AUSTRALIA’S proud observe report as a Maccabiah Video games netball powerhouse has been maintained, with 3 golds and a silver earned on finals day on July 24.
Within the inaugural masters netball decider – following their 4 instantly qualifying wins – Australia defeated Israel 50-39.
The Aussies led by means of simply 3 issues after 2 quarters, however ruled from there, with correct capturing when it counted maximum by means of Natalie Pozniak and Michelle Falk.
The crew embraced as the overall buzzer sounded, and captain Stephanie Schwartz described the instant as “improbable”.
“We’d skilled for this for 9 months, we had the stamina within the ultimate to stay going, and our superb crew by no means gave up.
“We play in combination as ‘Sisters in Fingers’ – that’s our crew motto – and that’s been superb to revel in.”
Pozniak added, “We channelled early nerves into certain power, and performed our hearts out”.
Any other new addition used to be the U16 pageant, during which Australia gained 5 in their staff video games, and narrowly misplaced one towards Nice Britain, who they confronted within the ultimate.
The youngest Aussie crew jumped out of the blocks to steer by means of 9 after the primary quarter, and maintained that lead at three-quarter time.
Nice Britain staged a comeback to path by means of 4 with 6 mins left, however the Aussies hung on for a 42-34 win.
Their proud trainer, Leeanne Michaelson, mentioned, “There used to be by no means any doubt in my thoughts that we’d win”.
“The women knew they needed to set the pathway in U16s, and so they coped in point of fact neatly with that power, and had self-belief.”
Australia’s open netball crew defended their 2017 name in taste, successful all their staff video games, earlier than outclassing Israel 61-33 within the decider.
Israel trailed by means of 11 after 2 quarters, however Australia then started marking their shooters relentlessly, and began to attain comfortably thru in-form shooter Timna Katranski and purpose assault Arianna Hearst, who each mixed neatly with fast wing assault Hayley Mrocki.
Captain Kate Lustig mentioned, “sticking to our buildings, believing in ourselves, and teamwork, had been a very powerful issues”.
Mrocki added, “that used to be our easiest efficiency over them (Israel) within the event”.
“It’s improbable to win gold, but additionally to have 4 Aussie netball groups on the Video games for the primary time, supporting each and every different.”
Australia’s U18 crew had a forged event, with 5 wins and a draw within the staff segment, and took house silver after being defeated 38-50 within the ultimate by means of a massively advanced Nice Britain aspect.
Australia’s U18s trainer Jodi Rosenthal mentioned, “Credit score to Nice Britain, they deserved to win, however our ladies fought exhausting, and feature develop into superb leaders, which is all a trainer may just need”.