Western Australia has
finished in fourth place at the U21 National Netball Championships held in
The WA team performed
admirably under the guidance of WAIS head netball coach Michelle Wilkins,
qualifying for the semi-finals at Challenge Stadium before being edged 50-48 by
Trailing 14-10 at quarter-time, WA fought their way back
into the game and levelled the scores ten minutes into the second stanza before
Laura Packard and Chelsea Lemke shot the South Australians back into the lead
at half-time, up 27-24.
With both sides guilty of turnovers, Adelaide Thunderbirds member Maddy Proud dictated
the mid-court to see her side maintain a three goal advantage heading into the
Spurred on by the vocal WA crowd, the hosts battled their way back into the
game to tie the match at 44-all with five minutes to play.
The calmness of South Australia prevailed in the dying minutes as they booked
themselves a spot in the Grand Final against New South Wales, who defeated
WA missed out on the bronze medal after being defeated in
the third place playoff by Victoria 43-32.
The Western Australian group was recognised for a fine
championship following the grand final, won by NSW – its fifth in as many years
– with four athletes selected into the 21/U squad in preparation for August’s
Youth International Series, where the squad will be trimmed from 22 to 12.
- with Netball Australia