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Top 15 SSN training partners: #7 Jacqui Newton

WITH a number of netball leagues across the world being suspended due to COVID-19, the Draft Central team is taking a look at the top 15 training partners stepping up to the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) plate in 2020. Sitting at number seven on the countdown is Melbourne Vixens training partner Jacqui Newton. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration 2019 form, individual potential and future development.

At only 23, Newton has already tasted success thanks to her defensive prowess and impressive skillset. In 2018 the interchangeable goal keeper, goal defender played in the grand final and took out the premiership title in the Victorian Netball League (VNL) with the City West Falcons. She followed up those efforts, going one better in 2019 helping to guide the Victorian Fury to title glory in the Australian Netball League (ANL).

Her ability to have a profound impact at both levels of netball is a testament to her commitment while her desire for success and to push herself further shows her dedicated mentality. She is not afraid to put her body on the line and throw herself at the ball passing by. Newton is an exciting player to watch, quick on her feet and offers consistency when on court. Standing at 185cm she is not the tallest defender but makes up for it with tenacity and quick footwork to get around the body of her opponents and remain in the hunt for the ball.

Newton has had limited exposure to the Suncorp Super Netball level playing just a couple of games but is yet to really crack into the market and showcase her array of talents. Surrounded by the likes of Australian Diamonds duo Jo Weston and Emily Mannix, Newton is aware of the workload and defensive attributes needed to make a splash at international level. Throw in Jamaican up and coming star Kadie-Ann Dehaney and Newton has no shortage of defensive masterminds to learn from, when it comes to perfecting her craft whether it be pressure over the shot or movement inside the circle.

While she is still developing, Newton has showed that she can hold her own up against some talented young guns in the ANL. The more suited goal defence is light on her feet, able to dart around the court and put in the blocks at the top of the circle to stop her opposing shooter from entering the circle with ease. She works hard on transition, constantly looking to re-offer across the court and bring the ball down to deliver to the attackers. Her strong ball movement and accuracy with ball in hand also puts her in good stead for a potential step up to SSN level.


#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)

Victorian Netball League Awards

WITH the Victorian Netball League (VNL) season officially over there were plenty of award winners across all three divisions, along with a Team of the Year announced for the 19 and Under, Division One and Championship leagues.

19 and Under

Jasmine Mackie claimed the 19 and Under Hot Shot award for her efforts throughout the season. Mackie left her mark on the competition with her scoring ability on full display for the Peninsula Waves while Ellen Doyle took home the MVP for the same age group. Doyle was instrumental in the Geelong Cougars line-up with her accuracy to post and slick movement in the circle while her versatility across the court also impressed. She switched between defence and attack seamlessly, bringing down errant passes and propelling the ball back down the court. both Doyle and Mackie made their way into the Team of the Year credit to their impressive form and skill across the court.

19&U Team of the Year:

Ellen Doyle-Geelong Cougars
Jasmine Mackie- Peninsula Waves
Georgia Moody- Southern Saints
Daisy O’Kane-City West Falcons

Emma Allman- Boroondara Express
Keara Fitzgerald- North East Blaze
Sienna Kelly- Peninsula Waves
Emma Walters- City West Falcons

Ashlee Barnett- Peninsula Waves
Anna Donnelly- Southern Saints
Melissa Oloamanu- City West Falcons
Sophie Shoebridge- Geelong Cougars

Division 1

After a dominant first season in the VNL, Abigail Gedge claimed the Division One Hot Shot Award. She finished the season with a whopping 564 goals at 88 per cent and was a lynchpin in North-East Blaze’s attack end, holding strong and backing herself to post. Boroondara Express midcourter Maddy Wallmeyer won the MVP award for her impressive skill and dynamic movement across the court. She proved to be an integral player for Express throughout their finals campaign with her ability to hit the circle edge with pace and precision while delivering pinpoint passes into the goalers. They were among 12 players named in the Division One Team of the Year.

Division One Team of the Year:

Ruby Barkmeyer- Boroondara Express
Georgie Cuthbertson- Geelong Cougars
Abigail Gedge- North East Blaze
Daisy Hill- Hawks Netball

Samantha Coppinger- North East Blaze
Jasmine Ferguson- Hawks Netball
Georgia Finn- Geelong Cougars
Maddy Wallmeyer- Boroondara Express

Laura Giles- Geelong Cougars
Nakita Singe- North East Blaze
Tegan Stephenson- Boroondara Express
Ruby Tidd- North East Blaze


Libby Nicol notched up her third consecutive Hot Shot award, steering the ship for North East Blaze with her ability to control the tempo of the game in the attacking third. She was the key for Blaze in attack with her dynamic movement, strength, volume and sheer accuracy backing herself time and time again. She finished with a staggering 835 goals at 90 per cent highlighting her skill and rhythm in the goal circle. After an impressive finals performance and stellar 2019 season Julia Woolley was named the Championship MVP to cap off an already successful year. Woolley won the grand final with the Geelong Cougars showcasing her experience, skill and class both under the post and across the court.

