It’s the second day of competition for the Victorian All Abilities State team in the Marie Little OAM Shield tournament in Brisbane.
10.15am v NT
1.45 v ACT
3.30pm v SA
Victoria 36 def Northern Territory 5
Victoria started off day two with a convincing win against a less experienced NT side, winning 36-5.
The game saw a number of new combinations that allowed the team to adapt their skills and take on a new role out on court. Bianca and Grace worked seamlessly together in the first half in the attack end, with Grace hitting the top of the circle with power and Bianca feeding strong and direct.
Brooke and Erin dominated the first half in goals, bouncing off each other and being an option if the ball needed to be re-fed out onto the ring. Erin provided a lot of movement in the circle and was constantly reoffering, before utilising her athleticism in wing-attack.
At half time, Victoria held onto to an impressive lead, 19-2, but showed great sportsmanship to the NT side and were extremely encouraging to them as they scored their first goals. Sky and Claire continued to find their groove in defence; being only their first few games together on court.
Kim, Renay and Rachel controlled the ball down the court with ease, taking the chance to work on their team systems, while Emma showcased her dynamic movement in the attack end, pinpoint passing and confident shooting.
Victoria 33 def Western Australia 6
Game four against Western Australia proved to be a tight contest in the first quarter, with Victoria only a few goals ahead. The WA side boasted height across the entire court, particularly in the goaling circle. Claire and Rachel had their work cut out for them but were careful with their passing and kept their opponents out of the ring.
Emma provided great defensive and attacking pressure, keeping the WA defenders on their toes. While Sky worked hard at wing-defence, gaining plenty of tips throughout the middle third.
Renay battled it out with the WA centre, which saw a tough contest as both players took control of the game for their team. While Erin came on into goals in the second half and used her height and speed to get in front of her player to take the shot and work the ball through the centre third.
Emma, Bianca and Brooke combined well in the attack end, with multiple drives to the edge of the circle allowing easy entry into the ring, with Emma streaming in to take the pass. Sky and Rachel took several intercepts throughout the game and capitalised on them to get the ball quickly into the goalers.
The focus for this game was strong drives, good footwork and creating space around the court. Victoria ran away with the game and stretched the lead to gain another successful win, 33-6.
Victoria 41 def Australian Capital Territory 10
Victoria came up against the newcomers in the competition, ACT, who fought hard all game to stick with the VICs. It was fantastic to see the ACT girls become more confident each quarter, develop their skills and the wonderful encouragement from the Victorian girls went a long way.
Erin was on fire with her goals, contributing to majority of the score, as she found space in the ring, drove out of the circle and presented strong holds.
Grace provided defensive efforts down the court with hands over every ball and was very helpful with her opponent to allow her, her first goal for the day. Renay mixed things up in the goal circle, while Kim added another string to her bow in wing-defence and Rachel had a crack at wing-attack using her fast footwork and accurate ball delivery.
Bianca held strong in centre for the entire game, re-offering and guiding play down the court, while Brooke switched ends and took the opportunity to mix up her game in goalkeeper.
Claire and Sky worked their way into the game, maintaining possession of the ball from defence and Emma held strong in goal-shooter, assisting Renay and Erin throughout the game.
In the end, it was a heartfelt and beautiful game to watch as both teams interacted so nicely, and Victoria finished with a 41-10 win.
Victoria 15 def by South Australia 21
Victoria faced South Australia for their final game of day two, in what was the biggest battle thus far. From the very first centre pass, SA came out with immense pressure and intensity that made it clear this team had a great deal of experience with each other.
Victoria fought hard in the first half, trailing by only 5 goals at half time and they were still well in the contest. With a competitive opposition and strong body presence, Rachel and Grace used their speed to work the ball down the court, while Renay remained calm in centre to maintain possession of the ball.
Claire and Sky were up against a tough SA goaling circle but did well to keep their cool and work hard to intercept wayward balls. Kim worked hard on the transverse line, switching up her position on the centre pass.
Victoria kept the score line tight for the first five minutes of the third quarter, and Bianca came on into wing-defence which brought an element of calmness to the side. Brooke and Emma were forced to work extra hard this game, with a dominant defence end that never let them leave their side.
Trailing by five at three-quarter-time, Victoria were able to compete hard and keep the scores even only falling by 6 in the end, 15-21.
Victoria will meet SA in the grand final tomorrow.