29/02/2024

Zoe Davies in action for the Magpies. (Photo: @NetballAust/Twitter)

With Days Three and Four of the Australian Netball Championships coming to a close, the ladders in each of the pool groups has started to take shape, with just one round left until the finals.

Southern Force (56) v Giants Netball Academy (48)

The Southern Force were able to get its first win on the board for the tournament after an eight goal win over the Giants Netball Academy. 

Despite a hot start from the Giants, winning the first quarter 13-10. They weren’t able to maintain that same intensity for the match, going on to lose the remaining three quarters. 

The Giants goal circle was strong with Matisse Letherbarrow (33 goals) and Emily Moore (13 goals) were strong for the game, although Force goal keeper Jessie Grenvold made things hard for the pair, finishing the game on six intercepts. 

Matisse Letherbarrow in action. (Photo: Netball Australia/Twitter)

The Force midcourt proved to be hard to stop, with Tyler Orr continuing her fine form across the tournament with 16 goal assists and 29 feeds. She combined well in the midcourt with her Matric teammate Georgia Dent, who also had a strong game with 25 goal assists and 30 feeds of her own. 

Dent and Orr’s Matric teammate Lucy Austin shone through in the match with the trio’s pre-established connection on show. Austin’s combination with Lauren Frew continued to be dominant in the goal circle with the pair making things difficult for the Giants defenders. 

West Coast Reserves (64) defeated Capital Darters (47) 

The West Coast Fever Reserves got their second win for the tournament after a 17 goal win over the Capital Darters. 

There wasn’t much separating the two teams in the first half with the Fever up by two goals at the main break. The combination of Emma Cosh (13 goals) and Sloan Burton was strong in the opening half. While for the Darters it was Nalani Makunde who was strong in the goal circle for the Darters.

The Fever stormed home in the second half to secure the win with Emma Putt (25 goals) and Nat Medhurst (11 goals) bringing the heat to the Darters defenders. 

While in defence it was Caitlyn Brown that won plenty of ball back for the Fever, finishing the match on five intercepts. Brown combined nicely with Ella Taylor in the defensive circle with Taylor claiming two intercepts of her own. 

QBE Swifts Academy (57) defeated by  Collingwood Magpies (62)

Collingwood have cemented themselves at the top of the table of Pool B with a three goal win over the QBE Swifts Academy.

The Swifts broke away early in the opening quarter with the combination of Alison Miller and Laura Towell dominating in the goal circle. The Swifts went into the first break with a four goal lead but weren’t able to consistently keep up with the Magpies.

Both Shooters for the Swifts finished the match on 100 per cent accuracy with Miller (46 goals) proving to be the Swifts main avenue to goal, while Towell (11 goals) played that feeder role having 25 goal assists and 28 feeds. 

Jane Cook (50 goals) was once again strong under the ring for the Magpies, playing her first full game for the tournament. She was able to pair nicely with Nyah Allen (nine goals) and Olivia Wilkinson (three goals) who both played in parts throughout the game. Former SSN magpie, Maggie Lind was strong in wing attack, especially once the ball hit circle edge, finishing the match with 25 goal assists and 26 feeds. 

Victorian Fury (58)  defeated Tasmania (41)

Victorian Fury have cemented themselves on top of pool A with a comprehensive 17 goal win over Tasmania. Tasmania took it to the Fury in the opening quarter, going into quarter time with a three goal deficit with the Tasmanian showing promising signs early. 

Hayley McDougall (28 goals) was once again dominant under the post for Tasmania, while Shelby Miller continued her strength in the midcourt, finishing the game with  33 feeds and 19 goal assists. 

During this game fans got to see defender Gabby Coffey for the first time this tournament, with the combination of Coffey and her Melbourne University Lightning teammate in Maggie Caris working well for the opening half. Coffey was strong in goal defence, finishing the game with six intercepts and really started to disrupt the Tasmanian front end. 

