SPECTRES FALL OUT OF CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The Nunawading ‘Burwood One’ Spectres have fallen short in their pursuit of a SEABL Women’s championship, losing their Preliminary Final in Launceston Saturday night.
Elphin Sports Complex in Launceston was packed to the rafters, creating a fortress for the home side which shot out of the blocks to a 7-0 start. The Spectres rallied, and it was game on, teams trading baskets in a bruising contest.
“It was a pretty incredible atmosphere to walk into,” Spectres Head Coach Paul Flynn said.
“Without doubt, Launceston drew energy from that crowd and it got them off to a great start. That forced us to chase, it wasn’t easy, but we put up one hell of a fight.”
“I guess that reinforces the value in earning home finals.”
The Spectres trailed by as much as 20-points mid-way through the second period but were able to cut that margin to 13 at the main break. That margin reduced again to just 8 at the final break and momentum well and truly swinging back in favour of Nunawading.
A 6-0 run in early in the fourth saw the Spectres close the gap to just 6-points with 3-minutes remaining in the game. The league MVP Lauren Nicholson sank a dagger from beyond the arc, pushing the score line out to a point that Nunawading simply couldn’t overcome on the night.
“We battled hard all night but ultimately were victims of our opening 3-5 minutes,” Flynn said.
“No doubt we’re disappointed not to have advanced to the Grand Final game. You never plan on your season finishing before then and the belief in this group was that we were certainly good enough to get there.”
“All credit to our playing group though on what can only be seen as a positive season for our program. We had no imports, no restricted players, finished third across the regular season and progressed to a Preliminary Final. They should all be proud of what they were able to achieve.”
With plenty of youth in the roster, all signs point to a positive future for the Spectres moving forward.