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Top 15 SSN training partners: #6 Allie Smith

WITH a number of netball leagues across the world being suspended due to COVID-19, the Draft Central team is making a case for the top 15 training partners stepping up to the Suncorp Super Netball plate in 2020. Coming in at number six is Melbourne Vixens midcourter, Allie Smith. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration recent form, individual potential and future development.

A crucial midcourter through the star-studded Victorian Fury outfit which won the Australian Netball League premiership last season and having gone two from two with a Geelong Cougars premiership in the Victorian Netball League, Smith is well and truly used to the winning mentality. A talented speedster with quick feet and impressive agility, the Geelong product is only 20 years old with plenty of star power in the making. Typically a midcourt defender with the ability to drop back into the goal circle, Smith can also take on the centre bib when required to have an impact in attack, with her versatility certainly something the Vixens can build up to be a handy extra cog on court. 

Smith has plenty of potential with her timing and vision down the court, while her speed and constant pressure allows her to be a threat both inside and outside the goal circle. Coming from a defensive background, Smith is able to turn on the defensive gears up the court to turn over the ball with ease, using her speed and game smarts to chase down the loose ball and combine with defenders and attackers alike. Now in her second season training alongside the likes of Kate Moloney, Liz Watson and Jo Weston, Smith has plenty of opportunity to further develop her craft in the coming season.


#15 Ashlee Unie (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
#14 Ruby Barkmeyer (Melbourne Vixens)
#13 Tippah Dwan (Queensland Firebirds)
#12 Matisse Letherbarrow (GIANTS Netball)
#11 Chelsea Blackman (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
#10 Sunday Aryang (West Coast Fever)
#9 Latika Tombs (GIANTS Netball)
#8 Sharni Lambden (Collingwood Magpies)
#7 Jacqui Newton (Melbourne Vixens)
#6 Allie Smith (Melbourne Vixens)

SSN training partners to watch in 2020

WITH the Suncorp Team Girls Cup announced and the Suncorp Super Netball season creeping up we take a look at one key training player from each team to watch over the season.

Adelaide Thunderbirds: Charlee Hodges (GA/GS)
Hodges is returning home after a stint in the ANZ Premiership in 2019 with the Northern Stars where she was a key cog in the attacking third. The talented goaler took her game play to another level last season using her silky movement and strong drives across the court to full effect. She will have to work on her accuracy and volume to post often fading in and out of games but that development will come with further exposure to the highest level and confidence. The goal attack can be a real playmaker in the goal circle with her deft touch and high netball IQ to read the play and deliver carefully crafted passes into the circle.

Collingwood Magpies: Brooke Allan (GK/GD)
She is a real excitement machine down back and has a plethora of skills in the defensive circle. Allan uses her height to impose herself on the court with her lean over the shot a key aspect of her game play. The tenacious defender is not afraid to back herself and could be a star of the future for the Pies with her read of the play and quick feet in the circle to continuously get hands to ball. Allan can switch between keeper and goal defence effortlessly making the most of her deceptive speed to gain control of the ball and propel it back down the court.

GIANTS: Matisse Letherbarrow (GS/GA)
At the ripe age of 18, Matisse Letherbarrow has made the switch from the Swifts to the GIANTS and could be a handy inclusion if called up. While the goal shooter is on the shorter side at 188cm, she is an exceptional mover and her accuracy to post is second to none. Her continued development and strength on the take will be key for the talented shooter who is not afraid to go to post from range. She has a high netball IQ able to identify the space with ease and change up her game play from a holding shooter to a moving one in the blink of any eye showcasing her talent.

Melbourne Vixens: Allie Smith (WD/GD)
Smith has untapped potential with the young defender plying her trade in the lesser leagues and hoping to bring that ruthless intent to the Vixens line-up. she is a real go-getter type of player throwing herself at every ball that comes her way and using her dynamic footwork to clog up space both in the middle and defensive thirds. Her versatility is a strong point of her game play along with her netball smarts to sense the moment and hunt for an intercept.

NSW Swifts: Tayla Fraser (WA/C)
Fraser has already made a name for herself on the Suncorp Super Netball stage, taking the competition by storm in the latter half of the season with her dynamic movement but will be looking to go one better in 2020. Although costly at times with ball-in-hand credit to her inexperience, the talented midcourter works tirelessly in the attacking third to find the circle edge and deliver bullet like passes into the goal circle. She uses her speed and change of direction to evade defenders and cause havoc in the attacking third making her an exciting prospect for the Swifts.

