Waratah Youth League Week 3 Roundup

With league leaders Penrith and Central Coast taking the week off, there was opportunity for other teams and players to take the limelight. Kimberley Hodge led Manly to a win over Hornsby, whilst Hills and Sutherland played out a thriller.

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Illawarra 74 defeated Bankstown 40

With a Youth League team full of Championship experience, Illawarra put Bankstown to the sword in a 34 point annihilation of the Bruins. A tight first quarter saw the Hawks lead 10-9 after ten minutes, but a 25-4 second term put the game to bed early with the halftime score reading 35-13. The second half was less lopsided, but Illawarra came away with the 74-40 win at a canter. Nine Hawks players finished with 5 points or more, led by Paige Phillips’ 16 and Claudia Flynn’s 10 points. Sabrina Zenatti was the Bruins’ lone double-figure scorer with 10 points.

Box Score

Hornsby 58 lost to Manly 67

Following two weeks without a game, Manly finally got their season started this week and picked up a win in their opener over Hornsby. In a game that was tight throughout, the Sea Eagles were led by Kimberley Hodge’s 23 points. Hodge was more than ably supported by Faith Bulgin and Katelyn Castle, who finished with 20 and 13 points respectively as Manly laid down an early marker. Kristina Moore was again among Hornsby’s best with 15 points, whilst Tylah Mundine also dropped in 12 points as the Spiders dropped to 1-2.

Box Score

Hills 67 defeated Sutherland 61

In what was possibly the game of the week, the momentum in this contest flowed back and forth throughout. Hills raced out to a 16-8 lead, only to be pegged back by a Sutherland side that eventually took a 34-29 lead into halftime. The third quarter belonged to Hills, and with a quarter to play the Hornets owned a 51-50 lead. The home side extended their margin slightly, and despite Sutherland’s best efforts, Hills remained just out of reach in a six point win for the home side. Zoe Burke top scored with 20 points as four Hills players reached double figures. Madison Hare finished with 18 points, Sherrie Calleia tallied 17, and Amelia Iskowicz finished with 10 courtesy of six free throws. The Sharks also had four players reach double figures, led by Maddy Norris’ 17 points. Rachel Whittet tallied 11, whilst Gabrielle Turnbull and Parrish Leavai tallied 10 apiece.

Box Score

Norths 73 defeated Liverpool-Macarthur 60

Following a loss in their opener, Norths bounced back for a 13 point victory over Liverpool-Macarthur to get on the winners’ list for the first time this season. The Bears opened up a 12 point halftime lead, but Liverpool-Macarthur, to their credit, held strong for the second half and trimmed the margin to seven with 2 minutes to play before Norths finished off the win. Lana Marov top scored with 23 points, whilst Katerina Diamant and Carla Liebenberg also notched double figure efforts with 16 and 10 points respectively. Renee Muaulu continued her strong start to the season with 18 points for Liverpool-Macarthur. Kimberley Sepuloni finished with 12, whilst Abby O’Flynn tallied 11 points in the loss.

Box Score

Weekly Scoring Leaders

Kimberley Hodge (Manly) – 23 points v Hornsby
Lana Marov (Norths) – 23 points v Liverpool-Macarthur
Faith Bulgin (Manly) – 20 points v Hornsby
Zoe Burke (Hills) – 20 points v Sutherland
Madison Hare (Hills) – 18 points v Sutherland
Renee Muaulu (Liverpool-Macarthur) – 18 points v Norths

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