Girl’s 18&U National Club Ch’Ships: Cronulla Sharks win

The Cronulla Sharks were too strong for the Melville Marlins in the final showdown

Gold: Cronulla Sharks

Silver: Melville Marlins

Bronze: All Hallows

Plate: Hunter Hurricanes (NSW)

Bowl: Central Coast/Tamworth (NSW)

The Cronulla Sharks have won the Girl’s 18 and Under National club championship with an emphatic 16-6 victory over the Melville Marlins, the title ending a fortnight of success for the club from Sydney’s southern regions, after also winning the Girl’s 14 & Under National Club Championship last week.

Meanwhile Queensland’s All Hallows defeated the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers 9-8 to win bronze, while the Hunter Hurricanes beat Essendon to the Plate with a 16-13 win, as Central Coast/Tamworth won their first piece of national championship silverware with a 12-5 win over Drummoyne Blacks to win the Bowl.

LINK: Full results from the Girl’s 18 & Under National Club championships

LINK: Replay of the bronze and gold medal games (Water Polo Australia YouTube account)

Gold Medal Game

The Cronulla Sharks have taken out the 2015 18 & Under Girls National Club Championship in a dominant 16-6 performance over the Melville Marlins in Canberra.

Melville was first to score, with Sofia Chaves converting an early extra-man opportunity. Cronulla soon bit back with a double to rising star and tournament MVP, Kiara Holden. Another extra-man conversion to Melville’s Bronte Barber levelled the score, before Holden converted her third to put the Sharks back ahead.

Abbey Grosse converted her first to once again tie the score, before Holden nailed her fourth to put Cronulla ahead at the first break.

Holden once again demonstrated her skills converting early in the second to give the Sydney-siders a two goal buffer before teammate, Mollie Williams took charge nailing a second quarter hat-trick.

Captain, Ashley Colaco converted her first to give Cronulla a six goal margin. A converted shot on the buzzer to Grosse put the difference back to five at the main break.

The opening stanza of the third quarter provided opportunities for both teams, but with goalkeepers Chelsea Clarke (Cronulla) and Manon Gebauer (Melville) holding firm the score remained the same, before Colaco nailed her second in extra-man to extend Cronulla’s lead to 10-4.

Holden converted her sixth and Williams’ double in the last minute of the quarter put Cronulla in front by nine.

Brooke McClean netted her first to push margin out to 10, before Grosse put her third away to take one back for the Marlins. Kate Gallaher put another on the board for Cronulla mid-way through the fourth, while Grosse’s fourth showed Melville still had fight within them.

With four seconds remaining Bethany Stockwell nailed her first for the game ensuring the Cronulla Sharks were crowned the 2015 Champions.

Bronze game

Queenslanders, All Hallows claimed the Bronze medal over the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers in a tight 9-8 encounter.

All Hallows got off to the perfect start with Emily Gallagher nailing an early extra-man opportunity, before Mia Willows converted her first to level the score.

The Queenslanders then piled on three unanswered goals, including a double to Eloise Williams and a single Nina Jorgensen to take a 4-1lead going into the first break.

Alice Williams converted early in the second to push the margin to five, before SNB began to mount their comeback. Daisy Nankervis put her first away midway through the quarter, before Willows added another to pull the margin back to two.

Eloise Williams took one back for All Hallows, before Nankervis added her second with a minute remaining to keep SNB within reach at the main break.

A converted penalty to Willows early in the third cut the margin to one, before Eloise Williams responded with her fourth put the buffer back to two.

Lili Esder converted in extra late in the quarter to narrow the gap back to one going into the final break.

With pressure building, Kristy Donkin nailed her first from outside five metres to level the score for the Breakers. However, it was short lived with Alice Williams converting her second to put the Brisbane-based school team back ahead.

Eloise Williams’ hero shot with four minutes remaining put the margin back to two, and with Willows claiming her fourth in the next possession the game was on a knife edge.

With both goalkeepers being peppered with shots, defense was at a premium. With both teams able to hold out each other the one goal margin was enough for All Hallows to claim the Bronze medal.

Plate final

The Hunter Hurricanes have claimed the Plate over Essendon in a high scoring 16-13 affair.

Hunter got off to the perfect start claiming a 6-3 lead at the first break. Sophie Hodgson nailed a hat trick and Bree Watkins, Abbey McCord and Kelcee Byrnes claiming singles for the Novocastrians, while Alex Cox, Zoe Hille and Kerin Venter converted for Essendon.