Queensland Firebirds: Rudi Ellis (GK/GD)
The talented defender has plenty of knowledge and experience having been with the Vixens for the past couple of years which can she bring to the young Firebirds line-up. Ellis is light on her feet able to cover the court with ease and uses her long reach to disrupt the flow of play time after time. The young defender backs herself with cross-court balls often out hunting for intercepts. She is versatile able to move from keeper to goal defence seamlessly and help with transition play down the court.

Sunshine Coast Lightning: Sienna Allen (GK/GD)
The young defender will add another element to the Lightning’s already stacked defence end with her read of the play and solid movement across the court. She still has plenty of development left in her, given her young age but her potential is endless.

West Coast Fever: Sunday Aryang (GK/GD)
The lanky defender is relatively unknown still but has plenty of potential with her defensive pressure and quick feet key attributes of her game. Her ability to confuse the space and use her lean over the shot to disrupt the flow in attack is impressive. She works tirelessly to win the ball back and create turnovers to give her side a chance to stay in the contest.

VIC M-League 2019: Mixed Premier/Div 1 League preview – Grand Final

BOTH mixed M-League grand finals are set to be big ones with two undefeated sides heading into the final match for the season as favourites in their respective divisions. Geelong Cougars come in as the underdogs but had an unprecedented week off last week so are sure to take it to Parkville Panthers while Ariels Mixed managed a close win last week but do not have a great record against Fitzroy Phoenix this season. With both matches played side by side on courts one and two, the mixed grand finals are sure to impress.

Vic M-League 2019
Mixed Premier Division – Grand Final

Parkville Panthers v. Geelong Cougars

Parkville Panthers have a real opportunity to go back-to-back this week as they enter their second grand final in as many seasons. Panthers finished at the top of the ladder and will have plenty of confidence on their side thanks to two wins over Geelong this season. Geelong come into this match after a week off and with some great coaching minds among the side this could be a massive boost, given the side had a good chance to watch their opposition in action last week and not only pick up on moves but formulate some plays to use against the Panthers. It will be a real battle of shooting lineups with both teams boasting plenty of accuracy and speed down to circle edge, with the likes of Geelong’s Brayden Pastore and Julia Woolley able to create an even share of shots thanks to the feeding skills of Vanessa Augustini, Jake Noonan and Allie Smith, all of whom can rotate through the midcourt where required. While Geelong flourish with consistency to post, Panthers have the ability to switch it up in the circle with Uneeq Palavi, Brodie Roberts, Corey Nexhip and Amy Starzer all able to impact the contest. Key defenders, Sarah Szczykulski and Luke Rawlings have created a formidable defence-line this season but with Rawlings having been out of the side in recent weeks it will be interesting to see whether he makes a return or Jake Dambrauskas takes the court. For Panthers, Dylan Nexhip had his timing down to a ‘T’ last week, playing out the match in goal keeper alongside Georgette Paatsch, with the pair combining well to create an impeccable defensive wall. Through the midcourt it will be an interesting tussle with Panthers’ Riley Richardson, Elle McDonald and Casey Adamson against Geelong’s impressive speed and feeds down the court. While Panthers won both battles this season, the Cougars came agonisingly close in their first match back in Round 2, going down by only four goals and proving that they have the ability to come out on top if they can deny precious ball down the court.

Vic M-League 2019
Mixed Div 1 – Grand Final

Fitzroy Phoenix v. Ariels Mixed

Fitzroy Phoenix are sure to come into this match with plenty of confidence, dominating all season and ultimately beating Ariels by solid margins both times they met this season, beating them by 32 goals in Round 1 and 15 in Round 10. Ariels will look to go one better again this time and at least reduce the margin once more. Phoenix had a great undefeated season in 2018 but fell at the final hurdle so will be keen to erase last season’s memories and put one final win on the board to end the season on the ultimate high.

2019/20 Australian Netball Youth Cup squad selected

A 24-athlete strong 2019/20 Australian Netball Youth squad has been announced ahead of the 2021 Netball World Youth Cup in Suva, Fiji.

Based off performances across a variety of leagues across Australia, the Youth Cup Squad hosts a wealth of talent with eight Suncorp Super Netball-signed players among those selected, including Queensland Firebirds’ Macy Gardner and GIANTS Netball’s Matilda McDonell.

