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Top 15 SSN training partners: #10 – Sunday Aryang

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. Heading up the top 10 is 2019 West Coast Fever debutant Sunday Aryang. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration recent form, individual potential and future development.

Ethiopia-born Aryang may be young but what she lacks in age she well and truly makes up for in talent, with impressive speed and elevation. The defender can be a threat both inside and outside the circle with her lanky arms and ability to cover ground, able to apply impressive pressure on the shot or deny entry to the circle depending on what her team needs. Aryang may not have a wealth of experience at the top level, but training behind Australian Diamonds goal keeper Courtney Bruce and against the likes of 198cm Jamaican Jhaniele Fowler in the circle, her development with this Fever unit will be crucial. 

Fellow West Australian pathway athlete Olivia Lewis is a handy player to follow the footsteps of, with the fellow defender earning her place on the bench and a playing a crucial role in helping Aryang up through the ranks. Aryang is a key member of the Western Sting side playing in the Australian Netball League (ANL) and a member of the 2019 Under-19 Australian squad. With clean hands and good anticipation of the play, Aryang is a great defensive prospect for the future, while her versatility will come in handy throughout her development with plenty of rotational options giving her plenty of opportunity to gain valuable court time.

TOP 15 SSN TRAINING PARTNERS SO FAR:

#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)

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.

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.

ANL Review: Round 7

WITH the final round of the Australian Netball League done and dusted the NSW Waratahs claimed top spot with Victorian Fury also imposing themselves at the top of table. Cellar dwellers Queensland Fusion failed to make a splash this season while the Southern Force and Western Sting only managed four wins for the season.

Western Sting (57) defeated Southern Force (47)

Though the Western Sting did not hold the lead from the get go they worked hard to turn the tables and build their own winning margin. The Southern Force jumped out to a two-goal lead at quarter time credit to the work of Maisie Nankivell around the circle edge to feed into the likes of Asha Thurlow and Cody Lange. A big 17 goal effort in the second quarter helped to set them up for the rest of the game and claim some momentum and control over the match. Both sides finished the game with a shooting average of 83 per cent with the main difference the number of attempts with the Sting putting up 12 more (69-57). As the game went on, the Force brought on Lucy Austin who impressed under the post with 20 goals from 23 attempts at 87 per cent. For the Sting, Emma Cosh and Sloan Burton worked well in the goal circle setting up good screens and making their presence felt on the scoreboard. Burton top scored with 39 goals from 45 attempts at 87 percent.

NSW Waratahs (49) defeated Canberra GIANTS (48)

After a hot start the Canberra GIANTS fought their way back into the contest against the NSW Waratahs. NSW jumped out to a big lead early on, scoring a whopping 19 goals to 10 in the first term and keeping that momentum up until a last quarter flurry from the GIANTS sent shockwaves through the side. The Waratahs had no issues ringing the changes in the goal circle with Alison Miller and Amorangi Malesale both getting a run with a combined seven shots. Meanwhile Kelly Singleton and Sophie Dwyer were prolific under the post with Dwyer highlighting her shooting prowess with 26 goals from 32 attempts. Through the midcourt Claire O’Brien and Tayla Fraser worked tirelessly to work the ball down the court and get into good feeding position while Abbey McCulloch showed her experience and class in at wing defence. The GIANTS are yet to provide statistics and a team list.

Queensland Fusion (52) defeated by Victorian Fury (58)

The Victorian Fury dominated in the first quarter to push out to a six-goal lead but the Fusion worked tirelessly to stay in the hunt. A 16 goal second quarter saw the Fusion get back within five goals at half time and continued to cut the margin down to four goals before a final quarter blitz from the Fury ended those hopes. Emma Ryde was prolific under the post once again using her height and reach to out body her opponents, finishing the game with 37 goals. Out the front in goal attack, Sacha McDonald and Ruby Barkmeyer applied scoreboard pressure and highlighted their accuracy to post for the Fury. For the Fusion, Macy Gardner and Jada Gafa worked hard through the midcourt to hit the circle edge and feed into the likes of Amy Sommerville and Rylie Holland. Holland top scored with 39 goals from 45 attempts with the goal shooter doing the most damage in the second quarter with 14 goals.

