10 August, 2021
Round 12 & 13 wrap up from Mackay Fixtures
The Whitsunday Pearls and Tsunamis faced some tough competition with a double header weekend leading into the final games of the season.
Under 12 Pearls took on Wests Roar in round 12, new combinations in the shooting circle showed a lot of promise with the Pearls taking a convincing win, 21-1 against Roar. MVP was awarded to Ella Howson for amazing shooting and feeding the ball into the circle.
Round 13 saw the Pearls face third place Saints Auras for the second time this season. Losing by only 5 in their last matchup, the Saints proved to be tough opponents. The Pearls had a game plan of accurate passing and tight defence to create turnovers through the centre court. The shooting circle worked well together but struggled to send the ball through the net in windy conditions. The Pearls eventually went down by 5 goals, 14-19 for only their second loss of the season. MVP was awarded to Anika Shields and Brina Kelly. Star Player from round 11 was awarded to Lucy Bennett as voted by the team.
Under 14 Tsunamis played Moranbah Sapphires in round 12, with the Tsunamis out of finals contention and on their second lap of the pool the goal was to minimise the score gap from the last matchup. The Tsunamis were asked to start and end the game positive, giving 100% and they delivered. Amazing defensive work by Ellsie Hinton, Maeve Hornstra and Tessa Bates in the first half saw plenty of ball in the Tsunamis shooting circle. Unfortunately, the team was unable to capitalise on the efforts to convert the goals. Jordyn Mackay and Rhylee Hiscox played a strong game through the centre court, moving the ball well through the middle and supporting her teammates with extra defensive pressure to force turnovers. Going down by less than 30 in the end, a significantly smaller loss then the last time the two met. MVP was awarded to Maeve Hornstra and Rhylee Hiscox.
Riding the high of a superb effort against Moranbah, the Tsunamis brought their game faces to round 13 ready to take on DAS Dreamers. Strong defence across the board saw the Dreamers score no more than 10 goals in a quarter. The Tsunamis worked well to transition to defence and work hard to gain the ball back after a mistake, going down 10-30 in the end. Despite a loss the Tsunamis left the court positive and praised each other for a strong game for the full 60 mins. MVP was awarded to Lily Sainsbury and Tessa Bates.