Other names among the squad selected are New South Wales born Sophie Dwyer, Claire Iongi and Matisse Letherbarrow and Victorian-based Sacha McDonald and Allie Smith, all of whom played in the 2019 Australian Netball League Grand Final, with Dwyer named player of the match for her efforts. Young guns Sunday Aryang (Western Australia) and Chelsea Blackman (South Australia) both also had the opportunity to prove themselves on the big stage in 2019, taking the court as injury replacement players for West Coast Fever and Adelaide Thunderbirds, respectively. Duo-code athlete Maggie Caris has also been selected, so will look to share the load with her Under 18 Aussie rules commitments with hopes to head to the 2020 AFL Women’s Draft alongside netball dreams.

With plenty of young talent well and truly holding their own against high calibre and experienced players, Australia could have a real chance at winning the cup for the first time since 2009, with the past two World Cup victories going to New Zealand in 2013 and 2017.

2019/20 Australian Netball World Youth Cup Squad

Nyah Allen – South Australia

Sunday Aryang – Western Australia

Lucy Austin – South Australia

Chelsea Blackman – South Australia

Maggie Caris – Victoria

Georgia Dent – South Australia

Sophie Dwyer – New South Wales

Macy Gardner – Queensland

Kimberley Hearnden – South Australia

Georgie Horjus – South Australia

Clare Iongi – New South Wales

Matisse Letherbarrow – New South Wales

Sacha McDonald – Victoria

Matilda McDonell – New South Wales

Annie Miller – New South Wales

Hannah Mundy – Victoria

Tyler Orr – South Australia

Martina Reekers – Queensland

Maddison Ridley – Victoria

Trinity Rond – Western Australia

Amy Sligar – New South Wales

Allie Smith – Victoria

Tayla Williams – South Australia

Sarahpheinna Woulf – Queensland

With plenty of talented names in the mix, selectors will have a hard time cutting down the list to make a formal squad selection ahead of August 2020, when the final squad will be announced to represent Australia.

Vic M-League 2019: Mixed Premier Division weekly wrap – Round 9

ROUND 9 saw the final round before the Mixed Premier Division reverts back to the beginning of the fixture, with NNE Vipers having the final bye for the first half of the season. Unsurprisingly Parkville Panthers still sit atop the ladder undefeated, while St Therese had another tough week at the bottom of the ladder.

With plenty happening on every court this week, there were two big margin results with Panthers delivering Melbourne City Blackhawks a 42 goal deficit (30-72) while Valley Wolves came to play with new uniforms and intensity to boot, defeating St Thereses by 22 goals (42-66). Continuing the trend of twos, DDNA went down by only two goals in a feisty contest against Pasifika Sharks (62-64), with the ball ping-ponging back and forth down the court as both teams fought for momentum.

The final match of the round saw Geelong Cougars take on Eastside Sonics in a much closer match than the first quarter would suggest, with the Sonics going down 52-44. Geelong raced away to an impressive 11 goal lead at quarter time, dominating the first quarter with the likes of Sarah Szczykulski exceptional in at goal keeper keeping the ball well away from Sonics’ Jack Carpenter and forcing valuable ball over the goal line. While Carpenter stole back plenty of ball in the second half, Szczykulski’s effort was key for the Cougars extending their early lead. Szczykulski worked well with Luke Marko Rawlings early, confusing the space well and creating turnover opportunities for the Cougars. After a sloppy first quarter the Sonics were unwilling to go down without a fight, winning the second quarter to narrow the margin. It was to no avail, however, still going down by eight goals with the teams shooting an even 23 goals apiece in the second half. Samara Harris was a workhorse through the midcourt for Sonics, keeping up with Victorian Netball League’s (VNL) Allie Smith in centre and creating plenty of opportunity for her side to get back into the contest, while Jesse Failla was a force to be reckoned with in wing attack, using his speed off the mark to create movement through attack. In goals for Geelong were formidable duo, Brayden Pastore and Julia Woolley, with the pair sharing the load relatively evenly at the post and finding plenty of space to ply their trade in the circle. While the Sonics’ early inaccuracy and unexecuted passes shot them in the foot, the side showed plenty of fight and will be a team to watch in the second half of the season.

Victorian Netball League: Geelong Cougars claim their inaugural Championship title

WITH both teams fighting for their first premiership it was the Geelong Cougars that broke their hoodoo with a 14-goal victory over the Casey Demons (69-55). In their inaugural season the Casey Demons well and truly showcased that they have the skill and intent to put on a show but simply could not match the Cougars. After heartbreak last year falling to the City West Falcons, Geelong came out with a vengeance and took complete ownership in the third quarter piling on a whopping 22 goals to nine to all but secure the win. Geelong Cougars announced themselves as fierce contenders early in the finals campaign and did not look back going from strength to strength.

