Victorian Netball League: Round 8 Wrap

Championship

The Melbourne University Lightning constructed a seven-goal turned around to overthrow the Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels 39-38.

Trailing by six at the final change, Lightning goalers Mikaela Vaughan (26 from 33) and Jess McNamara made their shots counted when they mattered most, leading for the first time with 40 seconds to play and eventually hold on

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for a great win.

The Peninsula Waves kept their season on track with a gritty win over Monash University Storm 38-40.

While both sides struggled for consistency with their shots, the Waves were able to keep the Storm at arm’s length after trailing at quarter time, holding on for the two-goal win.

The Wilson Storage Southern Saints solidified their place in the top four with a hard-nosed, five-goal win over Geelong Cougars.

A 16-goal-to-8 second quarter turned the tide after a quarter time deficit, with Saints midcourter Sarah Wolff plus goalers Rahni Samson (25 from 31) and Liz Nicol (24 from 27) putting the finishing touches on a classy win.

The City West Falcons saw off another challenge in DC North East Blaze, winning 52-37 and keeping their undefeated record intact.

A 16-goal-to-6 opening term set the tone for a consistently attacking four quarter performance that saw the margin extended at every break to ensure a comfortable 13-goal win.

Boroondara Express also flexed their muscle to also keep their unblemished start to the year alive, beating the ACU Sovereigns 63-31.

Like the Falcons, the Express signalled their intentions early with a 16-goal opening quarter, before their defence suffocated any chance of a Sovereigns revival to confirm an emphatic win.

 

Division 1

The Lightning picked up their second straight win, cruising to a 49-34 victory over the Ariels.

A back-and-forth style of play for the game’s majority, 18 goals to five in the first quarter from the Lightning had the Ariels on the ropes early and never recovering.

Peninsula Waves got the job done and find themselves back in the top four after accounting for the Storm 41-31.

Lacking continuity in their attacking third, a lights-out shooting performance from the Waves’ Stacie Proctor (14 from 14) proved the difference in offensive efficiency.

The Falcons needed to coordinate one of the comebacks of the season before taking the points over the Blaze 37-34.

Trailing by double digit margins in the second and third quarters, Falcons midcourter Casey Adamson’s assurance in defense allowed just four goals to the Blaze in the final term. In the circle, Georgia Berry’s (22 from 25) calmness saw City West put up 14 goals in the final quarter, to clinch an amazing win.

A mammoth third quarter scoring run from the Saints saw them victorious over a fast-finishing Geelong side, 53-48.

With both defences under pressure, the Saints put up a whopping 23 goals in the third term, before the Cougars left their run too late to flatter the scoreboard after trailing by 13 goals midway through the final quarter.

The Express bounced back from their first loss inflicted upon them last week, defeating the Sovereigns 39-30.

With both sides managing to do everything but find the bottom of the net (Express 55%, Sovereigns 64%), the Express were the beneficiaries of creating more opportunities to hold on for a nine-goal win.

 

19 & Under

Two quality middle quarters helped the Ariels to an 11-goal win over the Lightning.

While Jacinta Savory (29 from 36) was in solid form for Melbourne University, Danielle Phillips (23 from 25) picked up where she’d left off before the bye along with Lauren Spinks (17 from 17) to be a catalyst in the 52-41 win.

The Waves staved off several attacks from the Storm to emerge victorious 44-40.

Trailing for much of the first three quarters, Waves then made their charge in the fourth quarter and held off a dogged Monash outfit, with Peninsula claiming their third win of the year.

The Falcons recovered from a slow start to powerfully overrun the Blaze in their 47-34 win.

After giving up 15 goals in a sluggish opening 15 minutes, the ladder leaders flexed their muscle on the back of Amelia Brock’s 31 goals from 34 attempts and finished with aplomb to concede just three final quarter goals in the 13-goal win.

The Saints provided the upset of the round with a dominating four-quarter display to put the first digit in the column of the Cougars.

Geelong were made to look a shadow of its former self in spite of both team’s below-par shooting, as the Saints led and extended at every change to comfortably win 46-32.

The Sovereigns returned to the top four for the first time since Round 2 with a fighting 43-36 win over the Express.

With the lead changing hands several times throughout the game, Sovereigns goaler Abbey Ryan (21 from 27) and shooting colleague Sacha McDonald (21 from 26) guided their side to a second straight win.