Bupa VNL Round 13 Report

19/U

Wilson Storage Southern Saints 45 def by 56 Peninsula Waves

Ariels 33 def by 56 City West Falcons

Geelong Cougars 59 def 45 DC North East Blaze

Hawks Netball 46 def by 50 Selkirk Sovereigns

Melbourne University Lightning 34 def by 68 Boroondara Express

Peninsula Waves cemented their spot in second position on the ladder after their clash against Wilson Storage Southern Saints. Goal Defender Eliza McGuigan was crucial for the Waves, continuously stopping the Southern Saints’ opportunities for goal. The Waves’ attack was also first rate with Wing Attack Samantha Waters feeding the ball down the court effortlessly. Waves are in good practice for when they will take on the third ranked Geelong Cougars in Round 14.

Ariels played a high standard of netball after only two days recovery from their Round 12 home game. Unfortunately for Ariels, some missed opportunities at goal could not compare to the City West Falcons’ 90% accuracy. Nonetheless, Ariels worked soundly together as a team and continue to demonstrate consistent improvement as the season progresses.

Geelong Cougars and DC North East Blaze played with a point to prove on Wednesday night. The two teams are likely to face each other in the finals series and as such, this match acted as a finals’ preview for spectators. The Cougars took a five-goal lead in the first quarter which they continued to build on throughout the game. Despite solid defensive pressure from Blaze, Cougars ended the game 14 goal victors.

Selkirk Sovereigns are moving from strength to strength with each round of the Bupa VNL. After an impressive win over the reigning premiers last week, Sovereigns maintained their strong game play as they defeated Hawks Netball.

Boroondara Express continue to flaunt their finals’ aspirations with a 34 goal win over Melbourne University Lightning. Express defender Ella Spencer stole the limelight with an excellent performance in the goal circle. The Express appear unstoppable with only one loss to date this season, although, they are faced with a tough draw in the next few rounds. Fellow finals hopefuls Peninsula Waves and Selkirk Sovereigns are coming off an extensive winning streak and will undoubtedly put up a strong contest against the Boroondara squad.

 

Division One

Wilson Storage Southern Saints 50 def by 54 Peninsula Waves

Melbourne University Lightning 53 def 34 Boroondara Express

Hawks Netball 31 def by 59 Selkirk Sovereigns

Geelong Cougars 48 def by 58 DC North East Blaze

Ariels 34 def by 64 City West Falcons

With Wilson Storage Southern Saints and Peninsula Waves sitting neck and neck on the ladder, a win was critical for both teams to keep their finals dreams alive. The Waves achieved a seven-goal lead in the second quarter, largely due to the quality shooting efforts from Jordyn Barnett and Alex Maher. While the Southern Saints were able to close the gap to just four goals by three quarter time, the Waves came out victorious.

Boroondara Express experienced a tough loss to Melbourne University Lightning with Express’ goal shooter Tess Linkins suffering a devastating injury in the first quarter. The Lightning took an early lead helped by defender, Hannah Orval who continued to impress after being promoted from the 19/U squad. Down the other end of the court, Tarnee Adams and Rebecca Winch worked seamlessly together in the ring for the Lightning.

The Lightning are looking noticeably stronger compared to when they faced the City West Falcons in Round 4. The two clubs are sure to put on a powerful performance when they revisit each other next week.

Selkirk Sovereigns bounced back after their demoralising loss to the Geelong Cougars in Round 12. The resilient team took out an important victory over Hawks Netball with the 28-goal win largely attributed to the defensive pressure from Goal Keeper Rachel Leader. The Sovereigns were able to restrict Hawks’ opportunities for goal, despite missing six of their regular players this week. Unfortunately for the Hawks, they have been knocked from their top position on the ladder after this match. While it is certainly possible for them to regain this post, they will be put to the test in the coming weeks.

After a draw between Geelong Cougars and DC North East Blaze in Round 5, the two teams faced each other again with the Diamond Creek club prevailing as 10 goal victors. Blaze midcourter, Samantha Coppinger once again drew the attention of the umpires and received three MVP votes while, Rebecca Colwell was also in fine form, shooting 36 goals from 37 attempts.

City West Falcons’ Goal Attack, Andrea Tai was excellent in the goal circle against the Ariels, with defenders Grace Rogers and Sonia Harris putting up a commendable fight to help their team to a 30-goal win.

 

Championship

Geelong Cougars 58 def 53 DC North East Blaze

Wilson Storage Southern Saints 39 def by 47 Peninsula Waves

Melbourne University Lightning 50 def 45 Boroondara Express

Ariels 38 def by 71 City West Falcons

Hawks Netball 67 def 32 Selkirk Sovereigns

The game of the night took place between the Geelong Cougars and DC North East Blaze with only one goal separating the two teams for the majority of the match, before the Cougars ran away with a five-goal win. Blaze shooters shot at a remarkable 98% accuracy rate; as a team, they missed one goal for the entire game.

Wilson Storage Southern Saints and Peninsula Waves displayed an excellent standard of netball. Both teams boasted star players on their line up; Rahni Samason and Sharni Lambden donned the Peninsula dress, while Melbourne Vixens’ midcourter Khao Watts played for the Southern Saints as she continues to recover from injury. After three highly intense quarters, the Waves sat one goal ahead. In the final quarter, they were able to extend their lead to secure an eight-goal win.

Melbourne University Lightning and Boroondara Express played a highly competitive game, despite being ranked 2nd and 9th on the Championship ladder respectively. With the return of Vic Fury captain Lara Dunkley, the Express matched the intensity brought forth by the Lightning to sit equal at quarter time. Express defender Karli Foster performed brilliantly against Lightning shooter and Vic Fury vice-captain, Mikaela Vaughan. While Express won the second half of the game, an 18 goal second quarter allowed the Lightning to triumph by five.

Ariels looked strong as they took on the City West Falcons. Defenders Monique Clark and Jayde Aron continued to please spectators with their solid pressure against star Falcons’ shooters Tahnysha Salanoa and Jane Cook. Unfortunately for the Ariels, famously strong defenders Zoe Davies and Anger Akec were playing to their best ability and greatly restricted any chances the Ariels had with the ball. After this win, the Falcons have broken into the top four positions on the ladder. However, they will be put to the test in Round 14 as they face the Melbourne University Lightning.

Hawks Netball maintained their dominance in the Bupa VNL after a 35-goal win over the Selkirk Sovereigns. Their strong performance allowed the Hawks Division One player, Enya Broadley, to make her Championship debut. Even with their young additions, the Hawks’ experience as a team was evident. Lil O’Sullivan and Nat Billings commanded the court and read game play expertly. The Hawks remain on top of the Championship ladder as they head into Round 14.