It was a see-sawing affair in the first quarter with the Cougars pushing out to an early lead before the Demons fought back to go into quarter time with a two goal lead. Cougars goal shooter, Ruby Horton slotted the first goal of the game and maintained that composure and accuracy throughout the quarter only missing one shot with nine goals from 10 attempts. With both sides neck and neck a huge effort in the dying seconds of the game from Karli Foster saw Casey claim possession and stream down the court credit to her clever and athletic block on the shot. The Cougars were doing everything in defence setting up clever zones to try and force turnovers and create easy pickings to stop the easy access into the goal circle but it was not enough with Erin Bell and Emma Ryde owning the circle.

Down by two goals at quarter time the Geelong Cougars put their foot down nailing three consecutive goals to take back the lead and did not look back. They upped their defensive pressure limiting Casey’s second phase work and clogging up the attacking third while using their precision and skill to transition down the court with ease. The Cougars got out to a seven goal lead midway through the second quarter but the Demons clawed their way back into the action credit to the work of Bell out the front and accuracy of Ryde under the post. Both Kassidy Withers and Shannon Blackman did a wealth of work across the court to hit circle edge and deliver well weighted passes into the circle for Casey.

The third quarter was a complete and utter masterclass from the Cougars who simply could not be stopped. Vanessa Augustini seemed to have the ball on a string in the attacking third for Geelong finding good space and using her quick hands into the circle to allow Horton and Julia Woolley to claim prime position under the post. Horton posted 13 goals from 15 attempts while her combination with Woolley was on full display with the two carving up the circle with their strong drives and clever cuts across the circle. Up the other end, Brooke Allan turned the match on its head with her sheer determination and desperation getting hands to ball credit to her impeccable timing and athleticism. She forced turnovers and competed hard for every ball while the work of Jessica Standfield and Victoria Honner out in goal defence paid dividends with the two backing up Allan in the circle. Melissa Bragg moved into centre midway through the quarter and provided plenty of dynamic movement prompting Allie Smith to make her way onto the court in wing defence and she did not miss a beat quickly into the thick of things. With the Cougars well and truly on top the Demons rung in the changes with Demi Woodlock, Foster and Natasha Petroff all rotating through the defensive circle but essentially it was to no avail.

With a 16-goal lead the Cougars continued their merry way while Casey mounted somewhat of a comeback. Ryde found good space under the post slotting 17 goals from 18 attempts in the quarter thanks to Bell, Withers and Christie Hillberg releasing the ball with confidence and accuracy. Bridgette Furphy, Emily Post and Georgette Paatsch made their way onto the court in the final term for the Cougars providing some fresh legs and strong connections down the court while Casey made no changes. They cut the deficit down to 14 goals but the Cougars were just too strong. Ryde finished with 47 goals from 50 attempts at 94 per cent while former Australian Diamond, Bell nailed eight from 11. Meanwhile for the Cougars the load was more evenly shared with Horton slotting 38 from 44 at 87 per cent and Woolley converting 27 from 32 while Furphy’s last quarter cameo was handy with four from four.

Victorian Netball League: Grand Final Preview

AFTER a stellar performance against City West Falcons, the Casey Demons earnt a spot in the grand final against Geelong Cougars. The Cougars secured their spot in the semi-final with a strong performance against the Falcons. Both teams have hit their stride at the right time with the Demons hoping to claim their first premiership in their short history while Geelong will be wanting to capitalise on their opportunity on the big stage.

Casey has taken the competition by storm, surging its way into the grand final with a couple of convincing performances. The Demons have gone from strength to strength and are relishing the opportunity with Emma Ryde and Erin Bell at the post. Both shooters have shown that they have plenty of class and can post a handy total if they can get hands to ball. They are not short of star power through the midcourt with Shannon Blackman and Kassidy Withers crucial through the centre third with their attacking play. Both midcourt players are renowned for their ability to hit the circle edge hard and claim prime position at the top of the circle. Meanwhile the partnership between Demi Woodlock and Karli Foster has steadily developed throughout the season with both defenders able to pick off any errant passes and cause confusion making for an intriguing battle between the Cougars shooters. Out in wing defence, Christie Hillberg and Zali Mifsud have showcased their skill to take their opponent out of their game with their clever footwork and hands over pressure.

