Round 5 Match review

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
July 5, 2018

It was a great night on Wednesday for both our UTS Sparks divisions who both notched fantastic wins against the Penrith Panthers.

 7PM | U20s 

The start was a little shaky for Sparks, as Penrith made a quick turnover and were up 4-1 early in the first quarter. However, a tenacious team effort in our defensive end saw the scores swiftly even up after some beautiful transitions into attack, fast passages of play down the court, and shooting by Abbey Baker and Georgia Westwood. Special mention to Captain Caitlin Campbell who from the sideline with seconds to spare, managed an incredible pass into Georgia Westwood that allowed the margin to increase by 5 going into the second quarter.

With an impressive intercept by WD Clare McCrohon, followed by multiple turnovers in the circle respectively by GK Ash Selwyn and GD Jess Bowden, the U20s were quickly up by 8 early into the next 15 minutes.

The second half saw slight changes to the Sparks, as Ky-Mani Schwenke came into GS, and Madi Hilton into GD. Panthers maintained strong defence in our shooting circle, but with some smart feeds and stunning fakes by C Caitlin Campbell and WA Tahisha Hunt, the 20s were able to build on their lead even further.

Going into the last quarter, Bella Pickup came into GS, Lelani Tua into GA and Chaise Vassallo into WA. Despite these changes to the attacking end, there was definitely no variation in momentum, as our Sparks continued to demonstrate strong athleticism and speed.

The U20s took out the game 51 to 38, and are ready to take on ERNA HAWKS next week at 8:40pm.

 8:40PM | OPENS 

Our Opens Sparkies had their work cut out for them early in the first quarter, as scores were even for the first 7 minutes. With an intercept by C Belinda Loveday however, our Opens began their lead and went into the second quarter up by 3.

The second 15 minutes saw an early turnover by GK Te-Arn Bradley, and some exceptional ball movement around our attacking circle between shooters Natalie Eldridge and Kristina Brice, and mid-courters Belynda Loveday and Dani Bower. Jordan Bedingfield showed her experience with grinding defensive work and as a key driver in attack.

Changes to the team saw the second half start just as strong, as our Opens scored the first 3 goals of the third quarter. A combination of great one on one defence with strong communication, also saw some outstanding turnovers and held balls caused all over the court, demonstrating an unyielding full team effort from end to end. The Sparks came out on top, and were victorious by 11, winning their first match of the 2018 season.