Fury claim minor premiership

The Victorian Fury have finished the Australian Netball League season with two wins to cement their spot on-top of the ANL ladder.

The Fury looked to claim a big win in their first game against the Southern Force, with a 17-7 first quarter, thanks to some impressive defence from Ramayer Gourley and Alice Coakley.

Maintaining and extending the lead throughout the next two quarters, at three-quarter-time the Fury lead 43-32.

However, they were not home yet, with a mammoth 22 goal haul from the Force seeing them fall just short, with the Fury holding on for a one goal win, 55 – 54.

After starting slowly Force shooter, Jane Cook, had a stellar game, scoring 47 goals, including 18 in the final quarter.

In their match on Sunday, the Fury again got out to a fast start against the Force, leading 16-11 at the first break.

It was almost a case of deja-vu, with the Force clawing their way back into the match to trail by just one goal at three-quarter-time, 42-41.

But the Victorian side rallied in the final quarter, with defender Maddy Balson keeping her opponent to just one goal for the period and helping secure the win for the Fury 55-49.

The Fury’s shooters were again on-song, with the trio of Rahni Samason, Kate Thompson and Stephanie Puopolo, shooting at 80% across the two games.

The two wins see the Fury claim the minor premiership, getting one step closer to their fifth-straight premiership.

The Fury will head to Perth next week to contest the finals, along with the Canberra GIANTS, Western Sting and Queensland Fusion.