December 9, 2023 | Southside Flyers news

Flyers shine the light on mental health and enjoy a big win at home in the annual Lifeline Game.

This was a special game for the Flyers, the annual Lifeline Game in support of Lifeline Australia, and the Flyers played like it meant a lot to them.  It was a wire to wire victory for the Flyers who got out to an early start and didn’t look back to run away convincing 25-point winners.

At the first break it was the Flyers by 10-points (17-7) and the lead continued to grow with a strong defensive mindset making it difficult for the Spirit to score. The home crowd were not only treated to a solid victory, the Metaltex half-court shot was successful at the first break, and for the third game in a row, a young supporter walked away with $500 thanks to the team at Metaltex.

At the main break the Flyers lead had grown to 18-points (39-21) with Nyadiew Puoch leading the way with 11-points and 5- rebounds. The home fans were very happy and the fundraising for Lifeline continued to grow with general donations, as well as pledges of $ per assist and $ per 3-point goals.

During the third quarter the Flyers pressed the lead out to a game high 28-points (61-33), with nine players having court time in the first three quarters. Lauren Jackson, who missed the last game through injury, played seven and half minutes in the first half before resting all the second half. At the end of the third quarter it was the Flyers by 25 after outscoring the Spirit 24-17 for the quarter.

Leading by 25 with a quarter to go it can be easy to slow down, however the Flyers kept working and with all 11 players getting game time for the match, and in the final quarter both teams scored 13 with the Flyers winning the game by 25-points, 76-51. A positive display on the boards for the Flyers, leading the rebound count 56 to 33 for the game.

Nyadiew Puoch scored 17-points and had 9-rebounds in a classy display and was well supported by Bec Cole with 13-points, Leilani Mitchell had 10 and Mercedes Russell continued her great form with 10-points and 11 rebounds.

Flyers’ Championship Captain and Lifeline Ambassador, Jenna O’Hea was on hand to see the Flyers in action, and she was not only pleased with the scoreline, but she was also delighted with the fundraising efforts. At the end of the game over $10,000 had been pledged and donated to Lifeline Australia and with more fundraising activities in the next week, the Flyers hope to raise in excess of $15,000 for this important cause.

Donations to the Flyers Assist Program for Lifeline Australia can be made at HERE

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