The South Australian 19U team took home the silver medal being defeated by Victoria 31-26 in the final of the National Netball Championships on Sunday 22 April.
Victorian attackers seized the game in the first quarter, taking a four-goal lead in to the first break.
Half way through the second quarter, SA made changes to the line-up moving Amelia Day into goal attack, replacing Sophie Agostino. Olivia Watts, SA’s goal defender, came off injured late in the second, with Taylor Orr replacing Chelsea Blackman at wing defence, with Blackman moving to goal defence.
The score at half-time was 18-9. Another change to the SA line-up saw Agostino move into shooter, with Helene Altmann taking to the bench. Agostino would finish the game with an impressive 17 goals from 19 attempts.
At three quarter time, the lead was 10 goals in favour of Victoria.
A highlight throughout the game was the tussle between SA’s wing attack Georgia Dent and Victoria’s wing defence, Georgia Harper, as well as the composure and tireless work-rate of SA captain, Maisie Nankivell.
In the final quarter, SA managed to tighten the margin, with the final score 31-26.
South Australia was humble and gracious in defeat, with Maisie praising her teammates for their achievements.
“We’re so stoked to be at the gold medal match and knew it was going to be a tough battle against Victoria, who are always the bench mark every year,” she said.
“I’m super proud of the girls and how we followed our game plan, especially achieving the consistency we wanted.
“It was good to get our name back up there again from coming 6th last year, so hopefully we can keep that going for the years to come.”