Waratah Division 1 Week 5 Roundup

With this week’s central venue round seeing over 20% of the season’s total games played, it was vital for teams to be in top form across the weekend.

Coffs Harbour 63 lost to Shoalhaven 66

Shoalhaven continued their undefeated start to the season, moving to a 3-0 record with a tight win over Coffs Harbour. The Suns rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 63-63 with 2 minutes to play, but clutch free throw shooting in the final stages from Olivia Patterson helped Shoalhaven sneak home. Kate Bellamy top scored for Shoalhaven with 22 points, whilst Patterson tallied 19 of her home. Hannah Ryan added 12 as the Tigers finished with three players in double figures. Coffs Harbour also had solid performances from a number of players. Jordon Woods led the Suns with 14 points, with Rachel McGinniskin and Laura Bamford-Cleland tallying 13 apiece in a thriller.

Maitland 67 defeated St George 51

Maitland opened their weekend by picking up their second win of the season, cruising to victory against the winless St George side after negotiating a tight first quarter. Janica Duncombe starred for the Mustangs with 24 points, being ably backed up by 12 points from Hannah Fox and 11 from Brianna Schofield. Karen Bulmer played a lone hand for St George, scoring 16 points for the Saints.

Tamworth 46 lost to Wagga Wagga 65

Wagga Wagga notched their first win of the season, knocking off a determined but ultimately overmatched Tamworth side. The Blaze were led by Jordan Barrett’s 20 points, whilst Ella Finemore and Stephanie Male added 11 each for the team from the Riverina. Lily Darcy notched 14 for Tamworth and Tammy McMahon finished with 11, but there was little other support from the Thunderbolts as the offence struggled.

Goulburn 76 defeated Hawkesbury 46

Goulburn moved to 2-0 as the Bears put the winless Hawkesbury side to the sword, racking up a 30 point win. Carissa Moroney played chief destroyer for Goulburn, tallying 23 points. Jordan Huntley was also outstanding with 17 points, whilst Georgia Mae Teague and Naomi Lucas registered 12 points apiece for the Bears. Taylah Cottees was Hawkesbury’s only player in double figures, finishing with 15 points.

Bathurst 73 defeated Coffs Harbour 57

Bathurst roared back into form with a 16 point victory over Coffs Harbour, with their former SEABL players at the forefront of the performance. Sophie Kleeman was excellent with 24 points, whilst Haylee Lepaio was also outstanding to finish with 16 points. Rachel Murray tallied 12 points, whilst NSW Country Under 18s representative Matilda Flood made a solid return to club basketball with 11 points for the Goldminers. Laura Bamford-Cleland and Rachel McGinniskin were again solid for Coffs Harbour, finishing with 18 and 14 points respectively.

Shoalhaven 64 defeated Maitland 55

This was the second tight game of the weekend for Shoalhaven, but perhaps slightly less nerve-wracking than the first up win over Coffs Harbour. Maitland were able to trim the margin from double digits to six by midway through the final quarter, but Shoalhaven were able to pull away for a nine point win. Kate Bellamy again led the Tigers, finishing with 17 points. Kate Denyer added 16 of her own, and Mary-Jane Toole tallied 14 for the team from the South Coast. Hannah Fox led the Mustangs with 14 points, with Janica Duncombe adding 12 and Cassandra Screen notching 10 points.

Tamworth 62 defeated Goulburn 56

A one-two punch of Naomi Lucas and Jordan Huntley wasn’t enough for Goulburn as their pair of 20-point performers were offered little scoring support in a loss to Tamworth. Lucas tallied 21 points for the Bears, and Huntley top scored with 23, but with just 12 points from the remainder of the team, the more rounded scoring performance from Tamworth proved to be too much to handle. Taylor Skelton led Tamworth with 13 points, whilst Rachel Laws and Aimee Diebold finished with 11 and 10 points respectively. With four other players adding more than five points and all bar one player getting on the scoresheet, the Thunderbolts were able to keep themselves out of the Bears’ reach in the final stages to collect the win.

Hawkesbury 31 lost to Wagga Wagga 67

Wagga Wagga torched the winless Jets in a 36 point demolition as Hawkesbury slipped to 0-3 to start the season. Opening up a 15 point lead by midway through the first quarter, the Blaze were never challenged in a comprehensive win. Just four players scored for Hawkesbury, with Taylah Cottees leading the team with 16 points. Margarita Saad added 10 but two solid scoring efforts would never be enough without support. Conversely, all nine Wagga Wagga players got on the scoresheet. Jordan Barrett notched 17 points to lead all scorers, whilst Maddison Clyne added 11.

Tamworth 59 defeated St George 51

St George had a chance to notch their first win of the season, with the Saints just three points down with 90 seconds to play. However, Tamworth scored the final five points of the game to secure victory. Lily Darcy top scored for Tamworth with 19 points, with Taylor Skelton adding 12 and Dhlara Knox tallying 10 points. Chantelle Manoe led St George with 16 points and Karen Bulmer registered 11 in a valiant effort from St George.

