Netball: Sovereigns’ first VNL win

Sovereigns centre-courter Kelly Conroy in action for a home game in March. Photo: Jeremy BannisterSOVEREIGNS have chalked up their first championship division win in the Victorian Netball League.
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The ACU Sovereigns produced a huge second half to claim a 52- 47 win against DC North East Blaze at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

Sovereigns were overpowered in the opening quarter, with Blaze doubling their score, and trailed by 10 goals by half-time.

By the final break, Sovereigns had chipped the margin back to four goals.

Sovereigns goalers were sharp. Melbourne Vixens goaler Carla Dziwoki shot 26 goals from 32 attempts (82 per cent accuracy) and Cynna Kydd shot 26 from 31 (84%).

This is Sovereigns first season in the VNL.

Sovereigns’ 19/under team is in the top four with seven wins and two draws from 12 matches and division one has one win on the board.

This week’s result is the first time a Ballarat-based VNL franchise has won a championship division match since 2013 when Ballarat Pride claimed a one-goal victory against Geelong on March 6. Pride also had a draw that season against City West Falcons on April 17.

DETAILS

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION

Sovereigns 7 18 34 52

DC North East 14 28 38 47

Sovereigns shooting: Carla Dziwoki 26/32 (82%), Cynna Kydd 26/31 (84%).

DIVISION ONE

DC North East 16 26 40 55

Sovereigns 4 13 20 29

Sovereigns shooting: Hayley Fidler 19/31 (62%), Amy Starzer 6/10 (60%), Jess Parry 4/8 (50%).

19/UNDER

Sovereigns 18 28 41 54

DC North East 7 16 23 34

Sovereigns shooting: Abbey Ryan 23/29 (80%), Sacha McDonald 16/22 (73%), Zoe Ottavi 15/18 (84%).

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