The second quarter saw Essendon mount a fight back with goals aplenty to go into the main break only two behind. Cox and Hille converted their second, while Lily Pridham and Millie Pullyblank claimed their first for the Victorians. Byrnes converted a double, while Watkins nailed her second for the Hurricanes.

Hunter looked to dominate the third, with Watkins converting a hat-trick and Hodgson adding her fourth, before goals to Charlotte Brooking, Pullyblank, Hille and Venter saw Essendon keep pace.

With the margin remaining at two going into the final break, the fourth quarter looked set for a showdown. Hunter was first to score with Amelia Hodgson converting her first, before Byrnes nailed her fourth in extra to put the Hurricanes ahead by four.

A converted penalty to Venter put the margin back to three, and with Brynes converting off another extra opportunity with 35 seconds remaining, Hunter had the win guaranteed.

Bowl final

Central Coast/Tamworth claimed their first piece of silverware at an 18 and under National tournament defeating Drummoyne Black 12-5 to claim the Bowl.

Drummoyne got off to the better start, leading 2-1 at the first break, before a dominant 6-1 second quarter, including a hat-trick to Kaitlin Clague and a double to Jessica McCarthy put the combined team ahead 7-3 at the main break.

The goal rate slowed in the third, however Clague was able to convert her fourth and McCarthy her third to keep Central Coast/Tamworth ahead at the final break.

Needing to only hold out the Devils in the final term to claim the win, the combined team was not satisfied. Clague added her fifth early in the quarter before McCarthy followed with her fourth. Despite a late goal to Drummoyne’s Sarah Kerrison, Central Coast/Tamworth were able to claim victory.

Awards

MVP: Kiara Holden (Cronulla Sharks)

Goalkeeper: Octavia Bellekens (Brisbane Barracudas)

Referee: Andrew Carney

Day five

East will meet West in the Championship game at the Under Girls National Club Championship in Canberra with the Cronulla Sharks facing off against the undefeated Melville Marlins.

Western Australians, the Melville Marlins defeated defending Champions the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers in a high-intensity penalty shoot out to claim their spot in the grand final.

Melville got off to a fast start with a double to Bronte Barber and a single to Lara Zimmerman, before Kristy Donkin scored off an extra opportunity to keep SNB within two at the first break.

SNB claimed an early double in the second to level the score, before Zimmerman netted her second to put the Marlins back ahead. Mia Willows converted two within the space of 90 seconds to move the Sydneysiders ahead for the first time, before a penalty goal to Abbey Grosse levelled the score at 5-all at the main break.

Lexie Wolley converted early in the third term to edge SNB back ahead, however Grosse’s second penalty goal once again levelled the score.

A goal apiece in quick succession kept the scores level, before conversions to Daisy Nankervis and Willows gave SNB a two-goal buffer. With 23 seconds left in the third Zimmerman netted her third to keep the margin to one at the final break.

Barber slotted home her fourth three minutes into the final term to level the score at 9-all. With goalkeepers Imogen Ruberg (SNB) and Manon Gebauer (Melville) being peppered with shots as each team attempted to nail the winner the game was on the line.

With 33 seconds remaining, Natalie Jander found the back of the net for SNB, and with emotions running high it was Emily Davies converting the hero shot for the Marlins with 20 seconds left on the clock to level the score at 10-all and push the game into penalties.

Zimmerman was first to score her penalty, before nerves got the better of SNB’s shooters with two misses. Barber and Davies each converted for the Marlins, before SNB’s Lili Esder netted her shot to keep the Sydney-side in the game.

The pressure was then put on Melville’s Gabriella French to convert for the win. With hush across the pool, French stepped up and slotted home the winner to put the Marlins into the 2015 grand final. 

Meanwhile, the Cronulla Sharks book their spot in the final through six unanswered goals in the final quarter to defeat All Hallows School 15-9.

Cronulla got off to the better start with goals to Sara Carroll, Pip Cooper and Kiara Holden, before Dakota Kenwood found the back of the net for the Queenslanders.

Ashley Colaco soon responded for the Sharks, with Carroll soon adding her second. Alice Williams converted for All Hallows to narrow the gap, before Holden added her second. With five seconds left in the quarter Eloise Williams converted to keep the Queenslanders within three at the first break.

Holden scored her third early in the second to extend Cronulla’s lead, from there the goalkeepers took charge, with Chelsea Clarke (Cronulla) and Stephanie George (All Hallows) making some spectacular saves before Alice Williams slotted home a double late in the half to narrow the gap to two at the main break.

