Our QSL Smartskill Seahawks Women’s and QSL Men’s team faced off with the Northside Wizards for their opening game of the season this past Saturday night.
It was a tough start to the season for both teams, with both teams conceding their first losses of the season, with the Women going down in a close one 84-81 and the Men’s team 82 – 71.
Head Coach of the Smartskill Seahawks team Paula Jansen, commended her team on the fight her team showed late in the game but admitted if they are serious about winning games that the team needs to start games with more intent.
“I was really happy that we put ourselves in the position to potentially steal that game away” said Jansen.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favours by letting Northside out to the early lead that they did. It really cost us the game”
Jansen commended the efforts of veterans Emily Allen (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Aimee Durbidge (21points, 12 rebounds) to help keep the Smartskill Seahawks Women’s team in the game.
“I thought Aimee (Durbidge) and Emily (Allen) were outstanding. They showed their experience down the stretch, with Aimee continuously getting on the offensive boards and Emily making plays. Her last shot was halfway down, but it wasn’t meant to be”
The Men’s first half was a mirror image of the Women’s game, with the Seahawks Men’s team getting jumped in the 1st quarter which set an uphill battle for the rest of the game.
Seahawks Men’s Head Coach Brad Kann conceded it was going to be tough to fight back after letting the Northside Men’s team out to such a big lead early on.
“I thought we started the game extremely passive, offensively and defensively” said Kann.
“Northside got on top early and when you give up 28 turnovers for the game, it makes it a challenge to get back into”
Seahawks Men made a late run in the 4th to cut it back to 8, but Northside recovered quickly after a timeout, hitting 3 consecutive 3’s to push the lead back out to a comfortable 17 buffer.
“We didn’t defend the 3-point line well all night, and Northside made shots in patches that we couldn’t contend with”
For the Seahawks Men, Jesse Lomax was top scorer for the night with 19, supported by Jordi Anger with 10.
Our Smartskill Seahawks Women and Seahawks Men’s team hit back with their first home game of the season against the old nemesis, Gold Coast Rollers this Saturday at the Nest.
Tickets will not be sold to the game as ticket allocation for Sponsors, players and support staff have maximised our capacity for the facility due to COVID19 restrictions. This game is the Game of the Week and will be broadcasted by the Courier Mail. We will be putting the link on our Facebook page for all of our members to view.