Match Report – Round 10: South Coast Blaze Opens v Capital Spirit

Match Report – Round 10: South Coast Blaze Opens v Capital Spirit

Opens mid-courter Katelyn Anderson (pictured) and her team take a comfortable win over the Capital Spirit in Round 10

Summary: With the U23’s having a bye, the Opens were able to list three 23’s players in Clare McCrohon, Mia Evans and Jess Bowden in the face of injury and late omissions and the newcomers didn’t disappoint. Evening out the court with patience and maturity, the connection between McCrohon and Evans was obvious, as well as the ease with which they fed Goal Shooter Kristina Brice. In a high scoring game, the Blaze came away with the win 71-58 against last placed Capital Spirit.

Opens

Summary: The 4th place Blaze took on the seventh-placed Stingrays in an incredibly close game, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats. Both teams played well all down the court, leading to a physical battle to remember.

First Quarter
The Blaze started strong with WA Maddy Eaton finding great connections with Brice and Evans. Some great defensive pick ups by GK Tegan Holland saw the Blaze up 17-13 at quarter time.

Score: 17-13 Blaze

Second Quarter
The Blaze continued to build in quarter two with Emily Coggan entering the game at GD and Clare McCrohon at C. Some silly errors and wayward passes saw the Blaze lose possession mid way through the quarter however they continued to pull away finishing 39-26 at half time.

Halftime Score: 39-26 Blaze


Third Quarter

Third quarter saw Katelyn Anderson move to WD and relieve Giant Academy star Selene Chadrawy. Familiar connections were obvious between Evans and McCrohon with the Blaze taking a 55-41 lead into the third quarter break.
Score: 55-41

Fourth Quarter
A comfortable lead allowed the Blaze to make some changes and bring Maddy Eaton into her less familiar GA position.

 

Final Score: Blaze 71 – Spirit 58

FULL TIME SCORES

Round 10: Blaze v Spirit

OPENS:
Blaze 71 – Spirit 58

U23s:
BYE

Match report by
Karina Franke

Photos by
Clusterpix Photography

U23s

BYE