Round 15 – Regional Weekend Wrap
Peninsula Waves v DC North East Blaze @ Patterson River SC
In the 19s, an efficient goal effort from Savaiii Williams (28 from 30), and Eloise Whitcroft (21 from 24) helped the Blaze to a 49-36 win.
In Division 1, the Waves held off multiple advances from the Blaze before holding on for a hard-fought 39-34 win; while in Championship Megan Rosser’s perfect 24 for 24 shooting coming on at quarter time proved to be the difference in the Waves’ 56-45 win.
Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels v Monash University Storm @ Knox Regional Netball Centre
In the 19s, a successful Ariels final play saw the home side pip the Storm at the post for a thrilling 40-39 win. In Division 1, the Storm were simply a class in all facets with a thumping 60-12 victory, but it was much closer in Championship with the Ariels orchestrating a hard-fought come-from-behind effort to close out the 48-45 victory.
Geelong Cougars v ACU Sovereigns @ Christian College
The Geelong 19s almost saw an 11-goal three quarter time disintegrate before their eyes before consolidating late for a tight 45-41 win. In Division 1, the home side shook off an indifferent start with new combinations to hold on for a 51-41 lead, while in Championship, goaler Elle Rice’s 34 for 37 shooting ensured the home side was never head for a comfortable 61-49 win.
Melbourne University Lightning v Boroondara Express @ State Netball & Hockey Centre
In 19s, a blazing second half that included a 17-3 final quarter saw the Lightning prevail strongly 52-24. In Division 1, while Lightning shooter Sophie Gunn was perfect from 28 shots, weight of man power and winners in nearly all areas of the court saw the Express win 50-37. In Championship, the Express overcame a quarter time deficit and multiple lead changes to win the 46-45 thriller.
City West Falcons v Wilson Storage Southern Saints @ Maribyrnong College
In 19s, the Falcons reaped the rewards of a 17-6 opening stanza and Amelia Brock’s 39 goals from 44 attempts to gallop to a 55-35 win. In Division 1, the Falcons were shocked into action after a slow start led by Saints shooter Chloe Curran (25 from 27), before Falcons’ Jane Cook’s (40 from 44) paved the way for a 53-41 win. In Championship, a blitzing offensive performance led by another 40-goal performance Kath Knott (48 from 55) saw the Falcons home 72-47.
Round 16 – Wednesday, May 6 Wrap
Melbourne University Lightning put in one of their more blistering displays of the season to down the ACU Sovereigns 72-44.
Signs were good early after a 20-goal opening term for the Lightning, but the better was to come as Mikaela Vaughn’s 40 goals from 49 attempts continued the onslaught to the club’s biggest win of the year.
Monash University Storm held off a fast-finishing Geelong Cougars to hold on for a gritty 56-54 win.
Storm goaler Janelle Lawson shot a season-high 46 goals from 52 in a match that never saw the margin extend past six. Monash seemed to be cruising, but a smart performance from recent Vixens debutant Alice Teague-Neeld almost stole Geelong the win.
Boroondara Express ensured themselves the double chance come finals time with a crucial 53-48 win over the DC North East Blaze.
With Emma Ryde nailing 39 goals from 41 attempts, the Express’ win puts them an unassailable three goals clear ahead of the third-placed Blaze, whose inefficiency on the front end cost them on multiple occasions.
The Wilston Storage Southern Saints ensured they stayed inside the top four for at least another round with an amazing come-from-behind 42-39 win over the Peninsula Waves.
The Waves had only themselves to blame after jumping to a 17-8 lead at quarter time and lead at the next two changes by five and six goals respectively. The Saints’ defence pulled through conceding just three goals in the final term, as their shooters did the rest to pull of a famous win.
The City West Falcons juggernaut rolled on with a comprehensive 69-44 win over the Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels.
Kath Knott missed out on a fourth consecutive 40-goal performance by just one goal, but it was the midcourt engine room of Maggie Lind, Molly Jovic and Victoria Honner who orchestrated another ruthless Falcons performance.
The Lightning held on for a battle of the cellar-dwellers, fighting hard for a 47-41 win over the Sovereigns.
With the margin rarely exceeding five goals the Lightning were able to hold their advantage at every change to register their fifth win of the season.
The Storm continued their dominant end-of-season form with a confidence-boosting 51-26 win over the Cougars.
Again helped with contributions form all 12 players, the Storm hit their straps in a 15-5 third quarter to blow the game open for the 25-goal victory.
Express goaler Ramayer Gourley’s 44 goals from 46 attempts led the Express to an entertaining 53-41 win over the Blaze.
With great support through the midcourt from Carly Harrison and Ruth Smith in feeding Gourlay under the net, the Express extended at every change to for consecutive wins in a matter of days.
The Waves won through their Round 16 match over the Saints.
Although Saints held their lead on the scoreboard 51 to 37 goals, a technical error from Saints saw the four points awarded to Waves.
A dominating defensive display saw the Falcons suffocate the Ariels for a comprehensive 60-22 win.
Led by defenders Jacqueline Newton and Stephanie O’Nial, the Falcons never conceded any more than seven goals in any quarter – and let in just 15 goals after quarter time – to confirm the minor premiership.
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The Sovereigns held on in a close encounter against the Lightning for an important 51-50 win.
The Sovereigns seemed in control of the match for the best part of three quarters, before a goal-for-goal final term saw the result stretched right to the final minute. The win sees the Sovereigns move a game and a half ahead of the fifth-placed Ariels as they look to book a maiden finals berth.
The Cougars continue their back-end season revival with a strong 48-33 win over the Storm.
With both sides trading blows right up to three quarter time, it took a 16-5 final term led by Hannah van Gemst’s 35 goals from 42 attempts to break the game open in Geelong’s favour.
The Blaze have condemned the Express to the bottom of the ladder for the 2015 season, the former victorious 52-22.
A consistent, four-quarter performance saw the Blaze extend their margin at every change for a big 30-goal win.
The Saints had to pull of a thrilling come-from-behind victory to avoid a serious upset from the Waves, eventually winning 45-42.
It took until the final four minutes of the final quarter for the Saints to finally take the lead after the Waves had held the scoreboard advantage for the best part of three and a half quarters.
The Falcons clicked into gear after quarter time to register another comfortable 54-34 win over the Ariels.
Amelia Brock continued her white-hot form with 42 goals from 47 attempts, while Bridget O’Halloran (12 from 16) provided a brilliant link to Brock and the Falcons’ mid court.