West Ivanhoe 1 have established themselves as the team to beat in Section 12, following a convincing 22 goal win over Montmorency 6 at RMIT University.
The Roosters took control of the match from the first possession, scoring 19 goals to three in the first half on their way to a 32-10 triumph, their fourth consecutive win in the competition.
Combining well in the frontcourt was Samantha-Jo Drake (17 goals) and Stephanie Nicholls (15 goals) who made the most of their opportunities throughout the night, whilst Renee Utting and Sophie Nicholls held their own on the defensive end, conceding their equal lowest score of the season.
Serena Burr and Waularna Hume were some of the standouts for the Magpies who didn’t give in despite the scoreline.
Although they were outclassed, Montmorency will be able to take some positives out of the match, particularly in the final term where they were able to match the Roosters’ five goals for the quarter.
The victory shoots West Ivanhoe 1 to the top of the table as they look to extend the gap over challengers Epping 5, meanwhile Montmorency 6 will have some work to do if they’re to make an appearance in the finals, as they currently sit in fifth spot.
West Ivanhoe were on the attack from the opening whistle with Drake and Nicholls combining for nine goals while limiting the Magpies to just one major, quickly building a handy quarter time lead.
Their charge continued in the second quarter, with the Roosters brilliant on transition to produce on of their highest scoring terms of the season to lead by 16 goals at the main break.
Looking to put the result beyond any doubt at the start of the second half, West Ivanhoe put through another eight majors while keeping Montmorency to just two third term goals to ensure they were more than comfortable heading into the last quarter.
The spirit never waivered from the Magpies, highlighted by an improved final term win which they levelled things up at five goals apiece to ensure their deficit wasn’t stretched further.
Following the competition bye this Friday night, West Ivanhoe will look to remain on top when they take on an in-form Bundoora 9 side who have won three of their last four matches while be put to the test again when they face Epping 5.