Category: QSL

2020 QSL team review: Brisbane Capitals

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We finish our review series with the men’s premiers, Brisbane Capitals who came from third to win the title, whilst the women’s side also finished third but unluckily dropped out in the first final.

Men’s:

Position: 3rd (Premiers)
Wins: 9
Losses: 2
For: 1090
Against: 881

The men’s side had a sensational season which ended in triumph, upsetting the top two sides on the Capitals’ road to glory. After a heartbreaking one-point loss to Ipswich Force in Round 1, the Capitals strung together seven consecutive victories before falling at the hands of RedCity Roar, 106-83 in Round 8. They backed up with another two wins running into finals to get on a five-game winning streak to end the season. First the Capitals toppled the sixth placed Logan Thunder by 19 points, turned the tables on the Force by 15 points, then took down the Roar in a remarkable grand final, winning 97-89 in a come-from-behind win to ruin the Roar’s otherwise near-perfect record.

Jason Cadee led the way with points and assists, dropping 25.9 and 7.1 respectively, as well as being the third most prolific rebounder with six per game. Jarred Bairstow was the dominant rebounder, ending the season with a double-double average courtesy of 20.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists. Cameron Goldfinch (17.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists) and Nicholas Stoddart (13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists) were the other two major scorers, whilst another two players hit five rebounds per game. Timothy Soong (8.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists) and Ben Wilson (6.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists) made their presence felt throughout the season to aid the team in going all the way.

Women’s:

Position: 3rd (lost in Quarter finals)
Wins: 8
Losses: 3
For: 816
Against: 699

Much like the men’s side, the women’s team also finished third overall, but was unlucky in the post-season series, losing the first final to Ipswich Force in an upset three-point defeat. It followed on from only their third defeat of the season at the hands of second placed Southern District Spartans, after losses to USC Rip City and Logan Thunder throughout the year. They did start the season with two wins and then moved to a 5-1 record to put themselves in a great position for the run home, winning three of the last four games before dropping the last match and then the heartbreaking defeat in the quarter final.

It was an even spread across the board for the Capitals, with Georgia Woolley finishing with 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game playing each of the 12 matches. Meg Essex (14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds) and Madison Woodford (10.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists) were not far behind, topping the rebounds and assists respectively for the team. Of the next best, Emma Read (8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2,1 assists) was consistent, while Anna Cameron had the highest average rebounds for the Capitals with 8.6 to go with 8.3 points.

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2020 QSL team review: Logan Thunder

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with the first of our two premiers for season 2020, Logan Thunder, who took out the women’s title and also reached the post-season series in the men’s competition.

Men’s:

Position: 6th (Quarter final loss)
Wins: 6
Losses: 5
For: 1069
Against: 969

The men’s side reached the finals series but fell 19 points short in the quarter finals to eventual premiers, Brisbane Capitals. The Thunder were no strangers to huge totals, hitting more than 95 points in eight of the 12 games, including five tons. They started off shaky with five losses in six games to sit 1-5 and look almost out of the finals race. The Thunder kick-started their season with a 15-point win over North Gold Coast Seahawks and went on to win five straight matches to finish the year on a high, but ultimately could not quite overcome the strength of the Capitals.

Experienced Chris Cedar averaged an impressive 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 10 games throughout the season, one of four players to hit double-figure points averages. Atem Bior (16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds), Mitchell Young (14.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists) and Kian Dennis (11.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists) also stood out from a scoring front, playing all 12 games. Michael Cedar was another key distributor, averaging the 4.1 dimes to go with 5.1 rebounds and 9.3 points.

Women’s:

Position: 1st (Premiers)
Wins: 11
Losses: 0
For: 1028
Against: 560

There was no faulting the Thunder women’s side, quite literally with an undefeated season. They just got better and better as the season rolled on, passing every test and not scoring less than 76 points all season. Their tightest matches came in the opening two rounds, winning by 13 and 15 points against RedCity Roar and Southern District Spartans. From there, they never looked liked losing a game with the next closest win a whopping 27 points against Gold Coast Rollers. Some of their victories included 78 points against Toowoomba Mountaineers, 59 points against Northside Wizards and 56 points against Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal. They smashed Ipswich Force by a huge 62 points in the semi-finals, then held off Southern District Spartans for the second time in 2020, winning 85-61 to claim the title.

