DAY 6 at the 2022 Australian Netball Championships was semi final day, with all teams battling it out to see which placing final they would play in on the final day, and who would ultimately be battling it out for the title. Wins to the Swifts, Darters, Giants, Force and Fury saw the Southern Force and Vic Fury earn the right to battle it out for the ANC title today.
SUNSHINE COAST LIGHTNING 11 | 14 | 8 | 12 (45)
SWIFTS ACADEMY 15 | 17 | 17 | 18 (67)
The Swifts Academy won their semi-final, accounting for the Sunshine Coast Lightning by 22 goals. The first half was a tighter affair, but a bad third quarter from the Lightning really blew the game open, and the Lightning were never really in the game after that.
For the Swifts Academy, Alison Miller was perfect in front of goal, not missing a shot all game. Sophie Fawns and Lauren Woods only missed two each, while Jessica Conlan (35 feeds and 20 assists) was crucial through midcourt. Meanwhile for the Lightning, Annika Lee-Jones did the bulk of the shooting but none of her shooting team mates could match her for volume. Annie Miller was also good through mid court, finished with 26 feeds and 19 assists.
TASMANIA 10 | 11 | 10 | 11 (42)
CAPITAL DARTERS 13 | 14 | 13 | 8 (48)
In the second of the day’s semi-finals, it was the Capital Darters who prevailed in a close affair, taking down Tasmania to the tune of six goals. It was a much better performance from the Tasmanians compared to what they had given the day prior, and they even won the last quarter, but it was not enough as the Darters had won the previous three by three goals each quarter.
For the Darters, Maddy Eaton (31 feeds and 19 assists) was crucial through mid court, ensuring that the likes of Nalani Makunde (20 goals from 22 attempts) and Olivia Clark (19 goals from 22 attempts) had plenty of opportunity to score. Meanwhile for Tasmania, Hayley McDougall (23 from 26) was the main shooter and Shelby Miller (26 feeds and 15 assists) was busy through midcourt, but unfortunately for Tasmania none of the other shooters could match McDougall for volume.
GIANTS ACADEMY 16 | 15 | 11 | 16 (58)
WEST COAST FEVER RESERVES 16 | 12 | 15 | 11 (54)
In a tight tussle in game three of the day, it was the GIANTS who narrowly prevailed over the Fever Reserves. A drawn first quarter was ultimately a sig of what was to come for the rest of the game, as the GIANTS took a narrow lead into half time before losing it in the third term. They rallied in the last term though to take the quarter and the win.
For the GIANTS it was Matisse Letherbarrow who was again on fire under the ring, shooting the bulk of the goals and finishing with a high percentage. Amy Sligar (19 feeds and 17 assists) was also impressive. Meanwhile for the Fever Reserves, it was Emma Putt who did the heavy lifting shooting wise, while fellow Emma Emma Cosh (26 feeds, 15 assists) and Zoe Cransberg (22 assists, 16 assists) both played well in midcourt.
COLLINGWOOD 17 | 15 | 16 | 9 (57)
SOUTHERN FORCE 17 | 17 | 18 | 16 (68)
After going through the group stage undefeated, Collingwood were finally taken down at the hands of the Southern Force, who prevailed at the handiest of times to move through to the ANC Grand Final. It was very tight for much of the game, with the margin only at four goals at the final change. However a poor final quarter from the Pies put the result to bed and handed the Force the win.
For the Force Lucy Austin provided most of the goals, while Lauren Frew only missed one shot. Jessie Grenvold finished with five intercepts, while Georgia Dent (38 feeds, 27 assists) was busy through mid court. Meanwhile for Collingwood Jane Cook only missed one shot, but her other shooters could not keep up with her in terms of volume. Maggie Lind (25 feeds, 19 assists) also had a good game.
VIC FURY 17 | 14 | 18 | 15 (64)
QUEENSLAND SAPPHIRES 13 | 15 | 15 | 15 (58)
In the other Grand Final determining semi final, it was the Vic Fury who prevailed by a narrow six goals. The margin was not very big at any of the breaks, which just shows how close and hard fought the game was. At quarter time it was four in favour of the Fury, before the Sapphires managed to narrow it by one at the main break. However, the Fury extended it out to six at three quarter time, so by the time the final quarter was drawn the result was already determined.
For the Fury it was again Emma Ryde who was stellar under the ring, shooting over 50 goals and only missing one shot. Tayla Honey was also great through mid court, finishing with 29 feeds and 19 assists. Meanwhile for the Sapphires Charlie Bell only missed two shots, while Leesa Mi Mi (33 feeds and 20 assists) had a great game in wing attack.