Women’s Review: May 20-22

Published on Monday, May 23, 2022

As we hit the halfway mark of the 2022 home and away season, all three senior women’s competitions continue to produce outstanding games of football.

Winning Edge Division 1 Women’s

Two Friday night games kicked off this week’s round of Winning Edge Division 1 Women’s football, the first seeing West Preston-Lakeside 1 jump to second spot on the ladder following a 16-point win over Montmorency 1. Under lights at J.C. Donath Reserve, the Roosters led at every change to win 4.8 (32) to 2.4 (16). Ashleigh Snow, Mikalee Maroney and Talia Pulcino were some of the best for the home side while Josephine Akuei was excellent in her second game of the season for the Magpies.

The other Friday night clash saw Lower-Plenty Bundoora come from behind to defeat Heidelberg 1 by six points a Warringal Park. Despite a bright start from the Tigers, they failed to score after half time as the visitors found a way to prevail 3.2 (20) to 2.2 (14). Ashleigh Smith and Antonietta Parisi were strong contributors for Lower Plenty-Bundoora with Milla Fereday also proving instrumental up forward kicking two majors. Mia Tascone and Emily De Sando yet again had solid performances.

Despite being challenged for most of the game by a gallant Darebin 1 side, Diamond Creek Women’s 1 continued their impressive winning streak as they defeated the Falcons by 11 points at A.H. Capp Reserve. The Creekers led at all quarter breaks but only led by nine points at three quarter time, leaving the door ajar for a Darebin win. But with five scoring shots to three in the final term, the top of the table Creekers proved too strong again, winning 7.10 (54) to 6.5 (41). Stacey Cross and Georgia Tait were again outstanding for the visitors while Julia Phung was Darebin’s most impressive.

Greensborough ended a three-game losing streak by comfortably defeating VU Western Spurs by 37 points at Greensborough War Memorial Park. The Borough were brilliant for all four quarters, registering 19 scoring shots for the match while keeping the Spurs goalless until the final term to win 7.12 (54) to 2.5 (17). Jessie Hulett kicked her second bag of three for the season in a great display up forward while Bree Unthank and Elly Huber were again dominant for the Borough. Kayla Peake did all she could and was one of the visitors’ best performers.

SG Print & Paper Division 2 Women’s

Following on from the senior men’s match between the same two sides on Saturday, St Mary’s and Eltham faced off in an entertaining battle at Whatmough Park, with the Panthers warding off a spirited Burra comeback to win by three points. The visitors trailed by two points at half time before a three goal third term saw them lead by 18 points heading into the final quarter. Despite a strong effort from St Mary’s in the final term, kicking 2.3 while keeping the Panthers scoreless, it wasn’t enough to get across the line, going down 6.6 (42) to 5.9 (39). Alannah Murray was superb for the Panthers while for the home side Tomeeka Neil and Jessica Hardy never gave in for the entire afternoon.

In another tight contest out at A.H.Capp Reserve, Darebin 2 held on to defeat Diamond Creek Women’s 2 for the second time in three weeks, this time prevailing by seven points. With scores level at quarter time followed by a one-point lead at half time, the Falcons were able to find some breathing room in the third term with a two goal to one quarter. That effort proved to be the cushion they needed to hold on and record a 5.4 (34) to 4.3 (27) win. Ruby Cray and Alex Reynolds were some of Darebin’s most solid contributors while Isabella Dixon was brilliant for the Creekers.

The Fitzroy Stars bounced back from their defeat against Eltham last week to win a tight encounter over Montmorency 2 to the tune of nine points at Montmorency Park North Oval. The Stars never led by more than three points at any of the first three breaks but were able to kick the only goal of the final term to win 4.6 (30) to 3.3 (21). Shona Kelly-Briggs was again outstanding for the visitors while for the Magpies, Brooke Jones was one of the best on the ground.

Banyule jumped from third to first on the ladder thanks to a comfortable 48-point win over Whittlesea at the Whittlesea Showgrounds. The Bears were dominant from the first bounce, kicking eight goals while keeping the Eagles goalless after quarter time, to claim the 1.5 (11) to 8.11 (59) victory. Alyssa Barnes kicked three and was a standout for the visitors while Hannah Gray, Maggie O’Reilly and Samantha Temple played their roles. Tiana Markey continued her great 2022 season and was one of Whittlesea’s best.

Cleaning Melbourne Division 3 Women’s

As it was in Division 1, the round kicked off with a Friday night clash between Laurimar and West Preston-Lakeside 2, with the Roosters jumping into second spot thanks to the 19-point win. Ashlee Marston kicked four of West Preston-Lakeside’s six goals, while Helena Katsios was again brilliant in the 6.4 (40) to 3.3 (21) triumph. Tanasha and Ashtyn Wharton did all they could throughout the night for the Power.

In an entertaining top of the table clash, Mernda held on to claim a nail-biting one-point victory over Hurstbridge at Ben Frilay Oval. You can view the full match report here

Wallan snapped a four-game losing streak to defeat Heidelberg 2 by 25 points at Wallan Recreational Reserve. After a four-point lead in the first term, the Magpies kicked three goals to nil in the remaining three terms to run out comfortable 4.5 (29) to 0.4 (4) winners. Kelly Lennox kicked two majors while Shayla Mcauliffe was one of the best on the ground for the Magpies. Emily Wilson’s effort didn’t waver for the Tigers.

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