National Netball Championships Wrap: Day 4

Western Australia has finished fourth on the ladder in both the 17U and 19U divisions of the 2017 National Netball Championships, with finals set to commence tomorrow.

The 17U side will face South Australia, while the 19U team will play either Victoria or Queensland, with the winner of each game to play in the Gold Medal Match.

In the 17U competition, Western Australia got the day off to a flying start with a big win over the Northern Territory.

In the first quarter WA flexed their muscles, not conceding a goal in the opening seven minutes of play, while adding 11 of their own.

WA extended their lead to 16 goals at the major break, a trend that continued into the second half, with the margin blowing out to 22 goals at the final break.

The West Coast side continued to put their foot down in the final term, running out 41-14 winners.

WA’s final match of the regular competition was a battle with South Australia, and pitted the top two teams against each other.

The game proved to be a true test for both sides, with tired bodies colliding regularly, while the scoreboard remained close for the entirety of the match.

After sitting level at quarter time, WA took a one goal lead into the second half, before South Australia wrestled momentum back to lead by two goals at three quarter time.

With top spot up for grabs, both sides threw everything at the contest, however it was the South Australians who held on for the 30-29 victory.

While finishing fourth on the ladder, WA conceded the least amount of goals in the competition with 159, nine less than second placed Victoria.

In the 19U age group, WA’s first match of the day saw fall short of New South Wales, 25-21.

An outstanding first half from Olivia Lewis helped WA open up a two goal lead at half time, before NSW scored nine goals to six in the third term to take the lead back going into the final quarter.

Both sides had their chances in the fourth quarter, but it was NSW who held on for the four goal victory.

In the final match of their regular campaign, the 19U finished with a bang, beating the Northern Territory 39-22.

WA led from start to finish, with the margin blowing out to 10 goals by half time.

Spurred along by strong defensive pressure, WA extended the margin to 17 at three quarter time, before running out victors by the same deficit.

Finals will commence tomorrow, with the medal matches to be played on Monday.