31 Aug Jets emerge victorious against spirited Tigers
The Ipswich Jets have continued their perfect start to the season with a 57-47 win over the Carina Leagues Club Tigers in a highly physical encounter.
In spite of an impressive performance from the Tigers, the Jets managed to secure their third victory from as many matches and further underline their championship potential.
The opening quarter was a chaotic affair as the teams vied for an early advantage. The Jets were awarded multiple turnovers but failed to capitalise, allowing the Tigers to stay within 2 goals.
The Tigers missed their own opportunities to open up a lead though and the sides remained inseparable, before Amy Sommerville was forced to leave the court following a heavy collision.
Tracey Jeanes-Fraser used the break in play to introduce Siobhan Shirlaw at Goal Defence and move Lia Woolnough to Wing Defence. The changes paid dividends almost immediately, as the Jets finished the quarter with 4 rapid goals courtesy of Lucinda Benjamin (24/31) and Rosie Baker (7/9) and claimed a 14-10 lead heading into the next term.
Charlie Bell (26/32) replaced Benjamin at the beginning of the second quarter and had an immediate impact as the Jets extended their run to 9-1. Tigers coach Erin Byrnes brought Lily Gribble on at Goal Keeper to combat the threat presented by the 6’6” Bell. The move slowed the Jets’ momentum, but the Tigers were unable to close the gap before half time.
The Tigers were on the receiving end of several decisions and Hayley Mulheron, the Scottish international, sought clarity from the umpire after being penalised for holding the ball on multiple occasions. The trend continued in the second half-hour, as multiple fouls enabled the Jets to extend their lead to double figures.
Although the Jets won 4 of 4 quarters, the Tigers remained competitive until the end in all areas. Sommerville (24/29) and Emily Gage (23/29) matched the Jets’ shooters for accuracy, Gribble contributed several critical turnovers and Alice Mauga, a member of last year’s victorious Ruby side, showed promise at Centre.
Jeanes-Fraser will be frustrated by her side’s start to the final quarter for the second week in a row, they allowed their opponents to reduce the winning margin. This time round, however, they managed to recover, sealing the full 18 points and destroying any hopes the Tigers had of clawing their way back into the match.
Next week the Tigers face a bottom-of-the-ladder clash against the Bond University Bull Sharks while the Jets will be hoping to continue their winning streak when they play USC Thunder.
Carina Leagues Club Tigers 47 Ipswich Jets 57