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The NSW Waratahs have remained undefeated in the 2011 Australian Netball League taking the championship title from three time winners Victorian Fury at Waverley Netball Centre today.
The opening of the first term was highly contested from both sides. The Fury quickly gained a two goal lead with Micaela Wilsons height matching up well on tall Waratah shooter Carla Dziwoki.
The Waratahs soon closed the gap with two crucial intercepts from centre Verity Simmons and the margin stayed at two. Picking up on some turnovers, the Waratahs soon took the lead and with one minute to go it shifted from a two and three goal difference a number of times. The NSW team led 15-13 at quarter time.
The Fury were desperate for a turnover in the second quarter if they were to break even with the Waratahs. They soon got this but the ball was turned over again and again by both teams. Kasey Stanaway was impressive with several intercepts leaving the Fury to trail by one with the centre pass.
Ashleigh Brazill stepped up her defence on Kelsey Browne on the wing and allowed her team to score at crucial moments. A margin of three remained for the rest of the quarter with the Fury unable to capitalise on any NSW turnovers.
The third quarter saw Mary Livesey take the goal defence position for the Fury and Paige Hadley into wing attack for the Waratahs. The margin quickly increased to five goals and it looked like it would be though for the Fury to bring it back.
Bailey was taking some strong grabs in the shooting circle and Wilson was tall in defence. Brazill was again tight on Browne and although the margin was at eight at one stage the Fury maintained possession to go into the fourth quarter down 35-42.
The Fury home crowd definitely made an impact in the final term and cheered on their team as they closed the gap to four goals early on. It was here that the Fury had to use any of the Waratahs turnovers if they wanted to stay in the running. The opposition was too good and only increased their margin to six.
Quarter by Quarter
13, 25, 35, 46
15, 28, 42, 55
Kathleen Knott 16/17 (94%)
Karyn Bailey 30/30 (100%)
Amy Wild 20/26 (77%)
Carla Dziwoki 35/42 (83%)