ACT U21’s lose to WA to finish sixth
The ACT U21 netball team has ended its national championship campaign with a 54-44 loss to Western Australia in Caloundra.
The loss saw the ACT finish the tournament in sixth position having won three games.
The Western Australia shooting combination of Kaylia Stanton and Sophie Garbin set up their side’s victory in the first half as the pair helped their side to a 10-goal lead at the half-time.
The ACT started the second half strongly with the first four goals of the third term and got as close as six goals before Western Australia steadied.
Western Australia went into the final term with a six-goal lead and weathered an early ACT burst sparked by Lauren Cantwell before pulling away to record its sixth victory of the week.
ACT goal shooter Alison Miller landed 25 goals from 32 attempts to become only the third shooter to pass 200 goals for the week.
ACT coach Melinda Clarke praised her sides for their efforts throughout the tournament.
“We set out to play four quarters of strong netball each game and for the great part of the week we did that,” Clarke said.
“Apart from three wins we went so close to upsetting Victoria (54-53) who played in the grand final and led NSW by six goals into the last quarter before going down.”
“We certainly earned the respect of the top netballing states and the girls should be very proud of their efforts.”
Western Australia shooting stats
Kaylia Stanton 32/40 (80%)
Sophie Garbin 22/30 (73%)
ACT shooting stats
Alison Miller 25/32 (78%)
Lauren Cantwell 19/29 (66%)