Tough defeat in the first round of the Richard Bell Cup – Suns progress into Plate
The Suns traveled to Winchester for the first round of the Richard Bell Cup to face a Division 1 veteran. This game was not a must win as all those missing out in the first round head to the Plate – a competition the Suns make no effort to hide they intend to go all the way in. However we wanted to go and represent ourselves well and I believe we did that.
Coach Trinder commented:
Travelling with just 6 players due to ineligibility from the wider squad in this competition, we always faced an uphill battle. The girls started well, and defensively showed signs of excellence. We held a very capable shooting team to just 12 points in the first quarter, and only ever allowing a top score of 14 in any one quarter. However our inability to execute offensively hindered the ability to keep ourselves in the game. A very poor scoring 3rd quarter may have sealed our fate but the team kept going. We lost 1 player to injury in the last few minutes and another to 5 fouls and so played the last 60 seconds with just 4 players.
Charlotte Barrett is coach MVP for the match, playing the entire 40 minutes, top scoring with 10 points and out rebounding every single player on the court, all of the time.
There is much to work on and of course at this early stage in the season that is to be expected. However with just 6 players there was plenty to be proud of. We take those elements and move on to our main focus – a strong league campaign and the plate final.