Championship Team of the Year:

Libby Nicol- North East Blaze
Julia Woolley- Geelong Cougars
Emma Ryde- Casey Demons
Tahnysha Salanoa- City West Falcons

Molly Jovic- City West Falcons
Maggie Lind- City West Falcons
Elle McDonald-North East Blaze
Kaitlyn Sheringham- Geelong Cougars

Brooke Allan-Geelong Cougars
Kaitlyn Black- North East Blaze
Stephanie McNay- Southern Saints
Jacqui Newton- City West Falcons

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.

Victorian Netball League Review: Round 16

ROUND 16 of the Victorian Netball League saw the City West Falcons lose their first game of the season, while the Casey Demons and Geelong Cougars both recorded big wins against their opponents.

Hawks Netball (51) defeated Peninsula Waves (41)

It was an even start with both sides unable to be separated at quarter time before the Hawks kicked into gear finding some form down the court. They increased the lead at each break running out 10-goal victors against the Waves. The Hawks shooters were on song throughout the match unfazed by the changes in the goal circle with Kim Commane and Tayla Shannon shooting at a combined 92 percent. Shae Gee was also impressive under the post with the total of all three goalers sitting at 83 per cent for the match. Tayla Kearns and Enya Broadley were pivotal through the midcourt to feed the ball into the shooters. For the Waves, Kate Kelly-Oman played her 100th VNL game credit to her endurance and skill. The centre worked tirelessly to combat the Hawks pressure driving hard across the court and creating solid leads. Though their shooting accuracy was down Gabrielle Dwyer and Brierly Parker were solid in the goal circle but just struggled to capitalise on their opportunities. Tara Cecil and Mardi Cunningham worked hard in defence to try and regain possession for the Waves but it was not enough.

Casey Demons (60) defeated Southern Saints (48)

The Casey Demons notched up their ninth win of the season, securing fourth spot on the ladder with the finals quickly approaching. Holding a narrow lead at quarter time the Casey Demons came out with a point to prove in the second term piling on 16 goals and limiting the Saints to 11 for the quarter. A big third quarter effort all but sealed the deal with Emma Ryde and Erin Bell working seamlessly together in the goal circle to cause havoc in the attacking third. Stephanie McNay and Shannon Freeman had a big task to quell the influence of Ryde who has been in hot form and though they tried tirelessly they were unable to stop her dominance under the post. Kassidy Withers and Shannon Blackman made the most of the space they got, delivering well weighted passes into Bell and Ryde. Defensively Karli Foster and Demi Woodlock were solid restricting ball and creating doubt. Southern Saints pair Samantha Silvester and Chloe Wilson worked well in tandem together, shooting accurately and finding space in the goal circle.

City West Falcons (47) defeated North-East Blaze (56)

The North-East Blaze claimed the biggest upset of the round, putting a stop to the Falcons undefeated run. It was a close contest with both sides even at half time before Blaze piled on a whopping 20 goals to 12 in the third term to take a handy lead into the final change. The Blaze stuck with the same line-up for the whole match allowing each player to play their role to their maximum capacity while ensuring that the connections down the court were strong. The Falcons could simply capitalise in front of goal finishing at 72 per cent accuracy compared to Blaze who shot at 95 per cent. Elizabeth Nicol and Sarah Hogan were unstoppable in the goal circle using every inch to drive and sweep across and cause headaches for Sarah Szczykulski and Jacqui Newton. The ball placement from Blaze wing attack Ella Bayliss and centre Elle McDonald was impressive hitting the circle edge hard and delivering well weighted passes. The battle between Kaitlyn Black and Falcons goal shooter Jane Cook provided plenty of excitement with both attacking hard, while Maggie Lind and Molly Jovic were influential through the midcourt for City West.

Ariels (58) defeated Boroondara Express (54)

It was a tale of two halves with Boroondara Express owning the first half before the tables turned with last quarter flurry from the Ariels allowing them to clench victory. Both sides proved that accuracy was no issue with the Ariels sitting at 86 percent and Express at 89 per cent. The Ariels came out strong after half time to push out to a two goal margin before extending it to four at full time. Boroondara jumped out of the blocks early with their connections down court and vision on fire early to let go of passes and create scoring opportunities. Samantha Gooden and Stacey Gannon combined well in the goal circle setting up good screens and rotating through to provide the defenders something to think of. Rudi Ellis and Caitlyn Degaris proved to be a damaging combination in defence credit to their lean over the shot and ability to go out and hunt the ball but their efforts were not enough to stop the Ariels shooters. Isabelle Hodgson and Clare Vearing were damaging with ball in hand and under the post for Express, with Hodgson doing a wealth of work to feed the ball into her shooting partner while also putting up her fair share of shots. Defensively for Ariels, Jessica Maher and Jane Higgs were impressive reading the flight of the ball well and taking timely rebounds.