Territory Storm (63) defeated Tasmanian Magpies (60)

At the University of Sunshine Coast the Territory Storm claimed an upset win over the Tasmanian Magpies. It was a tight tussle with the Storm pushing out to a commanding lead but the Magpies continuously chipped away at the lead to fall agonisingly short by three goals. The Storm shooters capitalised on their opportunities in the second quarter with Cara Koenen and Binnian Hunt both sitting at 100 per cent shooting 10 and six goals respectively. Koenen’s accuracy to post continued throughout the match with 42 from 47 at 90 per cent showcasing her ability to break open a game with her timing and range. Annika Lee-Jones was important down in defence working with Sienna Allen and Sarahpheinna Woulf to limit the impact of the Magpies shooters. A couple of different combinations were tried out in the goal circle for Tasmania with Zoe Claridge showcasing her hot hand with 16 from 20 at 80 percent. Tried and tested duo Jane Cook and Samantha Gooden also played their role in attack with Gooden making the most of her opportunities at 84 percent.

Western Sting (47) defeated Southern Force (45)

It was a close encounter between the Western Sting and Southern Force with a mere two goals separating the sides in the end. The Southern Force worked their way back into the game to stay in touch with the Sting after they edged out to a four-goal lead heading into the quarter time break. Sunday Aryang and Olivia Lewis applied some strong pressure early on in the game to limit the ease of entry into the goal circle. But as the connection between Charlee Hodges and Lange grew they released the ball with confidence and looked to post more regularly. Hodges finished with 18 goals from 23 attempts while the work of Nankivell and Tayla Williams out the front was impressive. Goal keeper Kate Shimmin also showcased her defensive skill and aerial ability up against Sting shooters Kaylia Stanton and Burton. Stanton led all comers with 22 goals while Cosh showed her versatility switching between wing attack and goal attack. Through the Stings midcourt Courtney Kruta and Jessica Eales rotated through centre and provided good run both offensive and defensive.

Territory Storm (44) defeated by Tasmanian Magpies (66)

The Magpies completely flipped the tables on their previous clash to claim a 22 point win over the Storm. Though Tasmania struggled with accuracy finishing the game at 70 per cent they proved that volume is no issue putting up 95 goal attempts compared to 62. They put out a solid four quarter effort to transition down the court with ease and precision. But it was a 21 goal to nine third quarter that really enabled the Magpies to surge ahead and put their foot down. Cook took control in the goal circle with 35 goals but only managed 69 per cent shooting accuracy. Defensively Melissa Bragg, Brooke Allen, Zanna Jodlowska and Sharni Lambden all worked overtime to confuse the space and cherry pick any errant passes to try and nullify Lucinda Benjamin and Hunt. Benjamin threw her weight around with 31 goals while Chanel Dyer used her netball smarts to get into damaging feeding positions.

Queensland Fusion (49) defeated by Victorian Fury (59)

It was relatively close to start off with as the Fury held a three-goal lead at quarter time before they put the foot down and broke away to create a 12-goal deficit heading into the main break. Fusion tried hard to work their way back into the game but it was too far gone as the Fury stuck to their structures and capitalised under the post. Ryde continued her dominance under the post with 41 goals while Rudi Ellis and Jacqueline Newton worked hard in defence to confuse and clog up the space. Mia Stower made her presence felt for the Fusion on the scoreboard with the goaler converting 12 from her 16 attempts. Maddison Hinchliffe was solid through the midcourt with Laura Clemesha also working hard in defence to win the ball back with her hands over pressure and clever footwork.

