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Weekend previews: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

ROUND nine marks the last game of the home and away season, making the fight for a spot in the top two hotly contested. With the Geelong Falcons securing their spot in the grand final, it is left to the Northern Knights and Sandringham Dragons to fight for second spot on the ladder. Down the other end of the table, the Jets, Cannons and Pioneers will be wanting to claim their second win of the year and end the season on a high.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 11.15am

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Knights suffered their first loss of the year and will be looking to get back into the winning books with a dominant display against the out-of-form Bushrangers. Northern will be desperate to secure their spot in the grand final and will be relying on the likes of their star players such as Maddy Brancatisano, Gabby Newton and goal-kicking machine, Alyssa Bannan to get them over the line on Saturday.  

After only managing to score a point for the whole match in their round eight clash, the Murray Bushrangers will be looking to bounce back and put on an impressive performance against the Knights. Though both teams are filled with plenty of firepower in the midfield, Murray will be boosted with the return of AFLW Academy player, Rebecca Webster, who provides plenty of run and carry through the midfield. Claudia McKimmie and Olivia Barber will also make their way back into the Bushrangers side in hope of winning their fourth game for the year.

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

 Round 9- Saturday 12 May, 11.15am

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels have won their past four games and will be hoping to bring their hot form into Saturday’s clash with the Chargers at Craigieburn. Sophie Van De Heuvel has been a machine up forward for the Rebels while the likes of Chloe Leonard have also been important across the ground for GWV.

The Oakleigh Chargers have had an up and down season but will be looking to end the year on a high note by claiming their fourth win. The Chargers have been bolstered by the inclusion of Laura Mayne and Emily Hastie, and will be relying on Daisy Bateman, who was deadly in front of goal last week.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 1.00pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Gippsland Power are coming off a loss last week and will be wanting to end the season with a win. They have brought in some big-name players such as Charlize Bird and Julia Redmond in hopes to try and end Sandringham’s winning spree. The Power will be hoping that the likes of Tyla Hanks, Emily Hauesler and Jazz Ferguson continue their impressive form to help them claim the club’s fourth win of the year.

For the Sandringham Dragons, all eyes will be on the Northern Knights clash, if the Knights lose the Dragons can sneak into the top two by winning against the Power. The Dragons have been in red hot form and bring in the likes of superstars Molly Denahy MaloneyLaura Amelung and Winnie Laing to further boost their line-up, making for a hotly contested match.

 

WESTERN JETS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 1.00pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Western Jets will be hoping to cause a big upset and ruffle the feathers of the Falcons in what is set to be their last game of the 2018 season. The Jets will be looking to the likes of Caitlin Gashi, Elisabeth Georgostathis and Caitlin Greiser who starred last week to help them claim a major scalp against the undefeated Falcons.

After eight rounds the Geelong Falcons are yet to drop a game and will be looking to put out another strong performance against the eleventh-placed Jets. Geelong have been strong around the contest thanks to players like Denby Taylor down in defence along with Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison who are not afraid to go in and win the footy. To help further strengthen their line-up going into the grand final, defender, Sarah Hungerford has been named in the 22.

 

CALDER CANNONS v. EASTERN RANGES

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 2.45pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Calder Cannons are coming off a narrow loss to the Stingrays but will throw everything at the Ranges to secure their second win of the season. The Cannons have plenty of firepower across the ground with the likes of captain Madison Prespakis, Laura Cocomello and Molly Warburton consistently starring for them.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Ranges have come home hard, bagging a 46-point victory over Murray in last week’s clash. The Ranges will fall just short of making it to the grand final but have proved that they have plenty of talent with the likes of Olivia Meagher, Ashleigh Allsopp and Jess Provan standing tall for Eastern, making for an interesting clash between the two sides.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 2.45pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Late in the season the Stingrays have found some hot form, claiming three wins on the trot, and will be hoping to add to their total. Dandenong have made a host of changes for their clash against the Pioneers with the likes of Eloise Allen-Burns and Alice O’Sullivan being named in the 22. A win against Bendigo could push the Stingrays as high as sixth place on the ladder.

On the other hand, the Pioneers would love to get a win against the Stingrays to end their year on a high and propel them up the table. They will be pleased to see the return of Jemma Finning and Maeve Tupper, while they will be hoping that Megan Williamson continues her impressive form.

