Round 7: Division 1 + Division 3 Match Reports
Each week we will be bringing you match reports from the players who witnessed the game first hand.
DIVISION 1 MATCH REPORT - ROUND 7 VS St Bedes/Mentone Tigers by Rohana
Saturday provided perfect weather conditions for all five South Melbourne Districts teams playing at home, and there was a real buzz of excitement around the club as the red and white jerseys descended upon the ovals. SMD Women’s Division 1 team were up against a huge challenge, coming from a bad loss the previous Saturday, and taking on the Mentone Tigers who were sitting nicely at the top of the ladder. You could feel the intensity of the contest ahead and every single player locked into game mode after some motivating words from C.Peters, L.Gibbs and Coach Zeb.
The first quarter saw some tough competition, hard running and big tackles. The Mentone Tigers were first to put points on the board, taking a 6 point lead. This did not dampen the enthusiasm of SMD who were continually pushing forward and came straight back with a goal kicked by G.Cannon. SMD applied pressure and were unlucky with some goal attempts. E.Johnson, L.Gibbs and L.Clark worked tirelessly on the ball, as did E.Simmons who seemed to be at the bottom of every break down and more often than not winning the ball. H.Tammiste’s pace paid off once again as the ball came loose, Tammiste charged the ball down to secure the second goal for SMD which finished off the first quarter with the red and whites leading with 14 points to 6.
Quarter two was filled with aggression as SMD held onto their lead. They played together as a team, and their composure on the field certainly showed throughout. H.Walravens provided a strong back line along with R.Daymond, and the exciting return of M.Johansen. SMD worked hard, and despite not getting any points on the board the attacking and defensive efforts did not go unnoticed.
Mentone Tigers managed to come back with a second goal and we entered the changing rooms at half time with a score line of 14 points to 12.
Quarter three saw the girls working well together again, L.Gibbs forever creating opportunities in the middle and C.Peters driving the ball forward. This quarter also saw a couple of the girls being played in different positions, which they took in their stride and proved the diversity of the team. A. Van Weel had a phenomenal game and battled persistently throughout with such composure, ensuring she definitely came out on top. Only one point was kicked by SMD and they held the Tigers out leaving Q3 finishing 15 points to 12.
Quarter four demonstrated the sheer strength and aggression that SMD can produce, they played with determination and played with their hearts. M.Mackey, who moved from the backline to full forward, proved her excellence at marking under pressure. Mackey effortlessly snatched the ball out of the air, landing with an impressive roll to finish off the perfect mark. The last goal of the game was scored by H. Fitzpatrick and what a goal that was. Fitzpatrick is known for her impressive kicks and on this occasion she did not disappoint, the huge kick saw the ball sail perfectly through the air and straight between the all-important goal posts. The game finished 3.3.21 – 2.0.12.
DIVISION 3 MATCH REPORT - ROUND 7 VS Yara Old Grammarians by Nikki
On Saturday morning, the Bloods’ division three women’s team took on Yarra Old Grammarians, at South Melbourne’s home ground. The team welcomed newcomer Lukke ‘Lucky’ De Vries for what will hopefully be her first game of many for the club. Thirsty for their first win of the season, the women had a strong start to the game. Pressure was on the Yarra back line for much of the first half, however the Bloods strong attacking effort failed to convert to scores on the board with only one point scored by the home team. The visitors managed to convert some clean breaks up the field into goals, scoring four before half time.
Despite a 30 point difference on the scoreboard, the Bloods were not out of the game at half time. The physicality of the home team was their biggest strength, with Yarra’s forward line facing some solid take downs by backs Ayla Morris, Nikki Smith and Sam Cairns. Sadly Sam’s ankle came off second best in a run in with a Yarra boot, which saw the star back off the field and on crutches for the rest of the game. Luckily the versatile Annika McInerney was ready to take her place for the remainder, with Gemma Reynolds making her way back from the midfield to lend valuable support.
Meanwhile in the mid-field, Kasey Jaeger never lost a ruck, and Emma Madgwick was again busy proving she’s impossible to tackle. Sarah-Rose Stoneman took her opposition out of the game, proving a consistent thorn in the side of her Yarra player. Consistent efforts from Fi Adinata, Meg Brydon and Erin Rees helped move the ball up the Blood’s end of the field.
The Bloods managed a couple of points in the second half, with forwards Alix Kearney, Lucy Hall and Kate Keighran putting up a valiant effort against the Yarra back line in their attempts for a goal. Alice McKinnon always seemed to be in the thick of the play, and Yarra narrowly prevented from Alix from scoring on more than one occasion. Sadly, while the play seemed evenly matched for most of the game, Yarra had more luck converting their successes into scores on the board with a final score of 56-3 against the home side. The Bloods look forward to next Saturday, and their game against Power House, for their first win of season 2018.