Round 11: 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. 3 Women’s Match Report - Round 11 vs ST Leos by Kasey
The Div 3 girls walked into the changed rooms at home on Saturday to a worried looking Deb and Alex. Despite the return of Fi, Madgie and Kasey we still only had 14 players and forfeiting against Emmaus St Leos was looking like a possibility. After much calling around, Dre came to the rescue by recruiting her sister in-law Claire “the saviour” Garimort and Libby took one for the team and despite her limp, decided she was going to play. Deb gave her strict instructions not to venture out of the goal square and to handball only.
The Div 3 girls, now with 16 players and being led by Emma ‘hands’ Harvey, went into the game with high spirits, as they always do. There was even some quacking Might Ducks style, you can’t break the spirits of this team. The umpires had to make their own centre circle due to the mud pit that had formed on the original and from the first tap the intensity was on.
Madgie was in true form, throwing herself into every pack and ducking and weaving through her opponents. Fi, Eliza and Eden were never far behind her ready to take the handball and get a run on with the ball. They had a great time running through the mud taking the ball from the Emmaus St Leo girls who were a little less eager to get dirty. Our backline was phenomenal all game. Hands was a true leader and gave it her everything to the point of dislocating her finger in the last quarter. Annika followed through with her promise to do everything to stop the goals and she did just that, especially with a courageous goal stop at the end of the third quarter. Dre and Lucky were also super valuable in putting the pressure on their opponents and Alex’s brilliant kicking gave us some quality kick outs.
Despite playing with a bandaged-up nose, Alice had a stellar game, as did Tracey. Tara was too tough for her opponents and is quickly becoming the queen of tackling. Stef did a great job attacking the ball and was part of many contests, despite no goals being scored.
Losing Hands and Madgie to injury in the last quarter was disheartening but the girls gave it their all until the final siren sounded. Despite the 56 point lose the girls could take away many positives from the game and will enjoy resting their tired bodies next week with the bye.