Victoria narrowly claimed victory against New South Wales, 21-20, in Round 6 of the DealsDirect.com.au National Championship, in a clash of the two top ranked teams.
VIC began the match powerfully by applying defensive pressure with strong passing and accurate shooting, but NSWís attack in the second half of the match closed the gap to just one goal.
VIC scored the first goal of the match after some great combinations through the centre of the court got the ball to their goals.
Strong defence pressure from VICís goal defence Mary Livesey and goal keeper Michaela Wilson made it difficult for NSW to score goals.
VICís four goals in a row at the end of the first quarter meant the Victorians took a four goal advantage into the first break, 7-3.
The first goal of the second quarter gave NSW a confidence boost but it didnít last for long with VIC taking control of the quarter.
Water-tight defence and sharp passing from VIC enabled them to cause turnovers with the Victorians romping to a seven goal lead at the end of the second quarter.
VIC started the third term with all the momentum scoring the first three goals.
NSW wing defence Gabi Simpson and wing attack Brooke Miller fought hard to move the ball back into NSWís attack, which resulted in two-goals for NSW.
VIC retaliated with another two goals and looked in control of the match. The Victorians entered the last break with a seven goal lead, 19-12.
VIC began the fourth quarter with the first goal, with each team alternately scoring goals afterwards.
NSW led a comeback attack in the second half of the fourth quarter, with strong defensive pressure enabling them to score six goals in a row, bringing the final score to 21-20.
Despite their strong attack in the fourth quarter, NSW fell short by one goal.
NSW will now re-group and face Tasmania in Round 7 while Victoria will look for their seventh victory of the Championship against Western Australia.
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