The Victorian Fury continue to assert themselves in the Australian Netball League with a 56-42 goal win over the Victorian Flames on Sunday afternoon.
Billed as match of the round, the intrastate rivalry between the Fury and Flames produced some quality netball at the Waverley Netball Centre with the more experienced Fury side showing their class.
The Fury goaling pair of Alice Teague-Neeld and Stephanie Puopolo were on fire from the first whistle, helping their team to an early five goal advantage within the opening minutes of the match.
Flames defenders Emily Mannix, Kaitlyn Black and Chloe Watson worked hard to stop the quick transition of the Fury outfit and were able to stay in touch at the first break 16-12.
However, Fury asked the question of the younger Flames side in the second quarter with defenders Amy Steel and Johannah Curran creating havoc in the circle; Flames were unable to answer and let the margin blow out 34-22.
Fury controlled the tempo of the match in the third quarter, with quick transitional play and accurate shooting from their front end.
Flames wing attack Ella Priestly continued to create space and open up the court with her drives but had limited opportunity to feed her goals in Jane Cook and Gabrielle Sinclair with Fury’s suffocating defence.
The final quarter was an opportunity for both sides to trial combinations as Flames attempted to pull back the margin with Stacey Northey hitting the court at goal shooter and Melissa Bragg moving to the wing defence position.
Defending champions Fury remain undefeated in the Australian Netball League and will have next weekend off court with a bye, Flames travelling to Hobart to take on the Tassie Spirit.
Teague-Neeld 23/26 – 88%
Puopolo 25/28 -89%
Hoare 8/11 – 72%
Cook 21/22 – 95%
Sinclair 17/19 – 89%
Northey 4/6 – 67%