Round 3 Sparks v Fury: U20s

Posted by: Sparks Netball
June 14, 2017

Round 3: UTS St. George Sparks 49 defeat GWS Fury 48
Division: Under 20s

UTS St George Sparks have earned their third consecutive win of 2017 Samsung Premier League with a closely fought win over GWS Fury in Round 3 at the Genea Netball Centre on Wednesday 7 June.

GWS Fury made good use of the first centre pass, with two precise passes straight into GS Jamie McMurdow who got scoreboard rolling. Unforced errors plagued both teams for the first half of the quarter until Sparks GD Paige Pirotta’s airborne intercept provided the turnover the Sparks needed, leading ultimately to an impressive play by Sparks’ attacking front. Not to be outscored, Fury GA Emily Dunn created remarkable opportunities when it mattered most for her side to end the first quarter 15-14.

The second quarter saw a change in the Sparks defensive line up, with Matilda McDonell in as GD, and they had a renewed defensive vigour. Sparks GK Ashleigh Selwyn made her presence known by claiming integral rebounds throughout the quarter. The defensive change seemed to be the right decision by Sparks Coach Regan Tweddle, as her side took the lead and held it to end the second quarter 30-24 in front.

Things only got better for the Sparks, scoring four consecutive goals in the first three minutes of the third quarter. The Fury then changed their line up to try and combat this with Anaseni Nauque C, and Chloe Chapman GA. The intensity was building between both sides, with impressive turnovers created by Fury GD Clare Iongi, which assisted in reducing the goal deficit, ending the third quarter 40-35.

The Fury once again changed their line up, still trying to find the elusive player formula to best combat the Sparks’ consistent court play. The Fury change of Nauque from C to WA had an immediate effect, creating significant turnovers for the Fury to score the first goal of the last quarter. But you couldn’t fault the Sparks fighting spirit and after 60 minutes of hard fought netball, they claimed a well-earned victory 49-48.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
FURY | Q1: 15 – Q2: 24 (9) –Q3: 35 (11) – 48 (13)
SPARKS | Q1: 14 – Q2: 30 (16) – Q3: 40 (10) – 49 (9)

Starting Line-ups
FURY | GS Jamie McMurdo, GA Emily Dunn, WA Chaise Vassallo, C Caitlin Porter, WD Caitlin Porter, GD Clare Iongi, GK Lauryn Netto
SPARKS | GS Georgia Westwood, GA Madeline Eaton, WA Tahisha Hawley, C Caitlin Campbell, WD Te-arn Bradley, GD Paige Pirotta, GK Ashleigh Selwyn

Shooting Statistics

SPARKS|49/61 @ 80%
Westwood.G:  32/39 @ 82%
M.Eaton: 14/19 @ 74%
T.Harvey: 3/3 @ 100%

FURY | 48/65 @ 74%
J.McMurdo: 33/43 @ 77%
E.Dunn: 8/11 @ 73%
C.Chapman: 7/11/64%

Match reports by Jayllee Carter