Melbourne University Lightning (49) defeated by Geelong Cougars (64)

The Geelong Cougars continued their march towards finals with another convincing win over Melbourne University Lightning who struggled to match the intensity and competitiveness of the Cougars. A 20-goal quarter from Geelong handed them a healthy lead at half-time before a big last quarter effort from the Lightning saw them cut the margin back but it was not enough to get within reach of the Cougars who dominated for most of the night. Julia Woolley and Bridgette Furphy were once again prolific under the post with the two growing in confidence each game and posing a dominant threat. Melissa Bragg, Victoria Honner, Jessica Standfield and Brooke Allan were all influential in defence for Geelong cutting off plenty of forward forays from Lightning and repelling the ball back down the court. It was not through a lack of trying though with Rebecca Winch and Mikaela Vaughan working tirelessly in the goal circle to post a handy total. Shae Brown also showed her versatility switching between wing attack, centre and goal attack in hope to provide that missing spark.

Victorian Netball League Review: Round 15

WITH Round 15 of the Victorian Netball League done and dusted the Casey Demons impressed with a 34-goal victory while the Geelong Cougars staked their claim as premiership contenders with a 42-goal thrashing over Southern Saints.

Peninsula Waves (47) defeated by City West Falcons (55)

The City West Falcons continued their winning ways with an eight goal victory over the Waves who challenged for the best part of the match. It was a relatively even contest with only six goals separating both sides at half time before the Waves fought back to reduce the margin to five. But the Falcons built on their lead in the fourth term using their connections down the court and precision passing to register their fifteenth win. The Falcons welcomed back some integral players from Vic Fury and Tasmanian Magpies duties with the likes of Jane Cook, Jacqui Newton and Tahnysha Salanoa back in the side. Cook found the net with ease nailing plenty of goals for the game while Salanoa also made her impact felt on the scoreboard. The Waves were not without star power with the likes of Renae Ingles making her presence felt on the court switching between centre and wing defence. Ingles paired well with both Madison Capisalis and Sara Duncan in the midcourt hitting the circle edge with ease and precision. Peninsula shooters Stacie Gardener and Gabrielle Dwyer combined well together in the goal circle creating good space for one another throughout the match.

Casey Demons (75) defeated Ariels (41)

The Casey Demons put out an impressive four quarter performance piling on a whopping 20 goals both in the first and third term showcasing their ability to score quickly and accurately. The movement down court was effortless finding good space and using the angles to nullify the influence of defenders to come through and intercept. After a stellar performance in the Australian Netball League grand final Emma Ryde continued her hot form under the post using her height and netball knowledge to position well under the post and command the ball time and time again throughout the match. Meanwhile Erin Bell also displayed her netball nous to deliver the ball well into Ryde and make her presence felt on the scoreboard dominating the shooting stats. Defensively the likes of Jane Higgs, Jessica Maher and Shae Kyle struggled for the Ariels with the trio unable to limit the influence of Ryde and Bell to post. Though the defensive end struggled shooters Alex Maher and Beth Wilson worked tirelessly under the post trying to make the most of their limited opportunities but it was to no avail. Demi Woodlock was a lynchpin in defence for the Demons gaining possession and then propelling the ball forward with Karli Foster also doing a wealth of work in the defensive circle.

Hawks Netball (52) drew with Melbourne University Lightning (52)

It was a tight contest between the two sides unable to be separated marking the second draw of the season. Lightning held the lead at each change before the Hawks mounted a timely comeback to split the points. Both teams oozed intensity and desperation going toe to toe throughout the game unable to properly break away from one another. After spending time with Team Bath in the Vitality Super Netball League Kim Commane made her presence felt on the court for the Hawks. Her dynamic movement and accuracy to post makes her a force to be reckoned with finishing with an impressive total for the game. Wing attack Tayla Kearns was a real work horse across the court creating leads and consistently re-offering around the circle edge while centres Enya Broadley and Lillian O’Sullivan were imperative through the midcourt.