Mikaela Ruef had a remarkable year in a team that had no shortage of contributors week-in, week-out. Ruef finished with a whopping 22.3 points, 18.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists as one of the stars of the QSL competition. Mikhaela Cann (11.8 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds) was not too far behind, while Chevannah Paalvast (11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists) and Ashley Taia (11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists) also averaged double-figure points and had massive influence across the court. Cassie Carroll (8.1 points, 3.9 rebounds) and Danielle Bayes (13.1 points, 3.2 assists) provided great support all over in what was a remarkable team performance from start to finish.

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2020 QSL team review: Southern Districts Spartans

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with the second of our four grand finalists in Southern District Spartans, who as a club actually racked up the most regular season wins between both the men’s and women’s sides with 18 and only four losses.

Men’s:

Position: 4th (Quarter final loss)
Wins: 8
Losses: 3
For: 1070
Against: 918

The men’s side was solid all season, finishing the year with an 8-3 record to finish in fourth spot. Unfortunately their season came to an end in the quarter finals with Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal coming over the top of them and winning by 11 points, 107-96. The Spartans were on fire early in the season, winning their first four games and five of their first six, before slipping a little mid-season, then stringing another three wins together to book a finals spot. Unfortunately a capitulation at the hands of Brisbane Capitals in the final round – losing by 44 points saw them slip to fourth, and then they bowed out in the quarter finals.

Anthony Drmic showed his NBL class in five games, averaging 20.6 points. 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists, though no doubt the Spartans could have gone all the way with him in the team every round. Callum Dalton was a reliable scorer in 2020, putting up 17.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while Tyrell Harrison (15.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists) and Tamuri Wigness (13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists) both applied plenty of pressure on opposition guards. Josh Derksen (9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists), Anei Muorter (8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Kon Anguik (7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists) were others who featured prominently on court for most of the season.

Women’s:

Position: 2nd (Grand Final loss)
Wins: 10
Losses: 1
For: 1031
Against: 684

Coming agonisingly close to a title in 2020, the Lady Spartans ultimately could not overcome Logan Thunder – no one could – falling 24 points short in the grand final. Their only two losses all season came against the Thunder, back in the third match of the season and the decider, with some barn-storming victories along the way. They did not lose at home – Rowland Cowan Stadium – giving their home fans plenty to cheer about, as they had three consecutive tons, and enjoyed huge wins such as the 77-point shellacking over South West Metro Pirates in Round 1, and the 70-point belting over Toowoomba Mountaineers in Round 7.

Madelyn Willey led all-comers in the scoring for the Spartans, knocking down 20.2 points as well as 4.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists. She played every game and was one of only four players to do so, but the team had plenty contributors along the way. Tall Ferns star Kalani Purcell finished her season off with a triple-double in the grand final but was consistent throughout, averaging 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 11 matches. Natalie Taylor (15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists), Holly Smith (12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Rebecca Haynes (11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists) all had outstanding seasons in a real team effort. Emily Preston also showed signs playing every match and averaging 6.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in her time on court.

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2020 QSL team review: RedCity Roar

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with the first of our four grand finalists in RedCity Roar.

Men’s:

Position: 1st (Grand Final loss)
Wins: 10
Losses: 1
For: 1148
Against: 951

The men’s side had a near-perfect season, winning 10 straight games leading into the final round of the season, looking like having one hand on the cup. The Roar then fell to the red-hot Ipswich Force in the final round of the season, and only just got past Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal in the semi-final. Both games went down to the wire with two points separating the sides, and then Brisbane Capitals stepped up in the Grand Final, the fourth consecutive match at the Paul Bancroft Centre for the Roar, as the visiting side got up 97-89.

Harry Froling had a sensational year for the Roar, notching up 28.7 points, 4.7 assists and a competition-high 17.3 rebounds. While Froling was the standout, he was far from alone with a remarkable five players hitting double-digit points. William McDowell-White averaged the 25.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.7 rebounds as the next standout, sharing the top two billing in each of the three key stats. Darryl McDowell-White (19.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists) and Verle Williams III (16.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists) both picked up big numbers despite playing eight and nine games respectively. Heath Gameren (10.7 points. 5.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists) was the other dominant perfomer for the season, while Jean-Luc Morel notched up 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Women’s:

Position: 4th (Quarter final loss)
Wins: 7
Losses: 4
For: 853
Against: 809

The women’s side also reached the finals series but unfortunately fell in the first week to a fifth placed Gold Coast Rollers side by 35 points. It was a reverse of their 13-point win over the Rollers earlier in the season, when they started with a 6-2 record and were firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately they only won one game in their last four as they bowed out after a solid overall season, but not quite enough to go all the way in finals.

