Round 12: 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 by Grace C
The previous week's loss, broke the girls fantastic winning streak. So the nerves were high and determination even higher. Cheree pumped the team up well during the warm up and Zeb ensured we were prepped with his research into Camberwells (as it was our first match against them!).
The game started relatively well, with Rohanna and Maria displaying their strength in the ruck. Canterbury scored a quick point and goal, from our heart break of last week we were quick to try and get that back on track. Dru got the first goal and a point was quickly scored after. Harriett was happy to give full forward back to Dru and in her true form she was able to snack the ball out of anywhere in her reach. Quarter time end with SM just being a goal and a point away.
Zeb quarter time speech put the girls in place, and we run back out determined to secure our place in the finals. The mid field braved up well during this quarter, with Emj bursting through any pack she was put in. Brooke was a dominating force, showing she will tackle anyone in her way. Grace's confidence finally grew after breaking her marking draught, and Rachael continued the marking success to take a great goal from the sidelines (or did she set it up?!). Our scoring shots on goal were more than Canterbury for the quarter but they were able to come away on top.
The game was in the balance at half time, with SM trailing by just two goals. Shiv never let the ball out of her sight, and we were pleased to see her managed a game without a head bump (she has been known to put her body on the line for the team!). Yet the game slipped out of our hands with Canterbury scoring 4 goals for the quarter, and no scoring shoots for the bloods. The defenders, Hannah, Meg and Maddy, were keep on their toes and did a great job of being in four places at once. However, Canterbury were able to put us on the back foot.
The fourth quarter we aimed to redeem ourselves, and not loss the percentage to stay in the top 4. Ella showed her fitness in the wing, and continued to put up the wall. Elise maintained positivity and strength in the backline, and Eliza did not let playing two games slow her down! Sarah pushed through her ankle injured and maintained a strong presence on ball. Helen used her speed and strength to keep the ball in our half. We were able to slow Canterbury down to only two goals and two points for the quarter. The highlight of the quarter (and the game) was the 1st new debutant, Alice, scoring a goal!
With Canterbury coming out on top, the Bloods senior girls are now in 5th spot, a serious two weeks of training and preparation are ahead to keep us in the finals. Good luck girls we are behind you!
Division 3 By Lucy Hall
Conditions were perfect for Saturday’s game. Sunny, no wind and crisp cool temperature. The Division 3 ladies have had a tough couple of weeks with team numbers dwindling due to injury. Sometimes playing with no bench or not even a full team. Thankfully this weekend they got together 6 fresh legs, Emma, Emily and Sarah, all making their football debuts! Captain for the day was Anna, who fuelled the girls with delish homemade choc chip cookies and passion for a win. Div 3 were definitely set to take on their opponents Prahran Assumption.
The first quarter was tough, with Prahran kicking 8 goals. South Melbourne’s backline didn’t make it easy for them though. Nikki and Anika, relentlessly wearing down their opponents and Tara used her iron body strength to drive her player to the boundary and tackle opposition twice her size.
Second quarter the girls switched up positions, challenging the oppositions tactics and slowing down their scores. Our first timers learnt the game pretty quickly. Emily had great height against her player and used it to contest. Emma ran hard and drove the ball forward at every opportunity. Sarah played brilliantly, kicking long, sprinting endlessly and being first to the ball.
Forward player Alice with her strategic skills took the ball into the South Melbourne forward fifty. Sadly it didn’t convert to a goal and the ball travelled back to the other side of the oval where it stayed for most of the game. South Melbourne’s energy increased quarter on quarter and Prahran struggled to get through our defenders. Dre bumped and smashed her player like a true fiery red head. Tracey guarded the oppositions fifty line, taking down anyone that crossed her.
Fi made an awesome smother that stopped the opposition from getting a clear shot at goal, you could hear the ball against body impact from the sidelines. Maddie kept on her player like glue and make some fantastic kicks getting the ball out of the opposition fifty.
There were loads of stoppages, rucks Alix and Kasey made the most of these and won many of the tap outs.
It was a tough day. Prahran scored 116 to South Melbourne nil. But Div 3 didn’t lose their spot as a top team of gals, with their relentless defensive skills that consistently challenge and surprise the opposition.