North East Blaze (65) defeated Boroondara Express (53)

North East Blaze got off to a hot start skipping out to a 15-goal lead at half-time credit to their clever ball movement and intent to win the ball at every opportunity. They were clinical in attack with Elizabeth Nicol once again leading the way with her clever body positioning, strong holds and most importantly accuracy to post. Express welcomed back some key experienced players such as Vixen and Victorian Fury midcourter Lara Dunkley along with Rudi Ellis and Eleanor Leydin while Elle McDonald also returned for Blaze. Dunkley was strong through the midcourt hustling hard to claim prime spot at the top of the goal circle while pairing with Leydin to try and feed the ball into goal shooter Clare Vearing who did a wealth of work in the goal circle. The midcourt of Ella Bayliss and McDonald worked well for Blaze with the two feeding the ball accurately into Nicol and Sarah Hogan. Defensively Tayissa Coppinger and Kaitlyn Black did a truckload of work to reduce the ease and speed of the ball coming into the circle allowing Blaze to control the game and come away with their twelfth win for the season.

Geelong Cougars (72) defeated Southern Saints (29)

The Geelong Cougars put on an absolute clinic against the Saints keeping them to a mere 29 goals and piling on a whopping 72 goals themselves. The Cougars were hot right from the get go slicing through the opposition defence and working their way into the goal circle with ease. The Cougars restricted the Saints to just six goals in the opening term credit to the defensive pressure applied by the likes of Brooke Allan, Victoria Honner and Jessica Standfield. The three rotated well through the goal circle to deny easy access to goal while Melissa Bragg showcased her versatility switching between wing defence and wing attack. Vanessa Augustini had a field day through the midcourt finding plenty of space and feeding into Ruby Horton, Julia Woolley and Bridgette Furphy who all made their presence well and truly made on the scoreboard credit to their solid connections and ability to consistently exploit space in the goal third. On the other hand, the Saints really struggled to move the ball and combat the pressure applied by the Cougars who just smothered their every action, picking off passes and blocking their passage to goal. With Geelong picking holes in the Saints defence plenty of changes were made with Shannon Freeman, Stephanie McNay, Anna Donnelly and Kirsty Clark all getting a run down back.

Victorian Fury claim eighth Australian Netball League title

A MASSIVE finals weekend in the Australian Netball League (ANL) saw the Victorian Fury come out victors for the eighth time in an ANL decider, with a one-goal win over NSW Waratahs on Sunday on home territory at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne. It was a fitting Grand Final between the two top sides of the competition, with Fury the minor premiers having only lost one game for the season and against the Waratahs. Meanwhile, the Tasmanian Magpies beat out Canberra GIANTS in the bronze medal match.

It was an even match across the board, with both sides unwilling to back down from the fight before a tug-of-war with the lead came to fruition in the final quarter. The Fury may have had the lead for much of the game, but the Waratahs refused to go down without a fight. Ex-NSW Swifts captain, Abbey McCulloch took the court for the final time before announcing her retirement, putting on a masterclass in wing defence against the likes of Lara Dunkley and forcing a change in wing attack for Eleanor Leydin, whose connection with Emma Ryde at the post became apparent right away. Fury coaches made constant changes through the midcourt courtesy of the ANL’s rolling substitutions, keeping the Waratahs on their toes with a number of Fury midcourt substitutions switching up the momentum as they forced changes of their own. Ball sneak and Swifts training partner, Sophie Halpin replaced McCulloch and did not skip a beat, challenging every ball and creating turnovers through the midcourt.

Defensively both sides impressed with their composure and hands-over pressure, producing some fantastic defensive efforts to force a battle through the midcourt to create turnover ball. Waratahs defender and Swifts training partner, Lauren Moore was injected early in the first in an effort to combat Ryde’s influence in the goal circle, before a seemingly innocent attempt at intercept saw Moore’s game end early with a suspected shoulder dislocation after a collision with Fury’s Elle McDonald. Starting goal keeper, Clare Iongi retook the court to play out the match, coming into her own against Ryde and causing turnovers to prove the Waratahs were not out of the race.

While one of the more dominant players for the Waratahs in Saturday’s minor semi-final against Tasmanian Magpies, Matisse Letherbarrow (15 goals from 17 attempts) was unable to have the same effect a second time around, seeing Sophie Dwyer shoulder the load and shooting from range to produce a dominant performance, finishing with 31 goals at 92 per cent and named Grand Final MVP for her efforts. While Alison Miller took the court and finished at 100 per cent with seven from seven, it wasn’t enough with Fury defenders challenging every loose ball. The Fury did not lack in connection across court, only switching up players through the midcourt with the ever-reliable Ryde holding strong in the circle (46 from 53) and combining well with Sacha McDonald (seven from 10) who played her feeding role well.