A couple of WNBL talents really stood out for the Roar this season with Ashleigh Karaitiana putting up 21.3 points. 9.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists, while Lauren Mansfield knocked down 17.4 points. 7.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists. The pair was hard to stop on the best of days let alone when they were on fire, playing 12 and nine games respectively. The depth did drop off a little after Charmian Mellars who averaged a double-double of 10.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists. She played the 10 games this season, whilst a trio of others – Ajiah-Liric Siosiua-Pepe, Kayla Kiriau and Lorna Shepherd – played every match. Siosiua-Pepe averaged 8.0 points. 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists, Kiriau finished with 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists, and Shepherd recorded 6.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

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2020 QSL team review: Ipswich Force

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with USC Rip City, a side that marginally missed finals in the women’s competition.

Men’s:

Position: 2nd (Semi-final loss)
Wins: 9
Losses: 2
For: 1051
Against: 897

After falling 1-2 in the opening three matches with losses to Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal and South West Metro Pirates, Ipswich Force went on a rampage to win eight straight games and snatch second spot on the table. That earned them a week off, but unfortunately they went down at home to eventual premiers Brisbane Capitals. It was the first loss at JBS Arena having defeated the Capitals back in Round 1 by a point, and then winning five other matches there. While the season ended abruptly after going on such a run, Ipswich lived up to its name and was certainly a force to be reckoned with at times.

NBL star Nathan Sobey dominated as expected racking up a competition-high 30 points per game, as well as 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists from his 12 games. Providing some great assistance across the court, Jesse Ghee (14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists) and Mitchell Poulain (14.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists) both had strong seasons. Ryan Jeffries (8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists) and Kane Bishop (8.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists) played every match and were also influential across the court, while Jason Ralph played nine matches for 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists to provide the Force with a strong starting five.

Women’s:

Position: 6th (Semi-final loss)
Wins: 6
Losses: 5
For: 852
Against: 797

The women’s side also reached the semi-finals despite scraping into sixth with a 6-5 win-loss record for season 2020. They had an up-and-down year right to the very end, starting with a 1-3 record to open the season, before managing to string together as many as four games later on in the year, though a six-point loss to Gold Coast Rollers in the final round hurt. The Force overturned a Round 1 loss to Brisbane Capitals to knock them off on the road by three points in a memorable semi-final before being belted by eventual premiers, Logan Thunder to the tune of 62 points in the semi-final.

Amy Lewis was the standout this season, putting up 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists to rank first across all those statistical areas for her side. Rachel Mate (14.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists) and Catherine Macgregor (14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists) both played every game and were able to contribute strongly for the Force. Georgia Ralph (11.56 points. 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists) was the fourth player to hit double-digit points, as Iris Cubit (9.8 points. 5.5 rebounds) hit some good form late and played every match of the season.

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2020 QSL team review: Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal, whose men’s side came within two points of a grand final spot after finishing fifth, while the women’s side finished ninth overall.

Men’s:

Position: 5th (Semi-finals loss)
Wins: 7
Losses: 4
For: 1027
Against: 930

The men’s team had a super run in the second half of the season which only came to an end at the hands of top of the table RedCity Roar, 95-93. Having knocked off fourth placed Southern District Spartans by 11 points in the quarter finals, the Phoenix Teal were in some good form, having won two of their final three regular season games and only just dropped their match to third placed Brisbane Capitals in the penultimate round of the season. It was Sunshine Coast’s hot start – which saw them race to 5-2 which really got them in a good position for finals, and they did not leave anything out on the court in the finals series.

Jamaal Robateau was one of the stars of the QSL competition, knocking down 26.5 points per game on his way to a remarkable 100 successful free-throws at an elite 88.5 per cent to rank first in both areas. He also picked up 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in season 2020 to be the standout scorer for the side. He had a couple of bigs to help him around the court though, with Jonathan Janssen and Nelson Kahler averaging double doubles this season. Janssen finished with 16.1 points and 10.2 rebounds, while Kahler had 15.7 points and 12.5 rebounds for the trio to be ranked top three in both key stats. The playmaking efforts relied a lot on Robateau, but Josh Walters (8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.62 assists) and Zane Meehl (8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists) were impressive in that area of the game.

Women’s:

Position: 9th
Wins: 4
Losses: 7
For: 645
Against: 774

The women’s team did not quite have the same luck, finishing an unlucky ninth despite four wins from 11 games. They started strongly winning the opening two matches, but then lost six consecutive matches to free fall down the ladder. A 28-84 defeat to the unstoppable Logan Thunder was the worst of them, and while the Phoenix Teal did pick up two wins in the last three games – against Northside Wizards and South West Metro Pirates – it was just a case of too little, too late to finish outside the finals race.

