Read about the Victorian Fury and Victorian Flames first victories for the season in Perth this weekend.
Victorian Flames v Territory Storm – Game One
In the second game for Round 2 at HBF Stadium, both sides started with high intensity but it was the Victorian Flames who were able to capitalise on their defensive pressure early on and lead the Territory Storm throughout the quarter.
The centre court work rate of Storm’s Holmes and Sefton kept them in the game but unfortunately the side was unable to convert on the scoreboard with Flames extending their lead by five goals at the quarter break.
The long range scoring accuracy of Flames allowed them to go into the half time break leading 28-13.
Costly mistakes continued to haunt both sides throughout the third quarter but it was Flames who continued to push the advantage, outscoring Storm 15-6 for the quarter.
Flames’ goal shooter Jane Cook was a consistent tall option for feeds into the circle and allowed the Victorians to run away with the lead 60-24.
Final Score: Victorian Flames 60 Territory Storm 24.
Northey – 19/23 (85%)
Sinclair – 11/15 (73%)
Cook – 23/27 (85%)
Tai – 7/10 (70%)
Winch.M – 4/10 (40%)
Gray – 12/17 (71%)
Winch.R – 8/11 (73%)
Victorian Fury v Western Sting – Game Two
It was guaranteed to be a high intensity match up as the home side took to the court against 2013 undefeated premiers, Victorian Fury and for most of the first term it was goal for goal as the defenders on both ends kept the pressure on.
Fury started the second quarter with composure and the inclusion of Kelsey Browne into the centre court provided much needed steadiness and speed as they fought back to end the quarter with a final six goal haul to lead 20-23.
Again, the Fury started the second half with four straight goals before Sting were able to net a goal.
With just under five minutes left in the third quarter, Sting made some key changes in all areas of the court with Lee-Jones taking the court into keeper, Bruce moved into goal defence, Tupaea in her first appearance in wing attack and East donning the goal shooter bib.
The changes didn’t provide any relief for Sting with the Fury netting four straight goals to see out the quarter with a 12-goal lead, 38-26.
Sting showed glimpses of a comeback in the fourth with Ashleigh Brazill leading the charge and generating some spectacular feeds but the Fury’s momentum was difficult to break and the visitors took their first win for the round 51-35.
Final Score: Victorian Fury 51 Western Sting 35.
Stanton – 19/28 (68%)
Beveridge – 11/14 (79%)
East – 5/7 (71%)
Hoare – 25/32 (78%)
Teague-Neeld – 20/26 (77%)
Nalder – 6/8 (75%)
Victorian Fury v Territory Storm – Game Three
It was goal for goal throughout the entire first quarter when Victorian Fury took the court against Territory Storm at HBF Stadium.
Thunderbirds’ recent signing Nicola Gray was a standout in the Storm circle as they closed out the first term leading Fury by one goal.
The Fury fired up in the second term with Jo Weston and Shannon Eagland mopping up Storm errors to convert on the scoreboard. Kelsey Browne continued to bring speed and accuracy into the circle for Fury who’s shooting accuracy did not let them down. At the main break Fury took the lead 30-17, completely dominating the second quarter.
The Fury continued their domination of Territory Storm throughout the second half who struggled to convert their opportunities on the scoreboard and suffered under the defensive pressure of the Fury.
In the end, they were too strong for Storm and finished the game with a 39 goal lead.
Victorian Fury defeated Territory Storm 67-28.
Victorian Flames v Western Sting – Game Four
The Victorian Flames took it to an impressive Western Sting on Sunday but were unable to secure their second win of the season.
With less then 30 seconds left on the clock for the first half, a nasty fall for Sting’s Sarah East saw Kaylia Stanton assume the role of goal shooter and the saw the end of the first half with an 11 goal lead.
Sting took the third quarter to settle into their new positions and the Flames’ took the opportunity to make Sting pay for their errors.
Flames convincingly won the third quarter 14-8 and saw them trailing the Sting by five goals.
The home side responded in the fourth with every team member lifting to keep the Flames at bay.
Jane Cook continued to stand tall for the Flames but it was the athletic partnership between Stanton and Kate Beveridge who saw Sting win by 12 goals.
Final Score: Western Sting defeat Victorian Flames 52-40