Waratah Youth League – Week 1 Roundup

The women’s Waratah League season kicked off this week with four Youth League games. Bankstown split a pair of games as the only team to play a double, whilst Penrith started their championship defence on a high.

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Bankstown 77 defeated Liverpool-Macarthur 61

Hosting last season’s cellar-dwellers, Bankstown were expected to get a win and promptly delivered. Led by Sabrina Zenatti’s 22 points, the Bruins finished with 4 players in double figures, easing to victory after establishing a 15 point margin early in the third quarter and keeping the Razorbacks at arm’s length for the remainder of the contest. Liverpool-Macarthur were led by Taylor Muaulu’s 14 points, with Kimberley Sepuloni and Renee Muaulu also finishing in double figures.

Box Score

Newcastle 82 defeated Hornsby 57

In a game featuring three members of the NSW Under 20s team that finished with a silver medal at nationals just a few weeks ago, it was tournament MVP Cassidy McLean who shone brightest. The Sydney Uni Flames squad member top-scored for Newcastle with 24 points in a consummate victory for the Hunters. Alison Ebzery tallied 18 points for Newcastle, with Rachel James also finishing in double figures with 12 points. Kristina Moore and Jess Sancataldo were Hornsby’s top scorers, registering 22 and 13 points respectively in an overmatched Spiders side.

Box Score

Hills 51 lost to Central Coast 64

Despite a slow start to the game which saw the teams combine for just 11 points in the first 7 minutes, the scoring mercifully improved as the game progressed. Despite losing some of their inside presence when New South Wales Under 20s squad member Losalini Katia fouled out early, Central Coast managed to get solid contributions from many of their major scoring options. Charlie Evans top scored with 20, whilst Shakera Reilly, Alessandra Gasparotto, and Rachel Williams all finished in double figures. Hills’ shooting let them down at times, despite numerous opportunities, and despite 17 points from Madison Hare and 10 from Amelia Iskowicz, the Hornets couldn’t quite keep pace with the Crusaders.

Box Score

Penrith 84 defeated Bankstown 52

The reigning champion Penrith Panthers hosted Bankstown in their opening game of the season, and immediately set about laying down a marker in their hunt for back-to-back titles. Despite leading by just 4 points at halftime, the Panthers turned on the afterburners after halftime, winning the second half 45-17. Although only two players – Dominika Offner and Natalia Beaumont – scored in double figures, 10 of the Panthers’ squad scored at least five points as the home side ran away with the game in the second half. Georgia Gale top scored for Bankstown with 14 points, with Tasmyn Haynes and Sabrina Zenatti also notching double figures for the Bruins.

Box Score

Weekly Top Scorers

Cassidy McLean (Newcastle) – 24 points v Hornsby
Kristina Moore (Hornsby) – 22 points v Newcastle
Sabrina Zenatti (Bankstown) – 22 points v Liverpool-Macarthur
Charlie Evans (Central Coast) – 20 points v Hills
Alison Ebzery (Newcastle) – 18 points v Hornsby

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