Collegians too strong for the Districts
A third quarter blitz wasn't enough to snare the win.
In our first game under lights, the women of the South Melbourne Districts ventured down the road to face pre-season rival Collegians. After a very close and evenly matched game in the lightning premiership, round two was looming as a winnable game for the club.
Confidence was riding high after our round one win a fortnight ago, and things looked impressive early with fantastic forward pressure seeing the ball locked in attack early. Ruck Taya Rawson was dominant, and Lizzy Taylor was electric early with a couple of scoring opportunities, but Collegians pressure was red hot and making life difficult for our girls.
The second quarter was a tough slog, as the opposition flooded back into defense at every opportunity. Despite our best efforts, every foray forward was met with an interception and rebound. The score line would have been a little more daunting if it wasn’t for our ever-reliable full back Henny Gelber, who was guarding her opponent and the goal square with the composure of a veteran. Our tough CHB Hannah Walravens was the other general in the back line, rallying the girls and silky-smooth Rach Daymond used her pace to repel attacks. With a 22 point deficient and a goalless first half, lesser teams would have crumbled. Not our girls.
After a half-time rev-up from our ever-reliable captain Bree Pagonis, the Bloods came out firing. Our intensity at the contest ensured that the ball seldom left our forward 50. We dominated the inside 50 count, and our resilience payed off with two exciting goals to live-wire Bahati Hassani and tough-nut Rachelle Guillard. The opposition was tired, and we were relentless at the footy. Forward Kathy Sobey was fearless in the contest, taking a couple of hits going back with the flight of the ball. Tough centre Bridget Lane worked well in tandem with Bree in the middle of the ground, busting through packs and evading opponents. Down by nine points at three quarter time, a victory looked likely.
The last quarter was an arm wrestle, but Collegians managed to find another gear and slowly muscled away. A scoreless last quarter resulted in an 18-point loss.
We now sit with one win and one loss after two rounds, and face SKOB at our home ground on Saturday April 29th.
Written by Deborah Konopnicki