With Alice Williams converting her fourth early in the third, the gap narrowed to one before Cooper put the margin back to two for the Sharks.

Once again it was Alice Williams who stepped up, nailing a further three to put the Queenslanders ahead for the first time. With seconds remaining in the third, Colaco nailed her second to level the score at the final break.

With stern words from both coaches, the teams lined up for the final quarter. Cronulla was first to score with rising-star Holden converting an extra-man opportunity, and it was all that was needed to open flood gates.

Cronulla piled on a further five unanswered goals, including a further two to Holden, Colaco nailed her third, while Bethany Stockwell and Mollie Williams also got on the score card.

The dominant fourth quarter was enough to ensure Cronulla a place in the grand final.

In other games, four goals to powerhouse Perri Thompson saw City Beach defeat Ovens & Murray for fifth place. The UNSW Wests Killer Whales edged out the KFC Breakers 12-11 to claim seventh spot, Danielle Morrissey’s four goal haul was a standout. While the Brisbane Barracudas’ four goal haul in the third quarter proved the difference as they claimed ninth over Drummoyne Red 13-11, Amy Burrell also netted four for the Queenslanders.

The Hunter Hurricanes will face off against Essendon in the Plate final after each won their final group games. Essendon easily accounted for Adelaide 23-4, Alex Cox converted eight for the Victorians, including five in the first quarter, while not to be outdone, Kerin Venter netted five and Zoe Hille four in the win.

The Hunter Hurricanes outpaced local-side the ACT Fins 14-6 to assure their spot in the final. Sophie Hodgson netted five, while Bree Watkins and Kelcee Byrnes also converted hat-tricks.

In the Bowl final, Central Coast/Tamworth will face Drummoyne Black. A seven goal haul to Kayla Rogers, and a handy six to Gabrielle Hall saw Drummoyne outgun the Ryde Rhinos 23-6 in their final round game. While Central Coast/Tamworth’s 9-all draw with the Sydney University Lions was enough to see them through to the final. Kaitlin Clague netted four for Central Coast/Tamworth, while Emily Swinburn and Olivia Mandalinic netted doubles for Sydney Uni.

Day Four

Defending Champions, the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers have booked themselves a spot in the semi-finals on a fiery day four at the 18 & Under Girls National Club Championship in Canberra.

Joining SNB in the semis is fellow Sydney club the Cronulla Sharks, Queenslanders All Hallows and surprise package from Western Australia, the Melville Marlins.

SNB needed a win in their final championship grouping round game to keep them in the mix for a semi-final, with the hope that other results would fall their way.

SNB opened the scoring in their final round game against Drummoyne Red, before Georgia Mirabito netted her first for the Devils, Drummoyne soon extended the lead by two late goals, although SNB’s Matilda Kearns and Lexie Wollely evened the score at 3-all at the first break.

Mia Willows scored off an extra-man opportunity early in the second to put SNB ahead, before a flurry of goals saw the Devils keeping pace. Kearns’ third with a minute remaining in the first half kept SNB ahead by one at the main break.

The third quarter saw the SNB Breakers step up the pace as they piled on five unanswered goals, before Emma Tuite and Hannah Gray took two back for the Devils before the final break. However, the door had been opened for SNB, and during the fourth quarter a step up in the attacking pace saw them consolidate a 15-9 win.

SNB had a nervous wait as they needed the KFC Breakers to defeat Western Australians, City Beach to guarantee their place in the semi-final.

KFC came out firing, with Hannah McWilliam converting a double in the first quarter to help the Queenslanders to an early 3-1 lead.

In the second quarter, KFC continued to up the pace and despite some determined attacking play by City Beach, the Breakers held their defence and kept the two goal margin at the main break.

KFC continued to pressure City Beach, and despite a spectacular double to Jamie Davidson in the third, it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Queenslanders as Shannon O’Connor and Ashleigh Roberts found the back of the net twice giving KFC a 10-6 lead going into the final break.

The Queenslanders began to take their foot off the accelerator in the fourth as the Western Australians began to close the gap, however with McWilliam converting her third mid-way through the quarter, it was enough to assure them an 11-9 win and the SNB Breakers a place in the semi-finals.

In other games in the Championship A group, City Beach handed competition favourites, the Cronulla Sharks their first loss of the tournament, defeating them 8-7. Perri Thompson was a stand out for City Beach nailing five. Despite the loss, Cronulla finished top of the group and guaranteed themselves a place in the semi-finals.

While Drummoyne Red defeated the KFC Breakers 14-12, Emma Jones netted a massive seven in the Devils victory.

