Tough weekend for the QSL SmartSkill Seahawks Women and Men’s team this past weekend with both teams going down to the highly powered Brisbane Capitals.
The SmartSkill Seahawks Women’s team went into the match up short handed, with key players Steph Newbold, Emily Allen and Olivia Dijkstra all missing from the line-up.
Head Coach Paula Jansen commended her troops on the effort they put forward.
“We were obviously short a few headings into the game, but I was really proud of the effort the girls put forward on Saturday night” said Jansen.
“Brisbane are a tough side to handle at the best of times, let alone down a few of our key players was going to make our weekend challenging”
Veteran Aimee Durbidge (14 points, 7 Rebounds) and Lauren Jansen (16 points, 9 Rebounds, 5 assists) led from the front with Tayla Sleaford (10 points, 3 assists) filling the scoring void required.
The Seahawks Men’s team started their game off well against the highly fancied Capitals unit, being down 30 – 23 at the end of the 1st quarter but the polish of the reigning QBL State Champions prevailed in the end with a 37-point victory, 92 – 57.
Head Coach Brad Kann was optimistic after his team’s defeat.
“After allowing 62 points in the first half, we contained Brisbane’s high-octane offence to 30 points for the second half”
“We have a focus of just being better each week, and I feel like we are setting ourselves up for future success with the work the team is putting in”
Next game is against South West Pirates this Saturday night, with the SmartSkill Seahawks Women tip off at 6:30pm, Men tip off at 8:30pm.