ACT 2 (Ashleigh Palombi 20’, Maja Blasch 36’) NSW Thunder 1 (Doris Osman 40’)
The ACT struck a potential psychological blow ahead of the semi-final match-up between these teams by recording a narrow 2-1 victory over NSW Thunder in the final group game for both. With the two teams scheduled to meet again this evening in the last four there was nothing to play for but pride in this encounter, however matches between NSW Thunder and the ACT always matter and the two teams fought hammer and nail to get a result with thoughts of going through the motions seemingly on the back-burner. As such a fairly full-bloodied affair took places with tackles firm and chances few. With the game looking like it would enter its half-time break all square, the ACT struck. A long ball from the back found Ashleigh Palombi out wide but the angle mattered not to the forward who took aim and blasted a shot high into the roof of the net past Tani Rosekelly in the Thunder goal. With the ACT ahead NSW pushed for the equaliser but Luisa Marzotto in the host’s goal stood tall denying Rachel Perrins and Dmelza Howard in quick succession. And the ACT made sure with a second four minutes from time. Hayley Buckingham found room in front of goal and squared for Maja Blasch to flick home from inside the area to secure the positive result and confirm ACT in second place despite a last minute consolation from Doris Osman.
South Australia 5 (Renae Pantelis 5’, Susan Bassett 9’, Amelia Pacillo 18’, Rhiannon Eglinton 29’, Jamilla Hull 38’) Victoria 6 (Sienna Fogarty 2’, Bethany Koutsouridis (og) 4’, Marijana Rajcic 17’, 31’, Kristin Stensholt 27’, Madelaine Richardson 29’)
Victoria made the semi-finals with an exciting 6-5 win over South Australia that, in the process, ended SA’s participation in the competition. Victoria got off to a dream start taking the lead in the second minute with their first foray into South Australian territory. Working the ball across court Victoria created space for Sienna Fogarty to flick a shot at goal with the outside of her foot that trickled into the net past Leah Trebilcock and in off the base of the post. And they doubled that two minutes later as a goalmouth scramble resulted in an own goal off Bethany Koutsouridis. South Australia needed a response and got it with an immediate reply from Renae Pantelis to bring them back into the contest and within four minutes they restored parity, a sweeping move culminating in Susan Bassett emphatically finishing past Elizabeth Sarcevic. In an end to end thriller, Victoria went back in front through Marijana Rajcic only for South Australia to draw level immediately from the kick off as Amelia Pacillo cracked home from 15 metres. The match continued to ebb and flow in the second twenty as Victoria hit the front through goals from Kristin Stensholt and Madelaine Richardson only for South Australia to fight back with Rhinannon Eglinton reducing the deficit to one with ten minutes to play. Try as they might SA couldn’t get back level and Rajcic confirmed Victoria’s place in the last four with her second of the game in spite of Jamilla Hull’s late goal for SA.
- 18:00 – NSW Lightning v Victoria
- 19:00 – ACT v NSW Thunder
3 Erin CLOUT, Ashleigh PALOMBI (ACT), Claire WALSH (NSW Thunder)
2 Hayley BUCKINGHAM, Becky ROCHE (ACT), Dominique CARIDAD, Ceyda CAMBAZ (NSW Lightning), Doris OSMAN (NSW Thunder), Rhiannon EGLINTON, Jamilla HULL, Renae PANTELIS (South Australia), Marijana RAJCIC, Kristin STENSHOLT (Victoria)
1 Michelle AUROUSSEAU, Maja BLASCH, Michaela DAY, Nikola ORGILL (ACT), Logan GARARD, Kathryn MLADINEO (NSW Lightning), Laura DONNELLY, Rachel PERRINS, Jo-Anne SALIBA (NSW Thunder), Shannon ADAMS, Susan BASSETT, Amelia PACILLO (South Australia), Sienna FOGARTY, Melissa MISSAILIDIS, Madelaine RICHARDSON, Liesl WOODS (Victoria), Own GOAL