Team Selection: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

AFTER an extra four games in 2018 compared to last year, for 10 of the 12 TAC Cup Girls sides, their season comes to an end on Saturday. All 12 sides want to go out with a bang and each and every one of the six matches are being played at RAMS Arena for a ‘Super Saturday’ of football. For Geelong Falcons, they know they have a week remaining in their season, with their likely opponents the Northern Knights – unless the Sandringham Dragons pull off more than a miracle to overtake the Knights on percentage. For many, it is one last chance to watch the most talented junior footballers in action in what is expected to be a huge day for players, clubs, staff, families and friends.

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Saturday, May 12, 11.15am
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

In the first game on the second oval at Craigieburn, the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels face the Oakleigh Chargers. The Rebels are firing on all cylinders of late, and welcome the likes of Hannah Simpson, Denver Henson and Maggie Caris into the side, with four changes confirmed for the final game of the season. Oakleigh has brought in Laura Mayne and centre-half back Emily Hastie, while Elisabeth Jackson is the one confirmed out.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 15. T. Jasper, 26. G. Pidgeon, 14. L. Sykes
HB: 6. N. Butler, 25. G. Clarke, 4. A. Nicholson
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 44. E.  Bibby, 10. H.  Simpson
HF: 34. S. Glover, 21. D. Henson, 18. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 13. C. Leonard, 22. I. Rustman, 2. R. Saulitis
R: 35. R. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 43. M. Caris, 45. A. Humphries, 33. I. Robson, 28. I. Simmons
Emg: 11. T. Marra, 7. A. McAuliffe

In: A. McAuliffe, G. Pidgeon, I. Rustman, H. Simpson, M. Caris, D. Henson
Out: K. Harris,  A. Trigg,  T. Heath,  V. Jewell

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 15. A. Ling, 45. T. Cowan, 13. T. Morton
HB: 68. A. Dyer, 43. E. Hastie, 50. C. Nancarrow
C: 30. G.  Lagioia, 19. E.  Harley, 5. A.  van Oosterwijck
HF: 3. J. D’Amato, 18. I. Gietzmann, 10. A. Oloughlin
F: 38. D. Bateman, 14. H. McLaren, 29. M. Bertuna
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 16. A. Porter, 32. C. O’Malley
Int: 70. P. Fennell, 2. M. Hill, 69. L. Mayne, 51. G. Relph
Emg: 33. G. Byrne, 26. A. Micallef

In: E. Hastie, L. Mayne, G. Byrne
Out: E. Jackson

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Saturday, May 12, 11.15am
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

On the main oval, Northern Knights will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season against an out-of-form Murray Bushrangers. The Bushrangers will be buoyed by a number of stars returning including Rebecca Webster, Claudia McKimmie and Olivia Barber all named in the side, while Grace Egan and Ada Chessor have been named as emergencies. The Knights will look to overcome the loss of Marnie Jarvis who is out for the round nine clash, while Gulia Ceravolo and Taylah Manson have made the interchange bench for the 11.15am clash.

Northern Knights

B: 27. P. Kearney, 26. E. Clayton, 13. M. Suzuki
HB: 12. O. Dikranis, 18. S. Sansonetti, 32. A. Snow
C: 1. M.  Antypas, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 17. C.  Fitzgerald
HF: 7. A. Bennett, 6. A. Bannan, 21. E. McKenzie
F: 24. A. Pronesti, 22. B. Gutknecht, 29. T. Pulcino
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 23. G. Newton, 3. N. Morris-Dalton
Int: 8. G. Ceravolo, 10. P. Chisholm, 14. J. Fitzgerald, 16. T. Manson
Emg: 33. T. Curavic, 20. J. McCarthy, 25. T. Mills, 30. M. Rodezno

In: G. Ceravolo, M. Rodezno, T. Curavic, T. Mills, T. Manson
Out: M. Jarvis

Murray Bushrangers

B: 16. E. Ashley-Cooper, 32. N. Watts, 14. A. Duguid
HB: 5. C. Hargreaves, 17. R. Webster, 26. E. Nicholson
C: 3. P.  Crelley, 22. T.  Smith, 33. M.  Trethowan
HF: 45. O. Barber, 1. J. Harvey, 8. O. Hall
F: 6. K. Adams, 37. S. Damon, 36. C. Mckimmie
R: 43. T. Verhoeven, 4. C. Knight, 19. M. Brown
Int: 13. E. Balaburov, 15. A. Favell, 34. E. McPherson, 9. C. Styan
Emg: 11. A. Chessor, 42. G. Egan, 25. E. Freeman

