Round 14 Sparks v Hawks: U20s

Posted by: Sparks Netball
September 1, 2017

Round 14: ERNA Hawks 54 defeated UTS St George Sparks 46

ERNA Hawks have claimed victory over UTS St George Sparks, 54-46, off the back of a commanding second half performance (in what they outscored their opponents 31-23) in the final round of the Samsung Premier League last night at Genea Netball Centre.

A full-court defensive effort helped the Hawks get off to a strong start, putting early pressure on the scoreboard for the Sparks. UTS managed to close in on ERNA in the quarter’s final minutes, but the Hawks’ early scoreboard advantage was just enough to keep them in the lead at the end of the first quarter, 14-12.

Sparks made a few changes in their defensive line-up heading into the second quarter, which had an immediate effective by slowing Hawk’s momentum in attack and helping UTS secure the lead for the first time in the game.

However, Hawks GS Sophie Dwyer was deadly accurate to post which helped keep her side in the game. Two crucial intercepts in a row from Hawks WA Ebony Burnard returned the score to an even 23-all, as the teams headed into the second half.

The two sides traded goals early for the start of third quarter, setting up what seemed to be a tightly contest 30 minute finale. However Hawks found their rhythm again and soon began to mount pressure on the Sparks in the form of the scoreboard.

Sparks GD Matilda McDonell managed to win a series of impressive defensive plays, but it was not enough to stop the momentum of Hawks who went into the final 15 minutes with a handy 40-34 lead.

Inflating the lead to ten with ten minutes left in the game, Hawks looked as though they had secured the win, but Sparks were not giving up without a fight. With WD Te-arn Bradley winning two critical turnovers, it helped lift UTS’s spirits and soon they managed to bring the score back to within four.

After enjoying a scoreboard buffer of about ten points for most of the quarter, Hawks suddenly found themselves under pressure to maintain their lead with only minutes left on the scoreboard.

But the Hawks found the answers needed and held out a strong-finishing Sparks outfit to finish eight-goal victors.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
SPARKS | Q1: 12 – Q2: 23 (11) – Q3: 34 (11) – Q4: 46 (12)
HAWKS | Q2: 14 – Q2: 23 (9) – Q3: 40 (17) – Q4: 54 (14)

Starting Line-Ups
SPARKS | GS Georgia Westwood, GA Madeline Eaton, WA Tahisha Hunt, C Caitlin Campbell, WD Te-arn Bradley, GD Paige Pirotta, GK Ashleigh Selwyn
HAWKS | GS Sophie Dwyer, GA Lauren Baxter, WA Ebony Burnard, C Capri Vidler, WD Chelsea Loughrey, GD Deni Ross, GK Olivia Coleman

Shooting Statistics
SPARKS |46/60 @ 77%
G Westwood: 25/33 @ 76%
M Eaton: 19/25 @ 76%
L Tua: 2/2 @ 100%

HAWKS | 54/63 @ 86%
S Dwyer: 35/41 @ 85%
L Baxter: 19/22 @ 86%


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