Lions split their double against the Jets

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The Sydney University Lions team emerged with a split from its important National Women’s Water Polo League road trip against the high flying Adelaide Jets.

The Lions lost the first game of the double header 10-6 playing without star utility Gabby Wikman who was back in Sydney in the middle of medical entry exams. At 5-5 at the break things looked promising for Sydney Uni, but some missed opportunities were costly and the Jets powered home – whilst catch-up tactics were ineffective for the Lions. Keesja Gofers and Diana Romero each scored two goals for Sydney Uni.

In game two things panned out evenly once again, but this time the Lions were ahead 7-6 before the home team equalised with 2:44 remaining. Scores were locked at 7-7 at full time, so for the fifth time this season a dramatic shootout to decide the game featured the Lions. This time, after plenty of practice at training, the Lions got it completely right, hitting all five penalties whilst Lea Barta saved two of the Jets’ attempts for a well-deserved win.

Jo Whitehorn and Emily Scott each hit three goals for the Lions, whilst Keesja Gofers and Daisy Carrillo scored 2.

The National League now breaks for Easter with the Lions having two must-win games on Saturday April 6 at home against the UNSW Killer Whales and on Sunday April 7 away to the Hunter Hurricanes at Lambton.