NSW Waratahs (66) defeated Canberra GIANTS (27)

The Waratahs and Canberra GIANTS had a relatively even start until NSW kicked into gear and went on a scoring rampage in the third term. The main difference proved to be the volume of shots with the Waratahs simply outscoring them and transitioning down the court with pace and ease. The GIANTS had no answers only managing three goals in the third term while the Waratahs piled on a whopping 17 goals showcasing both their defensive and offensive prowess. Miller was simply unstoppable under the post with 43 goals at 90 per cent. Defensively they were just as impressive with Clare Iongi and Laura Rodger applying good strong hands over pressure and reducing Angelina Frketic’s dominance in the goal circle. Sophie Halpin and Madeline Hay also played her role in wing defence limiting the impact of Taylah Davies around the circle edge. Teigan O’Shannassy and Matilda McDonnell were outplayed by their opposition in defence but worked tirelessly to try and win ball back for the GIANTS.

ANL Review: Round 6

WITH the finals quickly approaching each team is pulling out all the stops in hope to feature late in the season. The Victorian Fury edged further ahead on top of the ladder while the New South Wales (NSW) Waratahs continued to stamp their authority on the competition with a couple of convincing wins.

Territory Storm (59) defeated Southern Force (55)

The Territory Storm claimed their third win of the season after an impressive effort right across the court. It was neck and neck early on with the Storm holding a one goal lead before surging ahead to maintain a four goal buffer for the majority of the match. Though the Storm’s shooting accuracy was down sitting at 76 per cent compared to the Force at 86 per cent their avenue to goal was easier and volume was higher with 14 more attempts. Storm goal shooter, Lucinda Benjamin proved to be the difference between the two sides with her presence in the goal circle wreaking havoc slotting 44 from 56 at 79 per cent. Her partnership with Binnian Hunt was also important in helping to get the scoreboard ticking over. Up the other end the Force shooters shared the load between them more evenly with Lucy Austin showcasing her dominance under the post with 35 goals from 40 attempts while Jacoba Clough made her presence felt on the scoreboard nailing 20 goals. Defensively, Vivian Jordan and Chelsea Blackman worked tirelessly with their connection on show throughout the match.

Queensland Fusion (50) defeated by NSW Waratahs (65)

The NSW Waratahs much like their Suncorp Super Netball counterparts stamped their authority on the competition with a convincing 15 goal win over the Queensland Fusion. It was a tight opening half with only one goal separating the two at half time before the Waratahs took off in the third quarter to push out to a six goal buffer before putting on the afterburners and piling on 19 goals to 10 in the fourth. Waratahs shooter Sophie Dwyer was unstoppable finding the net with ease time and time again converting 41 of her 48 attempts. Meanwhile the work of Alison Miller and Kelly Singleton did not go unnoticed with the two goalers making the most of their opportunities under the post only missing three goals between them. Tayla Fraser and Elle Bennetts attacked the circle edge with ease and precision. While for the Fusion Rylie Holland was the leading goal scorer nailing 11 straight in the opening term to finish with 28 from 33 starved of opportunity later in the match credit to the defensive pressure of Clare Iongi and Nicole Styles. Mia Stower was important in attack for the Fusion scoring 19 goals while Macy Gardner was clever with ball in hand.

Western Sting (44) defeated by Canberra GIANTS (51)

It was a hot start from the GIANTS skipping out to an early lead against the Western Sting. The Sting were held to just nine goals in the opening term while the GIANTS streamed ahead extending the lead. The GIANTS were composed in attack and capitalised on their opportunities under the post finishing the match with a combined 93 per cent shooting accuracy compared to 84 percent. Angelina Frketic was impressive under the post with her composure and ability to turn and shoot only missing one shot for the game with 20 from 21 at 96 per cent. Her combination with Georgia Marshall in the goal circle was solid once again finding each other under the post and highlighting her shooting ability with 31 goals from 34 attempts. Taylah Davies and Latika Tombs were important in attack for the GIANTS feeding the ball into Frketic and Marshall while defensively Madeline Hay did a wealth of work to stop the influence of Sting wing attack Emma Cosh to hit the circle edge. Georgia Pitt was the go to girl for the Sting in the circle with 15 goals while Sloan Burton was equally impressive in the circle. Sunday Aryang and Jessica Penny worked hard in defence but it was not enough to stop the GIANTS.

