Victorian Netball League: Round 7 Wrap

Championship

DC North East Blaze and the Wilson Storage Southern Saints played out a top four thriller, with the former taking the points by a single goal.

In a fast-paced physical match, the Saints mounted a comeback after trailing by as much as seven in Mannix VNL R7the third quarter. Despite taking the lead at three quarter time, the Blaze wrestled back for the smallest of margins to hold on for a gritty 49-48 win.

The already-dominant Falcons had the luxury of welcoming back Melbourne Vixens young guns Emily Mannix and Chloe Watson to strengthen their defence against the Ariels.

The damage was done on the front end, with Kath Knott (37 from 38) the chief destroyer, as the Falcons secured win number six on the trot, 61-40.

Monash Storm brought themselves back to within a game of the top four, accounting for the Cougars 40-38.

With Vixens goaler Alice Teague-Neeld in for her first 2015 VNL appearance, the Storm defence led by wing defence Alicia Janz stood tall when it mattered, seeing off multiple chances to claim the premiership points.

The Express powered to their fifth straight win, overcoming a spirited Peninsula outfit 47-35.

Boroondara powered away with strong second and fourth quarters, leading at every change to stay level at the top of the table with City West Falcons.

Melbourne University Lightning sent a message to the competition with a clinical display to defeat ACU Sovereigns 68-29.

A 21-goal opening quarter set the tone for the match as Lightning goaler Mikaela Vaughan finished with a season-high 52 goals from 67 attempts as her side jumped up to sixth spot with their massive win.

 

Division 1

With the excuse of the first ten minutes of the match, the Saints will happily claim the points over the Blaze.

The Blaze put the first eight goals on the board in the opening term, before the Saints fashioned a complete overhaul from quarter time onwards. They would take the lead just after half time before putting the game beyond doubt early in the final term, eventually winning 51-41.

The Falcons juggernaut rolled on in emphatic fashion, dismantling the Ariels with a 49-16 win.

Falcons captain Toni Lind was exceptional at wing attack as the Falcons’ held the Ariels to a solitary goal in the opening quarter to open up a gap at the top of the table.

The Express had their colours lowered, and, with that, had inflicted their first loss upon them, falling to the Waves 45-40.

In a tight, tense top four clash, the Waves were able to push their advantage in the latter stages of the second and third quarters, and held their nerve against multiple attacks to secure a very satisfying win.

The Lightning moved themselves away from the bottom of the ladder, recording their first win of the season, defeating Sovereigns 44-39.

Melbourne University made a late charge in third quarter, after the Sovereigns held the lead for much of the match. Under-manned, the Sovereigns wilted as the Lightning took their chances to turn a three-quarter deficit into a five-goal win.

The Storm kept their season on track with an entertaining 50-45 win over the Cougars.

Led by wing attack Mel Perez, the Storm capitalised on repeat missed chances from their Geelong counterparts to hold for the much-needed four points.

 

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The Saints shook off a three-game losing streak to cement their spot inside the top four, defeating Blaze 42-32.

Despite trailing at quarter time, the Saints constructed a game-breaking 14-6 second quarter, before cruising to their fourth victory of the season.

The Falcons responded in perfect fashion to their loss to Geelong last week, with an emphatic 55-36 win over the Ariels.

A red hot first half broke the game open for the second-placed Falcons who were able to shift the gear to cruise control for the 19-goal win.

Geelong have made it seven wins from seven starts seeing off another top four threat in the form of Monash to win 37-22.

Both defences enjoyed plenty of loose ball in an error-riddled match; a 47% shooting performance from Monash the key area that Cougars ultimately made them pay for.

The Express got their first win of the season, with an impressive performance over the Waves, winning 40-33.

Strong first and third quarters led by in-form goal shooter Chloe Coffin (23 from 31) helped established and maintain the lead as the Express rolled onto their maiden win.

The Sovereigns pushed themselves back towards top four contention, overcoming the Lightning to win 51-47.

With several lead changes, and the Lightning leading by as much as six goals twice in the third quarter, the Sovereigns’ mid court lifted in the final term to push ahead from a 34-all three quarter time score line to grab their first win in four matches.