NSW u16 girls came from behind to snatch victory from ACT, in the final of the u16 national championship, in Canberra today, 13:12.
ACT went into the final as the favourite for the title, after having convincingly defeated NSW in the group stage, 10:5. NSW were not fazed by their previous defeat, fighting to the end to edge out ACT in the last seconds of the game.
The home team led at the break 6:5, and held their lead well into the second half, thanks to another strong performance by their captain and competition’s top scorer Clara Dahlenburg. NSW though were determined not to allow Dahlenburg to dominate again, targeting the playmaker for extra attention and physical contact. The strategy seemed to work for NSW, who took the lead at the 35-minute mark, forcing the ACT to chase for the remainder of the match.
Jessica Fallah and Jessica Sancataldo stood out for NSW with their ability and desire to score from long range.
Queensland too strong for NSW
In the boys final, Queensland and NSW traded the lead throughout the game, but a series of missed opportunities by NSW, late in the game, allowed Queensland to take a 5 goal-lead, winning 32:27 (13:13 at the break).
For NSW, Will Bremmer was outstanding, in attack, scoring 18 goals, whilst Hamish Langenberg and Matthias Zoll lead the champions, scoring 10 and 9 goals respectively.
The juniors will have another opportunity to compete against each-other, when Canberra hosts the national schools championship later this year.
HA wishes to thank Handball ACT for organising a memorable event for all.