The Cougars ooze class, composure and skill to grind out games and work their way through traffic to capitalise under the post. They have a plethora shooters with Ruby Horton, Julia Woolley and Bridgette Furphy all viable options under the post credit to their accuracy to post and silky movement. All three combine effortlessly and pose a dominant threat while the work of Vanessa Augustini out the front allows them to get first access to ball. Emily Post is a real playmaker for Geelong in the attacking third with her quick ball movement and vision into the circle hard to stop. Defensively the Cougars are solid with all four knowing each others game plan relatively well, able to sag off or go hunting at the right time credit to their connection. Victoria Honner, Brooke Allan, Allie Smith and Jessica Standfield have all shown they have what it takes to turn a game on its head and win ball back for their side when things get tight making for an exciting match-up. Melissa Bragg is also a key player for Geelong given her experience and versatility able to switch between a defensive and attacking position with ease.

Both sides can score quickly and are accurate to post, meaning it will be won and lost either through the midcourt or in defence given the fire power under the post. Expect both sides to come out with a real fire in the belly and intent.

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Victorian Netball League Semi-Finals: Cougars pounce on Falcons in overtime

City West Falcons (65) defeated by Geelong Cougars (67)

THE first game of the 2019 VNL finals series was arguably the most exciting and jaw-dropping game of the round with the match between City West Falcons and Geelong Cougars sent to overtime with scores level at full-time. In the end, it was the Cougars that prevailed by two goals, credit to the intent and desperation of every player on court. Geelong jumped out to an early eight-goal lead at half-time credit to their slick ball movement and defensive pressure across the court, but the Falcons did not go down without a fight, steaming home in the last quarter to draw even but it was not enough, falling in extra time.

It was a gruelling and high pressure match but Cougars shooters Ruby Horton and Julia Woolley stood up under pressure time and time again. The two combined effortlessly in the goal circle with silky movement, strong drives and ability to turn and shoot a real feature of their game. Woolley finished at 90 per cent converting 33 from 37 attempts, while Horton slotted 28 from 33. Bridgette Furphy also made her presence felt on court, coming on and slotting six goals from seven attempts. The goalers relished the work of Emily Post, Vanessa Augustini and Kaitlyn Sheringham through the midcourt with all three finding good space in the attacking third and feeding seamlessly into the circle. With the attack end firing, the defensive combination of Brooke Allan, Victoria Honner, Jessica Standfield and Allie Smith all stood tall, applying strong hands over pressure, clogging up space and causing confusion to force turnovers.

City West only dropped one game all season prior to this match but were simply outrun by Geelong who had a point to prove. In the goal circle Jane Cook commanded the ball and used her imposing figure to hold space and shoot, nailing a whopping 58 goals from 63 attempts. Cook shouldered the load in attack with Tahnysha Salanoa and Madelyn Gray unable to find the net to combine for only seven goals. Through the midcourt Maggie Lind and Molly Jovic worked tirelessly to slice through the defensive pressure and deliver ball into the shooters, using their precision passing and timing to their full advantage. Meanwhile the defensive duo of Sarah Szczykulski and Zoe Davies worked in overdrive to try and create half chances while the inclusion of Jacqui Newton was crucial.

The win sees Geelong move into the grand final while the Falcons will face Casey in the preliminary final next Wednesday.

Australian Netball League Review: Round 4

IN Round 4 of the Australian Netball League there were plenty of close encounters, with the Queensland Fusion and Southern Force creating a thriller while the Victorian Fury and NSW Waratahs also produced a nail biter.

Southern Force (53) defeated Queensland Fusion (52)

It was a tight tussle from the first centre pass with neither side able to be separated at quarter time, credit to the intense defensive and offensive pressure. The Southern Force slowly edged ahead in the second term to hold the narrowest of margins before taking control of the game in the third term to extend the lead to three goals before the Fusion fired back. Queensland piled on 15 goals in the last term to come home strong but the Force held well under pressure and stuck to basics, moving the ball well and treasuring possession to claim a one goal win. Asha Thurlow was inspirational in the goal circle for the Southern Force, positioning well and commanding the ball. She was the leading goal scorer for the game with 36 from 43 at 84 per cent while Cody Lange was also good driving hard and creating space. Vivian Jordan and Chelsea Blackman were important defensively, working hard to stop the influence of the Fusion attacking end. Fusion goal shooter Rylie Holland showcased her hot hands under the post with 24 goals from 26 attempts at an impressive 93 per cent. Mia Stower was essential in helping build the comeback in the final quarter with six goals while Holland nailed seven from seven. Maddison Hinchliffe was solid in wing defence applying good pressure and working hard to cover the drives of her opposition.

