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Titans fall short against QUT despite final quarter comeback

A strong final term from the Gold Coast Titans Sapphire Series side wasn’t enough after going down to QUT Netball 49 – 57.

Inconsistency throughout the game was the undoing for the Titans, which allowed

an experienced QUT side to take advantage and forge a significant lead.

“We started well,” said coach Temepara Bailey post-match, “however, we had a lapse in the second quarter. Against quality teams like QUT, they were able to capitalise on our errors which blew the score out. This meant we had to play catch up netball for the remainder of the game.” 

Gold Coast circle defenders, Jessica Milne and Bryah Gafa built on their strong performances in round 5, showing the competition they are forces to be reckoned with. The pair caused confusion early on for opposing feeders, causing mistakes and turnovers when feeding into key QUT shooter Aleesha Adams.

Throughout the court, Titans attackers had a tough job of converting their balls. Despite piecing together some impressive through court attack, with midcourters Kristen Oxenford and Lily Gray connecting well with shooter Abigail Meafou, a number of missed opportunities at critical moments saw the momentum swing against the Titans.  

“There were some great passages of play that we presented, however it was inconsistent throughout the game” said Coach Bailey.

During lulls from the Gold Coast side, youngster Dakota Newson entered the game, injecting speed and fantastic drives into the attack end.

After being 17 down at three quarter time, the Titans Sapphire team didn’t go out without a fight, clawing back to just an 8-point deficit in the final term of the game.

“I am really pleased we finished strong and am looking forward to our training next week” said Temepara Bailey.

The Titans will reflect on their performance during this week’s training sessions, as they prepare for a big weekend of netball.

Both Sapphire and Ruby series teams play in an exciting double header next week, where the Titans will host their first game on the Gold Coast. Held at Carrara Indoor Stadium on Sunday the 29th of May, both teams will bring the energy in front of a home crowd.

Gold Coast Titans Sapphire Team

Saturday 28th of May – Round 6 vs USC Thunder at Nissan Arena, 10am
Sunday 29th of May – Round 7 vs Brisbane South Wildcats at Carrara Indoor Stadium, 2pm

Gold Coast Titans Ruby Team

Saturday 28th of May – Round 6 vs Carina Leagues Club Tigers at Nissan Arena, 12pm
Sunday 29th of May – Round 7 vs USQ Jets at Carrara Indoor Stadium, 2pm

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.