Round 4: 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 4 VS THERRY PENOLA By Cheree Peters
With both women’s teams playing their first home games, the Div 1 girls were out to score blood, figuratively speaking. The team got off to a great start, with newly minted full forward Dru kicking three first quarter goals, followed by a beautiful shot by Div 1 debutant Sammy. We also saw Taya and Fi making their Div 1 debuts after strong performances in Round Three.
Taya was dominant in the ruck, providing strong taps to our mids who worked tirelessly all game to create constant pressure and make strong tackles. Our first time with a full bench saw everyone running strong, working well to provide plenty of entries into our forward 50. Grace was able to snag 6 points from the goal square after making a good contest in the second quarter, giving the Bloods a 5-goal lead at half time.
The third quarter saw our defence in action, with the ball heading their way more. But they stood tall, holding our opposition goalless to three quarter time, led by the great attacking defence from Rachel across half-back.
The last quarter saw the heavens open to give a light dusting of rain across Gary Smorgon Oval. It didn’t deter our girls though, who saw their chance to really dig in and get a solid win. Despite Therry Penola getting a goal halfway through the term, the Bloods were able to quickly bounce back as our Captain Loz received a handpass inside 50 before straightening up to kick truly.
Strong performances across the whole team saw the Bloods secure a win with their first home game, 1.8-50 to 1.3-9. With another home game next week, lets hope the girls can continue the streak and make Albert Park the Bloods Fortress.
DIVISION 3 MATCH REPORT - ROUND 4 VS POWERHOUSE By Alix Kearney
It was a historic day for the South Melbourne Football Club for two reasons. We had five teams all playing at home on the same day, and the Division 3 team had a full bench (plus one emergency)!
We were boosted by a number of girls returning from injury and holiday, with Erin (and helmet), Eliza, Elise B., and Ella all making their 2018 debuts for South. A last minute change meant that, like an almond in a health food shop, our emergency Anna was activated.
Our pressure in the first quarter was great to see, with the ball spending plenty of time in the middle of the ground. Although Power House kicked away from us in the second quarter our backline kept working hard, preventing House from getting too far in front. Deb’s half time chat seemed to work wonders, with our girls coming out firing and producing the best half of footy we’ve seen so far. We managed to shut down Power House’s attack, continuing the amazing intensity at the ball. Some brilliant roaming defensive work from Brooke ensured that House were not going to get any easy goals. Kasey and Sarah-Rose worked well as our double act in the Ruck, with Madgy taking the game on across the middle of the ground and working the ball forward. While we did not have a lot of scoring opportunities in the forward line, the pressure from our forwards meant that when the ball was in our 50m it did not get out easily.
There were some fantastic signs of great things to come for our Division 3 girls, and if we keep working hard the rewards will come!