Victorian Fury (56) defeated by NSW Waratahs (63)

The NSW Waratahs led for the entire match against Victorian Fury credit to their clever tactics and strong game play to position themselves in a dominant way throughout the match. The lead got out to 10 goals at one stage before the Fury pegged their way back but it was to no avail falling to NSW by seven goals. It was a shoot out between the prolific goal shooters with Emma Ryde utilising her height and experience to control the airways and shoot truly with 44 from 52 at 85 per cent, while youngster Matisse Letherbarrow shone with 48 from 58 at 83 per cent. The difference in style was well and truly on display, while it was the work from the Waratahs’ goal attacks that seemed to be the difference with Kelly Singleton getting into the goal circle and helping out with her 14 goals. The defensive pressure of Clare Iongi in the opening term helped to nullify the influence of Ryde at the post while the hands over pressure from Abbey McCulloch and Nicole Styles was also important in disrupting the Fury’s attacking flow. Rudi Ellis and Allie Smith worked tirelessly in defence to win the ball back for their side but they could not contain the offensive prowess of the Waratahs.

Territory Storm (38) defeated by Canberra GIANTS (61)

After claiming the lead early on, the Canberra GIANTS rallied in the second quarter to establish a six goal lead which they built on throughout the game to run out 23 goal victors. Their intensity and hunt for the ball increased in the second term, keeping the Storm to nine goals while adding 17 goals to their total. Shooting accuracy seemed to be the main difference between the two sides with the GIANTS sitting comfortably ahead with a 92 per cent accuracy compared to 67. Angelina Frketic dominated under the post only missing one goal for the match with 29 from 30, while her partner in crime Georgia Marshall was equally as impressive recording 30 from 34 at 89 per cent. Their connection in the goal circle for the GIANTS is invaluable and causes headaches for defenders. Latika Tombs and Madeline Hay were also important through the midcourt, working the ball down the court and getting into clever feeding positions on the circle edge. For the Storm, goaler Lucinda Benjamin proved to be the go-to girl nailing 25 goals from 36 attempts while Binnian Hunt also chipped in on the scoreboard with 12 goals. Defensively Sienna Allen and Sarahpheinna Woulf worked hard in that opening term to restrict the GIANTS shooters.

Tasmanian Magpies (61) defeated Western Sting (43)

The Magpies put on a dominant performance to claim a convincing victory over the Western Sting up in Bendigo. They led at every break and slowly extended the margin to run away 18 goal victors, credit to some slick ball movement across the court. The shooting combination between Jane Cook and Gabby Sinclair proved hard to stop as the two goalers found the net with ease. Cook finished with 36 goals from 40 attempts at 90 per cent while Sinclair was also accurate under the post converting 22 of her 25 attempts. Melissa Bragg was solid in wing defence applying good hands over pressure while Sharni Lambden showcased her versatility swapping between wing defence and goal defence. Youngster Matilda Garrett was also impressive in the defence end for the Magpies using her quick feet and body work to out position her opponent. Sting shooter Sloan Burton top scored for her side with 25 goals while Georgia Pitt made her presence felt on the scoreboard with 12 from 13 at 93 per cent. Olivia Lewis and Sunday Aryang formed a nice combination in defence, working well together to roll off their opposition and apply pressure over the shot, but it did not stop the Magpies’ attack.

Territory Storm (62) defeated Canberra GIANTS (57)

After a disappointing outing in the previous match-up the Storm had a point to prove and they did so convincingly with a five goal win over the GIANTS. The Storm led from the get-go and held onto it as opposed to the last meeting, sticking strong even when the GIANTS threw everything at them. Only up by goal at three quarter time the Storm piled on 17 goals, led by goal shooter Cara Koenen who slotted 12 straight in the final term. She was impressive under the post with her clever movement, strong holds and accuracy to post, top scoring with 39 from 41 at 91 per cent. She was assisted by goal attack, Hunt who nailed 15 goals. The defensive pressure of Annika Lee Jones was impressive, using her strong lean to get over the shot while Jacqui Russell was solid through the midcourt. GIANTS shooters Frketic and Marshall were prolific once again but it was the defence end that struggled to maintain the Storm shooters with Keely Rodrigo and Toni Anderson unable to stop Koenen.