In the Championship B group, surprise package, the Melville Marlins remain undefeated after a 16-12 win over the UNSW Wests Killer Whales and have assured their spot in the semi-finals. Bronte Barber and Lara Zimmerman converted hat-tricks for the Western Australians, while Hayley Collins netted seven for the Killer Whales.

In other games in the group, All Hallows went down to cross-town rivals the Brisbane Barracudas 4-9. The Barracudas kept All Hallows scoreless in the second half, while piling on five themselves to guarantee the win.

Despite the loss, All Hallows finished second on the ladder based on their previous win over Ovens & Murray to book themselves a place in the semi-finals.

Ovens & Murray will play off for fifth place on day five after wins over the Brisbane Barracudas 8-5, and UNSW Wests 9-4. Goalkeeper, Bridget Johnson demonstrated her skills for O&M, while centre-forward Brooke Dickie continued to trouble teams.

In the Plate grouping, the Hunter Hurricanes continued to assert their dominance with a 17-6 win over Essendon. Kelcee Byrnes continued her hot-streak with five goals for the game, while Bree Watkins wasn’t to be out done finding the back of the net four times.

Essendon bounced back in their evening game, defeating the UTS Balmain Tigers 10-8. Alex Cox’ outside shot continued to trouble opposition defence as she nailed a hat-trick for the Victorians, while Cathryn Prout was the stand out for the Tigers, netting five.

Local-side the ACT Fins staked their claim for the Plate with a 10-4 win over the Adelaide Jets. Tiana Sinclair netted a hat trick, while Siani Swarbrick and Lisa Seberry both converted doubles for the Fins.

ACT will come up against the Hurricanes in their final Plate round game and will require a win to guarantee themselves a spot in the final play off, otherwise they will hope other results go their way.

In other games, Balmain defeated Adelaide 16-11 in a fiery encounter, Kate Biviano putting on a show for the Tigers converting five, while Georgina Symons netted six for the Jets.

In the Bowl grouping, Central Coast/Tamworth defeated Ryde 15-7. Kaitlin Clague continued to add to her goal tally netting five in the win, not to be out done, teammates Abby Rae and Sienna Trenholme each netted doubles.

Drummoyne Black defeated the Sydney University Lions 14-7, Ruby Borozan netted a hat-trick for the Devils, while Kayla Rogers, Gaby Taranto and Yasmine Yip all converted doubles.

Day Three

Day four is shaking up to be a showdown after the first rounds of the championship groupings on day three produced some massive results at the 18 & Under Girls National Club Championship in Canberra.

In the A Championship grouping, the Cronulla Sharks have asserted their dominance with wins over Sydney rivals, Drummoyne Red and the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers.

In their opening game of the Championship round, Cronulla set the pace early leading 2-nil at the first break. A converted penalty goal to Kiara Holden early in the second extended the lead, leaving Drummoyne Red to play catch up.

A four goal blitz to the Devils in the second saw them trail by one at the main break, before two goals early in the third saw them momentarily snatch the lead. Cronulla soon responded with an unanswered seven goals, to win 13-7.

The Sharks continued their winning form in their second game to beat a tough Sydney Northern Beaches team 9-7. With the two teams going goal for goal for the first three quarters, it was Cronulla’s Kiara Holden and Ashley Colaco who both scored to set the Sharks up for the win.

In other games in the group, the KFC Breakers drew 12-12 with the SNB Breakers in fast and furious game. In a game of two halves, the teams were level at 3-all at the first break, before a five to three goal count, including four to KFC’s Ashleigh Roberts, edged the Queenslanders ahead.

Sydney Northern Beaches responded in the third with their own five to two goal blitz, to lead by one at the final break, and continued to hold their one goal advantage in the fourth, until Queensland’s Nicola Cook converted to snatch the draw for KFC.

Western Australian’s, City Beach, got their championship round campaign off to the perfect start defeating Drummoyne Red 16-11 in a high scoring affair. Drummoyne took a 5-3 lead into the first break, before City Beach stepped up the pressure through a seven-goal second quarter, including four to Dayna O’Leary and a double to Perri Thompson to lead 10-5 at the main break. Despite pressure from the Devils in the second half, the second quarter proved the difference with City Beach taking the win.

In the B Championship grouping, the Melville Marlins have revealed themselves as a dark horse for Championship after tight wins over the Brisbane Barracudas and All Hallows.