Amy Browne was the clear standout in the side, averaging an impressive 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists to be ranked first, first and second for her team in those areas. Caitlin Clancy (11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists) stood out as the other player to hit double-figure points, while Natalie Saunders (6.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists) was a key playmaker. Ashleigh Frampton (8.5 points. 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists) and Holly Smith (5.0 points, 3.9 rebounds) were the other two players to average more than five points across double-digit games.

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2020 QSL team review: USC Rip City

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with USC Rip City, a side that marginally missed finals in the women’s competition.

Men’s:

Position: 10th
Wins: 2
Losses: 9
For: 783
Against: 934

The men’s team started off strongly, winning their opening game against the Gold Coast Rollers, falling short against Toowoomba Mountaineers and then knocking off Northside Wizards in the fourth match of their season to move to a 2-2 record. Unfortunately it fell away after that, losing seven consecutive games to finish with a 2-9 standing and sit 10th overall, but they did get close on a number of occasions including an eight-point defeat to South West Metro Pirates and a seven-point loss to North Gold Coast Seahawks.

Isaih Tueta averaged a clear team-high 17.0 points and 6.1 assists, while also picking up 5.3 rebounds per game across seven matches. No doubt USC would have loved to have had Tueta for a full season, much like Elias Cato who only managed the three games but had a big impact with 13.3 points and 7.7 boards. Louis Ilton (10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists) and Matthew Hancock (10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists) also hit double-figure points for the season, with Josh Tueta averaging the 10 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in just two games.

Women’s:

Position: 7th
Wins: 5
Losses: 6
For: 792
Against: 798

The women’s side came a lot closer to making the finals series, ending a win off the top six thanks to a 5-6 record and seventh placed finish. They had an up-and-down start to the season with a seven-point defeat to the Gold Coast Rollers in the opening round before a whopping 63-point thrashing of Toowoomba Mountaineers. Standing at a 2-1 record, and then 3-2 and 4-3, USC slipped a little in the run home, dropping three consecutive matches. They picked up an important 19-point win over North Gold Coast Seahawks in the final round, but it was just a little too late, marginally missing out on the finals series.

Maddison Rocci was the star and clearly one of the best players in the competition. The University of Canberra (UC) Capitals’ talent racked up a double-double average across the season, notching up 32.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists in her 10 matches. She was the only USC player to average more than 10 points and the results often depended on how hot her hand was on a particularly night with the result resting on her accuracy on inaccuracy. More often than not she was strong, averaging 35.8 per cent from long-grange on her way to 39 triples. Katherine Ups (8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists), Layla Prince (8.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists) and Yasmin Miller (6.7 points, 8.2 rebounds) all featured heavily in support roles throughout the 2020 season in the starting side.

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2020 QSL team review: Gold Coast Rollers

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with Gold Coast Rollers, whose women’s side made the semi-finals with an upset quarter finals win, while the men’s team finished eighth overall.

Men’s:

Position: 8th
Wins: 4
Losses: 7
For: 894
Against: 962

The men’s team had a mixed bag of a season, but ultimately had a slow start slipping to a 2-5 start to the season. While they broke even in the run home with a couple of wins and couple of losses, they finished eighth with a 4-7 record. Their wins came against North Gold Coast Seahawks, Sunshine Coast Phoenix Teal, Northside Wizards and Toowoomba Mountaineers, with only one of them – Wizards – coming at home, with a sound 3-3 record on the road, but only 1-4 at home.

Jalen Patton Croker was the standout performer for the Rollers, averaging 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists from all 11 games. Nine of the 12 Rollers players took to the court in every game this season in a remarkable show of continuity, though Levi Frankland (five games) would have been one that the team would loved to have seen more of, as he averaged the second most points of any player with 15.2, as well as 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Jaze Morris (13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists) was busy, as was Adrian La Fleur (12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists), while Tidjane Diop hit double-figure points thanks to 11.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Women’s:

Position: 5th (Semi-final loss)
Wins: 5
Losses: 6
For: 776
Against: 688

The women’s side had a great season culminating in a finals win on the road to reverse an earlier loss against RedCity Roar. The 35-point belting in the post-season series was a surprise, but they had performed strongly at their best in season 2020. The Rollers won their first two games of the season then would lose the next two and win the following two, unable to get too much of a run going. A couple of important wins in the final rounds helped the Rollers secure finals in fifth, then knock over the Roar before falling in a heartbreaking eight-point loss to Southern Districts Spartans.

