Round 13: 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 by Maya
Round 13. Our second last match. We knew we had to win this game if we were to have a chance at making it to finals. So, with this in mind and an inspiring pep talk by Captain Cheree, the Bloods took to the field with absolute tenacity and ferocity. This reaped the rewards – Rochelle, Dru and Hannah all snagged goals. But Swinburne weren’t finished yet. By the end of the first quarter the Bloods held the lead 19 – 13.
In the second quarter, tremendous composure from the defence, vision and skill from the centre and forward lines as well as superior rucking saw Swinburne fail to grab a point. South kept extending the lead with another two points and three goals – including Hannah’s stunner from the boundary line – which brought the score to 39 – 13.
In the third quarter Swinburne came out fighting hard to close the gap between scores, which they did. By the end of the third quarter, Swinburne were hot on our heels, bringing the score to an impressive 47 – 31. Despite the score gap closing, the Bloods certainly know how to rise to a challenge. It was clear we wanted to win this game. The Bloods came onto the field with determination and intent, and lifted the standard. This payed off, with a goal from Cheree extending South to a less nerve-wracking lead. Swinburne were strong willed yet again, but absolute grit from all of the Bloods saw a satisfying victory, the final score being 53 – 39.
This win under our belt will definitely boost confidence, and we will be training hard in preparation for our final match of the 2018 season.
Division 3 Match Report By Maddie A
Without venturing too far from our home ground, we went head to head with the Melbourne Cricket Club Football Club at their home ground No. 1 oval. The clear, cool weather was favourable with the sun popping out for the last quarter, perfect grounds for a blockbuster, and a blockbuster it was! We even had the pleasure of coaching and supporting our debut player Jane Cahir in her first ever women’s football game.
We were led onto the field by our captain Alix for our pre game discussions and warm ups which prepared us for the game we were about to come up against. We learnt quite quickly in the first quarter that we were up against some fast and intelligent play of the ball, however we put our best assets to use with Tara smashing down every possible tackle to come past her in the centre with Dre and Fi backing her up around the half backline. The opposition were up 7 goals but we just had more pressure to apply in the following quarters.
By second quarter we had adjusted our play with our centre superstars Clare, Eliza and Alice pulling the play out into the wings resulting in more marks and great kicks by our whole team. Steph and Nikki were straight to the ball gaining distance from our backline through to our front line, we became so close many times put were unsuccessful in scoring despite an admirable effort by all of our girls.
With a massive pep talk at half time our coach Deb decided to spice up the bloods positions which proved to be more then effective and slowed down the scores against us for the rest of the game. Unfortunately at the start of this quarter our fearless Anna came out of a tackle a little worse for wear which resulted in a leg injury and a visit from the ambo’s, she received a round of applause and cheering from both teams as she descended from the football field. This left us with no-one on the bench but our faith and passion for the game did not waiver and our team spirit shined bright throughout the whole game!
We were lucky enough to welcome back Ayla who played in the back pocket and got a memorable tackle in front of the demons goal square and ran through not one, but two players trying to take her down and turned it into a glorious play back to the centre. This made for a very effective backline along with Jane Bell who acted like a block for any balls coming towards the opposition goal square with the demons only achieving 4 goals and 5 behinds. Jane Cahir managed some effective tackles and kicks away from any congestions in the centre field in her amazing debut with the support of Claire, Tracey and Sarah who proved some effective passes away from the opposition and towards our forward line.
With absolutely no surprises Kasey and Alix showed their skill and endurability by winning most ball ups and were rewarded with a three-way BOG between Kasey, Alix and our pocket rocket Tracey. We may have lost this one but we all went down fighting 110%!