Round 6: UTS St George Sparks v ERNA Hawks

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
May 26, 2016

Round 6: UTS St George Sparks 59 d ERNA Hawks 39
Division:
Under 20s

The UTS St George Sparks have registered their fourth win of the 2016 Samsung Premier League with a 59-39 win over the ERNA Hawks at Netball Central on Wednesday 25 May.

It was the Sparks’ dominant opening quarter that set up the win, with the Hawks trying in vain to get back into the contest – but ultimately, couldn’t make up the margin.

The Sparks came racing out of the blocks early in the game and immediately took an 8-1 lead after five minutes with some fast, free-flowing netball. The Hawks had possession but were finding it hard to feed it into the shooting circles, while UTS St George were making the most of their opportunities.

With two minutes to go in the opening period the Sparks had a 15-5 lead, thanks largely to their strong showing in defence and in the midcourt; by the first break that lead had grown to 11 goals.

The Sparks were again the more efficient of the two sides at the start of the second quarter, however halfway through ERNA began upping their defensive pressure by tightening up their one-on-one marking. But the effort did little to claw back the deficit with the Sparks taking a 15-goal advantage into the big break.

Despite the scoreboard balance not being in their favour, the Hawks continued to try and work themselves into the contest. With their defensive pressure slowing down the Sparks movement, the Hawks looked to capitalise at their own end. However the Sparks had full control of the game and went on to win their third quarter to further extend their lead.

Nothing separated the two sides in the final 15 minutes, with both claiming 15 goals – one a minute. Despite the Hawks’ better final outing it was a little too late in the piece to have a strong impact. In the end the Sparks went on to post a commanding 20 goal win to set up their fourth win of the season.

The Sparks will face North Shore United on the Show Court in Round 7 when play resumes on Wednesday 8 June, while the Hawks will meet the Manly Warringah Sapphires.

You can watch the Sparks v United 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
HAWKS| Q1: 6 – Q2: 14 (8) – Q3: 24 (10) – Q4: 39 (15)
SPARKS | Q1: 17 – Q2: 29 (12) – Q3: 44 (15) – Q4: 59 (15)

Shooting Statistics
HAWKS: 39/49 @ 80%
J Marsh: 17/22 @ 77%
A Bogard: 11/16 @ 69%
I Pickup: 11/11 @ 100%

SPARKS: 59/74 @ 79%
M Eaton: 27/31 @ 87%
K Fisher: 11/13 @ 85%
J Harding: 19/24 @ 79%
G Mexted: 2/6 @33%

Starting Line-ups
HAWKS | GS Jordan Marsh, GA Adrienne Bogard, WA Ebont Burnard, C Chelsea Loughrey, WD Sophie Kevern, GD Kate Masters, GK Deni Ross

SPARKS | GS Maddy Eaton, GA Kaitlyn Fisher, WA Tahisha Hunt, C Tayla Fraser, WD Jaz Tweddle, GD Paige Pirotta, GK Angela Cloeraine

 

Round 6: ERNA Hawks 57 d UTS St George Sparks 38
Division:
Opens

The ERNA Hawks proved too strong for the UTS St George Sparks, posting a 57-38 victory in their Round 6 contest of the 2016 Samsung Premier League at Netball Central on Wednesday 25 May.

A strong second quarter was the catalyst of a great performance by the Hawks, who proved more accurate in the circle by finishing with a team accuracy of 88 per cent – Kiera Austin finishing with 33 goals at an impressive 92 per cent accuracy – compared to the Sparks’ combined accuracy of 63 per cent.

The opening quarter was a very even affair as both teams went goal-for-goal in the first ten minutes. The ball movement was swift and smoothed the way for a very open game, with the Hawks edging out the period to take a slim two goal buffer into the first break.

With confidence high the Hawks came out strong for the second quarter to open up a 21-13 lead; much in thanks to a strong defensive effort which suffocated the Sparks of possession. Centre Taylah Davies and wing defence Jessica Calderara were marshalling the midcourt well for the Hawks, which provided their shooters with plenty of opportunities.

Hawks shooting combination Emily Bills and Austin did not disappoint, increasing their lead over the Sparks to 30-18 at the big break.

Despite the deficit, the Sparks came out firing for the start of the second half; opting for a short, sharp passing game to catch ERNA’s defensive end out of position. However this play didn’t last long with the Hawks rising to the challenge. Continuing to provide strong service into the shooters, the Hawks won their third consecutive quarter to further extend their lead into the final 15 minutes.

The Hawks kept their feet on the accelerator for the fourth quarter and hit the 50-goal mark with eight minutes left on the clock. The Sparks were battling hard but through the pressure turned over vital possession in order to have an impact. In the end the Hawks finished strongly to claim their third win of the season.

The Hawks will now turn their attentions to the undefeated Manly Warringah Sapphires when play resumes on Wednesday 8 June, while Sparks will take on North Shore United on the Show Court for Round 7.

You can watch the Sparks v United 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
HAWKS| Q1: 12 – Q2: 30 (18) – Q3: 42 (12) – Q4: 57 (15)
SPARKS | Q1: 10 – Q2: 18 (8) – Q3: 27 (9) – Q4: 38 (11)

Shooting Statistics
HAWKS: 57/65 @ 88%
E Bills: 24/29 @ 83%
K Austin: 33/36 @ 92%

SPARKS: 38/60 @ 63%
N Eldridge: 20/30 @ 67%
E Turner: 2/4 @ 50%
C Russell: 9/14 @ 64%
A Starr: 7/12 @ 58%

Starting Line-ups
HAWKS | GS Emily Bills, GA Kiera Austin, WA Georgia Marshall, C Taylah Davies, WD Sophie Halpin, GD Jessica Calderara, GK Courtney Torpy

SPARKS | GS Natalie Eldridge, GA Emma Turner, WA Claire O’Brien, C Belynda Loveday, WD Amy Parmenter, GD Nicole Styles, GK Kara Styles

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