Round 3: Division 1 + Division 3 Match Reports
By Deborah Konopnicki
Each week we will be bringing you match reports from the players who witnessed the game first hand.
DIVISION 1 MATCH REPORT - ROUND 3 VS HAWTHORN - By Maria Koulaginis
Saturday the 21st, a perfect morning for Footy as the Division 1 team arrive bright and early at 8am to play the rough and tough Hawthorn. Their shorts seamed a longer length this year, but their aggression remained unchanged. We hit the ground excited to play our first round in our full Blood’s uniform, shorts and all and the special debut of Hannah and Cheree.
First quarter we realised what we were up against, but we held ourselves up, they came in strong and we realised we needed more than just a morning coffee to wake up. With the first quarter ending 26-1 our wake- up call came in the form of a little bit of coach encouragement from Zeb, we lifted our heads back up and came out as a whole new team. Limiting them to only two goals in the second quarter as our defence stuck man to man. Maya dominating that final line of defence and Dru continuously getting the ball out of the danger zone. Hannah and Kath, both strong leaders leading the defence line to create a strong Bloods unit.
Third quarter the bloods began to shine but also fall, injuries were seen on both sides with blood galore and falling bodies, however we fought hard with Nat and Dru both kicking goals and keeping our fight alive. The spirt was back and our efforts were strong, we shut them down, Helen leading by example by shutting down their best player.
Our fourth quarter we gave it everything we had left, we no longer had a bench but ran our guts out anyway with a final score 74-13 . From injured knees, blood streaming from eyes, concussions and more we gave it our all and definitely are in need of a week off to recover but we will be back stronger than ever. Bring it on De La Salle.
DIVISION 3 MATCH REPORT – ROUND 3 VS EMMAUS ST LEO’S by Fiona Adinata
The reserve women were met with a rather crisp morning on Saturday before the game against Emmaus for Round 3. Playing them during one of our practice matches we went in having a general idea of how they played, and our previous knowledge was bolstered by the comebacks of players from injury and new debutants for the 2018 season. These included tough onballer Emily Johnson and our ruck for the day (Sarah – Rose Stoneman a late out) Taya Rawson. We were pleased to “blood” our first gamers Rohanna Crouch, Libby Petty and Sam Cairns who each played their essential part in the team. With Annika McInerney unable to play we had 17 girls ready to take the field.
The first half was a hard and high pressured ball game. With Meg Byrdon (our captain for the day) EmJ and Taya working superbly well together to try move the ball into our half of the ground, Emmaus went hard as expected and managed to lock the ball in their forward 50 for majority of the first quarter. However, their scoring was limited by the pressure applied by our backline. With Rohanna taking an incredible defensive marks and Elise Mace commanding the backline with confidence and poise, most of the minor scores kicked were a result of the immense pressure applied by our girls. Rohanna and Fi Adinata took care of the kick-ins and often at times once the ball hit the deck determined EmJ, Emma Madgwick, Sarah McCarthy tried their hardest to burrow the ball out and get it moving.
A common sight in throughout the game was Taya shaking off multiple tackles and bounding away from the defensive 50. In the second quarter there was more free flow play and our girls managed to pressure our way into winning a few balls of our own. There was a clear improvement in this quarter with our intensity and tenacity not fading away. Madgy as usual at the bottom of every single pack working her butt off to get the ball out assisted with Libby, Maddy Allessi and Jaymie Murray all working hard in the middle of the ground. EmJ, Taya and Maddy’s persistent carry through the middle is what kept us in the contest. With a few solid 1%’s and second efforts from multiple girls, Emmaus was limited to only 1 point in the second quarter.
The third quarter we improved once again, with Stef McMahon leading the way for the improved ball carry into the forward 50. After taking a heavy hit in the second quarter Sarah M was left seeing stars, but by the way she played the rest of the match you wouldn’t have known. With a few shuffles in position with our half forward flank in Mikhaela Szep going down at half time with a hamstring issue, our girls battled it out with only 16 on the field. Our full forward Jane Bell provided solid leads and looked menacing in the forward 50 with Emma “Hands” prowling the 50 arc looking dangerous. Despite a determined opponent looking to extend their lead Roey and Sam continuously took marks in the back 50 and attempted to reload.
At the last quarter, our girls still had not scored despite some very close attempts. Our midfielders did unbelievably well with a center clearance that led to a Madgy behind. You could see that something was brewing within the playing group. We collectively came out together and pulled off a quarter to be proud of, under the leadership of Meg who lead from the front the girls intent never declined. Our teamwork and support for each other had us fired up. EmJ took a mark in forward 50 and hit the chest of Maddy which finally led to goal to the well deserving Emma Madgwick who was absolutely ecstatic after kicking an inspirational snap. Hands and Fi had a nice link up play through the middle of the ground which saw another entry into forward 50. Our second goal came from Roey who scored a free kick and slotted it through the middle. Despite not coming away with the 4 points, the determination and the enthusiasm of our girls was commendable. Undermanned and exhausted, it was a solid team and individual effort and we look forward to singing out song after our bye next week. GO BLOODS!