Manly Warringah Sapphires 46 d UTS St George Sparks 38

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
April 20, 2016

Round 1: Manly Warringah Sapphires 46 d UTS St George Sparks 38
Division: Under 20s

The Manly Warringah Sapphires kicked off their 2016 Samsung Premier League Under 20’s campaign with a hard fought 46-38 victory over the UTS St George Sparks. A dominant final quarter made the victory appear comfortable for the Sapphires; however it was anything but easy for the first 45 minutes.

With a large crowd on hand both teams took their time to settle early nerves and find their niche. The Sapphires started to control the tempo midway through the quarter and the steady shooting of GS Ruby Lemon saw them take a 13-9 lead into the first quarter break.

The second quarter began much like the first with the Sapphires maintaining their edge. As the quarter went on however the Sparks took advantage of some inconsistent play by the Sapphires and worked their way back into the match. GS Maddy Eaton and GK Angela Cloeraine dominated their respective circles and at the long break the scores were deadlocked at 23.

The third quarter was tight and a physical battle – with both teams working hard to pull away. Although the score remained close, the game was at times scrappy with plenty of possession turnaround from each side. The Sapphires found greater consistency towards the end of the quarter and at three-quarter tithe final break they had stretched out their advantage by three goals, 34-31.

Looking for answers to begin the fourth quarter, the Sparks moved the speedy Tahisha Hunt to centre with Eaton moving out to WA to accommodate the introduction of GS Jade Harding. The change appeared to pay off as the margin was sliced to one with ten minutes remaining. The Sparks charge to an opening round victory looked set, however was thwarted by the steady play of Sapphires midcourt who led their side admirably to engineer a 12-7 final quarter advantage.

The Sparks will look to open their account in Round 2 against the Panthers next Wednesday 27 April, while the Sapphires will look to stay unbeaten when they tackle North Shore United at Netball Central.

Quarter by Quarter Scores
SAPPHIRES│ Q1: 13 – Q2: 23 (10) – Q3: 34 (11) – Q4: 46 (12)
SPARKS│ Q1: 9 – Q2: 23 (14)- Q3: 31 (8) – Q4: 38 (7)

Shooting Statistics
SAPPHIRES: 46/62 @ 74%
R. Lemon: 24/32 @ 75%
G. Westwood: 12/16 @ 75%
L. Drinan: 10/14 @ 71%

SPARKS: 38/49 @ 78%
M. Eaton: 21/24 @ 88%
K. Fisher: 12/20 @ 60%
J. Harding: 5/5 @ 100% 

Starting Line-Ups
SAPPHIRES│ GS Ruby Lemon, GA Georgia Westwood, WA Meg Richardson, C Kayla Nakoul, WD Latika Tombs, GD Eve Parker, GK Matilda McDonell

SPARKS│ GS Maddy Eaton, GA Kaitlyn Fisher, WA Tahisha Hunt, C Caitlin Campbell, WD Jazmin Tweddle-O’Donnel, GD Paige Pirotta, GK Khalia Rasch

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