South Australia has begun their DealsDirect.com.au 19/U National Championship campaign on a high, defeating Western Australia 35 – 24 at ETSA Park on Wednesday.
Leading at every change, South Australia always looked like comfortable winners, delighting the home crowd in the process.
South Australia had a majority of possession in the first quarter, much of it enjoyed by Lyndall Crichton, who ran riot at centre.
West Australian Ellie Smart was deadly around goal, but the limited opportunities she had, saw Western Australia four goals behind at quarter time.
In the second term, South Australia picked up where they left off, with Laura Marslen and Laura Packard combining to great effect up front.
Despite their best efforts, Western Australia could not match the intensity of South Australia, who shot to a 20 – 11 half-time lead.
South Australia broke away further in the second half, with their players able to find space and work off of their opponents.
Tess Cransberg was a shining light for Western Australia, working tirelessly through midfield.
Cransberg was instrumental late in the third quarter, when Western Australia put together successive goals after an injury stoppage, to cut the three quarter time deficit to 12 goals.
Western Australia carried their good form into the final term, fighting hard all over the court.
South Australia had their moments too, with goal keeper Kate Shimmin spectacularly denying the Western Australian attack a number of goals.
Western Australia won the final quarter of the match, but it was South Australia who ran out 35 – 24 winners.
In the next round, South Australia will play New South Wales, while Western Australia will meet the Northern Territory.
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