The split round concluded across the Mirvac NFNL Women’s competitions, with several important ladder-shaping results produced across the three divisions.
Bundoora remains in the hunt for a top-eight finals finish in Mirvac Division 1 Women’s after scoring a seven-point win over Whittlesea at the Whittlesea Showgrounds. The Bulls led by two goals at both half time and three quarter time, before holding on in the last term to win 6.5 (41) to 5.4 (34). Ebony Spencer, Emily Muir and Rebekah Blennerhassett led the charge for the Bulls, while Amy Callaway was the game’s only multiple goal kicker. Lara Likos continued her good form for Whittlesea, with Tiana Markey again impressing. The result pushed Bundoora up into ninth place on the ladder with two rounds remaining and kept them within touching distance of eighth-placed Heidelberg.
In the other top-flight game, Greensborough secured a 31-point win over Eltham in a game that had a big impact on the top half of the table. The Boro moved from sixth to fourth on the ladder with the 7.5 (47) to 2.4 (16) win, while Eltham slipped from second to sixth. Greensborough led throughout but broke the game wide open in the third quarter when they piled on four goals to one, which stretched their lead from 12 points at half time to 32 at the final change. Lauren Collis, Bree Unthank and Kyla Parry excelled in the win, which bolstered the Boro’s chances of taking a double-chance into the finals. Jacki White and Maegan Devine were Eltham’s best.
In the sole game in Mirvac Division 2 Women’s, Diamond Creek Women’s was pushed all the way by a determined Wallan in a 14-point result at Wallan Recreational Reserve. In a game that pitted third against bottom, the Magpies held an early advantage and then stuck with the Creekers all day, with the visitors eventually prevailing 3.7 (25) to 1.5 (11). The close result enabled Diamond Creek Women’s to jump up to second spot on the ladder. Brooke Taylor, Stef Memos and Jasmine Hallett were standouts for the Creekers, while Maree Stephenson and Kelly Lennox were again exceptional for the Magpies.
There is a new ladder-leader in Mirvac Division 3 Women’s, with Banyule taking top spot from Fitzroy Stars after securing a 17-point win at Sir Douglas Nicholls Oval. In a much-anticipated battle between the competition’s top-two teams, it was the visiting Bears who ended Fitzroy’s six-game winning streak in a 6.1 (37) to 3.4 (22) triumph on the eve of the finals series. Banyule got off to a flyer and booted four goals in the opening term, before holding sway for the remainder of the match. Beth Stonehouse produced a dominant showing, with great support from Megan Barnes. Rebekah Di Paola continued her good form up forward with three goals. Leah Seeto was again best for the Stars.
Laurimar confirmed its place in the finals series with a commanding win over Reservoir at Crispe Park, with the Power keeping their host scoreless in a 62-point triumph. Laurimar was once superbly guided by Mikayla Kotas and Kiera Hunter, whose red-hot form continued, while Vicki Tsoulias and Tiahn Cowan (three goals) were also outstanding. Reservoir’s best players were Rosemaree Busuttil and Alisha Priestley.