The Green Machine have taken the glory in the 2017 Fast5 Netball World Series celebrity match, defeating the Bassett Hounds by two point.
In a match that some wouldn’t almost liken to a netball match, the Green Machine were able to pull away with a 16-14 victory.
Team Green burst out of the gates with the obvious game plan of feeding the ball to Australian shooter, Junior Levi who got three quick early baskets, managing to shake the hard tag of Matt Spangher, before Collingwood AFLW captain Steph Chiocci entered the court and delivered some precise passes to help put Team Bassett up 4-3 via some Ben Toyne sharpshooting.
The second quarter required a defensive change from Team Bassett to quell 218cm shooter Junior Levi and they found the solution in the diminutive ‘Young Mummy’ Sophie Cachia who kept the Australian shooter goalless through the second quarter. Laura Langman was a class above the rest, helping bring the Green Machine level at half time 6-6.
Some halftime acrobatics from Georgia Bonora got the crowd going but wasn’t enough to lift the Green Machine, who despite some strong defending from Junior Levi fell behind. Some stellar shooting from Catriona Rowntree in their powerplay lifted the Bassett Hounds to a 10-8 lead at the final change.
The Bassett Hounds were forced to try a new tactic with Junior Levi lifting Georgia Bonora for a shot however she wasn’t able to convert.
“We practiced it a couple of times and made three from three and then we missed it in the game.” Levi said about the tactic
A Steph Chiocci supershot from well beyond the arc kick-started the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough for the Bassett Hounds as some strong work from Junior Levi and John Steffensen lifted the Green Machine to a 16-14 victory.
On her supershot from way downtown Steph Chiocci said “This is about my fourth game of netball in my life and that was definitely the highlight so I think I’m going to have to retire on that note.”
Catriona Rowntree won the MVP award for her dance moves out on the court, while it was Fanos Panayides claimed the most invaluable player award after losing his shoe three times.
GREEN MACHINE (16) defeated BASSETT HOUNDS (14)