The first game  for our WBOP Beko team in round 1 of the Beko National League, resulted in a win against Mainland, at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua.

With the mix of youth, experience and the inclusion of three WBOP Magic players (all of whom have played fewer than 36 quarters in the ANZ Premiership)  - Kelsey McPhee, Jenna O’Sullivan and Sydney Fraser; Rebecca Gabel (Head Coach) and Sonya Noble (Assistant Coach) were excited to see what the team could produce in their first outing.

The start of the first quarter saw Mainland gain a 2 nil lead, before the team settled in and gained momentum.  Kelsey McPhee at GS commanded the ball, and provided clear and open options for Ali Wilshier at C and Sydney Fraser at WA, who delivered quality ball into the circle.  WBOP led by 3 going into the second quarter.

The defensive trio of Jenna O’Sullivan (GD) and Georgie Edgecombe (WD), who were ably led by captain Georgia Tong (GK), worked tirelessly on defense to create pressure and win valuable ball, which was converted on attack, and the team led 32-23 at half time.

The third quarter saw the introduction of 16-year-old Khiarna Williams into GS, the youngest player in the WaiBOP side, who shot 90% in the second half.  Changes were made in the Mainland side, which the team took time to adjust to - going down in the third quarter by 5, however still led the game 44-38.

The Mainland team continued to build in the fourth quarter and got within 2 goals, however the connections, the fight, and the resolve from within the WaiBOP team held firm, and shut Mainland out to finish the game 5 ahead.  Final score 55-50 to WaiBOP.

Overall, while performance was inconsistent through-out the four quarters - the patches of brilliance gave glimpses of what the team is capable of and provided a platform to build upon over the coming weeks.

  

MILESTONES & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Sydney Fraser - Magic Player, first Beko game since the return from a major injury.

WaiBOP Beko debutants: Summer Parekura, Georgie Edgecombe and Braxton Te Riini.

 

Vs Mainland

Energy Events Centre, ROTORUA

Sunday 3rd March 2019, 12.10pm

 

1st Q

2nd Q

3rd Q

4th Q

Shooting

Kelsey McPhee

GS

GS

   

30/37 = 81%

Khiarna Williams

   

GS

GS

19/21 = 90%

Summer Parekura

GA

GA /-

-/GA

GA

5/9 = 56%

Braxton Te Riini

 

-/GA

GA/ -

WA

1 / 2 = 50%

Ali Wilshier

C

C

C

C

TOTAL WBOP

Georgie Edgecombe

WD

WD

WD

WD

55/69 = 80%

Jenna O’Sullivan

GD

GD

GD

GD

 

Georgia Tong

GK

GK

GK

GK

TOTAL MAINLAND

Sydney Fraser

WA

WA

WA

 

50/66=76%

Lyanne Eukaliti

         

QUARTER SCORES

17-13

17-10

10-15

11-12

WBOP –MAINLAND

RUNNING SCORE

17-13

34-23

44-38

55-50

55-50