With the Fury leading at the final break it looked like they were ready to put the foot down, before a strong effort from the Waratahs saw the visitors take the lead early in the quarter thanks to some solid defensive work from Iongi and co-captain Nicole Styles, while Tayla Fraser in centre used her speed to find the circle edge and Dwyer from any range in the circle. But the Waratahs forced the lead too early, giving the Fury plenty of opportunity to time their fight back perfectly and finish one goal up by the final siren. Impeccable defensive work from Fury defenders, captain Jacqui Newton and keeper, Rudi Ellis all but cemented the match, producing a match-saving intercept to send the ball down the court and finish off the season on the best possible note.

In Saturday’s semi-finals, Fury defeated Canberra GIANTS by nine goals while the Waratahs came from behind to pip Tasmanian Magpies at the post by four goals to proceed into the Grand Final. In the bronze medal playoff, the Magpies beat the GIANTS by nine goals for a bronze medal to finish off season 2019. Having lost defender, Matilda Garrett after a dominant performance in the semi-final on Saturday, the Magpies came into this match unsure about their chances against a determined GIANTS side. Despite a solid start, the Magpies got the yips with Jane Cook (20 goals from 31 attempts) pushed early by GIANTS training partner, Teigan O’Shannassy. However a stellar performance from Sam Gooden (25 from 30) in goal attack and a miraculous change in goal shooter with long bomber, Zoe Claridge (14 from 15) rotated in for a moving circle, the Magpies were able to take back control and finish well with an 18 goal to 10 final quarter after only leading by one goal at the final break. Magpies keeper, Brooke Allen was impressive on Georgia Marshall (28 from 30), while GIANTS midcourter, Taylah Davies put on a solid performance in wing attack to find the circle edge and find Marshall and Angelina Frketic (22 from 25) in the circle.

ANL Review: Round 5

ROUND 5 of the Australian Netball League brought plenty of excitement with the first draw of the season and some narrow losses highlighting the closeness of the 2019 competition.

Netball NSW Waratahs (54) defeated Tasmanian Magpies (53)

It was a nail-biting encounter with the Waratahs narrowly edging the Magpies out to claim a one goal win. The Magpies held a narrow two-goal lead heading into the quarter time break with all three shooters sitting at 100 per cent before the Waratahs wrestled back the momentum in the second quarter to claim a one-goal buffer. As the game went on the Waratahs pushed further ahead to establish a four-goal lead but full credit to the Magpies they lifted their intensity in the final term to get back within one goal. It was a tight tussle throughout the match with the lead ebbing and flowing. NSW made multiple changes in the goal circle with Alison Miller, Kelly Singleton, Matisse Letherbarrow and Sophie Dwyer all relishing the court time. Dwyer showcased her hot hand under the post shooting at 100 per cent with 20 goals straight. Her shooting effort was rivalled by Magpies goaler Jane Cook who top scored for the game with 34 from 38 attempts at 90 per cent. Waratahs goal keeper Clare Iongi had her work cut out for her but worked tirelessly to try and quell the influence of Cook. Samantha Gooden also made her presence felt on the scoreboard with the Tasmanian goal attack nailing 15 of her 17 shots while she did a wealth of work out the front to help bring the ball down. Kelsie Rainbow and Vanessa Augustini were also important for the Magpies in their attacking third driving hard to the circle edge and delivering clever passes into the shooters.

Queensland Fusion (47) drew Western Sting (47)

Both sides could not be separated credit to their intensity and hunt for the ball. The Western Sting held the lead for the majority of the game until the Fusion came home strong in the last term to pile on 14 goals to the Sting’s eight. At each break the Sting extended their lead but were unable to run out a full four quarter performance. Western goal shooter Georgia Pitt was prolific under the post and proved to be the go to girl for the Sting credit to her accuracy and clever positioning converting 37 of her 43 attempts at 87 per cent. The work through the midcourt from Emma Cosh, Jessica Eales and Courtney Kruta was impressive with the trio working hard to move the ball down court and create a spark for their side. defensively Sunday Aryang also applied good hands over pressure to try and reduce the influence of her opposition. Rylie Holland continued her hot form with 35 goals from 41 attempts while Mia Stower also contributed with her eight goals for the match. Maddison Hinchliffe was crucial through the midcourt with her defensive pressure and ability to penetrate the circle. She rotated the wing defence bib with teammate Leah Middleton who made her presence felt in the defensive end with her hands over pressure.

