2018 National Netball Championships Updates

The 2018 National Netball Championships is being held in Adelaide from the 17 – 22 April.

17U Competition


Day 1: April 17

The 17U side has split the results on day one of the National Netball Championships.

In the first match, the side was clinical as they defeated the Northern Territory 59-18. Shooters Bianca Grickage and Sloan Burton were on fire early, helping WA to an eight goal lead at quarter time, before extending their advantage to 17 goals at the major break.

Brooke Gibson was moved into Goal Attack for the start of the third term, while Chelsea Bartlett entered the game at Goal Defence. Barlett and Goal Keeper Giselle Taylor were stingy in defence, allowing just two goals for the term, as WA pulled further away, leading 42-14 at the final break.

With a string of changes to start the fourth term, WA were again showcasing their dominant defence, allowing just four goals, as they ran out 41 goal victors.

In their second match, WA faced reigning Gold Medallists and hosts South Australia.

The hosts started the match strongly opening up a six goal buffer at quarter time, with Coach Sue Gerrard turning to her bench to start the second term, however the South Australians extended the margin to eight goals at the main break.

The West Australians again made a number of changes to start the second half, however the hosts pulled away, extending the margin to 13 goals at the final break, before eventually running out 47-31 victors.

Day 2: April 18

Western Australia kicked off Day 2 with a thrilling come from behind performance to secure a draw against the highly touted New South Wales.

Following a sluggish opening quarter, WA trailed by 10 goals at the first break, before a vastly improved second term saw them cut the deficit to six goals at half time.

The West Australians again showed their determination, cutting the margin to four goals at the final break, before spirited performance in the final term saw the two sides deadlocked at the final whistle.

In the second game, last year’s bronze medallists Queensland outlasted the West Australians, with a final score of 31-29.

WA got off to a strong start, leading by five goals at quarter time, before Queensland rallied to take the lead by two goals at the major change.

Western Australia continued to apply the pressure, but it was Queensland who maintained their two goal buffer at three quarter time, a lead they ultimately held at the final whistle.

The loss leaves the West Australians winless on the second day of competition, and an overall record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

WA will face the ACT in their only game tomorrow.

Day 3: April 19

Playing just the one game on Day 3 of competition, the West Australians were eager to ensure their sole game resulted in a victory, and, following a strong second half, it did, with WA recording a 23 goal victory over the ACT.

Both sides were slow to start the match, and took some time to settle, however WA took a one goal lead into the first break.

Things continued to sway momentum wise in the second term, but WA managed to extend their lead to two goals at half time.

But it was the third term where the West Australians showed their class, locking down in defence to allow just one goal. Young gun shooter Sloan Burton was injected into Goal Attack and the move paid immediate dividends, with WA piling on 13 goals to lead by 14 goals at the final change.

WA allowed just two goals again in the final stanza, while adding 11 of their own to run out 36-13 winners.

The side will return to two games per day tomorrow, when they face Victoria and Tasmania.

Day 4: April 20

With the final two matches of the regular competition set to determine who would be playing for a medal, the West Australians were eager to ensure they walked away from the competition with a medal around their necks.

In the first game, WA faced last year’s runners up Victoria, who had lost just one game in the competition thus far. It was a free-flowing affair, with both sides forcing turnovers, however it was the Victorians who took a four goal lead into the half time break.

A spirited effort from the West Australians in the third term saw them cut the deficit to just one goal late in the third stanza, however the Victorians regained the momentum, forcing turnovers and converting them to extend their lead to five goals at three quarter time.

An excellent final quarter from both sides resulted in flowing, open netball, however the Victorians managed to hold onto their lead to run out 38-32 victors.

WA turned their form around in the second match of the day, running out big winners over Tasmania.

Good ball movement in attack helped WA open up a four goal lead at quarter time, while a concerted effort in defence saw the West Australians extend their buffer to 11 goals at the major break.

There was more of the same following half time, with Giselle Taylor having an immediate impact on the game, as WA kicked out to a 17 goal lead heading into the final stanza.

The last quarter was all one way traffic, with WA running out 47-23 victors, giving them a much needed percentage boost.

Day 5: April 21

WA 27 SA 42

After a tentative start, West Australia managed to build a better flow into the game, but South Australia’s physical pressure forced WA to second guess their execution and finish the first half down by six goals.

South Australia continued their pressure into the second and third quarter to finish off the game 15 goal winners.

