Round 6: 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 6 VS Ivanhone By Helen Tammiste
Round 6 was not the best round for South Melbourne Districts. The only ones who won this weekend was the U19s. No luck for the rest of the teams. Despite winning the game last week the Senior girls did not seem to be in the right spirit this time. Already starting a quiet warm up session there was no sparkle in girls eyes, rather fear.
First 5-10 minutes of the 1st quarter The Bloods were giving good pressure and the game was mainly in opponent’s forward line. But we lost the lead, when Ivanhoe girls scored their first goal. The game started to dominate in SMD backline and Ivanhoe gave lot of pressure to our backline girls. Some good effort from Maya who blocked some potential goals. We finished the 1st quarter with no goals from SMD but 3 goals to Ivanhoe girls.
In quarter 2 we got the game little bit going with our first goal from our speedy goal hunter Letizia Sammut. There was some good pressure from forward line girls like Cheree Peters, Druscilla Place and Taya Rawson. To put more pressure to opponents there was some changes made with the rucks. Second quarter ended up with 2 goals to Ivanhoe and 1 to us.
In quarter 3 the Ivanhoe girls started to show their young feet and good skills. The Bloods did not get much clearances this quarter. Ivanhoe girls were dominating enormous pack situations. Ivanhoe got lot of free kicks from 50 m area, but also missed few goals. There was some good pressure from the winger Ella Simmons and half forward flank position played by Annabell Vanweel. There was a really good goal opportunity for Helen Tammiste close to goal-square but she missed the goal. Second half of the 3rd quarter Helen was placed on the ball and later chase the fast and skilful opponent nr 4 Georgia Scarce. There was also really good effort from SMD girl Brooke Pannel who did her debut play in Div 1 joining us from Div 3 team. 3rd quarter ended up for no goals to The Bloods and 2 goals to Ivanhoe girls.
Quarter 4 there was some significant changes in SMD positioning. The backline girls were moved to forward line to get some good kicks and possible goals. We managed to answer with one goal to Ivanhoes 2 by Taya Rawson , but this was the only highlight from this quarter to SMD girls. Ivanhoe showed once again their good game structure and some good kicks and handballing.
The final score-line was 9.13-67 (Ivanhoe) to 2.3-15 (SMD), showing that The Bloods have to work on their skills of coming out of those pack situations and creating a space between their players. Also cheer each other in the game even not dominating the game.
Hoping for better performance next week when South Melbourne Districts playing in their home ground against St Bedes/Mentone Tigers. It’s going to be a tough opponent as they are leading the ladderat this point so there is a big effort needed from The Bloods again this week.
DIVISION 1 MATCH REPORT - ROUND 6 VS MCC By Elise Mace
With S Club 7 pumping in the changerooms pre-game, things were looking up on this balmy Saturday afternoon. MCC were hungry for a win in their first ever game on their new ground, but the Bloods were keen to crash their party.
MCC started strong with quick goals scored by their young and extremely fit side. Jetlag seemed to be working in Maddie J’s favour as she took strong marks in the backline to slow the MCC onslaught.
On ballers Madge, Meg, Libby and Erin gave it everything they had with some good leads coming through to Bloods forward line. But MCC continued to send the ball back to their forward line, and with a smaller ground than Bloods were used to the ball would very quickly be back in dangerous territory. Sarah Rose provided strong leadership in the ruck, and the backline were very appreciative of wings Eliza and Nancy pushing back to lend a hand.
SMDFC slowed the MCC onslaught in the 3rd quarter shutting down many of their scoring opportunities with strong defensive efforts from Nikki and Gemma keeping the Bloods in positive spirits. With some quick forward play from Madge and Anna the Bloods pushed the ball into the strong arms of key forward Alix who kicked the Bloods one and only goals for the day. The Bloods backline continued to give it everything they had with fullback Sammy diving across goals with moves not dissimilar to a soccer goalie, but at the end of the day MCC proved too good.
Coach Deb was proud of her wounded warriors with MCC’s 17 points scored a reflection of how hard the Bloods had worked to shut down a ferocious opposition. Thanks so much to all of our wonderful volunteers that helped us out on the day, and we look forward to seeing you all at home next week.