Tasmanian Magpies (63) defeated Western Sting (50)

The Tasmanian Magpies made it two from two with a dominant start to the game, slotting 14 goals to eight. But the Western Sting fought back in the second term to draw it back to within two goals at half time before the Magpies put the foot down in the final term. A 21 goal quarter sealed the deal with Cook shouldering the load with 15 from 18 in the fourth, finishing with 37 goals for the game. She was ably assisted in the goal circle by Samantha Gooden who showcased her ability to turn and shoot with 20 goals. Brooke Allen worked tirelessly in defence for the Magpies while Lambden went to work out the front in goal defence. The shooting load was evenly shared between Burton and Pitt while Emma Cosh was important in attack, feeding the ball into her goalers. Natalie Bright highlighted her versatility swinging between wing defence and goal defence throughout the match for the Western Sting.

Southern Force (58) defeated Queensland Fusion (55)

It was another nail biter between the Force and Fusion with Queensland unable to muster enough pressure to claim the win, going down by a mere three goals. It was a hot start with the Force holding a one goal lead until the Fusion forged ahead in the second quarter to push out to a five goal lead. They looked composed with ball in hand and had more than one option coming up to the ball, but as the game went on the Force upped the ante. A final quarter blitz from the Force saw them score 15 goals while keeping the Fusion to 11 to run over the top of them. Thurlow was prolific once again while goal attack Lucy Austin showcased her hot hand with a perfect record of 16 from 16. Nyah Allen was also damaging in attack for the Force with 11 from 14. The Fusion will be ruing the missed opportunity but Holland and Stower both impressed again under the post with a combined shooting accuracy of 88 percent. Macy Gardner did a wealth of work through the midcourt for the Fusion while Leah Middleton also impressed in defence with her hands over pressure and intensity.

Victorian Fury (53) defeated NSW Waratahs (50)

The Victorian Fury came out with a fire in the belly after going down to the Waratahs in the previous game. The NSW Waratahs led at every change before the Fury put on a spirited performance in the final term to take the lead and claim a three goal victory. A 14 goal haul from Ryde in the last quarter pushed the Fury over the edge with Elle McDonald finding good space on the circle edge to feed into the goal shooter. The introduction of Ine-Mari Venter throughout the game worked wonders with her ability to turn and shoot finishing with 11 from 14, though an unfortunate ankle injury saw her not take any further part in the match. Defensively Kadie-Ann Dehaney impressed with her aerial ability helping to limit the influence of Letherbarrow under the post. For the Waratahs, Sophie Dwyer was imperative in attack slotting 10 from 10 while goal attack Amorangi Malesala also contributed nine goals. In the defence end, Lauren Moore made her presence felt while through the midcourt Tayla Fraser and Elle Bennetts used their speed to hit the circle edge hard and create scoring opportunities for the Waratahs.

Australian Netball League Review: Round 3

THE Victorian Fury are the only side that remain undefeated after Round 3 claiming convincing wins against the Western Sting, while the GIANTS collected both games this round.

Western Sting (46) defeated by Victorian Fury (64)

The Fury were hot from the get go credit to their crisp ball movement and accuracy to post nailing 19 goals to eight in the opening term. With a dominant opening they did not look back continuing their hot form and making the most of their opportunities winning the ball and treasuring possession. Emma Ryde proved to be a key cog in attack for the Fury nailing a whopping 42 goals from 45 attempts. Her clever positioning and ability to hold space made her an easy target for teammates to feed the ball into. Ryde worked well with goal attack Sacha McDonald who made her presence felt on the scoreboard with 13 goals from 18 attempts. The Stings’ defensive unit had their work cut out for them with Sunday Aryang, Jessica Penny and Natalie Bright all rotating through goal keeper and goal defence in hope to try and quell the Fury’s shooting domination. Georgia Pitt was the leading goal scorer for the Sting finishing with 27 from 35 but it was not enough falling to the Fury by 18 goals.

Queensland Fusion (52) defeated by Canberra GIANTS (64)

It was a close contest until the final term when the Canberra GIANTS forged ahead to claim a 12-goal victory over the Queensland Fusion. The GIANTS held three goal lead at three quarter time before the Fusion fought their way back into the contest to go in even at the main break. With both sides vying for a win the GIANTS upped the ante in the second half to hold a four-goal margin and eventually run away with a convincing win. Goal shooter Rylie Holland had a hot hand converting 37 of her 42 attempts finishing at 89 percent accuracy for the match for the Fusion. In the first half alone she only missed two shots posing an imminent threat before. The delivery through the midcourt was impressive with Jada Gafa and Macy Gardner working seamlessly together to feed the ball into the circle. The GIANTS finished the game with an 86 per cent shooting accuracy but no other statistics were recorded for the match.

