Round 10: UTS St George Sparks v GWS Fury

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
June 30, 2016

Round 10: UTS St George Sparks 50 d GWS Fury 49
Division: Under 20s

The UTS St George Sparks solidified their position at the top of the Samsung Premier League 20’s Division ladder with a hard fought 50-49 victory over the GWS Fury in a contest that brought a finals feel to Netball Central.

After a tough few weeks the Fury were looking for a fast start and that’s exactly what was delivered by the starting seven. Led by goalers Lucy Chapman and Casey Green, an early five-goal lead pointed to a long night ahead for the Sparks but they bounced back late in the quarter to reduce the margin to just one at the first break; Fury 13-12.

The Sparks dominated the opening exchanges of the second quarter and established a handy five-goal lead of their own which looked like it could blow the game wide open. It was the Fury who steadied affairs this time, however, as they got back on level terms.

In a fluctuating battle that ebbed and flowed the Fury regained the ascendancy to lead 24-23 at the half.

The third quarter saw some substitution and positional changes for the Sparks while the Fury introduced Loren Singleton at goal attack. These changes did little to alter the close nature of the contest and the sides went back and forth to share the lead throughout the quarter.

The Fury created more chances through the strong play of their defensive three in Belinda Zilic, Naomi Borg and Taylah Flood and would have been disappointed not to start the fourth quarter with the lead as three quarters failed to separate the two heavyweights of the competition; 38 apiece at the last break.

The Fury made a number of changes for the last fifteen minutes which didn’t immediately pay dividends as the Sparks stole a three-goal lead. The Fury continued to create turnovers that kept them in the match, however, as the battle reached its conclusion time became their enemy and a late Fury flurry wasn’t enough and the Sparks held on by the slimmest of margins.

The Sparks will turn their attention to Round 11 and a match up with the Sutherland Stingrays while the Fury will look to bounce back when they battle the Manly Warringah Sapphires.

Quarter by Quarter Scores

UTS St George Sparks: Q1: 12 Q2: 23 (11) Q3: 38 (15) Q4: 50 (12)

GWS Fury: Q1: 13 Q2: 24 (12) Q3: 38 (14) Q4: 49 (11)

Shooting Statistics

UTS St George Sparks: 50/64 @ 78%
Jade Harding: 16/20 @ 80%
Kaitlyn Fisher: 25/34 @ 74%
Jazmine Tweedle-O’Donnell:  9/10 @ 90%

GWS Fury: 49/56 @ 88%
Lucy Chapman: 34/37 @ 92%
Casey Green: 5/7 @ 71%
Loren Singleton: 10/12 @ 83%

Starting Line-Ups:

UTS St George Sparks: GS Jade Harding GA Kaitlyn Fisher WA Tayla Fraser C Olivia Lennon WD Jazmine Tweedle-O’Donnell GD Paige Pirotta GK Angela Cloeraine

GWS Fury: GS Lucy Chapman GA Casey Green WA Emily Prouten C Chaise Vassallo WD Taylah Flood GD Naomi Borg GK Belinda Zilic


Round 10: UTS St George Sparks 57 d GWS Fury 39
Division: Opens

The UTS St George Sparks consolidated their second place standing on the 2016 Samsung Premier League ladder with a 57-39 victory over a GWS Fury at Netball Central on Wednesday 29 June.

The Sparks set the tone from the opening whistle with a combination of crisp passing, efficient shooting and suffocating defence and an early six-goal deficit and the writing was on the wall for the Fury. All was not lost though and a resilient GWS team, which was searching for its third straight victory, dominated the latter stages of the quarter to trail only 14-11 at the first break.

The second quarter featured many of the characteristics of the first; scintillating speed from Sparks midcourters Belynda Loveday and Claire O’Brien and wonderful long range shooting from Natalie Eldridge. Through this the Sparks built a lead that stretched into double digits as half time approached. The Fury started to create more scoring opportunities by picking off some errant passes and made inroads into the Sparks’ lead to trail 29-21 at the half.

The Sparks tightened their grip on the match with a strong defensive effort in the third quarter. The timing of intercept attempts from the Styles sisters proved near perfect and the Fury were finding answers hard to come by. At three-quarter time they Sparks had extended their margin to 12 goals; 42-30.

The fourth quarter followed a similar script and the Sparks retained their advantage throughout before extending it further when the result was beyond doubt.

The Sparks will look to make it three wins in succession when they take on the Sutherland Stingrays in Round 11 while the Fury will look to bounce back when they do battle with the Manly Warringah Sapphires.

Quarter by Quarter Scores

UTS St George Sparks: Q1: 14 Q2: 29 (15) Q3: 42 (13) Q4: 57 (15)
GWS Fury: Q1: 11 Q2: 21 (10) Q3: 30 (9) Q4: 39 (9)

Shooting Statistics

UTS St George Sparks: 57/78 @ 73%
Natalie Eldridge: 20/23@ 88%
Claudia Russell: 9/15@ 60%
Laura Towell: 11/17@ 65%
Holly Pearce: 17/23@ 74%

GWS Fury: 39/59 @ 66%
Teegan Ryan: 23/33@ 70%
Olivia Doyle: 16/26@ 62%

Starting Line-Ups:

UTS St George Sparks: GS Natalie Eldridge GA Claudia Russell WA Claire O’Brien C Belynda Loveday WD Brooke Lawrence GD Nicole Styles GK Kara Styles
GWS Fury: GS Teegan Ryan GA Olivia Doyle WA Jaimie Mann C Vanessa Andrews WD Madeleine McCathie GD Hayley Mulheron GK Peti Talanoa