Territory Storm (61) defeated Southern Force (46)

It was a dominant performance from the Storm who impressed with their slick ball movement, speed and precision under the post. They extended their lead at every break running out 15-goal victors. Peace Proscovia was dominant under the post in her half of netball converting 22 of her 23 attempts at a whopping 96 per cent. Fellow shooters Hunt and Benjamin also made their presence felt on the scoreboard finding the net with ease. Annika Lee-Jones was solid in defence for the Storm with her hands over pressure a real feature of her game. Through the midcourt Jacqui Russel and Stephanie O’Brien provided good leads into space. The Force shooters lacked accuracy at time with Cody Lange unable to capitalise under the post with 23 from 35 at 66 percent while Austin was the most accurate of the lot at 77 percent with 16 from 21. Veteran defender Kate Shimmin was instrumental down back working tirelessly to shut down her opposition shooter. Meanwhile Maisie Nankivell played her role in the centre applying good defensive and offensive pressure.

Western Sting (50) defeated by Canberra GIANTS (56)

The GIANTS made it two from two against the Western Sting with a six goal win. Canberra pushed out to an early lead with the clever ball movement and accuracy to post a real feature of their game nailing 17 goals to nine in the opening term. Credit to the Sting they worked their way back into the game winning turnover ball to reduce the 10 goal margin after half time. Pitt once again stood tall in the goal circle for the Sting with 32 from 38 while Alice Teague-Neeld managed six from seven attempts. She showed her versatility swapping between goal attack and wing attack throughout the match. Defensively the pressure was up from the Sting with Olivia Lewis and Shannon Eagland hunting every ball but it was not enough to quell the influence of the GIANTS shooters. Matilda McDonell and Teigan O’Shannassy showed their connection in defence rotating off their opponents and confusing the space well to win the ball back for the GIANTS.

Victorian Fury (65) defeated Tasmanian Magpies (41)

In their first clash of the round the Victorian Fury were victorious with a convincing win over the Tasmanian Magpies credit to some strong defensive pressure and ability to convert on turnovers. Fury held the lead for the entire match with the Magpies unable to match their intensity and hunt for the ball. It was a battle of the goal shooters in the first quarter with Emma Ryde and Jane Cook going toe to toe but in the end, it was Ryde that took home the chocolates with 40 from 46 at 87 percent. Sacha McDonald was also influential on the scoreboard for the Fury converting 18 from 19. Defensively Ellis Rudi and Jacqueline Newton worked well in the circle to reduce the influence of Cook, Samantha Gooden and Zoe Claridge. In the defensive end Melissa Bragg and Brooke Allen applied strong hands over pressure to try and clog up the space but it was to no avail with Ryde proving to be too big a target to stop.

Queensland Fusion (54) defeated by NSW Waratahs (64)

The NSW Waratahs claimed another solid win over the Queensland Fusion. It was a close contest in the first quarter with only two points separating either side at quarter time. But NSW built into the game with their transition play on display as the game went on along with their accuracy to post sitting at 96 percent compared to the Fusion’s 84. The Fusion got within four goals in the third quarter before the Waratahs pushed ahead to edge out any chance of them winning. Holland was important under the post top scoring for Queensland with 36 goals while Amy Sommerville showcased her ability to turn and shoot with 12 from 15 at 80 per cent. For the Waratahs, Dwyer was once again unstoppable in the circle showcasing her hot hand with 43 from 44. In wing defence Dakota Thomas was important credit to her three feet pressure and intent to cover her opponents every move while wing attack Claire O’Brien was instrumental in helping to feed the ball into the shooters tussling hard on circle edge to claim prime position.

