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The two up and coming stars plus U15 Maia Scharenberg who took some exceptional midcourt interceptions for St Josephs shone taking the team to a half time lead 28-16.
Magpies could not buy a goal because it wasted so many opportunities mid court before the ball even got to the goal circle.
There were flashes of excellent individual efforts. Aysha Zada burned energy in two sections of the court and Kelsey Ellis tagged St Josephs wing attack Amy Green from the centre pass to the goal circle.
The dilemma for Magpies was that it fell into the trap of matching the speed of St Josephs.
Green, Leah Carling and Taylor-Lee Breen are like a swift hurricane covering extensive parts of the court. Magpies looked doomed.
Where there is a will there is a way. Unfortunately Brusnahan got injured. A ray of hope in Irvine entered the court for Magpies.
Goal Keeper Welfare had trouble controlling the small lively stature of Irvine who is one of the most reliable goalies the Magpies club has.
There were not any rebounds to take. Irvine with Zada turned the tables to frighten St Josephs with a 17-9 third quarter. To see the action play out was incredibly breath-taking.
The shock challenge forced St Josephs to focus on an error free fourth quarter. It was an amazing reversal of control. The Magpies defence line encountered contests that they did not win.
Once again the spirit of the Saints came forth to complete the game 55-41.
Vikings def. St Josephs
Vikings continue to carve its path to a premiership. Letarnya Khan was given another opportunity to shine in the goal circle. Kellie Von Senden suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter. Up until that time Von Senden led confidently with support from Carlee Margitich.
Both goalies had a fast passing tactic that overpowered St Josephs defenders Courtney Hannigan and Tara Nayda.
The tactic was so slick that it made the defenders look slow to adjust to the pace in the circle. What was amazing was that St Josephs responded in a quiet way to keep up with scoring challenges.
Vikings only led 13-12 in the first quarter. Joeys goalies Tara Hogg and Amanda Horner whilst under pressure from Vikings defenders Kym Bishop and Jade Dawson were able to achieve accuracy when the opportunity presented.
Vikings never looked to be in danger of losing control of the game. The team basically took the theory of netball and applied it into practice at a very fast pace.
All players looked good and their ownership of positions was what wore St Josephs down. The other great plus was the entry of Khan into the goal circle for Vikings.
Defenders Nayda and Hannigan did not have an answer to curb Khans' dominance to lead to the front or her accuracy and rebounding power.
Vikings under the spell of Khan and Margitich in the last quarter brought St Josephs back to a reality check. The speed and timing of leads from Jessica Freeman, Bianca Reid and Belinda Myles made it difficult for the opposition's trying midcourt players to restrain the attacking moves.
When mistakes were made there was a consequence particularly in the last quarter. Vikings set the scene and owned the game 61-42
Magpies vs. Railways
There was a bit of a breeze on the outside court which favoured both Magpies and Railways at the change of goal ends.
As expected for Railways Teraleyha Coulthard and Eliza Parker combined well as goal shooters and were well fed by Swai Todnai, Kaylanah Reid and Shaniqwa Stuart.
For Magpies it was Georgia Irvine and Stacey Colson who matched the scoring feats being fed well from Alyce Bertelsmeier and Tyrell Yarran. The defending plots from both teams added to the evenness of the contest.
For Magpies evergreen Tanya Aird led Prue Martin and Katelyn Barnett in achieving turnovers that were rewarded with goals from Irvine and Colson.
Just as astute to respond was Jessie Pilsko and Paige Ashman for Railways. The whole game was an equalising event and that is how the game ended. It was a 46-46 draw.