24 Aug Cougars swipe Bull Sharks aside in Round 2
The Brisbane North Cougars have defeated the Bond University Bull Sharks and moved to the top of ladder after 2 rounds of the HART Sapphire Series.
The Cougars asserted their superiority over their opponents with a comfortable 60-39 victory at Nissan Arena, featuring excellent shooting performances from Rylie Holland and Mia Stower.
The pair combined for 54 goals in a match that saw the Cougars win every quarter while gradually building upon their lead and wearing down the Bull Sharks.
6’6” Bull Sharks Shooter Olivia Dijsktra was just as impressive at the other end of the court with 28 goals . Dijsktra is continuing with the Bull Sharks having been delayed in commencing a basketball scholarship with Biola University in the United States.
Both sides made a positive start and it was the Bull Sharks that established an early 2-point advantage, before several turnovers allowed the Cougars to complete an impressive 7-1 run and lead 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The errors continued in the second quarter as the players tried to shake off the cobwebs after a delayed start to the 2020 season. Stower added to her tally following several obstructions from Emily Gilbert, and Goal Keeper Remi Kamo was dynamic in intercepting the Bull Sharks’ passing in her team’s defensive end, setting up an 8-point margin at half time.
Ava Black provided significant pace to the Bull Sharks’ line-up and captain Kristen Oxenford displayed her experience in controlling the midcourt. However, it was the Cougars that extended their lead in the third quarter, as Stower excelled from range and complemented Holland’s accuracy with her imaginative attacking play.
The final quarter began with 3 goals within a minute for Holland and 5 unanswered goals in total for the Cougars. The Bull Sharks struggled to find their rhythm and the Cougars introduced another attacking threat in the form of 16-year-old Martina Reekers, last year named as a member of Australia’s squad for the now-postponed Netball World Youth Cup.
While the Cougars maintain their 100% record, the Bull Sharks find themselves with 2 defeats from 2 and in need of a win to keep their season’s hopes alive.
Brisbane North Cougars 60 Bond University Bull Sharks 39