2011 21/U National Netball Championships
13-17 July 2011
Waverley Netball Centre, Victoria
2011 21/U National Netball Championships Fixture/Results
NSW 21/U Team claims fourth straight national crown
The New South Wales 21/U State Team defeated Victoria, 48-35, in the decider to claim a fourth consecutive National title at the 2011 21/U National Netball Championships at the Waverley Netball Centre in Victoria.
NSW Coach Maria Lynch was pleased the team was able to overcome the home crowd and take the crown.
“To win any Grand Final is pretty special, but to take it away from Victoria and still finish being 13 goals up it was great. All the girls performed really well to get that score-line for us. It’s awesome,” Lynch said.
It was a tight contest in the opening minutes before NSW started to hit their straps and escaped to a 13-8 lead at the first break.
VIC made a couple of changes to their lineup for the second quarter but with the NSW midcourt defence picking up a lot of turnover ball, the defending champions were able to consolidate their lead and take a 26-17 advantage into the main break.
It was goal for goal in the third quarter as NSW adjusted their game to combat the VIC substitutions; NSW leading 36-27 at the final break.
NSW were able to finish strongly in the final quarter, extending their lead to 13 goals to seize the title.
NSW Captain April Letton was named the 2011 San Remo Most Valuable Player, another strong showing from the defender who was named co-MVP at the 2010 event.
The NSW dominance of the event was evident in the makeup of the 2011 21/U Championship Team, with a seven-player team named to honour the outstanding individual performances at the tournament including four NSW athletes – Letton, shooter Amy Sommerville and midcourters Verity Simmons and Paige Hadley.
2011 21/U National Netball Championships supported by the Australian Government’s Illicit Drugs in Sport Education Program Final Standings:
1 New South Wales
3 South Australia
5 Western Australia
2011 San Remo Most Valuable Player - April Letton (New South Wales)
2011 21/U Championship Team
Selectors named a seven player team to honour the outstanding individual performances at the 2011 21/U National Championships. An Australian 21/U Squad will be selected following the Australian Netball League.
Sarah East (WA)
Amy Sommerville (NSW)
Kelsey Browne (VIC)
Verity Simmons (NSW)
Paige Hadley (NSW)
April Letton (NSW)
Kate Shimmin (SA)
NSW 21/U Match Schedule
Wednesday 13 July
Round 1 NSW 49 def WA 42 [Game Report]
Round 2 NSW 52 def by QLD 56 [Game Report]
Thursday 14 July
Round 3 NSW 40 def SA 35 [Game Report]
Friday 15 July
Round 5 NSW 46 def VIC 31 [Game Report]
Round 6 NSW 52 def ACT 29 [Game Report]
Saturday 16 July
Semi Final NSW 56 def QLD 38 [Game Report]
Sunday 17 July
Grand Final NSW 48 def VIC 35 [Game Report]
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2011 NSW 21/U State Team (Click here for full roster and player profiles)
Nicola Gray Manly Warringah
Paige Hadley Penrith
April Letton St George
Abbey McCulloch Eastwood Ryde
Alix McDermott Penrith
Samantha Poolman Newcastle
Verity Simmons Grafton
Gabi Simpson Baulkham Hills
Amy Sommerville Eastwood Ryde
Megan Styles Penrith
Melissa Tallent Sutherland
Kathryn Thew Baulkham Hills
Head Coach Maria Lynch
Assistant Coach Jenny O’Keeffe
Manager Maureen Stephenson
Physiotherapist Brett Doring
Massage Therapist Jacinta Brown