With two junior byes, the focus was on the top Under 17 side, with their second game in two weeks against a St. Therese’s side. On a hot night, the squad ultimately suffered a heavy 11-41 loss.
Without Natalie Williams, who was selected to make her open age debut, the squad struggled to put together cohesive ball movement, as the ongoing difficulties with the team learning their new teammates continue.
Bela Hartman was a shining light, with the versatile defensive player matching her St. Therese’s opponent stride for stride the whole night.
Hartman showcased her trademark defensive abilities, getting her hands in for multiple deflections across four quarters.
Darja Bilyanska lead from the front, while defensive pairing Zoe Usher and Alix Colafella performed well under constant pressure from a charging St. Therese’s midcourt.
Chanel Romeo was selected to play her first game with the U17-1s, and while the result wasn’t what she was hoping for, the goal shooter was able to take positives away from the game.
“I think when we all know each other’s games, we’ll be so much better,” Romeo said. “I’m still learning. We’re all still learning. I thought I shot OK, but there’s a lot of room for improvement for the whole team. We’ll be OK in time.”
An ankle injury to Colafella late in the third quarter ruled her out for the remainder of the game, but it is not expected to sideline her for very long, with the bookend returning to training on Friday evening.
The side will have a bye on Valentine’s Day, returning to the court on the 21st of February against Northern Panthers.