Round 10: 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.
Div. 1 Women’s Match Report - Round 10 vs UHS-VU by Gemma
On this cold dewy morning we huddled together on Brens Oval in Parkville to pay our respects to Rachel and her family on the passing of her grandfather. Before long we were warming up and tuning in. We had a big game ahead. Round 9; 6 wins and 3 losses under our belts and hoping to nudge one step closer to the finals. The Bloods got off to a good start with everyone raring to go. Tireless work from the centre of the field had Loz, Emj, Kath and Ella firing balls forward. Cheere ,Dru and Haz hassling up front, knocking over a goal each and cementing the foundations for a good game.
During the second quarter, the girls battled on through a tough contest with UHS-VU never letting us settle into our comfort zone. Tackles were on and marks were spoiled in this dog-eat-dog contest. It was clear throughout that Roey must have world cup fever, with multiple on ground kicks, clearing the ball from danger, and driving it forward.
In the 3rd quarter UHS-VU began to find their feet, applying a lot of pressure and driving forward. Credit to Maddy J, Belle and Rach D who were clearing ball under immense pressure. Whenever you turned your head Ella, Brooke or Kath S was making another dash forward. The determination payed off when Cheree kicked a fine goal to keep the score board ticking over.
In the last quarter UHS-VU began to really push forward, putting our defensive under pressure. Cheree was deployed to act as a sweeper and she tirelessly cleared balls from danger. Harriet was on the end of one of these and kicked over a cracker of a goal. Sarah S dropped into the back pocket to replace Belle and let nothing past her. Credit to all the girls around the centre of the field, constantly keeping up the fight, resulting in multiple ball ups to finish out the game.
Div. 3 Women’s Match Report - Round 10 vs Westbourne Grammarians by Anna
It was an early, frosty start for the Div. 3 girls, making the trek out to the well-manicured ground at the Westbourne Grammar School. Although we were a couple short, with a team of 16, spirits were high.
The Westbourne Girls started strong with a few quick goals setting the pace for the game. Rochelle who returned from a long layoff with a knee injury, started in the centre going in hard to win the tap and get the ball heading towards our goals, however the Westbourne girls were able to rebound the ball and move it quickly into their forward line. Our back line were putting some excellent pressure on their forwards, preventing a few potential goals, errant shots resulting in points.
A few positional changes, mixing it up for some of the players, proved to keep the team lifted as the Westbourne Grammarians dominated the game. Alix who was moved towards the centre helping the backs to get the ball moving toward our forwards, was chasing the ball down and breaking through some of the packs. Emma took a few great marks turning the direction of play a few times. On ballers Jane, Lucky, Eden and Eliza ran what seemed a marathon to put added pressure on our opponents.
In the last quarter Anna backed up her new found love for smothering the ball, improving last week’s record and making 4 score stopping smothers, evening the other side of her face in the process.
In true spirit of the Div. 3 team, the game played with integrity and fight to the final siren. Their endeavour to keep in the game and never give up. The game provided a great opportunity to test ourselves playing 16 v 18 players and we were able to push our fitness (and aggression) to new levels. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to push ourselves further in the coming weeks as we enter the back end of the season.