Tasmanian Magpies (61) defeated Southern Force (50)

The Southern Force came to play early on stretching out to a six-goal lead at quarter time before the Magpies evened things out. The Magpies increased their defensive pressure limiting the Force to 10 goals in the final term as they piled on 18 goals to claim an 11-goal win. The connection between Samantha Gooden and Jane Cook was on display with the two putting on an impressive shooting display. Gooden found good space in the goal circle out in goal attack and drove hard in the attacking third finishing with 22 goals from 25 attempts while Cook was solid under the post nailing 36 from 40. Melissa Bragg showcased her versatility swapping between wing defence and goal defence while the defensive pressure of Sharni Lambden and Emma Johns improved as the game went on to deny easy entry into the goal circle. For the Force, Asha Thurlow led the way in attack with 29 goals from 33 attempts. Jacoba Clough showed her accuracy in the last term sinking four goals straight and finishing the game with nine from 11. Tayla Williams highlighted her versatility alternating between wing attack, wing defence and centre credit to her endurance and netball smarts.

NSW Waratahs (60) defeated by Territory Storm (46)

The NSW Waratahs pushed hard and worked tirelessly through both attack and defence to move the ball quickly and effectively down the court. The Waratahs showed their accuracy under the post and capitalised on their opportunities to run out 14-goal winners. The Storm had moments of great play but were unable to sustain that intensity for the entire game. There were no statistics or players recorded for this game.

Tasmanian Magpies (57) defeated by Southern Force (61)

The Force learnt from their previous encounter against the Magpies to run out four-goal victors. The Force led at every break and kept pushing to ensure that they got the two points. The Magpies were unable to match the intensity of the Force who looked eager to capitalise on all of their chances. Changes galore were made to the Magpies line-up with plenty of players getting time on the court in hope to find a winning combination while the Force only made minimal personnel changes in comparison. Thurlow was prolific under the post with her clever footwork and ability to turn and shoot, scoring 34 goals. Vivian Jordan and Chelsea Blackman were solid in defence confusing the space and wearing their opponents down. Magpies shooters Cook and Gooden, did their job under the post with a combined 90 percent accuracy. Vanessa Augustini and Kelsie Rainbow were effective through the midcourt with their speed and precision while down in defence Zanna Jodlowska worked hard to win the ball back for the Pies.

Western Sting (39) defeated by Victorian Fury (66)

The Fury put on a shooting display in the opening term to score a whopping 23 goals to 10 which ultimately set them up for the rest of the match. Victoria applied good defensive pressure and used their attacking flair to poke holes in the Sting’s defence credit to their clever game play and tactics. The shooting load was evenly shared for the Sting with Pitt, Emma Cosh and Sloan Burton all putting up a similar amount of goals. Ryde continued her dominance under the post registering an impressive 53 goals while McDonald also chipped in. Fury wing attack, Kate Kelly-Oman found good space in the attacking third to feed the ball into the shooters while defensively Rudi Ellis applied good hands over pressure to help block her oppositions vision. Jacqueline Newton also worked well in tandem with Ellis, Gabrielle Coffey and wing defence Allie Smith.

NSW Waratahs (51) defeated Territory Storm (47)

It was a close contest between the two sides with the Waratahs just edging the Storm out. Territory had a point to prove upping their intensity and hunt for the ball while the Waratahs worked hard to try and claim their second win for the round.

Queensland Fusion (51) defeated by Canberra GIANTS (55)

The Fusion made some adjustments after their first meeting against the GIANTS only going down to them by four goals. It was a see-sawing affair with Queensland establishing an early four-goal lead only for it to be chipped away as the game continued. Neither side could be separated at half time and three quarter time going into the final break at 41 goals apiece. The shooting combination between Georgia Marshall and Angelina Frketic was impressive with both finding good space in the circle. Marshall slotted 30 from 33 while Frketic only missed one shot from her 26 attempts for a combined shooting percentage of 94 percent. Madeline Hay was slick through the midcourt and used her speed to open up space across the court for the GIANTS. Fusion goaler Mia Stower injected herself into the game with 16 goals from 22 attempts at 73 per cent.