Two points is all it came down to!
After what has felt like the eternal pre-season, our senior women’s team finally kicked off their inaugural season in the VAFA – and what a way to start!
After a few competitive pre-season matches, The Bloods faced the more experienced Swinburne Uni Razorbacks at St.James Park on a sunny and windy afternoon. The wind proved handy in the first quarter with a couple of long range goals sailing through from 50m out to Meg Brydon, Hannah Walravens and Alanah Milich. Captain Bree Pagonis lead through the middle, splitting packs and blazing away from opponents. Playing on half forward flank, Lizzie Taylor proved a dangerous target with her hard attack on the football.
Fullback Henny Gelber did a fantastic job on Swinburne’s Wurful, keeping the dangerous and skilful forward relatively quiet. Taya Rawson was dominant in the ruck, giving her mids constant first use of the football. Forward Emma Madgwick bought her intensity to every contest, never shirking away from opposition pressure.
The Bloods went into the last quarter with a five-point lead and kicking against the wind. The Razorbacks snared the lead with under five minutes to go, before Bloods forward Deborah Konopnicki swooped on a loose ball and goaled thanks to some fearsome forward pressure from Vanessa Oliveira. Swinburne wrestled back the lead, only for Alice Rodgers to take a set-shot free kick on a tight angle right on the siren. She kicked truly, and the Bloods went on to win the game 34 – 32.
Written by Deborah Konopnicki