Victorian Fury (54) defeated by Tasmanian Magpies (48)

It was a tight encounter in the opening half of netball with only one goal separating the two sides at half time. The Magpies looked strong and composed edging out to a three goal lead at three quarter time before the Fury came home strong in the final term piling on 18 goals to nine. Their quick ball movement and endurance prevailed out running the Magpies and allowing their structures to hold true when the game counted. Ryde was prolific for the Fury scoring 40 from 43 while Ine-Mari Venter also appeared for snippets throughout the game shooting three goals. Lara Dunkley showcased her versatility switching through centre, wing attack and wing defence while Jamaican defender Kadie-Ann Dehaney also made her presence felt thanks to her aerial ability. For the Magpies Gabby Sinclair showed her attacking prowess feeding the ball into her teammates while also putting up her fair share of shots with 22 from 31 at 77 per cent. Through the midcourt Kimiora Poi got a run using her speed to dice through opposition defence while Kelsie Rainbow also showcased her strength around the top of 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.

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.

ANL Review: Round 2

IN Round 2 of the Australian Netball League (ANL) the Tasmanian Magpies and Victorian Fury continued their undefeated start to the season. Meanwhile the GIANTS slumped to the bottom of the ladder unable to record a win.

Netball NSW Waratahs (55) defeated Western Sting (49)

It was a relatively even start with both sides contesting hard for the ball. The NSW Waratahs edged ahead at quarter time to hold a two-goal lead until the Sting fought back in the second term winning a few crucial turnovers and squaring all things up at half time. But that is where it stopped for Sting who were unable to maintain that intensity conceding 31 goals in the second half. Matisse Letherbarrow was superb under the ring showcasing her hot hand with a whopping 36 goals from 40 attempts at 90 percent, fellow goaler Alison Miller also found her range sitting at 100 percent from her eight shots. Abbey McCulloch was solid in wing defence tagging her opposition well and applying good hands over pressure. For the Western Sting Emma Cosh and Sloan Burton had their work cut out for them but made sure that they stayed calm and composed under pressure to take the shots when in range. Goal defence Sunday Aryang also showcased her solid defensive work particularly in the air with her leap.

Territory Storm (46) defeated by Queensland Fusion (65)

The Queensland Fusion seemed to have the ball on a string against the Storm who had no answers for their quick ball movement and precision down the court. Fusion led at every break and maintained their pressure throughout the four quarters to ensure that they got the win. The rotations through the shooting circle did not seem to bother the Fusion with Rylie Holland dominating under the post with 37 goals from 41 attempts at a whopping 91 percent. Mia Stower was also handy around the goals with 14 from 17 while Alexia Baker also slotted five goals in the win. For the Storm Lucinda Benjamin and Binnian Hunt combined well in the goal circle, creating space for one another and setting good screens but it was not enough to get them over the line. Benjamin led the way with 25 goals but her conversion rate was low only sitting at 68 percent.

Southern Force (37) defeated by Victorian Fury (63)

It was neck and neck to start with neither side able to be separated at quarter time with 12 goals apiece. But the Fury pushed ahead after quarter time piling on 19 goals in the second term alone and did not look back outplaying the Force as the game went on. Emma Ryde was prolific under the post holding her space well and using her height to full advantage with 47 goals from 56 attempts. Mikaela Vaughan was solid in at goal attack working hard to feed the ball into the circle and then sweep across the goal circle to contribute to the scoreboard with 14 goals. Jacqueline Newton and Rudi Ellis were solid in defence with their hands over pressure and physicality. The Southern Force on the other hand could not contain the offensive pressure of the Fury making a host of changes throughout the game with Jordan Vivien, Chelsea Blackman and Emily Burgess all working hard. In the goal circle Cody Lange was unable to find her range only managing 11 goals from her 21 shots, while Nyah Allen was the top scorer with 14 goals.

