Round 1 Match Review

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
June 1, 2018

💥 ROUND 1 | MATCH REPORT 💥

🎆 U20s 🎆

Sparks 20s got their 2018 Samsung Premier League Season underway, with a tough match against Central Coast Heart.

Heart took an early lead in the first quarter, but persistent defensive pressure from the Sparks, particularly by the midcourt, meant Heart had to work hard for it.

The second quarter saw a few changes to the line-up, and the new combination was as steady in their game play and maintained durability. Pressure was kept on Heart’s shooters, and effective communication and teamwork catalysed impressive turnovers in the circle by Ash Selwyn and Madi Hilton, however Heart kept the lead. The first half of the match saw Heart ahead by 10.

Great patience and determination was eventually rewarded to the Sparks in the third quarter, illustrated by the repeatedly skilful feeds, and beautiful holds by in the circle. GA Georgia Westwood not only dominated in the shooting circle, but also forced many mid court errors in defence with some great hands over tips.

The third quarter also saw a couple of minutes of consistent turnovers in quick succession that allowed the Sparks to come within 8 of Heart – a true testament to the 20s relentless efforts.

Whilst Sparks continued to fight until the end, Heart took out the game. Despite the increasing score-line throughout the final quarter, the girls had each other’s back, were over every lose ball, and stayed strong, ensuring to keep Heart working hard until the final buzzer.

The Sparks U20s know what they have to work on in order to secure the win next time they meet.

Next Wednesday see the U20s take on Manly Warringah at 8.40pm.

QUARTER BY QUARTER SCORES:

SPARKS – 7 | HEART – 18
SPARKS – 18 | HEART – 28
SPARKS – 31 | HEART – 42
SPARRKS – 37 | HEART – 57

💥 OPENS 💥

The Sparks Opens also faced Central Coast Heart in their first game of the 2018 Premier League Season.

With two quick turnovers by Belinda Loveday, the Sparks were out to a quick lead early in the first quarter. Defensive pressure from Matilda McDonell and Kara Styles in the circle saw more ball turned over, and shooters Natalie Eldridge and Kaitlyn Fisher made sure to seize the opportunity and convert. Great defence and consistent shooting from both sides only saw Heart up by 2 after the first 15 minutes.

As they did in the first quarter of the game, Sparks attack continued to stun their defence with quick hands and finesse. Not only did our defence work hard in turning the ball over, but they were also a reliable option for quick resets in the attacking end, helping the mid-courters work the ball into the circle successfully. Halftime saw Heart up by 11.

Both teams started the second half of the match strong, going goal for goal for the first few minutes. Heart maintained tough defence, but with creative plays and dynamic moves, Sparks were able to close the gap to 10 goals by the end of the third.

The last 15 minutes saw a tough fight, but Heart came away with the win by 12.

Next week, Sparks take on the Manly Warringah Sapphires at 7pm.

QUARTER BY QUARTER SCORES:

SPARKS – 11 | HEART – 13
SPARKS – 20 | HEART – 31
SPARKS – 35 | HEART – 45
SPARRKS – 45 | HEART – 57

Match Report by Madi.