State of Origin Semis Set Up
The semi-finals of the 2015 Girls 16 & Under National Championships are set to be a state of origin battle after day four games in Perth, with close games setting up tantalising encounters for the penultimate day of action.
Early in the day the Drummoyne Devils had an uphill battle after trailing All Hallows 2-1 at the main break, the Sydneysiders eventually clawing their way back in the third to level three goals apiece. The teams went goal for goal in the fourth term before a last ditch effort by Emma Jones with 42 seconds remaining saw the Devils hang on to the win.
That result saw Drummoyne finish first in their pool, the Sunshine Coast coming second and also securing a semi finals place after downing the Hunter Hurricanes 13-10. A strong first half saw the Queenslanders jump to a 7-3 lead, and while the Novocastrians dug deep through the second, it wasn’t enough to pull back the lead.
Sunshine Coast will face the highly favoured Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers (SNB) in their semi-final after the Breakers easily accounted for defending champions the UNSW Killer Whales Yellow 14-6. SNB led from start to finish, with Daisy Nankervis, Natalie Jander and Matilda Kearns all scoring hat-tricks.
Meanwhile, Brisbane Girls Grammar upset the more favoured Cronulla Sharks Blue to cement their spot in the championship semi-final against Drummoyne. The Queensland school team trailed 5-3 at the first break, before a strong second term saw them level the score at 6-6 by half time. Effective defence through the final terms and a hat-trick to Kate Morrison sealed the 12-10 win to Grammar.
In the Plate group, the ACT Fins won their way into their semi-final with victories over Cronulla Black 12-8 and the Melville Marlins 8-5. Siani Swarbricks eight goals, and Pip Nash’s five across both games were standout performances.
The ACT will now face local side, Triton in the semi, the Western Australian’s earning their place after recovering from an early 13-6 loss to the Brisbane Barracudas, to draw 5-5 with the UTS Balmain Tigers in their second game. Jamie Oberman’s strong arm found the back of the net four times in the draw with Balmain, while Renee Rechichi was able to withstand the Tigers’ attack in goals.
The Brisbane Barracudas will face the Melville Marlins in their Plate semi-final, after backing up their defeat of Triton with a win against Ovens & Murray. The Barras shared the goals around, with four to Chloe Woodbine, hat-tricks to Jade Cusack and Zoe Balmanno, and doubles to Jessica Emerson and Shannon Kinzett.
In other games in the Plate group, the Melville Marlins defeated cross-town rivals, the City Beach Bears 12-8 to secure their spot in the semi-final. Meanwhile O&M defeated Balmain 10-8, and the City Beach Bears defeated Cronulla Sharks Black in a 16-1 goal blitz.
In the Bowl group, the Adelaide Jets continued their winning form defeating Sydney Uni/Ryde composite 12-5 to go through to their semi-final undefeated. Sophie Munchenberg top scored with four, followed by Mikayla Flynn with three.
Essendon defeated Dolphins 12-9 in their final round game, however, the count back for the three-way points tie in the pool saw the Dolphins move into the Bowl semi-final. Lily Pridham’s seven goal haul against the Dolphins was a highlight.
The Dolphins will face UNSW Killer Whales Black in the semi-final, after the Sydney-based club moved through the pool rounds undefeated following a 12-7 win over Drummoyne/Tamworth composite. Franke Shires and Hayley Boatswain top-scored with four each for UNSW.
In other games, Tasmania drew with the North Brisbane Polo Bears 5-5 in their final game of the round. Laura Newell scored a hat-trick for Tasmania, while Brigitte Dick netted four for the Queenslanders.
In the Shield round robin, Richmond recovered from a 6-5 loss to the Melville Mermaids, to draw 7-7 with Queensland Country. The Melbourne Collegians took two wins for the day, defeating City Beach Reds 13-2 and Queensland Country 9-5. City Beach recovered to down the Phantoms 13-6, while Melville also defeated the Phantoms 8-3.
Day Three: Upsets begin day three
Early upsets marked the start of day three at the 2015 Girls 16 & Under National Championships in Perth as the championship round-robin groupings got underway.
Top seed, All Hallows went down to fellow Queenslanders the Sunshine Coast 11-5. Sunny Coast took an early 4-0 lead and was able to hold out the Brisbane-based school team, despite a four-goal haul by Emily Gallagher. Jacqueline Sjogren top scored for the Sunshine Coast with three.
All Hallows had a tough second round game against the Hunter Hurricanes. The Queenslanders got off to the better start, scoring five in the first quarter, before the Novocastrians dug deep to claw their way back to lead by one with two minutes to play. A pinpoint shot by Madeline Ransley with 30 seconds remaining seeing the Queenslanders level the score at seven goals apiece.
Glamour club, the Cronulla Sharks Blue defeated cross-town rivals and defending champions, UNSW Killer Whales Yellow 9-2 in their first round game. Birthday girl, Kiara Holden led the way for the Sharks scoring five, with Abbey Freeman, Alexandra Byrnes, Rachel Hull and Michaela Wagner adding the extras.
The Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers cemented their position as one of the favoured teams, defeating the Brisbane Girls Grammar School 13-4 in their first game of the day. Hat-tricks to Natalie Jander, Daisy Nankervis and Matilda Kearns, and a six goal haul in the third ensured the Breakers a comfortable victory.
The Breakers further proved their metal, defeating cross-town rivals Cronulla Blue 8-5. The scores alternated during the first half, before a 3-0 third quarter saw SNB take the lead where they were able to maintain to the end.
Brisbane Grammar overcame their first round loss to defeat UNSW Killer Whales Yellow 10-8. The 4-2 first quarter proved the difference, with the teams going goal for goal for the remainder of the match. Abby Andrews top scored for school team with four, closely followed by Sarah Lawlor with a hat-trick.
Country Titans, the Hunter Hurricanes defeated the Drummoyne Devils 10-9 in their first championship round. The Novocastrians jumped to an early 4-0 lead, and despite a fast finish by the Devils to close the gap, it was the strong defence in the final quarter that saw the ‘Canes take the win. Eliza Limn top-scored for Hunter with four, while Carla Traplin scored a hat-trick for the Devils.
Drummoyne bounced back in their second game to defeat the Sunshine Coast 9-7. The physical encounter saw 21 exclusions for the game, but it was Emma Jones’ six goals that proved the difference providing the Devils with the important win.
In the first round of the Plate grouping, local sides Triton and the Melville Marlins each took away wins.
Triton came from behind to defeat Ovens & Murray 9-7. Triton trailed O&M through the first half before a third quarter comeback saw them take the lead at the final break. O&M levelled before two quick goals to the Western Australian’s in the final minutes saw them take the win.
The Melville Marlins had an easier encounter with Cronulla Sharks Black, defeating them 10-3. The Marlins led from start to finish, and with four to Brooke Pensini and doubles to Ellie Gunnell and Olivia Sell, the win was assured.
The ACT Fins continued to prove they have the talent against the bigger clubs, coming from behind to beat the City Beach Bears 7-6. Doubles to Lisa Seberry, Siani Swarbrick and Pip Nash gave the Fins confidence, while Lily Hawthorn continued to hold steady in goals.
Queenslanders the Brisbane Barracudas defeated the UTS Balmain Tigers 11-4. The Barras led from start to finish with Chloe Woodbine netting four and Jade Cusack, Shannon Brown and Jessica Emerson each snatching doubles.
In the Bowl group, UNSW Killer Whales Black defeated Tasmania 8-4, with Hayley Boatswain scoring a hat-trick.
Local side, the Dolphins took their first win of the competition defeating Sydney Uni/Ryde composite 13-7. Zoe Ward led the way for the locals scoring eight, with Rachel Lagdon taking a double.
The North Brisbane Polo Bears also got their first win of the tournament defeating Drummoyne/Tamworth composite 9-7. Sophie Milliken’s five goal haul was a standout for the Polo Bears, while Lilian Hunt and Katie Salter each scored hat-tricks for Drummoyne/Tamworth.
The Adelaide Jets took their second win of the tournament defeating Essendon 20-12. Sophie Munchenberg top-scored with nine for the Jets, while Lily Pridham found the back of the net four times.
In the second Shield group round, Richmond and the Melville Mermaids continued their winning ways. Richmond defeated the Phantoms 20-3, Saskia Richardson top scored with six, while Alexandra Scorgie scored five.
The Mermaids defeated the Melbourne Collegians 9-8 in a close encounter. Luci Marsh scored a hat-trick for Melville, while not to be outdone, Jasmine Cash and Lottie Molnar also scored hat-tricks for the Collegians.
Queensland Country racked up their first win of the tournament, defeating City Beach Reds 9-7. Sarah Bransgrove scored three for the Queenslanders, while Shannon Banks also made it a hat-trick for the Reds.
Day Two: All Hallows & UNSW Yellow on top
The championship groupings have been decided on day two of the 2015 Girls 16 & Under National Championships in Perth, with top seed All Hallows and defending champions the UNSW Killer Whales Yellow asserting their dominance.
All Hallows got off to a slow start but found their stride in the third quarter in their 14-4 victory over Ovens & Murray. Madeline Ransley was a stand out for the Brisbane-based school team, finding the back of the net six times, while Ruby Lewis was strong in goals.
Drummoyne will join All Hallows in Championship Group A, as they cruised to victory over the Brisbane Barracudas, defeating them 13-4. Emma Jones top scored for the Devils with six, with Sarah Kerrison scoring a double.
The Devils will have to contend with fellow New South Wales side, the Hunter Hurricanes whose controlled defence over UTS Balmain Tigers saw them take out a 13-4 win. Kate Hughes and Amelia Hodgson each netted four for the Novocastrians, while Camryn Scott scored a double for the Tigers.
