The Victorian Fury have defeated Queensland Fusion in the Australian Netball League semi finals at Waverley Netball Centre, Saturday 25 July.
A strong start saw Victorian Fury (15) lead Queensland Fusion (7) at quarter time.
The ball travelled quickly through the mid-court, with Ryde and Teague-Neeld in the goal circle ready to score.
Weston and Themann were synonymous up the other end, working well together and demonstrating the importance of communication.
By half time, Victorian Fury had stretched the margin to 10-goals.
Going into the third quarter, both sides shuffled their players and the semi final saw a new dynamic.
Ella Priestley came off the bench ahead of the third quarter and played WA, while Kelsey Browne moved to C. Elle Bennetts took a deserved rest on the bench.
Queensland Fusion Head Coach Jenny Brazel brought Madeline Walsh off the court, which saw Hulita Haukinima move into GD. Cara Koenen and Abigail Latu-Meafou switched bib patches and played GA and GS respectively.
Despite the changes to the Fusion line-up, Victorian Fury maintained their lead after the third quarter, 45-28.
Elle Bennetts came off the bench for the final quarter of play, replacing Shannon Eagland in WD. Gabby Sinclair also came onto the court for the first time in the semi final, playing GA while Teague-Neeld took the bench.
The final whistle blew with the scoreboard reading 62-37 in Victorian Fury’s favour.
Head Coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell said the win was no ‘walk in the park’.
“No semi final is never a walk in the park and each quarter is a challenge.”
“We’re really proud today that we were able to put together four quarters, winning each quarter,” said Keppich-Birrell.
Looking ahead to the Grand Final tomorrow, Keppich-Birrell said the team is prepared for either scenario – WA or SA.
“Once we see the winners out of the next semi final, we can set in place our game plan for tomorrow.”
“You’ve got to be in it to win it; that’s the plan.”
The 2015 Australian Netball League Grand Final will be held at Waverley Netball Centre tomorrow from 12pm, with the preliminary final beforehand from 10am.
Victorian Fury v Queensland Fusion
Q1: 15-7, Q2: 28-18, Q3: 45-28, Q4: 62-37
Emma Ryde 42/47 (90%)
Alice Teague-Neeld 14/19 (74%)
Gabby Sinclair 6/6 (100%)