In: C. Styan , C. Mckimmie, R. Webster, E. Freeman, O. Barber, T. Verhoeven, A. Favell, G. Egan, O. Hall
Out: M. Burke , G. Kelly, H. Doohan, C. Boschetti, Z. Spencer, M. Jones

 

WESTERN JETS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Saturday, May 12, 1pm
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

By the time the Geelong Falcons take the field they should have a confirmed grand final opponent – if the Knights do indeed get the four points – however a loss and the Falcons might cast their eyes over to the other ground where the Dragons are playing. Western Jets will look to finish their season on a high, bringing in four players including Hannah Bult and Kaitlyn O’Keefe who should both add some firepower to the Jets’ forward line. For the Falcons, Mia Sheppard in the one confirmed out from the side, with defender Sarah Hungerford taking her place in the 22 for the match.

Western Jets

B: 8. E. Gardner, 31. K. Rebuffo, 2. C. Gashi
HB: 27. P. Ozols, 30. I. Pritchard, 40. S. Whiting
C: 19. O.  Forsythe, 33. L.  Basto, 14. I.  Grant
HF: 43. C. Greiser, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 12. K. O’Keefe
F: 15. H. Bult, 41. S. Forbes, 38. E. Hitch
R: 25. T. Kolevski, 16. E. Georgostathis, 13. C. Jansen
Int: 22. A. Chivell, 5. M. Daw, 21. M. Fenech, 44. C. Myors-Moore
Emg: 34. T. Evans, 17. I. Freeman, 28. E. Hannett, 9. N. Wright

In: H. Bult, C. Myors-Moore, A. Chivell, K. O’Keefe

Geelong Falcons

B: 21. K. Haustorfer , 36. A. Chapman, 20. D. Smith
HB: 37. S. Dinneen, 23. L. McEvoy, 27. D. Taylor
C: 35. S.  Walmsley, 39. T.  Love, 50. S.  Williams
HF: 31. E. Mahoney, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 18. N. Morrison
F: 40. E. Shannon, 38. R. Tierney, 2. E. Vella
R: 33. Z. Inei, 7. O. Purcell, 6. P. Sheppard
Int: 10. S. Atkins, 15. J. Devarakonda, 16. L. Gardiner, 34. S. Hungerford
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 28. L. Ryan, 26. M. Skinner

In: S. Hungerford, L. Ryan, J. Dover, M. Skinner
Out: M. Sheppard

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Saturday, May 12, 1pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Sandringham fans will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the Knights’ match prior to the Dragons’ own match despite the most unlikely of miracles needing to happen. For those who like mathematical probabilities, there needs to be about an 80-point or more differential between a Sandringham win and a Northern loss for the Dragons to catch the Knights’ percentage. Julia Redmond returns for the final clash and has been named up forward, while defender Ella Cornish, and Charlize Bird are the other inclusions, while overager Jennifer Ross is an omission. For the Dragons, they have brought back some serious X-factor with the likes of Molly Denahy Maloney, Laura Amelung and Winnie Laing all back in to a side that is in red-hot form.

Gippsland Power

B: 47. E. Cornish , 45. L. Van Berkel, 48. C. Prestidge
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 8. C. Abrahams , 17. S. Trewin
C: 13. H.  Andrews, 28. T.  Hanks, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 12. M. Fitzsimon, 60. E. Williams, 27. N. Webber
F: 10. T. Dower, 65. J. Redmond, 11. S. Walker
R: 58. A. Dunn, 57. J. Ferguson, 49. M. Shaw
Int: 32. C. Bird, 29. C. Bray, 1. E. Jones, 50. M. Van Berkel
Emg: 7. L. Raymond , 34. S. Symes, 9. T. Whitehead