Canberra GIANTS (52) defeated by Tasmanian Magpies (60)

The Magpies led from the get go and worked tirelessly to treasure possession across the court. They gradually extended their winning margin at each quarter to run away eight point winners. The Magpies were led in attack by Jane Cook who was prolific under the post putting up 42 shots at 92 percent. In the first half of netball alone Cook posted 24 goals to push her sides lead out while Samantha Gooden was also solid under the post chipping in with 15 goals. Through the midcourt Vanessa Augustini was pivotal opening up the court and fighting hard to secure good feeding position. In defence for the Waratahs Teigan O’Shannassy was instrumental contesting every ball while Toni Anderson showed her versatility moving between wing defence and goal defence. Goal shooter Georgia Marshall was the go to girl in attack for the Waratahs finding good space and using her clever footwork to be a threat in the goal circle sitting at 37 from 41 at 91 percent.

Territory Storm (51) defeated by Queensland Fusion (60)

It was another tight game between the two sides but in the end, it was the Queensland Fusion who came away with another nine goal win against the Storm. It was relatively even at quarter time but the Fusion added on 15 goals in the second term to head into the half time break up by 10 goals and continued that form for the rest of the match. Wing attack and part time shooter Alexia Baker found good space on the goal circle but failed to find the net. Holland continued her hot form under the post with 32 from 35 at 92 percent. Defensively Shenae Grant, Bridey Condren and Leah Middleton all played their role applying hands over pressure and confusing the space for their opposition. Storm goaler, Benjamin found her range with 34 goals with wing attacks Stephanie O’Brien and Courtney Murphy letting go of bullet passes into her.

Southern Force (50) defeated by Victorian Fury (51)

After a blowout in the first game of the round the Southern Force came out with a real fire in the belly. They lead at all the breaks but were unable to hang on in the dying minutes with the Fury fighting hard to remain undefeated. Their connections down the court were on song creating good space for one another and capitalising in the goal circle sitting at 89 percent compared to the Fury’s 77. Asha Thurlow and Lucy Austin were impressive in attack putting up goal after goal and were not afraid to turn and shoot. Thurlow recorded 27 goals, while Austin added 20. Ine-Mari Venter was the standout shooter for the Fury swapping between goal shooter and goal attack and using her good footwork, clever read of the play and accuracy to dice up her opposition nailing 30 of her 39 attempts. Ryde was down on her usual volume but still played her role while she was on the court. Lara Dunkley was clever with ball in hand and used her vision and speed to get into damaging feeding positions.

Canberra GIANTS (57) defeated by Tasmanian Magpies (75)

It was a tight tussle with the GIANTS and Magpies going toe to toe for the first three quarters until the Tasmanian Magpies put on a masterclass across the court with their precise ball movement and accuracy to post in the last term. They piled on a whopping 21 goals to 10 in the last quarter out running and outplaying the GIANTS who were gallant in defeat. Once again Cook starred in the goal circle only missing two goals for the entire match both of which came in the third term finishing at 97 percent with 59 goals. Magpies defenders, Brooke Allen and Karli Foster stepped it up in the last term applying pressure over the shot and going out hunting to create turnover ball. GIANTS goalers Angelina Frketic and Marshall combined well in the circle and held up strong for the first three quarters driving hard and turning and shooting with Marshall leading the way with 36 from 41 but it was not enough. The ball placement from Eliza Burton and Latika Tombs was good, making clever decisions on when to let the ball go but were unable to carry that form over into the final term of the game.

Netball NSW Waratahs (68) defeated Western Sting (40)

The Waratahs increased their lead at every change and put on a dominant performance from the first whistle. In the second quarter alone the Waratahs piled on 19 goals and did not look back applying strong defensive and offensive pressure across the ground. Sophie Garbin was phenomenal in the goal circle with her accuracy second to none with a whopping 40 goals, shouldering the load for the Waratahs. Youngster, Letherbarrow also contributed to the scoreboard with nine goals. Elle Bennetts and Tayla Fraser were clever with ball in hand to shake off their opponents and then hit the circle edge to feed into the Waratahs shooters. Swifts players Maddy Turner and Lauren Moore were impressive down in defence applying strong hands over pressure and contesting every ball to nullify the influence of Sting goalers Alice Teague-Neeld who only managed six goals from her 10 attempts for the game. Georgia Pitt showed great composure under the post with 22 goals leading the way for Sting with her intent to turn and shoot.

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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