Game One – Victorian Flames v Southern Force
The Victorian Flames have suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of the Southern Force, eventually going down to the visitors 54-49 goals at Waverley Netball Centre.
In a frantic first term with a number of turnovers for both sides it was the final five minutes where Force were able to assert their ascendancy and great a five goal margin.
Andrea Tai hit the court for Flames in the second term with immediate impact, however left the court towards the end of the quarter with a knee injury.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds shooting combination of Laura Packard and Cody Lange proved troublesome for Flames defenders Emily Mannix and Kaitlyn Black, maintaining their advantage 27-23 at the major break.
Flames continued to push in the third term with the tempo of the game fluctuating for most of the quarter, the home side fought back to be within two goals.
The final term bought out some quality netball from both teams as no one wanted to give an inch to their opponent.
Flames pulled the margin back to one goal but with four minutes remaining, Force goal defender Maddy Turner took a game changing intercept and Force continued to score, eventually coming away winners 54-49.
Cook 31/34 – 91%
Sinclair 14/21 – 67%
Tai 4/4 – 100%
Lange 32/40 – 80%
Packard 21/25 – 84%
Lemke 1/5 – 20%
Game Two – Victorian Fury v NSW Blues
The Victorian Fury produced their third consecutive victory of the season tonight with a comprehensive 66-37 goal win over the NSW Blues tonight at Waverley Netball Centre.
Fury goal attack Alice Teague-Neeld set the pace early for the defending champions with dynamic play in the attacking end and also getting hands to a number of defensive tips.
With some great feeds from Melbourne Vixens midcourt Caitlyn Strachan, Fury were able to push out to a 20-7 goal margin at the first break.
The Fury defenders continued to apply pressure to the younger Blues side, with Amy Steel and Jo Weston combining well in the defensive circle against shooters Claudia Russell and Kiera Austin.
Up by 18 goals at the main break, Fury coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell made a number of changes to her side, making use of her entire team of 12 athletes.
Johannah Curran provided great leadership for her team in the second half, with shooter Steph Puopolo nailing 23 from 25 goals in three quarters of netball.
With the game out of reach, the Blues continued to work towards bringing the margin back but Fury had an answer for each challenge and maintained a comfortable advantage to bring home the win.
Nalder 18/26 – 69%
Teague-Neeld 17/20 – 85%
Puopolo 23/25 – 92%
Hoare8/13 – 62%
Russell 9/12 – 75%
Austin 7/8 – 88%
Pearce 20/11 – 91%
Marshall 11/18 – 61%
Remaining games ANL Round Three– Waverley Netball Centre
Victorian Flames v Netball NSW Blues
Saturday 19 July, 7.00pm
Victorian Fury v Southern Force
Saturday 19 July, 8.30pm
Victorian Fury v Victorian Flames
Sunday 20 July, 12.00pm