Carleigh Patrick was dominant across the season, ranking first in both points (14.5) and rebounds (8.2) for her side to be a star week-in and week-out for 13 matches. Kisha Lee also produced the goods more often than not, putting up 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds, while Siarn Woods (11.38 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists) contributed in all facets of the game. Lilly Rotundo (10.3 points. 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists) and Sarah Ambrose (7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists) were the other two talents to play every game and be standout performers to guide their side into the finals series in 2020.

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QSL team review: South West Metro Pirates

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. The next club in focus is South West Metro Pirates who combined for six wins across the two leagues.

Men’s:

Position: 7
Win: 5
Loss: 6
For: 946
Against: 914

The Pirates went through a real purple patch midway through the season collecting their five wins from Round 3 to Round 7. During that period they managed two winning streaks, one consisting of two consecutive wins and the other three on the trot. Their first win came in Round 3 against Ipswich Force getting up by eight points in a gritty showing while their final win came against the Wizards where they got the job done by 11 points. Close on a number of occasions, the Pirates could have registered a few more wins had they been able to grind out some of their close encounters.

Jonathon Mines led all comers for points averaging 22.25 each time he stepped out on court while also recording the second highest average for rebounds with 6.25 to his name. The next closest was Tanner Krebs who showcased his class on the scoreboard knocking back 20.36 points a game while falling just short of a season average double-double registering nine rebounds. He also led the way for assists with 4.91 having played all 11 games for the season. Mathiang Muo plied his trade on the scoreboard with 12.5 points and 4.17 rebounds as Atem Atem made his presence felt in his 10 appearances collecting six rebounds, 1.1 assists and 11 points.

Women’s:

Position: 11
Win: 1
Loss: 10
For: 575
Against: 882

It was a difficult season to say the least for the Pirates who only notched up the sole win for the season. That win came way back in Round 2 against Toowoomba Mountaineers, the only side ranked lower than them. It was a strong win by the Pirates who ran away with a 22-point victory however it was relatively disappointing from then on, going winless for the remainder of the season and suffering some significant losses.

The hot hand of Bree Farley kept the Pirates afloat managing an average of 14.25 points per outing while also dragging down an impressive 7.88 rebounds to go with it. Amanda Beatson was consistent across her 11 games collecting the next highest amount of points with 6.64 and 5.36 rebounds. Susan McHugh was also a handy option when it came to scoreboard pressure recording 6.57 points in a trying season for the second bottom team.

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2020 QSL team review: Northside Wizards

IN a series wrapping up the 2020 Queensland State League (QSL) season, we take a look back at each of the 12 clubs in both the men’s and women’s competitions and how they performed across the season. We continue our review series with Northside Wizards that managed to pick up six wins between the two sides.

Men’s:

Position: 10th
Wins: 2
Losses: 9
For: 786
Against: 949

The men’s team started off the season in the best possible fashion, picking up an 11-point win over North Gold Coast Seahawks. From there though, the season fell away picking up just one win in 10 games – a 38-point thrashing over last placed Toowoomba Mountaineers – to finish with a 2-9 record.

Cameron Thew was the standout performer all season and was one of only three players to run out in all 11 games. Thew averaged team-highs in points (15.1) and rebounds (9.2), while also collecting 2.4 assists per game. Jacob Arthur was the other Wizards player to record double-figure points with 10.4 per game to go with 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while James Ringholt (eight games), had 8.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Others who stood out include Zach Williams-Hook (7.1 points, 4.2 rebounds), Luke Stewart (6.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists) and Mitch Elliott (6.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists).

Women’s:

Position: 8th
Wins: 4
Losses: 7
For: 814
Against: 904

The women’s side also kicked off the season with a win against the Seahawks and then proceeded to have heartbreaking losses that could have ultimately changed the course of their year. Single-digit defeats at the hands of RedCity Roar (four points) and Brisbane Capitals (one) either side of a five-point victory over USC Rip City proved the Wizards could have started the season 4-0. Back-to-back wins over Toowoomba Mountaineers and South West Pirates gave them hope to reach the finals with a 4-2 record (could have been 6-0), but they fell away with four losses to finalists in the last four matches to bow out with a 4-7 season record.

Steph Reid was unbelievable all season and one of the big performers for the Wizards. Unfortunately she could only play seven games for Northside, knocking down 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists in an all-round starring role. Courtney Woods also managed the seven games and was instrumental with 25.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists, while Regan Turnour-McCarty played every match for 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Saskia Gunness (10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds) only played the six games, while Georgia McCarron (5.4 points, 8.7 rebounds) was another who played every game and produced big numbers off the boards.

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