Defending Champions, Tuggeranong, were challenged in their division one clash against a young and physical Queanbeyan team. Tuggeranong exploded into the second quarter, quickly taking an 11-point lead mid-way through the quarter. But a tenacious Queanbeyan team, got over their first half-nerves clawing their way to within 3-points with only 3 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. Experience proved too strong in the end with Tuggeranong closing out the match 44-39.
Queanbeyan Captain, Farrah Marolt on their performance against the fancied top side, “I was proud of the girls, we went in nervous against the top team. But we didn’t crack under pressure towards the end of the game. We didn’t let them have an easy win”
In the other close game of the round, Canberra welcomed back Canberra Giant player Ngawai Eels for her first State League match of the season. She joined her Canberra Giants team mate Nalani Makunde, who is back in only her second match from injury. Up against an experienced Belconnen team, the scores were even for most of the first half, with Canberra having a slight edge. Canberra showed their class in the third quarter stretching their lead to 7-points. But Belconnen’s experience started to shine through showing great tenacity to fight back and take the lead at the 9-minute mark of the 4th quarter. Accurate goal shooting by leading league goal scorer Makunde scoring 42 goals for the match helped Canberra finish the match on top 53-48.
Coach Tara Steele said on the match “that was a great win as Belconnen are an experienced team with several former ANL players in their line-up. It was great to have Ngawai and Nalani playing together, but as a team we are still working on our combinations. It was a close contest but that’s what I want the girls to have. We need to be challenged and put under pressure to make us better”.
In the third game, Arawang proved too strong with their accurate goal scoring to overcome South Canberra 60-30.
|The Division One Ladder after Round Two:||%|
|1||Arawang Netball Association||2||2||0||0||118||77||10||153.25|
|2||Tuggeranong Netball Association||2||2||0||0||97||79||10||122.78|
|3||Canberra Netball Association Inc||2||2||0||0||102||92||10||110.87|
|4||Queanbeyan Netball Association||2||0||2||0||86||102||2||84.31|
|5||Belconnen Netball Association||2||0||2||0||88||106||2||83.02|
|6||South Canberra Netball Association||2||0||2||0||74||109||2||67.89|
Top Three Goal Scorers after Round Two:
Nalani Makunde, Canberra Netball Association: 70 goals (92%)
Sophie Immonen, Tuggeranong Netball Association: 60 goals (92%)
Olivia Clarke, Queanbeyan Netball Association: 59 goals (87%)
Round 2 | Results
Canberra defeated Belconnen 53 – 48
Arawang defeated South Canberra 60-30
Tuggeranong defeated Queanbeyan 44-39
Canberra defeated Belconnen 66 – 31
Arawang defeated South Canberra 61 – 36
Tuggeranong defeated Queanbeyan 54 – 41
Canberra defeated Belconnen 40 – 33
Arawang defeated South Canberra 59 – 39
Tuggeranong defeated Goulburn 68 – 25