The Barracudas got the better start jumping out to a 2-0 lead, before pressure defence and a 4-0 second quarter moved the Marlins ahead. It was two goals apiece in the third term, before Melville extended their lead by one early in the fourth. Brisbane’s Bethany Clark scored in the final minute to narrow the gap, however it wasn’t enough, the Marlins winning 7-5.

In their second game, the Marlins escaped an All Hallows comeback to secure a 9-8 win, after they had led 7-3 at three quarter time. It was edge of your seat action as All Hallows put the pressure on the Marlins with three unanswered goals during the fourth to race back into contention, however Melville were able to compose themselves and hold their lead to make it two wins for the day.

In other games in the group, All Hallows came from behind to defeat Ovens & Murray 6-5, while the UNSW Wests Killer Whales defeated the Brisbane Barracudas 7-6 in yet another close encounter.

In the Plate group, the Hunter Hurricanes asserted their dominance with big wins over the UTS Balmain Tigers and Adelaide Jets.

In their opening game, Hunter led from start to finish over Balmain defeating them 16-6. Sophie Hodgson converted four, while Kelcee Byrnes and Amelia Hodgson each netted hat tricks. The Hurricanes were able to back up their effort later in the day, dominating the Adelaide Jets 25-5.

Essendon took an 11-7 win over home-town side the ACT Fins, in their opening game of the Plate group. Alex Cox was the stand out for the Victorians, netting five. The ACT bounced back in their second game, taking a 7-5 win over Balmain. Natalie Taylor converted a three for the Fins, while Tiana Sinclair scored twice.

In the Bowl grouping, Central Coast/Tamworth and the Sydney University Lions notched up their first wins of the tournament, the former accounting for Drummoyne Blacks 10-8, Kaitlin Clague converting four for the win. Sydney Uni defeated the Ryde Rhinos 16-6, in a game which included 33 exclusions. Olivia Mandalinic netted four for the Lions, while Emily Swinburn converted three.

You can view the results from day three here

Day Two

The Championship groupings have been decided on day two of the 18 & Under Girls National Club Championship in Canberra, with Cronulla, the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers, Melville, All Hallows and Drummoyne undefeated after the first round groupings.

The day got off to a quick start with the top seeds in Group A facing off. Cronulla set the pace early, taking an 11-3 lead into the main break, the KFC Breakers were left to play catch up, but despite a five goal haul by Ashleigh Roberts, including a hat-trick in the third, it wasn’t enough, and Cronulla moved to top of the group with a 10-6 win.

In remaining teams in group A, the UTS Balmain Tigers and Drummoyne Black for positions in the Plate and Bowl groups. Balmain led from start to finish; and with a five goal haul to Kate Biviano, the Tigers took a 12-6 win and moved into the Plate group.

In Group B, defending Champions, the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers were determined to make a mark against City Beach. Jumping out to a 5-3 half time lead, the Breakers continued to build pressure in the third, extending the lead to 9-4 by the final break. Despite a three goal come back by the Western Australians it wasn’t enough, and SNB took an 11-7 win. Kristy Donkin converted five for SNB, including a goal in each quarter.

In the second game of the group, Essendon proved too strong for Central Coast/Tamworth defeating them 12-9. A four goal haul to Kerin Venter and a hat-trick to Alex Cox lifted the Victorians into the Plate grouping.

An 11-6 score line saw Melville out muscled Border-town team Ovens & Murray to top Group C. Despite the five-goal score difference, Melville was pushed all the way by Ovens & Murray, with rising star Bridget Johnson proving troubling in goals for the Western Australians. Bronte Barber converted four for Melville, while Brooke Dickie netted five of Ovens & Murray’s goals.

Local side, the ACT Fins find themselves playing in the Plate group following a convincing 10-3 win over the Sydney University Lions. Tiana Sinclair and Siani Swarbrick each converted hat-tricks in the win, while Natalie Taylor netted a double.

Games tightened up towards the end of the day, with All Hallows looking to assert their dominance over the UNSW Wests Killer Whales in Group D. With the scores locked 3-3 at the first break, the teams traded goals through the second, with All Hallows edging a 6-5 lead at the main break. But it was all the Queenslanders needed, as they stepped up the pressure in the final half to defeat the Killer Whales 11-9. Alice Williams, Ruby Andrews (All Hallows), and Danielle Morrissey (UNSW) each converted hat-tricks.

The points were split between the Adelaide Jets and Ryde Rhinos, with the teams drawing 8-8. Lilyan Sheterline was the stand out for the Jets converting six, while Emma Maddox found the back of the net three times for Ryde. As a result of the draw, a count back of goal difference with the top team in the group was required to determine second round group placing. The Jets 20 goal loss to All Hallows saw them move into the Plate group, while Ryde will play off for the Bowl.