Territory Storm (38) defeated by Victorian Fury (64)

The Victorian Fury showcased their class against the Territory Storm with their strong connections down the court. It was a close start with the Fury only holding a two goal lead before pulling away in the second quarter to establish a 10 goal lead. They piled on 18 goals to 10 in the second term and increased the defensive pressure to starve the scoring opportunities for the Storm. Defensively the likes of Kadie-Ann Dehaney and Jacqui Newton worked hard to win the ball and confuse the space for the Storm feeders. Dehaney’s hands over pressure and aerial ability also posed a threat for the Storm. Through the midcourt Lara Dunkley impressed once again with her speed, clever drives and netball nous to open up space for the Fury shooters. Ine-Mari Venter showcased her ability to turn and shoot with her good timing nailing 31 goals from 41 attempts while Emma Ryde also made her presence felt 16 from 19. Ugandan star shooter Peace Proscovia was a key cog in attack for the Storm leading the way with her 22 goals from 26 attempts at 85 per cent. She had a hot start nailing 10 from 11 before coming in and out of the game. Annika Lee-Jones posed a daunting prospect up the defensive end with her height and lean but it was not enough to stop the Fury.

Canberra GIANTS (50) defeated Southern Force (46)

It was a close encounter between the GIANTS and the Force with the lead chopping and changing throughout the contest. The GIANTS were down at three quarter time before an inspired effort saw them clench a four goal victory. Canberra were quick off the mark and accurate to post with both Angelina Frketic and Georgia Marshall both shooting at 100 per cent in the opening term with the first missed shot coming in the second term for Marshall. Southern Force shooter, Asha Thurlow lifted her intensity in the third quarter to become more available under the post and spark her side outscoring the GIANTS but they could not maintain the intensity. Thurlow finished with 34 from 41 while fellow shooters Cody Lange (five from eight) and Nyah Allen (six from seven) struggled to trouble the scoreboard as opposed to the GIANTS shooters who had a combined shooting accuracy of 91 per cent. Frketic finished with 16 from 18 while Marshall converted 34 of 37 shots. Madeline Hay and Latika Tombs were solid through the midcourt for the GIANTS applying good defensive and attacking pressure. Kate Shimmin worked hard to keep the Force in the game with her timely tips and hands over pressure.

Queensland Fusion (49) defeated by Western Sting (54)

The Western Sting learnt from their last meeting with the Fusion holding on to run out five goal victors. With both sides unable to be separated in their prior match the Western Sting maintained their pressure and composure with the Fusion falling away as the game went on. Holland was once again the key player for the Fusion in the goal circle scoring 34 goals from 38 attempts. Amy Sommerville was a real play maker in the attack end nailing nine goals. Defensively Laura Clemesha showcased her experience and clever footwork to get around the body of her opponent but it was not enough to stop the Sting shooters. Pitt was impressive again under the post with 24 from 26 while Alice Teague-Neeld managed to hit the scoreboard putting up 11 goals. Down back for the Sting youngster Olivia Lewis was impressive using her feet and read of the play to disrupt the attack of the Fusion while Shannon Eagland showcased her experience and composure to get hands to ball.

Netball NSW Waratahs (50) defeated Tasmanian Magpies (46)

The NSW Waratahs made it two from two against the Magpies with their intensity and scoring ability on show throughout the match. Tasmania pushed out to a two goal lead heading into quarter time but the tables quickly turned with Waratahs firing back to post 13 goals in the second term. Down on their usual shooting accuracy NSW took full advantage under the post finishing the game at 87 per cent compared to 72. Dwyer was once again dominant under the post only missing one goal for the game with 39 from 40 at 98 per cent. Midcourters Kristen Kessler and Elle Bennetts found good feeding position on the circle edge to deliver into the shooters. For the Magpies Gooden struggled to capitalise under the post with 19 from 29 while Zoe Claridge also chipped in with six goals. Defensively, Sharni Lambden, Zanna Jodlowska and Brooke Allen all imposed themselves on the contest for the Magpies trying to win the ball back for their side but it was to no avail.

Canberra GIANTS (44) defeated Southern Force (42)

The GIANTS and Southern Force played out another close game with Canberra nudging out the Force by two goals. The Southern Force had all the momentum in the opening half skipping out to a six goal lead at the main break credit to their clever play and transition down the court. But the GIANTS worked their way back into the game with a big second half outscoring their opponents 25-19. Marshall was unstoppable in the goal circle with 31 goals while Madeline Eaton pulled her weight under the post with 11 goals from 17 attempts. Goal keeper, Kara Ellen Styles applied good defensive pressure over the shot and worked hard to push her opposition up high. There are currently no statistics or information recorded for the Southern Force.

Territory Storm (43) defeated by Victorian Fury (70)

The Victorian Fury put on a dominant display to assert their authority on the competition claiming a 27-goal victory over the Territory Storm who struggled to combat the defensive and attacking pressure the Fury applied. They came out hot from the get go with their slick ball movement, transition down the court and patience to let go of the right pass. The Fury piled on 17 goals to eight in the first term and did not look back with Ryde posting 27 goals from 36 attempts. Fellow goaler Ruby Barkmeyer was impressive under the post finding good space and capitalising on her opportunities to finish with 20 from 22 while Uneeq Palavi and Mikaela Vaughan also contributed to the scoreboard. Lucinda Benjamin was the leading goal scorer for the Storm credit to her ability to turn and shoot along with her clever positioning in the circle converting 29 goals from 36 attempts. The Storm rung in the changes in the defence end with Sienna Allen, Shay Maloney, Ashlee Unie and Lily-May Catling all rotating through in hope to stop the dominance of the Fury to post.