WA will now look to bounce back against Queensland in tomorrow’s bronze medal match.

Day 6: April 22

WA 29 QLD 31

Queensland has managed to defeat Western Australia 17U by two goals, after a gallant last quarter effort in Sunday’s Bronze medal clash.

A quick start from Western Australia allowed them to jump out to an early three goal lead, before Queensland managed the pull back the deficit.

Both sides displayed full court pressure, along with some patient play, however it was Queensland who finished the first half three goals in front.

WA’s circle defenders once again challenged Queensland’s shooters all game to help keep the contest tight, but it was Queensland who finished the game on top winning 31 – 29.

19U Competition

Day 1: April 17

The 19U side has had a perfect start to their campaign, recording victories against the Northern Territory and Queensland.

In their first match against the Northern Territory, Western Australia opened up a six goal quarter time advantage, before extending that to 10 goals at half time.

With an almost entirely new look side to start the second half, the NT went goal for goal in the third term. However, a strong performance in the fourth stanza saw WA break away to run out 42-19 winners.

The second game saw WA face last year’s runners up, Queensland, in what was an enthralling battle.

Queensland got the better of WA in the opening term leading by two goals at quarter time, a lead they took in the major break as well.

Following half time, both sides threw everything at the contest, however Queensland maintained a two-goal buffer at three quarter time.

A back and forward last stanza saw WA hit the lead with four minutes to go, before holding on to secure a 26-25 victory.

Day 2: April 18

Western Australia’s second day of competition got off to a slower start than expected, falling short of South Australia by 13 goals.

The South Australians proved too strong for their rivals, running out 35-22 victors.

However, in typical fashion, WA bounced back in their second game of the day to secure a two goal win over New South Wales.

A back and forth opening term saw both sides deadlocked at quarter time, before a physical second term, in which just six goals were allowed, saw both sides head into the half time break at 8-8.

Following the long break, both sides threw everything at the contest, however they still couldn’t be separated at the final break.

A tight last term saw the West Australians play with maturity, desire and control, to run out 21-19 victors.

The win sees the 19U side with 3 wins and 1 loss, with their only game tomorrow against the ACT.

Day 3: April 19

The 19U suffered a defeat at the hands of the ACT today, with their record now falling to 3 wins and 2 losses.

The West Australians were slow to start, while the ACT bolted out the gates opening up a 10 goal lead at quarter time.

However, WA managed to cut the deficit to five goals midway through the second term, before the ACT regained momentum to renew their 10-goal lead at the major break.

WA managed to cut the deficit in the second half, however it wasn’t the result the West Australians were hoping for, as ACT ran out 33-26 winners.

The loss now means WA will need to win both games tomorrow against Victoria and Tasmania respectively, to finish in the top four and keep their medal chances alive.

Day 4: April 20

The 19U side also faced the Victorians in their penultimate match of the tournament, with the West Australians falling short of the highly touted Victorians.

A tight opening half saw the Victorians take a one goal lead into half time, before they locked down in defence and capitalised on WA’s errors to take a seven goal lead into the last break.

The Victorians ultimately ran away with the match, finishing 12 goals ahead of WA at the final whistle.

However, it was a solid end to the day for the 19U side defeating Tasmania 44-13, the result allowing West Australia to finish in third position.

WA were strong from the start with solid defensive work and patient play in attack resulting in a number of excellent passages of play.

WA were able to keep Tasmania scoreless in the third to help them prepare for tomorrow’s 2v3 semi-final.


Day 5: April 21

WA 18 – SA 34

It was an honest effort from Western Australia’s 19U today, but South Australia were able to capitalise early on a number of unforced errors and push ahead.

WA’s defensive end were able to contain South Australia’s attack, however they struggled to match them across other areas of the court.

Despite today’s result the 19U side will now turn their focus to tomorrow’s Bronze Medal match against New South Wales.


Day 6: April 22

WA 24 NSW 32

Western Australia’s 19U finished the 2018 National Netball Championships in fourth place, following a gutsy bronze medal clash against New South Wales.

WA had a number of chances on goal in the first half of the game, but were unable to make the most of their opportunities, with NSW managing to keep the score at arm’s length.

WA continued to push hard right to the end of the clash, with some quality feeding into the circle, along with a standout defensive performance from Olivia Lewis.

The end result sees WA’s 19U squad finish the National Champions in fourth position.