Women's blockbuster goes to the Pies!
The Maggies turned out in pretty pink socks but there was nothing feminine about this game as both sides contested hard for the ball all day. Both Clubs should be congratulated for embracing Women’s footy and the fact both teams had about 22 players highlights just how quickly the game is growing locally.
Centrals played the better team footy to win 7-6 (48) to 0-0 (0). That would appear an easy win but ask any of the players and they will confirm this was a very competitive game with every player being chased and tackled quickly. Centrals had a head start training on the other 3 Clubs so their understanding of the game is a little more advanced than North’s.
The quarter by quarter scores give a better indication of the closeness of the contest: 2-1 to nil, 1-5 to nil, 1-0 to nil and 3-0 to nil. It was only three late last quarter goals to Centrals that blew out the margin.
Best for the winners was Erica Schmidt who is a very complete player, and has all facets of the game under control. Captain Katie Patison dominated either in the ruck or at CHB whilst midfielders Dee Pritchard, Amy Richards, Serena Prout and Casey Fraser won plenty of the ball. In attack Tayla Frizell, Emma Zanette and Taylor McAvaney all contributed well whilst Bonnie May Thomas capped off a great game with a goal. Natalie Whiting was a speedy winger until slightly concussed whilst Stacey Toohey has the trivia prize as being the first women’s player stretched off. Thankfully Stacey’s trip by Ambulance had a happy ending with no breaks.
North’s will improve rapidly as they now have great numbers which helps create better training sessions. Xanthe Bugeja was again outstanding for North’s whilst Tarnee Tester was a great rebounding defender, albeit North would love to be able to play her at CHF. Aisha Walker enjoyed playing the full four quarters and is pretty keen on mixing it with anyone who gets in the way (bit of the “old bloke” coming out in her). Teagan Coombes is a late addition to the team and will be a big weapon as the season goes on. Teagan attacks the ball with plenty of vigour as does fellow defender Rachael Wheatley. Rachael has that “don’t argue” look about her and once she stops trying to bounce the sherrin and just boom it North will get even better value for her efforts. Others to shine for North were Jess Johnson, Kelbie Kelly & Natalie Scadding.
In the South v West game at the Jube the Roos have scored their first win for the year with a 4-6 (30) to 1-4 (10) win over the Robins.