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Match Report: Sapphire Series


Words By Kirralee Livingstone

Match report round 7 USC Thunder v Northern Mendi Rays

USC Thunder dominated a gruelling defensive encounter with the Northern Mendi Rays, winning 61-56 in the Sapphire Series match at Nissan Arena on Sunday.

Mendi Rays started off the game with three consecutive goals, however GS Chloe Bingham quickly shined, scoring two consecutive hattricks to push the Thunder to a six-point lead.

The second quarter was won by Mendi Rays by three but they still trailed [at half-time] by three thanks to eight goals by Chloe and five by GA Annie Lawrie.

Jacqueline Dupuy subbed in for GD Ashlee Barnett after two falls in the first and second quarter, giving her a short rest.

USC Thunder made some position changes at half time, moving Sienna Allen from GK to GD, Annie from GA to GS, and Jacqueline into GA, allowing Chloe to rest for the remainder of the game.

The second half was lower scoring for both sides, with USC Thunder winning both the third and fourth quarter by one point.

Annie was a stand out in the third and fourth quarters, scoring 13 out of 17 of the goals scored and 10 out of 13 respectively.

Mendi Rays did not make it easy for Thunder, creating a great contest and forcing Thunder to fight for the win.

This win in the Indigenous round keeps Thunder in fourth place on the Sapphire series ladder, with four wins and three losses at the halfway point of the season.

Next week they will be head-to-head with QUT Netball for the second time this season.

The match against third-placed QUT will take place at Nissan Arena at 3:00pm this Saturday.


Q1: USC Thunder 18-12 Mendi Rays

Q2: USC Thunder 31 (13)-28 (16) Mendi Rays

Q3: USC Thunder 48 (17)-44 (16) Mendi Rays

Q4: USC Thunder 61 (13)-56 (12) Mendi Rays


Thunder starting seven: GS-Chloe Bingham, GA-Annie Lawrie, WA-Chanel Dyer, C-Monique French, WD-Amy Metcalf, GD-Ashlee Barnett, GK-Sienna Allen


Substitutes: Jacqueline Dupuy, Sarah Harris, Lily Mcclure


The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Sapphire Series or its clubs