ANL wash-up: Round 1 – Fury and Magpies start seasons with wins

WITH Round 1 of the Australian Netball League done and dusted the Tasmanian Magpies and Victorian Fury mirrored the performance of their Suncorp Super Netball counterparts. The Fury claimed two big wins while the Western Sting fought back to win against the Territory Storm after falling to them in the first match of the round.

Netball NSW Waratahs (53) defeated Southern Force (52)

It was a nail biter to kick start Round 1 of the ANL with the Waratahs claiming a one goal victory. Both sides went hard throughout the game with the Southern Force taking a five goal lead going into half time but they could not maintain that intensity gradually fading away. The Waratahs piled on 14 goals to eight in the third term to keep themselves in the game credit to goal attack Kelly Singleton who was prolific under the post scoring 10 goals. She finished with 32 from 36 for the game with an equal game high of 89 percent accuracy. Abbey McCulloch also made her way onto the court in the second half of the game and was her vintage self, working tirelessly in defence and helping out in transition down the court. The Force shooters were accurate to post with Asha Thurlow nailing 22 of her 25 attempts while Lucy Austin had a hot hand scoring nine from nine.

Victorian Fury (64) defeated Canberra GIANTS (45)

The Victorian Fury came out with a point to prove with Emma Ryde proving an unstoppable force under the ring. Her accuracy to post was impressive missing one of her 52 shots for the match sitting at a whopping 99%. She put up a huge 20 goals in the final term showcasing her commanding presence in the circle and sheer ability to score quickly and easily. Jacqui Newton was also solid in defence moving between goal defence and goal keeper for the Fury using her ability to read the flight of the ball to interrupt the GIANTS attacking play. For the GIANTS Georgia Marshall was impressive in the goal circle moving well and nailing 32 goals for the game pairing well with goaling partners Angelina Frketic and Madeline Eaton.

Queensland Fusion (50) defeated by Tasmanian Magpies (70)

The reigning premiers showcased their class from the minute they walked out on court but a big third quarter sealed the deal with the Magpies piling on 20 goals to eight. They maintained that intensity for the rest of the match with the Fusion unable to combat their offensive power. Magpies shooting duo Jane Cook and Samantha Gooden combined well in attack with Cook nailing 32 goals from 33 at 97 percent. She posed a real threat in the goal circle while wing attack Vanessa Augustini provided some well, constructed passes into the circle. Tara Hinchliffe’s sister, Maddison made her presence felt through the midcourt alternating between wing attack and centre. Amy Sommerville was solid under the post with 11 goals from 14 attempts while Mia Stower top scored with 16 goals for the Fusion. Defensively veteran Laura Clemesha got some court time combining with Leah Middleton and Shenae Grant.

Western Sting (44) defeated by Territory Storm (60)

The first half was neck and neck with the Storm holding a five-goal lead before piling on 30 goals in the second half compared to the Sting’s 22 to run out 16 point victors. The Storm really built in the game with their connections down the court improving as the game went on, with the Sting unable to stop them. Lucinda Benjamin was prolific under the post with 51 goals from her 57 attempts, she was ably helped out by Binnian Hunt who scored eight goals. The Sting shooters were starved of opportunity but Emma Cosh tried hard and presented up the ball but failed to capitalise at times sitting at 64 percent only managing 21 goals from her 33 attempts. Jessica Penny and Natalie Bright worked tirelessly all game in defence to try and nullify the influence of the Storm shooters but the proved to be too much.

Netball NSW Waratahs (58) defeated by Southern Force (61)

The tables turned in their second game with the Southern Force clenching a three goal win, after going going down by a goal in their previous match up. The Force scored 18 goals in the second term after being held to nine goals in the opening term with Matisse Letherbarrow taking ownership in that quarter with her clever positioning and accuracy putting on 13 goals. Letherbarrow finished with 38 goals from 44 attempts at 87 percent she was able assisted by Sophie Dwyer who slotted 12 goals at 100 percent. The Southern Force shared the shooting load around with wing attack Georgia Dent scoring six goals straight while Thurlow also had a hot hand with 14 goals. The defensive effort of Chelsea Blackman and Vivian Jordan was solid with both applying strong pressure on the ball carrier and over the shot.

