It was another fascinating weekend of finals football in our NFNL senior women’s competitions as only three teams now remain in each division.
Winning Edge Division 1 Women’s
Diamond Creek Women’s 1 advanced to their second consecutive Division 1 grand final after a 35-point triumph over West Preston-Lakeside 1 in Saturday’s second semi-final. The Creekers won all four quarters, with a six goal to two first half setting up a 9.7 (61) to 4.2 (26) win. Linda Thorp made it 51 goals for the season with another bag of four while Stacey Cross was also impressive for the minor premiers. The Roosters were gallant throughout the afternoon with Rachele Carrozza playing a great game and Mikalee Maroney and Isabelle Conroy kicking two majors each.
Montmorency 1 went out in straight sets after proving to be no match for Darebin 1 in a 67-point defeat during Sunday’s first semi-final. You can read the full match report here.
SG Print & Paper Division 2 Women’s
An impressive win over quality opposition in St Mary’s has sent Eltham through to the big dance, defeating the Burra by 25 points on Saturday. In a low scoring affair, the Panthers kicked five first half goals while keeping their opponents scoreless after quarter time, to secure a 5.2 (32) to 1.1 (7) victory. Jacki White continued her stellar goalkicking campaign by kicking two majors while Shannyn Ashby and Rhiannon Burleigh were also solid for Darren Cardamone’s side. As they have been all season, Elyssa Rees, Caitlin Kreuzberger and Jessica Hardy were the Burra’s best in the losing effort.
A three goal to nil final term secured Banyule’s place in next week’s preliminary final, defeating Whittlesea by 27 points at Epping Recreation Reserve on Sunday. Leading by only nine points at three quarter time, the Bears stepped up their game to run out 7.8 (50) to 3.5 (23) winners, keeping their inaugural premiership hopes alive and ending a spirited finals campaign from Whittlesea. Brieanna Musgrave kicked two majors and was best on ground for the Bears meanwhile Lara Likos was superb for the Eagles.
Cleaning Melbourne Division 3 Women’s
Mernda are through to a first women’s grand final after defeating Hurstbridge by 13 points on Saturday. It was another low scoring and tight affair between these two sides, but the Demons were able to hold a small advantage throughout the match, keeping the Bridges to one goal in order to secure the 3.6 (24) to 1.5 (11) result. Ameerah Gentle kicked two majors to make it nine goals in the last three games for the forward while Emily Bell played her best game of the season. Belinda Harris was again a standout for Hurstbridge.
West Preston-Lakeside 2 bounced back from their qualifying final defeat last week to get over the line against Laurimar by 20 points. The Roosters only led by five points at three quarter time but in a brilliant final term, they kept the Power scoreless and kicked 2.3 themselves to triumph 5.6 (36) to 2.4 (16). Annelise Hall and Olivia Woods kicked two goals apiece with Alyssa Delos playing an excellent match for West Preston-Lakeside. Anabel Buckland was named the best for a brave Laurimar outfit.