In: C. Bird, J. Redmond, S. Symes, E. Cornish
Out: J. Ross

Sandringham Dragons

B: 58. G. Bridges, 23. C. Bowen, 60. G. Strangio
HB: 2. W. Laing, 32. S. Hartwig, 65. C. Saultry
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 49. L. Amelung, 3. S. Rothfield, 38. M. Cairns
F: 25. I. Eddey, 50. H. Bate, 1. M. Wilson
R: 20. A. Dalley, 36. J. Owen, 64. E. McNamara
Int: 31. B. Arnold, 46. A. Burke, 33. M. Denahy Maloney, 39. M. Purcell
Emg: 40. N. Borg, 24. T. Grasso, 53. I. Stutt

In: W. Laing, L. Amelung, M. Denahy Maloney

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Saturday, May 12, 2.45pm
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

In the final game on oval two, the Dandenong Stingrays look to make it four from four to close out the season. The Stingrays have thrown the magnets around and brought in Zoe Hill, Alice O’Sullivan, Saige Bayne, Grace Hodder and Eloise Allen-Burns who have all shown they can be important players to the Stingrays outfit, while Molly McDonald is among three players out of the round nine side. For Bendigo, ruck Dayna Kelly-Guthrie returns as does important players midfielder Jemma Finning and small forward Maeve Tupper, while Maddie Baldwin is among four outs from their round eight team.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 51. Z. Hill, 46. J. George
HB: 15. J. Allen, 26. I. Shannon, 18. S. Bayne
C: 5. E.  Allen-Burns, 28. T.  Smith, 10. A.  Jordan
HF: 1. S. Heath, 35. L. Cripps, 44. S. Ryan
F: 19. B. Borchard, 31. B. Vernon, 4. J. Guy-Toogoo
R: 42. A. O’Sullivan, 3. C. Jones, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 45. M. Graham, 21. G. Hodder, 29. B. Struylaart, 16. A. West
Emg: 48. A. Carroll, 30. P. Swayn

In: Z. Hill, A. O’Sullivan, S. Bayne, G. Hodder, E. Allen-Burns
Out: M. McDonald,  N. Taylor,  A. Nagtzaam

Bendigo Pioneers

B: T. Bollard , 25. T. Stewart, 24. E. Gretgrix
HB: 27. B. Hards, 20. K. Douglass, 32. S. Reilly
C: 11. J.  Finning, 28. M.  Williamson, 29. E.  Snell
HF: 12. T. Coad, 8. S. Knoll, 26. L. Newton
F: 1. M. Tupper, 5. E. Turnbull, 22. M. Ward
R: 9. D. Kelly-Guthrie, 19. K. Jacques, 3. C. Isaac
Int: S. Barker, B. Tranter
Emg: 16. E. Cooper

In: S. Barker, T. Bollard , D. Kelly-Guthrie, M. Tupper, J. Finning, B. Tranter
Out: M. Baldwin, T. Shepherd, G. Murley, I. Gould

 

CALDER CANNONS v. EASTERN RANGES

Saturday, May 12, 2.45pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

In the last game of the day, the Calder Cannons host the Eastern Ranges with both teams hoping to finish on a high. The speedy Grace Dicker is among three confirmed ins, while Kayley Reid and Sophie Cameron are out of the round nine side. For Eastern, Paige Buruma returns, as does the likes of full-back Sophia Zappia and Brittany Cubitt as 23rd player. Kate Ridley is the only confirmed out for the Ranges.

Calder Cannons

B: 11. A. Barba, 46. G. Elarmaly, 8. E. Vale
HB: 2. F. Theodore, 48. C. Brown, 9. M. Warburton
C: 22. M.  Muller, 3. M.  Prespakis, 41. G.  Prespakis
HF: 32. T. Fry , 17. E. Cornish, 34. Z. Hardiman
F: 23. G. Dicker, 49. T. Crook, 37. F. Holloway
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 31. K. Petrevski, 21. G. Patrikios
Int: 38. L. Cocomello, 29. S. Elias, 25. A. Magri, 33. B. Pepper
Emg: 16. C. Hodgson, 43. C. Leahy, 27. E. Woodley

In: E. Woodley, G. Dicker, B. Pepper, C. Hodgson, K. Petrevski
Out: S. Cameron,  K. Reid

