GWS Fury v UTS St George Sparks

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
May 4, 2016

Round 3: GWS Fury 56 d UTS St George Sparks 39

Division: Under 20’s

The GWS Fury earned their second straight win in the 2016 Samsung Premier League Under 20s division with a 56-39 victory over the UTS St George Sparks in Round 3 action last night, Wednesday 4 May, at Netball Central.

The Fury started the match in rich form and bolted out to an early four goal lead before the Sparks settled into the match. Sparks GA Maddy Eaton led the revival and they dominated long periods of play throughout the opening quarter. The topsy-turvy period finished with a late flurry of goals to the Fury and they wrestled back the lead to enjoy a slim one-goal advantage at the first break.

The Fury stuck to the script for the second quarter and another fast start ensued. GS Loren Singleton and GA Lucy Chapman continued to build their strong combination, which proved difficult for Sparks’ defenders to contain. The lead reached seven goals midway through the quarter until the Sparks again worked their way back into the contest. GD Paige Pirotta created several turnovers for the Sparks however the Fury defensive duo of Zoe Yanz and Belinda Zilic were equally as good as the Fury maintained their edge at the big break, 27-19.

Just as they had done in the previous two quarters, the Fury came out firing for the start of the second half; however this time, their scoring flow accelerated. Fury’s drive through the midcourt was relentless as their advantage swelled to as much as 17 goals, but a late surge of goals to the Sparks saw Fury’s lead sit at 13 goals as the game moved into the final 15 minutes.

A determined Sparks outfit began the final period with renewed energy and made all the running in the early part of the quarter. With the lead trimmed to single digits, Sparks’ confidence grew along with their goal tally. But their efforts weren’t enough to catch the Fury who were able to finish the contest strongly to record a comfortable victory.

The Sparks will turn their attention to Round 4 and their match up with the Sutherland Stingrays while the Fury will look to make it three on the bounce when they battle the Manly Warringah Sapphires on the Show Court.

You can watch the Fury v Sapphires 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: – 11 – Q2: 19 (8) – Q3: 30 (11) – Q4: 39 (9)
FURY│ Q1: – 12 – Q2: 27 (15) – Q3: 43 (15) – Q4: 56 (13)

Starting Line-Ups:
SPARKS│ GS Tayla Black GA Maddy Eaton WA Tahisha Hunt C Tayla Fraser WD Khalia Rasch GD Paige Pirotta GK Angela Cloeraine

FURY│ GS Loren Singleton GA Lucy Chapman WA Casey Green C Masani Francis WD Chaise Vassallo GD Zoe Yanz GK Belinda Zilic

Round 3: UTS St George Sparks 45 d GWS Fury 31
Division: Opens

The UTS St George Sparks earned their second win for the 2016 Samsung Premier League with a 45-31 victory over the GWS Fury in Round 3 at Netball Central last night, Wednesday 11 May.

The Sparks made the most of their opportunities in the first quarter and maintained a slight one-goal upper hand for most of the term. Sparks C Belynda Loveday’s lightning quick drives and strong defence led the way, and her teammates followed her lead.

The second quarter saw the game open up for longer periods and free flowing netball followed, with Fury GS Angelina Frketic continuing her good start to the season by leading her side back into the contest. However the Sparks showed great resolve to absorb the Fury challenge, resulting in a seven goal lead a half-time, 23-16.

Both coaches made a number of changes for the second half, with Jamie Mann and Scottish international Hayley Mulheron introduced for the Fury; meanwhile the Sparks new combinations proved just as effective. Brooke Lawrence (C), Natalie Eldridge (GA), Amy Parmenter (WD) and Kara Styles (GK) all played their part in the Sparks forging a double digit lead that the Fury were having trouble pegging back. At three-quarter time the Sparks led the Fury 34-22.

The Sparks had no interest in giving up a handy lead and they maintained their intensity throughout the final 15 minutes. Defender Nicole Styles’ relentless play for the Sparks laid the foundations for a comprehensive victory.

The Sparks will look to make it three wins from four when they take on the Sutherland Stingrays in Round 4 while the Fury will search for their first win against the Manly Warringah Sapphires on the Show Court.

You can watch the Fury v Sapphires 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: 11 – Q2: 23 (12) – Q3: 34 (11) – Q4: 45 (11)
FURY│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 16 (9) – Q3: 22 (6) – Q4: 31 (9)

Shooting Statistics
SPARKS: 45/73 @ 62%
H. Pearce: 18/29 @ 62%
L. Towell: 11/21 @ 52%
N. Eldridge: 16/23 @ 70%

FURY: 31/40 @ 78%
A. Frketic: 17/20 @ 85%
C. Richardson: 14/20 @ 70%

Starting Line-Ups:
SPARKS│ GS Holly Pearce GA Laura Towell WA Claire O’Brien C Belynda Loveday WD Stephanie MacGoughan GD Nicole Styles GK Olivia Rowntree 

FURY│ GS Angelina Frketic GA Charlotte Richardson WA Vanessa Andrews C Megan O’Keeffe WD Madeleine McCathie GD Lauren Stephensn GK Peti Talanoa


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