Rounding out Group A is Brisbane Girls Grammar who comfortably defeated Cronulla Black 21-4. Abby Andrews shone for the Queenslanders with eight, while not to be out done, Nina Donaldson racked up four.
In Championship Group B, top ranked New South Wales side, the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers controlled their second round qualifying game from start to finish, defeating local-side the Melville Marlins 21-8. Daisy Nankervis top scored with seven, while Natalie Jander, Jasmin Pye and Hayley Ballesty each racked up hatricks for the Breakers.
Defending champions, UNSW Killer Whales Yellow didn’t have it all their way in their 9-5 victory over the ACT Fins. Olivia Hill and Jessica Davis each scored doubles for UNSW. But it was Pip Nash’s hatrick and Lily Hawthorn’s skills in goals that demonstrated ACT’s growing potential.
Cronulla Blue scored the first upset of the competition to defeat hometown team the City Beach Bears 13-10. Rising star Kiara Holden domination in centre forward and powerful outside shot saw her top score with seven, while City Beach’s Riley Davidson found the back of the net four times.
Rounding out Group B is, Sunshine Coast, whose upset victory over Triton pegged them as the dark horse of the tournament. Maddison Coolican’s five-goal haul for the Queenslanders eased them to the 8-2 win.
In the Bowl group, Tasmania defeated the Drummoyne/Tamworth composite team 11-6, UNSW Killer Whales Black scored a narrow 8-6 victory over the North Brisbane Polo Bears, the Adelaide Jets accounted for Dolphins 15-6, and Sydney Uni/Ryde two goal last quarter saw them defeat Essendon 7-5.
In the Shield group, City Beach Reds asserted their dominance defeating Richmond 21-4, Melbourne Collegians out-scored Phantoms 12-3, and local side, the Melville Mermaids overcame Queensland Country 7-4.
Day one of the 2015 Girls 16 & Under National Championships got off to a bang in Perth, with the top seeded teams quickly asserting their dominance.
Top seed, All Hallows easily accounted for Queensland Country 32-0, Madeline Ransley top scoring for the Queensland school-side with six goals, closely followed by Emily Gallagher and Bridgette Purvis who each scored five.
All Hallows will take on Ovens & Murray in the second round. The NSW country-side defeated Tasmania 14-7, Breanna Moreland netting five for O&M.
Second seed, Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers (SNB) defeated Phantoms 27-0. The young WA team couldn’t keep in touch with the glamourous Sydney side as Matilda Kearns raced away to convert nine shots.
SNB will take on the Melville Marlins who defeated Essendon 29-9. An impressive third quarter saw the hometown team run away with the win. Brooke Pensini, Sarah Leavy and Ellie Gunnell each netted six, while Essendon’s Lily Pridham impressive arm saw her top score with seven.
The Drummoyne Devils asserted their dominance over the Melbourne Collegians, winning 32-0. Emma Jones netted seven, while Kayla Rogers and Carla Traplin each scored five for the Devils.
Drummoyne will meet Queensland super-club, the Brisbane Barracudas in the second round. The Barras defeated Cronulla Black 16-4 in their first encounter of the championships. Zoe Balmanno netted five for the Barracudas.
The higher ranking of the Cronulla Black team than the Brisbane Barracudas meant that the loss saw them go through to the second qualifying round as the highest ranked loser.
Cronulla Black will take on Brisbane Girls Grammar who defeated the Drummoyne Devils/Tamworth composite team 20-4. Abby Andrews found the back of the net five times for the Queensland school team.
The Hunter Hurricanes defeated the City Beach Bears 34-2, Amelia Hodgson top scored for the Novocastrians with 10.
Hunter will face the UTS Balmain Tigers in their second game of the tournament. Balmain defeated local side the Claremont Dolphins 13-5. Phoebe Pride top scored for the Tigers with five.
Top ranked WA side, the City Beach Bears easily accounted for the Richmond Tigers 22-2. Annie Gleeson and Madison Rigo netted five for City Beach.
The Bears will take on highly regarded Sydney team, Cronulla Blue in the second round. Cronulla defeated cross-town rivals UNSW Killer Whales Black 13-3. Abbey Freeman and Bethany Clark each scored hat-tricks for Cronulla.
Defending champions, the UNSW Killer Whales Yellow got off to the perfect start defeating the Melville Mermaids 24-1. Gemma Harding top scored with six.
UNSW Black will take on the ACT Fins in their second game. A strong first quarter by ACT gave them the advantage of the North Brisbane Polo Bears in their 16-10 win. Siani Swarbrick scoring five for the Fins.
Sunshine Coast defeated the Adelaide Jets 22-7. Maddison Coolican’s strong arm saw her hit the back of the net eight times in the win.
The Queenslanders will meet local side, Triton in the second qualifying round. Triton easily defeated Sydney Uni/Ryde composite team 21-1 in the last game of the day. Heather Laird and Ellie Pead each netted four for Triton.