Eastern Ranges

B: 11. M. Edwards, 50. S. Zappia, 16. E. Horne
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 8. C.  Delbridge, 21. M.  Cann, 41. J.  Richardson
HF: 38. L. McClelland, 40. T. Merrett, 3. E. Woods
F: 18. A. Allsopp, 28. L. Kelly, 22. C. Chamberlain
R: 46. S. Kendall, 6. G. De Angelis, 39. O. Meagher
Int: 9. P. Buruma, 10. N. Cormack , 47. J. Provan, 45. M. Wandin
Emg: 34. S. Bowden, 36. J. Grace, 23. C. Smith
23P: 35. B. Cubitt

In: S. Zappia, J. Grace, S. Bowden, B. Cubitt, P. Buruma
Out: K. Ridley

Weekend Wash-up: TAC Cup Girls – Round 5

THE Geelong Falcons remain on top of the ladder, getting revenge against Murray after a close loss last season. The Northern Knights are the other undefeated team after a clinical performance at Preston. Gippsland moved closer to the top four with a win over Bendigo while the Western Jets created history at Williamstown. Round five was one of the most eventful rounds of the season, with plenty of new standouts flexing their muscles across the weekend. 

Western Jets 6.0 (36) defeated Eastern Ranges 5.1 (31)

The Western Jets got their first ever TAC Cup Girls victory in style, beating the undefeated Eastern Ranges. It was goal-for-goal throughout the whole game and only one behind was scored, which came late in the last quarter. Both teams fought incredibly hard for the victory.

Elisabeth Georgostathis was the hero for Western, making her presence known in every contest. She was able to lay strong tackles and put her head over the ball to create some impressive passages of play for the Jets. Caitlin Greiser was dominant in the forward-line once again, backing up her three-goal performance in round four with a four-goal performance in round five. Isabelle Pritchard was solid in defence one again, displaying immense strength and courage to hunt the ball and tackle the strong Eastern forwards deep in defence.

Sarah Kendall dominated for Eastern, playing in the ruck and making some nice contributions across half-back. She was like a brick wall, marking everything that came her way. She was complemented by Mikala Cann, who was always there to assist and deliver some great kicks to help her team regain control of the seesawing contest. Gabriella De Angelis was an absolute work-horse throughout the whole game, taking brave marks and moving the ball freely throughout the contest. She kicked two goals to top off her hard work, and was joined by Laura McClelland on the scoreboard, who continues to dominate inside 50.

 

Bendigo Pioneers 3.4 (22) defeated by Gippsland Power 5.4 (34)

By: Peter Williams 

Gippsland Power continued it’s fantastic form of late, winning its third game in four starts, and collecting 14 of a possible 16 points in that time. It was a Nikia Webber three-goal haul that was the difference on the scoreboard, as the Power booted three goals to zero in the third term to lead by 20 points at the final break. A Kate Douglass goal in the final term gave Bendigo some hope, but the Power were good enough to hold on for a 12-point victory.

Emily Haeusler was outstanding off half-back for the Power, while Amy Dunn gave the Power midfielders first use at the stoppages. The likes of Ebony Jones, Chandra Abrahams, Jazz Ferguson and Maddison Shaw all impressed across the ground for Gippsland. Abrahams’ goal from long range was a highlight, as was a huge Julia Redmond pack mark on the wing.

For Bendigo, Kodi Jacques was superb in midfield, aided by usual suspect Megan Williamson, as well as Maddy Baldwin and Carly Isaac. Brooke Hards was sensational in defence, while Maeve Tupper roved to the likes of Shelby Knoll, who took a few strong grabs leading out of the forward 50. There was plenty to like about the way Bendigo played in a highly competitive and contested game.

 

Northern Knights 14.4 (88) defeated Oakleigh Chargers 5.7 (37) 

By: Michael Alvaro 

Northern Knights kept their perfect record in tact with what ended up being a comfortable win over Oakleigh Chargers at Preston City Oval. The home side burst out of the gates with three quick majors and went on to dominate the first half with seven goals to two, opening up a 30-point buffer at the main break. Oakleigh charged back in the third quarter, keeping the Knights scoreless while managing to pinch three goals of their own to set up a tense final term. It did not quite work out that way for the Chargers though, as the Knights piled on four goals to round out the game and notch up an impressive total of 88 points in the process.

For Northern, star midfielder Ellie McKenzie contributed three of her side’s last quarter goals to cap off a best afield performance. Sarah Sansonetti and Alexandra Pronesti formed a formidable partnership up forward, managing four goals between them, while Alyssa Bannan chimed in with two of her own. Neve O’Connor another key player for the Knights, battling it out with Oakleigh’s Bridie Winbanks in an enthralling ruck contest.

