It was a thrilling night of netball at the Waverley Netball Centre in Melbourne with the Victorian Fury continuing their unbeaten run with an impressive 71-69 goal victory over the NSW Waratahs in double extra time.
With scores locked at the final whistle 56 goals each, Fury and the Waratahs took to the court for an additional 14 minutes of extra time.
But the stalemate could not be broken and with scores again level at 67 goals apiece, the teams went into sudden death in double overtime.
The crucial intercept came from Fury centre and vice-captain Caitlyn Strachan, the ball travelling down court to land in the hands of newly signed Melbourne Vixen Alice Teague-Neeld, the 18-year-old calmly slotted the winning goal and the game was over.
Waratahs held the ascendancy for much of the match with goal shooter Kristina Brice proving to be a strong target up forward scoring 46 goals for the match.
Brice was well supported by goal attack Leah Shoard who had 20 goals to her name before leaving the court in the final quarter with an injury.
Fury made a raft of changes to the line-up in the second and third terms as coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell searched for a winning combination.
Teague-Neeld lead the charge up forward for the Fury, with wing attack Kelsey Browne providing the dynamic movements, the Victorian outfit began to find their groove in the third quarter and pulled themselves back into the match.
Defender Jo Weston eventually moved onto Waratahs shooter Brice and was key in helping generate a number of turnovers in the defensive end. With support from Amy Steel and Michaela Wilson they were able to nullify her effect on the scoreboard.
Fury remain undefeated in the 2014 Australian Netball League with their final round match tomorrow against second placed Queensland Fusion.
Hoare 20/21 @95%
Puopolo 21/26 @81%
Teague-Neeld 30/33 @ 91%
Brice 46/51 @90%
Shoard 20/24 @83%
Sommerville 3/6 @50%
The Victorian Flames suffered a 16 goal loss at the hands of second placed Queensland Fusion going down 60-44 at Waverley Netball Centre.
The Flames will look to tomorrows match against the NSW Waratahs for the win as they look to secure a place in the 2014 ANL Finals Series.
Fusion goal shooter and Queensland Firebirds latest recruit Gretel Tippett was outstanding for the visitors, nailing 41 from 51 attempts in just three quarters of netball. Her athleticism and strength proved difficult for the Flames defensive end throughout the match.
For Flames young shooter Jane Cook held her own for three quarters alongside fellow goaler Gabrielle Sinclair (21/24), however Fusion’s rate of scoring was simply too much and Flames will have to look to combat a similar strength NSW outfit tomorrow in Melbourne.
Cook 20/22 @91%
Sinclair 21/24 @88%
Northey 3/9 @33%
Tippett 41/51 @80%
Wood 10/13 @77%
Koenen 5/7 @71%
Wells 4/6 67%