UTS St George Sparks v Panthers

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
April 27, 2016

Round 2: UTS St George Sparks 56 d Panthers 46
Division: Opens

It was an almost perfect 60 minute performance from the UTS St George Sparks which secured them a convincing 56-46 win over the Panthers in round two of the 2016 Samsung Premier League last night, Wednesday 27 April, at Netball Central.

The Sparks led early in the game with a solid defensive performance across all areas of the court helping shut down the Panthers attack, leaving their opponents lost for options and opening an early  commanding 15-5 lead.

However the Panthers regrouped and worked hard to get back into the contest – the result seeing them close the scoreboard deficit to just six goals. Sparks coach Moira Gaha opted to use her bench for fresh legs throughout the match, and at times this allowed the Panthers to regain some rhythm as the new combinations took time to settle.

Despite their determined fightback, the Panthers momentum soon faded as the Sparks brought back their opening quater intensity for the second half.  The Panthers tried in vain to throw everything they had into the match, but whichever they tried the Sparks had an answer for.

Despite their opposition’s best efforts, the Sparks remained composed to see out the match to post their first win of the season.

UTS St George Sparks will now meet GWS Fury on the Show Court next Wednesday 4 May at 8:40pm for Round 3 action, while the Panthers will take on ERNA Hawks at 7:00pm.

You can watch the Sparks v Fury contest LIVE in action through BarTV Sports, who will be streaming both the Under 20s and Opens games via our Live Games tab (above).

Quarter by quarter scores
SPARKS Q1: 15 – Q2: 27 (12) – Q3: 42 (15) – Q4: 56 (14)
PANTHERS| Q1: 5 – Q2: 21 (16) – Q3: 33 (12) – Q4 46 (13)

Shooting Statistics
SPARKS: 56/71 @ 79%
N. Eldridge: 28/37 @ 76%
L. Towell: 10/13 @ 80%
H. Pearce: 18/21 @ 86%

PANTHERS: 46/62 @ 74%
K. Heddle: 1/ 4 @ 25%
T. Ojeda: 13/19 @ 68%
J. Pivac: 32/39 @ 79%

Starting line-ups
SPARKS|GS Natalie Eldridge, GA Laura Towell, WD Amy Parmenter, C Brooke Lawrence, WA Belynda Loveday, GD Nicole Styles, GK Chloe Robinson.

PANTHERS|GS  Kodee Heddle, GA Tiesha Ojeda, WD Olivia Memmolo, C Lauren Hutchinson, WA Kaisha Wilson, GD Nikki Robson, GK Nicole Rohr.


Round 2: UTS St George Sparks 49 d Panthers 45
Division: Under 20s

The UTS St George Sparks Under 20s survived a fast finish from the Panthers to post a 49-45 victory in Round 3 action of the 2016 Samsung Premier League last night, Wednesday 27 April, at Netball Central.

In a game that ebbed and flowed from start to finish, it was the Sparks who had just enough to edge a game that could easily have gone either way.

The first quarter was a close affair in which both sides had purple patches. The Sparks were first to register a score and soon opened up a 2-0 lead, with goal attack Kaitlyn Fisher looking sharp. However despite their opponents’ bright start, the Panthers kept in touch with some good service into the circle to level the scores after five minutes of play.

Whilst the second quarter wasn’t as fast or free flowing as the opening 15 minutes, the Panthers were able to take the lead for the first time – setting up a goal-for-goal run of play.

Through strong teamwork, the Sparks restored their lead entering the final third of the first quarter until once again the Panthers fired, with the Penrith-based side finding momentum to gain back the lead through some accurate shooting from Amelia Holz and Abbey McFadden.

But just when it seemed like the Panthers were edging the contest, the Sparks really started to fire and midway through the quarter they were back on level terms as Fisher and goal shoot Maddy Eaton took their chances. A handy break gave the Sparks back a one-goal lead, which soon turned into a six-goal advantage as they put their foot to the pedal.

The Panthers once again showed spirit and through some determined play they once again found themselves on equal footing with the Sparks. While the two teams traded goals for much of the final 15 minutes, the Panthers couldn’t get any closer to the Sparks.

With five minutes remaining, the Sparks again began to surge forward and, with momentum on their side, went on to post a four goal victory in a match that was certainly a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

UTS St George Sparks will now meet GWS Fury on the Show Court next Wednesday 4 May at 7:00pm for Round 3 action, while the Panthers will take on ERNA Hawks at 8:40pm.

You can watch the Sparks v Fury contest LIVE in action through BarTV Sports, who will be streaming both the Under 20s and Opens games via our Live Games tab (above).

Quarter-by-Quarter scores
SPARKS│ Q1: 13 – Q2: 27 (14) – Q3: 39 (12) – Q4: 49 (10)
PANTHERS│ Q1: 15 – Q2: 22 (7) – Q3: 35 (13) – Q4: 45 (10)

Shooting Statistics
SPARKS:49/69 @ 71%
M. Eaton: 30/42 @ 71%
K. Fisher: 19/27 @ 70%

PANTHERS:45/56 @ 80%
A Holz: 32/37 @ 86%
A McFadden: 9/13 @ 69%
M Bull: 04/06 @ 67%

Source Link : http://www.samsungpremierleague.com.au/uts-st-george-sparks-v-panthers/