Backing up the success of the 2018 Intervarsity Netball competition, the University of Adelaide's girls were ready for the challenge of taking on some of the toughest University netballers in the country. The team showed promise throughout training, with some of the strongest netballers ever to represent the University.
From a squad of 12, 10 were selected for the first round held in Melbourne against the University of Melbourne on the 18th of October. Leading the charge was our Captain Emily Johnson and Vice-Captain Jessamie Faunt. Adrenaline was high and from the start, and after some rushed passages of play and poor decisions, the girls settled more as the quarter progressed with our first quarter score at 10 goals a piece.
The second quarter was of an elite standard, with slick passages of play and extremely high shooting percentages, leaving a half time score of 22-22. This goal for goal scenario continued throughout the 3rd quarter as both teams produced high-quality netball with precision passing and decision making, resulting in a 31-33 lead to Melbourne.
This high intensity and pace carried through into the last quarter, however, fatigue started to set into Adelaide Uni, therefore creating errors that saw Melbourne capitalise. It wasn’t until the last 7 minutes that they were able to overrun our girls. Regardless, a very admirable effort was given by all players and the University of Adelaide was represented by a wonderful, talented team of girls in Melbourne. MVP was taken out by Vice-Captain Jessamie Faunt (GK) for the second year in a row.
We had some unfinished business against Monash University following our inaugural game last year resulting in a narrow loss. The girls come out fired up with a determined winning attitude. Their warmup had meaning and intensity but unfortunately saw a hamstring injury to midcourter Nikki Wenham (WA/C).
The girls started strong, improving from the previous week with a much more patient and settled game, resulting in a 3 goal lead at the end of the quarter, 11-8. In the second quarter, Monash made some strong changes with the injection of great height in their goal circle, yet this didn’t deter the girls who stayed determined and positive. The defensive circle remained tight, with strong body-on-body play, creating pressure and picking off stray passes. The girls rewarded the defensive efforts and capitalised with our goalies shooting at a high percentage, pushing out the score line to 24-17 at half time.
Despite the several changes through the game, the girls combined well on the court regardless of the line-up. One of our strengths was proved as our opposition had no answers for the speed of our midcourt. Full court defence left Monash stunned, as intercepts were taken from everywhere on the court, including under the post by GS, Billie-Jaye Brougham, resulting in a goal and “play of the day”. Head Coach Dani Johnson & Assistant Coach Sue Jones began to feel a little more relaxed halfway through the last quarter as the girls ran over Monash, resulting with a final score of 54-40. The girls played with pride and passion, exemplifying what it means to represent the University of Adelaide at such a high level. Our MVP for our win in Adelaide was Captain Emily Johnson (WD/C).
Head Coach: Dani Johnson (Woods Panthers/Adelaide University NC)
Assistant Coach: Sue Jones (Netwon Jaguars NC/Adelaide University NC)
Manager: Hayley Kroon (Adelaide University NC)
Captain: Emily Johnson (Morialta Uniting NC)
Vice-Captain: Jessamie Faunt (Hamley Bridge NC)
Courtney Afford (Jervois NC)
Emily Braggs (Garville NC)
Billie-Jaye Brougham (Newton Jaguars NC)
Jamee Daly (Newton Jaguars NC)
Olivia Dukalskis (Woods Panthers NC)
Julia Scott (Matrics NC)
Charlotte Steen (Adelaide University NC)
Nikki Wenham (Encounter Bay NC)
Tayla Wilsdon (Woods Panthers NC)