In the final game of the day, Sydney powerhouse, Drummoyne Red faced off against Queensland rivals, the Brisbane Barracudas to determine top of Group E. The teams traded goals throughout the first half, and with 18 seconds before the first break the Devils looked to have the upper hand, before an extra-man conversion to Zoe Balmanno with three seconds remaining tied the score at 6-all.

The Devils stepped up the pressure in the third and began to pepper Australian Youth goalkeeper, Octavia Bellekens with shots and despite some spectacular saves, the Devils were able to take a one goal lead into the final break.

An early goal to Chloe Woodbine in the fourth levelled the score for the Barracudas, Emma Jones responded less than a minute later, and Sarah Cain added two more to give the Devils a 13-10 lead. Despite a last ditch effort by the Queenslanders, including a conversion to Ellie Bruce, it wasn’t enough and the Devils took the 13-11 win and an undefeated entry into the championship grouping.

You can view results from day two here

Day One

While the temperatures cooled outside, the heat was turned up on day one of the 18 & Under Girls National Club Championship in Canberra.

With teams from across Australia descending on the nation’s capital, the day got off to a fast and furious start with the powerhouses looking to take control early.

In group A, Sydney super-club Cronulla will take a boost into day two notching up big wins over Drummoyne Black, 24-2 and Balmain, 29-3. Ashley Calaco led the charge against Drummoyne finding the back of the net five times, while Mollie Williams and Kiara Holden each converted six against Balmain.

Cronulla will take on Queenslanders, the KFC Breakers in their last group game. KFC also notched up wins against Balmain, 25-10 and Drummoyne Black, 18-8. Nicola Cook and Shannon O’Connor each scored nine across both games.

In group B, Western Australians, City Beach looked strong in their victories over Central Coast/Tamworth, 19-9 and Essendon, 18-5. Essendon were able to keep pace in the first quarter with the scores locked at 3-all, however in a dominant second and fourth quarter City Beach were able to bounce away with the win.

Defending champions, the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers got the perfect start to their 2015 campaign, with a 21-9 win over Essendon and a 13-3 defeat of Central Coast/Tamworth. Matilda Kearns scored five over Essendon, while doubles to Kristy Donkin, Carla Woolley, Natalie Jander, Mia Willows and Lexie Woolley contributed to the win over Central Coast/Tamworth.

In group C, border-town team, Ovens & Murray flexed their muscles, defeating the Sydney University Lions 9-6. Ovens & Murray got off to a quick start leading 8-3 at the final break, before a three-goal blitz to the Lions in the final quarter saw the gap narrow, however Alhana Hofer’s third goal sealed the win. Ovens & Murray bounced back in their second game, defeating local-side the ACT Fins 10-4.

Melville also started their campaign with a bang. Troubled early by the ACT Fins, steady goal-tendering by Manon Gebauer saw the Western Australian’s take a 10-5 win. In their second game of the day, Melville dominated from start to finish against the Sydney Uni Lions defeating them 23-2, Sofia Chaves and Abbey Grosse leading the score count with six each.

In group D, All Hallows dominated taking 20-plus goal wins in both their games. The Queenslanders struck early, defeating the Ryde Rhinos 29-2, Meg Hudnott and Ruby Andrews topped scored with five apiece. In their second game, All Hallows once again proved too strong, defeating the Adelaide Jets 23-3, Hudnott once again showing her pinpoint accuracy, finding the back of the net six times.

The University of New South Wales Wests Killer Whales also showed their skills early, defeating the Jets 21-2, Shania Mitchell top scored for the Whales with five. UNSW then backed up the win, taking a 24-1 victory over Ryde. The victories set the path for a super encounter with All Hallows in their last group game on day two.

In group E, Drummoyne Red defeated the Hunter Hurricanes 11-7 in their opening game. Drummoyne led from start to finish, with Savannah Henshaw scoring in each quarter to contribute to the win.

In a dramatic end to the day, the Brisbane Barracudas took to the water to face off against the Hurricanes. The Novocastrians took a 3-2 lead into the first break, before a 4-nil blitz in the second put the Barras ahead.

Mid-way through the third, the power went out, and the remainder of the game was played using stop-watches. Despite the pressure, the teams continued to battle, and with a three-goal final quarter, the Queenslanders were able to take a 10-6 victory.

You can view results from day one here