Queensland Fusion (61) defeated by Tasmanian Magpies (68)

The Queensland Fusion seemed to have learnt from their mistakes in the previous game, coming out a lot stronger and attacking the ball. They increased their pressure across the court not allowing an easy pass but it did not stop the Magpies who powered home to a seven goal win. Cook was prolific for the Magpies piling on 56 goals showcasing her ability to turn and shoot and take control of a game. Gooden and Zoe Claridge both chipped in the scoreboard with nine and three goals respectively. For the Fusion Stower was impressive with 20 goals finding space and showing she was not afraid to turn and shoot while the midcourters worked hard to move the ball down the court with Jada Gafa finding good space.

Western Sting (47) defeated Territory Storm (43)

After getting blown away in their first match-up the Western Sting won a thriller after being down at half time. They were shell shocked early only managing eight goals to the Storm’s 14 but fought back to keep themselves in the contest. An impressive final term saw them seal the deal with the likes of Georgia Pitt nailing nine goals from 10 attempts standing up under pressure. Defenders Sunday Aryang, Bright and Penny all upped the anti to try and win the ball back for their side. Benjamin’s influence was nullified under the post but she still scored 23 goals while the work through the midcourt of Chanel Dyer and Stephanie O’Brien was good in helping to bring the ball down court.

Victorian Fury (61) defeated Canberra GIANTS (48)

The Victorian Fury impressed against the GIANTS who had no answers for their attacking prowess and strong defensive pressure.

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ANL Feature Game: Victorian Fury claim impressive win over Canberra GIANTS

ROUND 1 of the Australian Netball League (ANL) kicked off this week with the Victorian Fury claiming their second win of the round against the GIANTS.

Victorian Fury (61) defeated Canberra GIANTS (48)

It was an impressive start to the game with the Victorian Fury flexing their muscles early on pushing to a six goal to one lead in the opening minutes against the GIANTS. Their efforts across the court were second to none, contesting for every ball and going out hunting to disrupt the GIANTS rhythm. The GIANTS had some moments of clever play with good ball movement down the court and holding strong shooting position.

From the first quarter, the Fury were led by Jamaican defender Kadie-Ann Dehaney who impressed in the goal circle applying strong pressure over the shot and going out hard at the contest. Despite coming on in the final minutes of the Suncorp Super Netball game, Dehaney had plenty to offer with her hands over pressure, impressive footwork to get around her opponent and good lean over the shot. Ine Mari Venter was dominant in goals for the Fury nailing 12 goals and finding space with ease. Her strong drives, clever holds and good hands under pressure gave her prime position under the post. GIANTS shooters, Georgia Marshall and Angelina Frketic combined nicely in the goal circle, with Marshall standing tall under immense Dehaney pressure.

The second term saw a lift in intensity from the GIANTS contesting everything and using a more tactical approach to move the ball down the court. Matilda McDonnell built her way into the game reading the play well and using her leap to go up with the one hand and intercept the ball in defence. Their transition down the court was better using speed and precision while also using the angles really well to string a couple of goals together and alleviate the pressure a bit. But it was to no avail with the Fury midcourt continuing to move the ball quickly, provide strong leads and treasure the ball while in possession. Venter maintained her consistency under the post moving into goal attack allowing Emma Ryde to roll into goal shooter midway through the term. She provided a good target under the post given her height and strong hold but was a bit shaky to start with slowly building into the game. But the GIANTS goal keeper, Keely Rodrigo made Ryde work for it contesting every ball aerially attacking the hands and trying to push her away from the post. Despite their best efforts the Fury had pushed their lead out to eight goals at half time.

It was a much more even quarter with the GIANTS virtually going goal for goal with both sides finishing with 14 goals apiece. Lara Dunkley was impressive through the midcourt using her speed, general netball knowledge and precision to make her presence felt on the court for the Fury with her clever feeds. Their defensive pressure across the court helped to block the centre channel of the court for the GIANTS, but they worked hard to flick the ball around and find the goals. Marshall and Frketic started to find their rhythm while the inclusion of Amber Brophy into goals also provided an extra spark. The Fury moved Dehaney into goal defence and brought on Rudi Ellis in goal keeper who immediately made an impact. She applied strong hands over pressure, is a really good mover, covered her player well and has a good leap with an excellent hold over the shot.

Up by eight the Victorian Fury put their foot down in the final term, upping their defensive pressure with both Dehaney and Jacqui Newton dominating. Dehaney got a good intercept, reading the play well and cleanly getting around the body of her opponent and used her strong hands to bring down the rebounds. Newton impressed with her good three feet, clever tip on the ball and ability to transition down the court. Georgia Clayden and Madeline Hay were good in attack for the GIANTS moving into space and looking into the circle to find a shooter. But in the end it was the Fury who proved to be too strong down the court with their solid connections and cleanliness with ball in hand.