The ACT U21 netball team has gone within a goal of causing the biggest upset at the national championship in Caloundra.
The ACT went down to third place Victoria 54-53 after leading there more fancied opponents for three quarters.
Both teams went neck and neck throughout the first three terms with the ACT leading 11-9 at quarter-time, 26-24 at half time and then 39-38 with one quarter remaining.
The final term saw the scoreboard fluctuate as both teams gave everything sweating on an opposition mistake.
In the end Victoria edged clear by a goal as the final whistle sounded but not before getting the fright of their tournament.
For the ACT, goal shooters Alison Miller scored 32 goals and Lauren Cantwell 21 goals, while the midcourt of Georgia Clayden, Leigh Kalsbeek and Jo Collis worked tirelessly.
The Victorians best was goal shooter Jane Cook who was outstanding landing 42 goals from 47 attempts, while goal attack Anastasia Hamill scored 21 goals from 29 attempts.
The ACT has earned the respect of the top netball state with their performances throughout the national championships.
They’ve won two games against Northern Territory and Tasmania, led NSW by six goals at three quarter time and got within a goal of upsetting Victoria.
The ACT will play the Northern Territory tomorrow (Saturday, 14 March) at 9.40am in the 6th v 7th play-off match.