Via Netball Australia
The Australian Netball World Youth Cup team kicked off their campaign in Botswana in spectacular fashion, defeating Zimbabwe, 86-33 in game one.
All 12 girls were able to get out on court in the first game of the tournament.
Head coach, Tania Obst was pleased to finally be able to get out on the court.
“The girls were very eager to get out there and play netball and excited to put on their Australian dress for the first time. The atmosphere of the crowd was a great experience for them.”
Obst believes the time in Perth in the week leading up to Botswana was invaluable, but there’s still more to learn now the games have begun.
“We have been developing our game in Perth and there are elements we implemented today and there is more for us to keep working on.”
Australia now look to play Singapore in game two.
“Building our combinations, continuing to improve and implementing other aspects of our game plan will be focus for tomorrow."
Australia has made their mark on the Netball World Youth Cup, with a 107 goal win over Singapore.
Dominating throughout the whole game, the Aussies kept Singapore scoreless in the second quarter.
Mid-courter, Jess Anstiss believes each win is as lesson learned as the week goes on.
“We are just trying to focus on the process at the moment, and our goal is to continue to build across the week and focus on our own game plan.
“We’re continuing to work through the game plan, make little tweaks to our structures and to work through our connections and communication.”
Head coach, Tania Obst was impressed with each of her players.
“It was very pleasing to see each individual finish the game and achieve their individual goal within the team structure.
“We continued to build on our game plan today. Our consistency of skills and development of combinations was pleasing.”
With two substantial wins under their belt, the girls are embracing the time in Botswana.
“We are very much enjoying the moment of playing for our country and taking each game on its merits,” said Obst.
The Australian NWYC team continue their dominance in Botswana, with a 61 goal win over Barbados.
Head coach, Tania Obst said game three saw a lifted intensity, with Barbados the toughest opponent so far.
“Tonight’s match was more physical than we have experienced so far, and what was pleasing was our ability to adjust our game to ensure we retained possession of the ball.”
Shooter, Alice Teague-Neeld commended the team for adapting to physicality they hadn’t seen at the NWYC just yet.
“It was a good physical hit-out for us. Quick ball movement in the attack worked well with the use of fakes.
“Good hands over pressure in defence and having a crack at fly balls also worked well.”
Obst is thrilled with her team’s development and ability to modify their game with each opponent they face.
“Each area of the court is developing game by game and it is pleasing to see adjustments and improvements made all over the court.”
The team has a rest day where they’re going to enjoy some local culture by visiting the Mokolodi safari.
They’ll train in the afternoon and prepare for their match against South Africa.
The Aussies have made it a clean sweep, taking out their fourth win in the Netball World Youth Cup’s pool games, with a 65-36 win over South Africa.
The win sees the Australian team finish top of the NWYC Pool B ladder, one win clear of South Africa.
It was their lowest score so far in the tournament, but Assistant Coach Michelle Wilkins was pleased with the four quarter effort.
“The game was strongly contested across the four quarters.
“We started strongly with full court defensive pressure and converting well at the other end,” said Wilkins.
“Quick ball movement and use of ball off centre pass conversions worked in our favour.”
Australia has made their way into the Netball World Youth Cup Semi Final, after defeating Scotland in last night’s quarter final, 95-22.
It was a four quarter effort which only got better as they game went on, according to Head Coach, Tania Obst.
“We started strong and then finished stronger. We were happy with our four quarter effort and the implementation of our game plan.”
Even with fantastic wins, Obst believes the girls are still improving.
“We were most improved with our timing and this continued to build on our connections over the four fifteen minute quarters.”
Next up is England in the semi final, and Obst thinks the team knows what to do to reach the Gold Medal match.
“We’re excited to be in the semi finals, and are looking to put out an even better display of netball to ensure we give ourselves every opportunity to play in the gold medal match.”