QUEENSLAND 45 defeated ACT 36
A slow start has proved costly for the ACT U21 netball side as they went down 45-36 to Queensland on day four of the National Netball Championships in Adelaide.
Coming off an excellent 40-all draw against Western Australia yesterday the ACT was looking to secure their first win of the National Championships.
However, a slow first quarter which saw Queensland lead by 11 goals saw the ACT forced to play ‘catch up’.
They began the second quarter with goal keeper Lara Bowyer producing some strong rebounds, while goal shooter Georgia Marshall was accurate in front of goal.
As a result the ACT narrowed the deficit to nine goals at half-time (26-17).
ACT coach Melinda Clarke’s half-time address must have had the right effect on her players as they began the third quarter with a bang.
Brilliant passages of play combined with cool heads from the ACT goal shooters saw them get within four goals of Queensland setting up a thrilling final term.
The final quarter was a real arm wrestle as the pressure across the court intensified.
Both sides went goal for goal and it wasn’t until the final few minutes that Queensland were able to break away from the ACT and secure a valuable victory.
The ACT will meet Victoria tomorrow (Friday, 14 March) at 12pm before the start of the semi-finals on Saturday.
ACT shooting stats
Georgia Marshall 28/42 (67%) Dannielle Pickett 8/11 (73%)
David Packwood: Media Manager