Caris had three intercepts of her own, playing in goal keeper, rotating with co-captain Olivia Lewis, who had two intercepts to her name.

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Day Four 

QBE Swifts Academy (63) defeated Capital Darters (43)

The QBE Swifts Academy notched up its first win of the tournament with a dominant 20 goal win over the Capital Darters. 

It was a third quarter blitz from the Swifts (19-9) that really put them in good stead to secure the win. Alison Miller (37 goals) was once again a focal point in the front line from the Swifts and was supported nicely with Swifts young gun Sophie Fawns (18 goals). 

Lili Gorman-Brown was strong in wing attack for the Swifts having 15 goal assists and 21 feeds for the match playing in tandem with centre Audrey Little. 

For the Darters, Millie Roach (19 goals) was strong under the post, although was inaccurate at times in the match finishing the game with 73 per cent accuracy. Nalani Makunde (13 goals) came on as a goal shooter for the Darters, proving to be a strong option going to post, finishing the game with 100 percent shooting accuracy. 

Victorian Fury (54) defeated Giants Netball Academy (49) 

Victorian Fury have cemented themselves on top of pool A with a five goal win over the Giants Netball Academy. 

The Fury jumped out of the blocks going into quarter time with a handy four goal margin, but a 16-10 second quarter going the way of the Giants saw the margin down to just two goals the way of the Fury. 

The Giants goalers of Matisse Letherbarrow and Angelina Frketic were on song in that second quarter, both shooting at 100 percent accuracy. Giants goalkeeper Ellen Spencer also instrumental in the second quarter with three intercepts to finish the game with seven. 

Fury Co-Captain Olivia Lewis was getting her hands to plenty of ball in the third quarter having three intercepts and like Spencer finished the game on seven intercepts. It was the Fury that was able to capitalise the most on turnovers, having eight goals from gains to the Giants four. 

Amy Sligar and Hannah Mundy go head to head. (Photo: @NetballAust/Twitter)

Queensland Sapphires (64) def West Coast Fever Reserves (49)

The Queensland Sapphires dealt the West Coast Fever reserves their first loss of the tournament after a dominant 15 goal win on Day Four. 

It was a strong display from the Queensland side, with the Sapphires winning all four quarters. They were able to shut the door quickly on any momentum that the Fever side got through Sapphires defender Ashleigh Ervin. She played a key role in the match, really shutting down the Fever combination of Sloan Burton and Nat Medhurst. 

Ervin finished the game with four intercepts while Sapphires Captain Hulita Veve was strong in wing defence, having four intercepts and limiting the impact of Emma Cosh and Numi Tupaea who both spent time in wing attack. 

Medhurst (31 goals) was strong under the post, playing both in goal attack and goal shooter. Sapphires wing attack Leesa Mi Mi was once again dominant in wing attack having 23 goal assists and 36 feeds. 

Southern Force (59) def Sunshine Coast Lightning (55) 

The Southern Force have won its second game of the ANC after a four goal win over the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Unfortunately, the game was marred by two serious injuries to Reilly Batcheldor and Molly Watson. 

Both teams came out of the blocks firing, both teams were also extremely accurate when going to post,  with both shooting circles having 100 per cent accuracy in the opening quarter. 

Going into the first break, nothing could split the two teams at 14 apiece, however the Southern Force were able to pull away in the second and third quarter with the shooting combination of Lucy Austin (38 goals) and Lauren Frew (21 goals) dominating under the post. Frew showcased her accuracy all throughout the game finishing the match on 100 per cent. 

In the midcourt Tyler Orr (23 goal assist and 30 feeds) and Paris Sinclair (12 goal assists and 18 goal assist) were dominant, running out all four quarters. Goalkeeper Jessie Grenvold was formidable in defence for the Force, finishing the game with six intercepts. 

Annie Miller was rock-solid for the Lightning in wing attack, having 17 goal assists and 28 feeds. She was the Lightnings preferred option on the centre pass with 27 centre pass receives. 

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