Rd 4: UTS St George Sparks v Sutherland Stingrays
May 11, 2016
Round 4: UTS St George Sparks 56 d Sutherland Stingrays 47
A strong performance from the fourth-placed UTS St George Sparks saw them defeat Sutherland Stingrays (3rd) 56-47 in Round 4 of the 2016 Samsung Premier League last night, Wednesday 11 May, at Netball Central.
The Sparks proved strong from the outset, continually extending their lead throughout the duration of the match. But the Stingrays didn’t go without a fight and put in a strong performance to continually challenge the Sparks lead.
It was a strong start from both sides as scores were continually levelled throughout the opening quarter before the Sparks broke away to get out to a slight lead heading into the first break. Strong defence from both sides forced players to look backwards for options, leading to a slow, patient style of game to find their best option.
This continued into the second quarter which saw the Sparks maintain their lead going into the half time break. However, the Stingrays didn’t go away quietly, often closing the gap before the Sparks would rally once more; particularly through their midcourt who provided strong service to the shooters.
Both teams made a number of positional changes during the half-time break, with the Stingrays in particular proving beneficial as they once more made a charge on the scoreboard. Outscoring their opponents 13 goals to nine, the Stingrays were able to close the gap to one goal as the game headed into the final 15 minutes.
But the Sparks showed muster and opened the final quarter strongly to once again extend out their lead. Their defensive pressure never wilted as the Stingrays found it difficult to provide their shooters with enough possession to have an impact on the scoreboard.
At the opposite end Sparks duo Holly Pearce and Natalie Eldridge led the charge for their side, putting up 18 goals while their defensive teammates limited the Stingrays to 10 goals for the quarter to set up the win.
The Sparks will now face Central Coast Heart in Round 5 next Wednesday 18 May, while the Stingrays will meet ladder leaders Manly Warringah Sapphires at Netball Central.
Quarter by Quarter Scores
SPARKS | Q1: 14 – Q2: 29 (15) – Q3: 38 (9) – Q4: 56 (18)
STINGRAYS| Q1: 11 – Q2: 24 (13) – Q3: 37 (13) – Q4: 47 (10)
SPARKS: 56/69 @ 81%
H. Pearce: 37/46 @ 80%
E. Turner: 5/6 @ 83%
N. Eldridge: 14/17 @ 82%
STINGRAYS: 47/59 @ 80%
M. Tallent: 25/30 @ 83%
B. Quince: 22/29 @ 76%
Starting Team Lineups
SPARKS | GS Holly Pearce, GA Emma Turner, WA Claire O’Brien, C Belynda Loveday, WD Amy Parmenter, GD Nicole Styles (C), GK Kara Styles
STINGRAYS| GS Melissa Tallent, GA Braeden Quince, WA Britney Pierce, C Lili Gorman-Brown, WD Cassandra Staples, GD Cassandra Radford, GK Te-Arn Bradley
Round 4: UTS St George Sparks 47 d Sutherland Stingrays 43
Division: Under 20s
UTS St George Sparks overcame a spirited Sutherland Stingrays to claim a 47-43 in their Round 4 contest of the 2016 Samsung Premier League last night, Wednesday 18 May, at Netball Central.
Whilst the Sparks held the lead for each of the four quarters, the Stingrays put up a strong contest – particularly in the second half – to push their opponents to the final whistle.
The first quarter saw both teams put in a consistent performance across the court. However, consecutive goals from the Sparks early in the quarter proved the difference as they went into the first break leading by two. Turnovers marred the opening 15 minutes with both sides executing strong defensive pressure on their opponents.
The Sparks extended their lead over the Stingrays in the second quarter as their defenders continued their stronghold on the contest, forcing turnovers for their shooters to capitalise on the scoreboard, led by Maddy Eaton who finished with 33 goals at 83% accuracy for the match.
Despite Sparks’ strong opening half, a momentum shift in the third quarter saw the Stingrays find their rhythm to claw back the deficit. Through patient ball play the Stingrays were able to break through Sparks’ strong defensive hold to win the quarter by one goal; Sparks lead 33-30 at three quarter time.
With just 15 minutes remaining in the contest, both teams came out firing for the final quarter. As they’d shown throughout the match, the Sparks would find themselves out to a handy lead only for the Stingrays to work hard to reduce the gap. With the pressure high, a number of turnovers marred the contest.
In the end the Sparks were able to withhold a strong Stingrays fightback to claim a five-goal victory. Following their win, the Sparks will now play Central Coast Heart in Round 5 while the Stingrays will face Manly Warringah Sapphires next Wednesday 18 May at Netball Central.
Quarter by Quarter scores
SPARKS | Q1: 11 – Q2: 24 (13) – Q3: 33 (11) – Q4: 47 (14)
STINGRAYS| Q1: 9 – Q2: 18 (9) – Q3: 30 (12) – Q4: 43 (13)
SPARKS: 47/65 @ 72%
M. Eaton: 33/40 @ 83%
K. Fisher: 14/25 @ 56%
STINGRAYS: 43/61 @ 70%
D. Koli: 5/10 @ 50%
S. Mallon: 21/28 @ 75%
R. McCray: 17/21 @ 81%
SPARKS | GS Maddy Eaton, GA Kaitlyn Fisher, WA Tahisha Hunt, C Tayla Fraser, WD Khalia Rasch, GD Paige Pirotta, GK Angela Cloeraine
STINGRAYS| GS Delilah Koli, GA Shelby Mallon, WA Breanna Smith, C Alexa Cardassilaris, WD Tiarne Strong, GD Tara Stortenbeker, GK Abby Tilburg