Winbanks was joined by bullocking midfielder Emily Harley as the Chargers’ best, while midfielders Alana Porter and Nicola Xenos provided dash all day. The undefeated Knights were again just too good for their opponents, but Oakleigh were more than worthy adversaries on the day having pushed them for the best of three quarters.  

 

Dandenong Stingrays 3.6 (24) defeated by Greater Western Victoria Rebels 4.4 (28)

By: Peter Williams 

Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels won its second consecutive game with a four-point win over Dandenong Stingrays at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve. The Stingrays were the only ones to score in the first term, but booted three behinds, before the Rebels found their kicking boots with a four-goal second term to race to a 20-point lead by the main break. The Stingrays clawed their way back into the game with the only three goals of the second half, but just ran out of time as the Rebels bravely defended in the last few minutes to secure the win.

It was a team effort from the Rebels, with the likes of Stephanie Glover and Nyakoat Dojiok rebounding off half-back, and Lauren Butler controlling the midfield with Denver Henson. The Rebels had four individual goal kickers on the day, while Hannah Simpson, Chloe Leonard and Lauren Sykes were other players named among the best. It was a good win for the Rebels against a defensively strong side.

For the Stingrays, Tyanna Smith booted two goals, while Shelley Heath and Abbey Jordan were prominent through midfield. Saige Bayne and Eliza Wilson-Macdonald won their fair share of the ball, while Isabella Shannon provided a target up forward. With the Stingrays missing three of their top players to the AFLW Academy game, Lucy Cripps was a rock in defence, providing good composure and stability across the ground.

 

Sandringham Dragons 10.11 (71) defeated Calder Cannons 2.4 (16)

With a full-strength side, the Sandringham Dragons ran amok over the Cannons. They were able to capitalise on a Cannons outfit without Madison Prespakis, Georgia Patrikios and Molly Warburton through flexing their muscles and showing the depth in their squad.

A new player seemed to step up every quarter for the Dragons, and in the first quarter it was Maddison Wilson’s three goals that set Trevor Barker Beach Oval alight. Bella Eddey and Laura Amelung also did well to chip in some goals and were proactive inside 50 throughout the whole game. But Eleanor Brown was the star of the day, making it difficult for players to defend her. She displayed great movement on the wing and became an unintentional target for the Cannons, leading up to every kick that came her way.

Despite a dour day for the Cannons, they should be extremely impressed by Felicity Theodore’s performance. Theodore seemed to be everywhere and did everything she could to help penetrate the ball forward for Calder. She had plenty of great bursts out of stoppages and even leapt over an opponent to take a memorable mark for a small midfielder. Zoe Hardiman was able to make an impact across half-forward thanks to her ability to get the ball and quickly dish it off to keep the play flowing. Georgia Marsland and Gloria Elarmaly were Calder’s goal-kickers.

 

Geelong Falcons 4.4 (28) defeated Murray Bushrangers 3.1 (19)

By: Peter Williams 

In the final game of the round, Geelong Falcons held off a determined Murray Bushrangers with a nine-point win. The Falcons booted four of the first five goals of the game and looked seemingly home at three quarter time, holding a 22-point lead. To that point the Bushrangers had looked well and truly in the contest, winning their fair share, if not a majority of the possession. But straight out of the final break huddle the Bushrangers booted two goals in the opening six and a half minutes to suddenly come within 10 points and it was game on. But the Falcons held strong, winning crucial one-on-one contests and getting home in a contested affair.

It was hard to pick a best player for the Falcons with defenders Abbey Chapman and Sarah Hungerford putting in a superb effort in the back half, as did Sophie Walmsley, who snuck forward and booted a goal too. Luka Lesosky-Hay was the Falcons top midfielder in the absence of Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison, while Samantha Atkins brought the tackling pressure, and Tarryn Love was impressive before going off injured in the third term.

For the Bushies, the midfield core of Tamara Smith, Grace Egan and Julia Harvey was superb, while Sophie Damon was a standout in the ruck and used as a playmaker across the ground. Chelsea Knight and Hayley Doohan were among the others named in the Bushrangers best. It was Murray’s first ever loss in the TAC Cup Girls competition, but they could be proud of the fight they put in until the very end.