Round 8 Match Review

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
July 23, 2018

💥 ROUND 8 | MATCH REVIEW 💥

A tough night in the office for both our Sparkies teams, but nonetheless a great effort from everyone. A special shout-out also goes to our Junior and Senior Academy girls who were awesome cheerleaders on the sidelines for both games.

 7PM | OPENS 

It was a shaky start for our Opens when Heart took out the first 4 goals, however a lovely intercept by WD Belinda Loveday on the circle edge saw the Sparks find their feet and get into the game. Despite some tough circle defence by Heart, GA Natalie Eldridge delivered some beautiful drives in and around the circle, whilst C Kaitlyn Fisher and WA Amy Parmenter remained patient in feeding strongly.

The second quarter saw the Sparks start down by 7, but with the help of early intercepts by GK Matilda O’Donnell, Belinda Loveday, and multiple forced errors all round, Sparks quickly closed the gap to within 3. Jordan Bedingfield also came on into WD, making a great impact in threatening Heart’s attack.

The second half saw a few changes to the Sparks side, but the full court defence and handsover pressure remained strong, seeing even more turnovers. Ngawai Eyles, Amy Parmenter and Belinda Loveday also continued to control the attacking end and maintain composure, helping their side come back to within 3 at one point.

Although an incredibly gutsy effort throughout the match, we couldn’t quite catch Heart who in the end took out the game by 6. Make sure to catch our Opens back in action next week at 8:40pm where they take on the Manly Warringah Sapphires!

💣 8:40PM | U20S 💣

The first quarter certainly set the tone for the electrifying game to come between the U20s Sparks and Central Coast Heart.

With a couple of early turnovers forced by some great defensive pressure and handsover by GK Ash Selwyn and GD Jess Bowden, our Sparkies were off to a quick lead. Heart however, fought back quickly, and with a goal on the buzzer by Sparks GA Abbey Baker, we went into Quarter 2 up by 1.

This sense of urgency and determination from both teams never ceased, with the second quarter proving to be equally as close. A tip from GD Jess Bowden instigated the Sparks return to the lead, and with some beautiful footwork by WA Tahisha Hunt and circle edge drives by Chaise Vassallo, the Sparks were able to feed the circle strongly and increase their lead, going into the third quarter in front.

Slight changes to the team saw the second half start just as strong as the first, as our Sparkies scored the first 4 goals of the quarter thanks to critical turnovers by midcourters WD Clare McChohon and WA Tahisha Hunt, and shooting by GS Ky-Mani Schwenke and GA Georgia Westwood. Despite tireless defence all over the court, particularly by Ash Selwyn and Madi Hilton in the circle, Heart continued to put up a fight, and in the final 3 seconds of the quarter, GA Georgia Westwood put our Sparkies in the lead 1.

The last quarter was tough and intense, going goal for goal for the majority of the final 15 minutes. With around 9 minutes to go, Caitlin Campbell returned to C and Abbey Baker into GA, both stepping up to the immense pressure of the situation and doing an exceptional job in maintaining composure whilst the scores were tied. Although a relentless team effort throughout the entire game, Heart managed to clinch the win by only 1 goal in the final minute of the match.

It was a gallant effort by the whole team. Next week our U20s Sparkies take on Manly Warringah Sapphires at 7PM.