Maitland 34 lost to Bathurst 74

The Goldminers came ready to play in their second game of the weekend, demolishing Maitland in a 40 point hiding. Once again Sophie Kleeman and Haylee Lepaio were outstanding for Bathurst, finishing with 19 and 18 points apiece. Matilda Flood was again solid to register 10 points, with Stephanie Johnson also tallying 10 of her own. Janica Duncombe top scored for Maitland with 8 points.

Hawkesbury 42 lost to Coffs Harbour 91

The final game of the weekend saw Coffs Harbour register a 49 point win over Hawkesbury in which all eight players that scored for the Suns finished with over five points. Rachel McGinniskin was the best of those eight, notching 21 points. Emily Crampton wasn’t far behind with 19 points, whilst Eleanor Hewitt added 13 points. Danielle Schwarzer and Taylah Cottees top scored for the overmatched Hawkesbury side with 9 points apiece.

Weekly Scoring Leaders:

Janica Duncombe (Maitland) – 24 points v St George
Sophie Kleeman (Bathurst) – 24 points v Coffs Harbour
Jordan Huntley (Goulburn) – 23 points v Tamworth
Carissa Moroney (Goulburn) – 23 points v Hawkesbury
Kate Bellamy (Shoalhaven) – 22 points v Coffs Harbour

Waratah Division 1 Week 3 Roundup

A pair of blowouts bookended a thriller in this week’s three Division 1 games, with Georgia Noack and Taylor Skelton providing scintillating individual performances.

Goulburn 71 defeated St George 43

St George travelled to the land of the Big Merino to face Goulburn, but any hopes they may have had of victory were destroyed by the scoring prowess of Georgia Noack. Noack opened the scoring for Goulburn with a three-pointer, and barely let up for the entire game to top score with 25 points. Goulburn didn’t have it all their own way early, though. St George led until the final few seconds of the opening quarter, and trailed by just 2 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter. However, from there the game swung in Goulburn’s favour. The Bears won the second half 40-12 to cruise to victory. Georgia Noack’s 25 points were the highlight, with Naomi Lucas also scoring 15. Chantelle Manoe was St George’s only double figure scorer on the night, finishing with 17 points.

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Shoalhaven 60 defeated Bathurst 57

Bathurst were without former SEABL player Haylee Lepaio, and it showed as the Goldminers succumbed to a 60-57 loss to Shoalhaven. However, Bathurst certainly had their chances. In a back-and-forth game, the Goldminers’ 12-2 run early in the fourth quarter put the visitors up 51-41 and it must have seemed like the game had been blown wide open. However, 9 fourth quarter points from Kate Denyer and clutch free throw shooting in the closing stages from Kate Bellamy saw Shoalhaven clinch the win in a thriller. Bellamy was Shoalhaven’s top scorer with 17 points, whilst Denyer tallied 11 of her own. Former Newcastle point guard Sophie Kleeman top scored for Bathurst with 17 points, whilst Rachel Murray tallied 13 and Claire Woolmington was again solid with 10 points.

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Hawkesbury 29 lost to Tamworth 59

Hawkesbury may have thought they were hosting a basketball game on Saturday evening, but instead the Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium was the venue for an event known only as The Taylor Skelton Show. The young star was on fire all game as the visiting Tamworth side opened up an early double digit lead and continued to extend the margin throughout. Indeed, by the end of the contest, Skelton had nearly outscored the home side on her own. Backed up by Lily Darcy, who tallied 15 points, Skelton finished with 25 points, including 12 from the line, as Tamworth secured their first win of the season. Danielle Schwarzer was Hawkesbury’s best on the night, finishing with 8 points.

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Weekly Scoring Leaders

Georgia Noack (Goulburn) – 25 points v St George
Taylor Skelton (Tamworth) – 25 points v Hawkesbury
Kate Bellamy (Shoalhaven) – 17 points v Bathurst
Sophie Kleeman (Bathurst) – 17 points v Shoalhaven
Chantelle Manoe (St George) – 17 points v Goulburn

Waratah Division 1 Week 1 Roundup

Division 1 season opened up with two games this week. Both visiting teams romped to wins as Maitland and St George started in the best possible way.

Tamworth 46 lost to Maitland 63

Tamworth welcomed Maitland to the Tamworth Sports Dome, but the Mustangs were in no mood to be polite guests. The visitors took a five point lead into halftime, which they duly converted into a 17 point win on the back of 15 points from Hannah Fox and solid outings from Janica Duncombe and Rachel Williams, who also finished in double figures. Former Newcastle player Taylor Skelton was Tamworth’s top scorer with 13 points, but had little scoring help from the remainder of the Thunderbolts team.

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St George 28 lost to Bathurst 74

St. George were always unlikely to offer much of a test for a Bathurst side featuring a number of players more suited to SEABL than Waratah Division 1, and it proved as much as the visitors romped to a 46 point win. The Goldminers came out firing and quickly established a double-figure lead which extended to 42-14 by halftime. The second half was more of the same as former SEABL player Haylee Lepaio finished with 12 points and 2016 Championship winning point guard Sophie Kleeman tallied 16 points. Bathurst were led by Claire Woolmington though, who finished with 26 points to almost outscore the opposition. Karen Bulmer was St. George’s lone double figure scorer, finishing with 14 to account for half of her team’s total.

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