Game One – Victorian Flames (49) def NSW Blues (45)
The Victorian Flames came away with their first win in Melbourne for the season with a 49-45 goal victory over the NSW Blues at Waverley Netball Centre on Saturday night.
It took the Flames four minutes to put a goal on the scoreboard but once they found their feet they were able to fight back to level the scores at the first break.
Defender Emily Mannix generated a number of turnovers to help get back her team back into the match with centre Ella Priestley doing a power of work up front in the Flames attacking end.
The home side pushed out their lead in the second term with goal shooter Stacey Northey nailing nine goals form as many attempts with support from goal attack Gabrielle Sinclair.
Melissa Bragg proved to be a handy option at wing defence, pulling off a number of intercepts and helping establish a four goal margin at half time.
The third term saw the Blues bring on shooter Kiera Austin with immediate impact. The NSW side moved the ball swiftly and were able to bring the deficit back to a manageable two goals.
The final term saw Flames make changes to their front line with 198cm shooter Jane Cook bought on to provide the taller option and Lara Dunkley moving into the centre position.
The positional switches helped Flames establish a comfortable buffer and they never looked back, eventual winners over the Blues 49-45.
Northey 24/28 – 86%
Sinclair 18/22 – 81%
Cook 7/7 – 100%
Russell 12/15 – 80%
Pearce 19/25 – 76%
Austin 14/15 – 95%
Game Two – Victorian Fury 53 def Southern Force 51
The Victorian Fury remain undefeated in the 2014 Australian Netball League season coming away with the all-important points against a gallant Southern Force outfit on Saturday night.
A cliff hanger that went right down to the wire, it was the calmer and more experienced heads in the Fury outfit that allowed the Victorians to overcome the South Australian side 53-51 goals.
With Force leading for most of the match, Fury coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell made the move to bring Erin Hoare into the match at half time and shift Kelsey Browne into her more favoured wing attack position.
The move paid dividends with Browne’s slick feeding skills on show with Hoare’s athletic ability under the post, she went on to score 22 goals in a half of netball.
Fury’s defensive pairing of Jo Weston and captain Johannah Curran worked well to contain Thunderbirds shooting duo of Laura Packard and Cody Lange for three quarters, with Force introducing Georgie Virgo for the last quarter.
The final term had it all as scores remained tight and players on edge. Caitlyn Strachan was a steadier for the Fury’s transitional play and had a heavy presence in the defensive end with Elle Bennetts.
Fury and Flames will be back on court tomorrow at Waverley Netball Centre for the all Victorian clash at 12noon.
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Puopolo 19/20 – 95%
Teague-Neeld 12/15 – 80%
Hoare 22/26 – 85%
Lange 20/24 – 83%
Packard 26/35 – 74%
Virgo 5/8 – 63%