The Whitsunday Sharks defeated Wide Bay Thundercats 37:33
The Whitsunday Sharks road tripped to Rockhampton for round four of the Mission Queensland State Netball League to take on the Wide Bay Thundercats and Darling Downs Panthers for a double header weekend of netball.
Saturday’s game between the Sharks and Thundercats started slowly with both teams shaky off the mark. Errors at the shooting end for Sharks saw the Thundercats score the first goal. While at the defensive end, the Sharks defenders worked over time for dominance. Points were all tied up at the end of the first quarter (4-4).
Sharks found their rhythm in the second with better ball movement and goal attack, Danica Szepanowski scored 14 of the Sharks 16 goals for the quarter (20-17).
The Shark’s defenders in the third quarter continued their dominance while in the shooting department, Captain and goal shooter, Sally Jones steadied the attack with solid shooting (29-21). A shaky start to the fourth quarter saw the Thundercats claw their way back in to the game to be within two points.
The Shark’s defence throughout the court and conversion of turnovers kept their score line ticking over. Sharks went on to take the game 37-33 (56% shooting average).
Goal keeper, Jess Seymour had an outstanding game while wing attack, Mel Pollock and wing defender Robyn Lehmann were solid through the mid court.
The Whitsunday Sharks defeat the Darling Down Panthers
With first win under their belt the Sharks started strongly against the Darling Downs Panthers on Sunday morning.
Again the defenders dominated and with improved ball movement down the court, the Sharks took an early lead to be six up (12-6) at the first quarter.
The Sharks maintained their rhythm and steadily increased the score line during the second quarter despite physical contesting for the ball in the centre court to finish the quarter 26-16 (78%).
The Sharks maintained composure capitalised on turnovers and headed into the fourth quarter with a 13 (41-28) point lead.
With the finishing line and a second win in sight, the Sharks powered home with a strong performance.
Goal keeper, Jess Seymour had an outstanding weekend and dominated all shooters who came her way. Centre court, Mel Pollock again had strong game in the mid-court. Goal shooters, Danica Szepanowski (31-41 76%) and Kelly Beckingham (25-39 64%) performed well with overall 56 goals from 80 attempts at 70% shooting average.
The Sharks now head into Round 5 with much more confidence where they will take on competition leader Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars and second placed holders, the Suncoast Lynx on another double header the weekend of 4th and 5th May at the Sunshine Coast. Next home games for the Sharks is the weekend of 18th and 19th May.