By Sue Jones and Sara Lane
The University of Adelaide hosted Monash in Round One of the Varsity Challenge Cup on Friday, 14 September. Intervarsity sport has a long history at Adelaide and this was the inaugural round in the re-established Netball 'Knock-Out’ Competition. The Adelaide Uni Football team just missed out on the finals going down to Melbourne and our netball team was hoping to at least match the boys' success by making it to the semi. But first the team needed to beat Monash University at Priceline Stadium.
From a squad of 14, 10 were picked for the match and despite some sickness within the team, under the leadership of Captain Emma Borlace, all athletes gave their all in a tough, tight game, right to the final whistle. Although close all game and TIED at the half way mark of the 4th quarter, AU was not able to get its noses in front and went down to Monash 47-41.
The girls made the most of the limited training opportunities available to them pre-game and utilised with skill, some effective structures and common sense elements of the game which paid off many times over. Defence was strong, Jessamie, Emma, Abbey and Amy all determined to disrupt the Monash attack, resulting in a high number of turnovers. This was no easy feat, with an opposition Goal Shooter dominating and clearly the target for her team mates, shooting all their first quarter goals.
At our end, Charlotte and Courtney played out the entire game together in the shooting circle, with both girls working together and converting, supported by some excellent feeds from Nikki, Emily B, Emily J and Kate. It was not all good news, with several turnover opportunities not capitalised on and momentary skill errors, however, the girls moved on quickly at those times, regaining focus and fighting back to produce the nail-biting game that resulted.
A very supportive crowd was in attendance and contributed to both the atmosphere and positivity with every cheer.
Although this AU team did not get the win, it has set the stage and the benchmark for future students and IV for the years ahead. The team leaves the competition knowing that it has done its University proud.
Score: 10 -12 (quarter time), 22 - 24 (half time), 33 - 35 (three quarter time), 41 - 47 (Full time)
Adelaide MVP: GK - Jessamie Faunt
Monash MVP: GS - Bekka Hodgeson
Coach: Sue Jones (Woods Panthers / Adelaide University NC)
Team Manager: Hayley Kroon (Adelaide University NC)
Assistant Coach: Dani Jonson (Newton Jaguars NC / Adelaide University NC)
Captain: Emma Borlace - Tango NC
Vice-Captain: Emily Johnson - Morialta Uniting NC
Abbey Creaser - Newton Jaguars NC
Kate Sharley - Pembroke Old Scholars NC
Jessamie Faunt - Hamley Bridge NC
Nikki Wenham - Encounter Bay NC
Amy Stewart - Woods Panthers NC
Courtney Afford - Jervois NC
Charlotte Steene - Adelaide University NC
Emily Braggs - Garville NC