Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Firebirds take off against Steel

2 March 2014

Queensland Firebirds (60) defeated Southern Steel (44)

Firebirds take off against Steel

Introducing a new generation of exciting young talent, the Queensland Firebirds produced a dominant performance to dispatch the Southern Steel 60-44 in Invercargill on Sunday.

Able to maintain a consistently high tempo throughout, the accurate and rampant Firebirds ran the Steel ragged in a frenetically-paced match.

With a stable core of personnel from last season, Steel made the choice to leave last year’s competition MVP Jhanielle Fowler-Reid on the bench after the Jamaican shooter arrived back late from the international season, subsequently missing much of the pre-season build-up. Her place under the hoop was taken by rising under-21 talent Te Paea Selby-Rickit.

Losing the big names of Natalie Medhurst and Chelsea Pitman in the off-season, Firebirds presented with a young midcourt and attacking line while welcoming back former inspirational captain Clare McMeniman in the defence line.

Played at a cracking pace from start to finish, both teams had their moments during a fast-paced opening stanza. With the long bomb Firebirds shooter Romelda Aiken off target at times, Steel were able to claw their way back into the contest.

Veteran campaigner Jodi Brown orchestrated Steel’s attacking momentum with able support from Phillipa Finch and Shannon Francois while the young Selby-Rickit held her own in the face of some testing defence from Laura Geitz and Jacinta Messer.

The Firebirds young guns in the midcourt gradually found their groove with devastating effect at times, their extra quick transition through court catching the Steel on the hop while recruit Amy Wild and Aiken found their touch under the hoop. A withering six-goal unanswered burst handed the visitors’ the impetus as they headed to the first break with a 15-11 lead.

With Verity Simmons coming on at wing attack and Gabi Simpson and Kim Ravaillion featuring in a reshuffled midcourt, Firebirds launched a dominant second stanza showing.

The impressive through court defensive pressure of the Firebirds hustled Steel. Talented defender Phoenix Karaka was an impressive contributor for Steel, hauling in a string of turnover ball but which was invariably frittered away at the other end.

Showing more accuracy with their execution, Firebirds bolted out to a decisive 29-19 lead at the main break.

Fowler-Reid was introduced for the second half but Steel were forced into chase mode for most of the third stanza. Firebirds leading by as much as 15 goals and putting up a relentless and swarming defensive effort coupled with the sheer speed supplied by Simmons and Ravaillion.

The towering Aiken was at her clinical best in providing the finishing touches, her new partnership with Wild paying dividends as the visitors held firm for a decisive 48-33 advantage at the last break.

Firebirds shooting statistics:
Romelda Aiken 35/44 (79%)
Amy Wild 25/31 (85%)

Steel shooting statistics:
Jodi Brown 11/17 (65%)
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid 20/22 (91%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit 13/16 (81%)

Match MVP: Gabrielle Simpson (Firebirds)

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news