By Zac Lisle
Monash University Storm’s Under 19 side has survived a late scare from the Peninsula Waves to grab a thrilling one goal win at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on Wednesday night.
Monash gained the upper hand in the first quarter through the sharp-shooting performance of Stephanie Gibbs, who shot 13 goals from 15 attempts for the term, helping the Storm take a three goal lead into the first break.
Gibbs played the whole game in shooter, finishing with 29 goals from 37 attempts, at a conversion rate of 79%.
The second quarter was much like the first, as the Storm’s defensive end worked hard to keep the Waves at bay. Michelle Kerrin, Caitlin Watson and Kaela Hughes all played their part in defence, and the Storm managed to keep the margin at three goals for the whole second quarter.
The third term was owned by goal attack Ally Kilpatrick, as she shot an efficient 11 goals from 12 attempts to break the game open, and give the Storm a five goal lead at the final change.
Kilpatrick finished with 21 goals from 22 attempts, shooting at an astonishing 96%.
The Storm were boosted in the fourth quarter by Matilda Garret taking the court in goal keeper, but it almost wasn’t enough to stop a fast-finishing Waves side that piled on 14 goals to Monash’s 10 in the final term.
Eventually Monash’s class was too much for Peninsula, as they held on to record a thrilling one goal win.
Zali Mifsud showed great composure in center for the whole game, whilst Hannah Flanders had one of her best games for the season in wing attack.
The Storm face Melbourne University Lightning in their final game for the season next Wednesday at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
Monash Uni Storm 50
Peninsula Waves 49
Goals: S.Gibbs 29 (79%), A.Kilpatrick 21 (96%) Best: Z.Mifsud, A.Kilpatrick, H.Flanders, S.Gibbs