships played on the Sunshine Coast.
The squad of 22 also features 10 athletes currently on ANZ Championship lists.
That includes five Melbourne Vixens’ players, with this year’s 21/U squad will have a training camp in Sydney and play practice matches against the Australian Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns ahead of the Netball World Cup 2015 SYDNEY in August.
Netball Australia thanks the Australian Commonwealth Games Association for its support of the Australian 21/U team through the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad program.
The 2015 Australian 21/U squad is: Gia Abernethy (SA), Kristina Brice (NSW), Kaitlyn Bryce (NSW), Mahalia Cassidy (Queensland), Taylah Davies (NSW/NSW Swifts), Beryl Friday (Queensland/Queensland Firebirds), Hulita Haukinima (Queensland), Madeline Hay (NSW), Cody Lange (SA/Adelaide Thunderbirds) Chelsea Lemke (SA), Maggie Lind (Victoria), Sarah Klau (SA), Emily Mannix (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens), Kristiana Manu’a (NSW/WBOP Magic), Kaylia Stanton (WA/West Coast Fever), Alice Teague-Neeld (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens), Numi Tupaea (WA), Maddy Turner (SA), Georgie Virgo (SA), Chloe Watson (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens), Liz Watson (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens), Jo Weston (Victoria/Melbourne Vixens).