Victorian Netball League: Round 10 Wrap

Championship

IMG_3729The Wilson Storage Southern Saints toppled Boroondara Express in a top four epic to win 45-47.

With the margin never separating past four goals and the lead changing hands no less than a dozen times after quarter time, it was the Saints who were able to steady through calm shooting to hold on for a well-deserved four points.

The City West Falcons held off a spirited fight from Melbourne University Lightning to keep a hold of top spot winning 49-40.

Lifted by the returns of Vixens defenders Chloe Watson and Emily Mannix, the Falcons were able to establish an early lead to see them past several advances from Lightning to take the win.

The Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels grabbed their first win since Round 3 with a complete 38-53 win over the ACU Sovereigns.

The Ariels rediscovered their pacey ball movement to slice through the Sovereigns defence in the first half, to establish a match winning lead to see them through.

The DC North East Blaze dismantled Monash University Storm to keep their spot in the top four, winning 43-23.

Defender Mary Livsey and mid courter Ella Priestley led the way in their respective areas to hold the Storm to a season-low score.

The Geelong Cougars won their second match on the trot, accounting for Peninsula Waves 43-35.

With Cougars defender Melissa Bragg continuing her good recent form, the Cougars were never headed after jumping to 17-9 quarter time lead and continuing on for the win.

 

Division 1

The Saints sent a message to the competition with a highly efficient performance over the Express, winning 51-41.

Putting together one of the better shooting performance of the competition led by goalers Chloe Curran (33 from 40) and Tess Uptill (18 from 19), the Saints accelerated away in the final quarter to take the 10-goal win.

The Falcons moved two games clear of second place with a comfortable 51-37 win over the Lightning.

With offensive weaponry in no way short of supply, the Falcons enjoyed a double-digit half time lead to hold all the way through to the full time whistle.

The Sovereigns picked up their first win over the season and peeled themselves off the bottom of the ladder with a 43-25 win over Ariels.

Dominant from start to finish, the Sovereigns did more than benefit from the 23 more shots than the Ariels, piecing four complete quarters to ensure the maiden win.

Monash Storm have confirmed themselves as the sleeping giants of the competition, defeating fifth-placed Blaze 38-42.

Coming from behind multiple times in the second half, the Storm piled on the opportunities in the final quarter to secure their fourth win in five matches.

Peninsula Waves almost pulled off one of the great comebacks against the Cougars, with the score eventually locked at 39-all.

The Waves began dismally scoring just three goals in the opening stanza before roaring in the next two quarters to lead by a single goal at the final change. Yet the Waves, despite the early deficit will feel they let one slip, as they missed vital opportunities on a regular basis.

Neither side was able to get it into the circle for a go-ahead goal in the final 30 seconds.

 

19 & Under

A dynamic 18-goal-to-9 second quarter propelled the Wilson Storage Southern Saints to a convincing 45-34 win over the Boroondara Express.

Helped by an even contribution across their midcourt, the Saints’ capitalised on their half time score to keep the Express at bay to solidify their spot in third position on the ladder.

A strangling defensive effort from the City West Falcons recorded yet another comprehensive win, disposing of Melbourne University Lightning 23-52.

Falcons goaler Bridget O’Halloran (24 from 27) lead the way as the standout shooter, as her side extended their lead at every change to secure a big win.

The ACU Sovereigns and Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels played out the second draw of the 2015 season, with scores locked at 43-apiece after 60 minutes of netball.

For the Sovereigns, it was the second draw of their season and will feel disappointed in not being able to hold their lead in the final quarter. The Ariels will feel just the same with goaler Danielle Phillips (32 from 41) missing the go-ahead goal with two seconds to play.

DC North East Blaze started their run home on the right foot, with a scrappy 33-25 win over Monash University Storm.

A tight first quarter set the tone for an error-riddled match, with both sides struggling to move the ball into their scoring circle. Yet it was the Blaze who benefited from more opportunity to run out eight-goal winners.

The Geelong Cougars got back on the winners list following a string of two straight shock losses to overcome the Peninsula Waves 46-40.

Still yet to discover the form that saw them with a win-less record of 7-0 just a week ago, the Cougars battled to hold the Waves at arms’ length with accuracy from goalers Hannah van Gemst (25 from 29) and Mary Waldron (21 from 27).