Just four weeks remain in the NFNL senior women’s competition as sides continue to fight it out for a spot in the finals.
Winning Edge Division 1 Women’s
Diamond Creek Women’s 1 had a comprehensive win over the VU Western Spurs, as they claimed a 135-point win at Henry Turner Reserve. The Creekers were the dominant side throughout, as they continue their status as the most attacking side in the competition with a 22.10 (142) to 1.1 (7) win. Linda Thorp was incredible for the visitors, kicking a season high nine majors to lead comfortably in the goalkicking leader board while Lauren Durante, Chiara Nardo and Emma Wilson all contributed with three each. Riaana Sadler was best on ground for the Spurs.
In a tight contest at Warringal Park, Darebin 1 just held on to claim a seven-point win over Heidelberg 1. After trailing by five points at quarter time, the Falcons produced a three goal second term to regain the lead and although they were kept to just one behind in the second half, the visitors were able to run away with a 4.2 (26) to 3.1 (19) victory. Tannah Hurst and Julia Mcardle were excellent in the triumph for Darebin while Tessa Hankinson had another solid performance.
Montmorency 1 flexed their muscles to record a 90-point win over Greensborough at Anthony Beale Reserve. You can read the full match report here.
Unfortunately, Lower Plenty-Bundoora had to forfeit their scheduled match with West Preston-Lakeside 1.
SG Print & Paper Division 2 Women’s
Banyule recorded their eighth win of the season when they took home a comfortable 36-point win over Whittlesea at Beverley Road Oval. The Bears kept the Eagles to just one goal for the match while registering 12 scoring shots to prevail 6.6 (42) to 1.0 (6). Heidi Cummins was the standout for the home side while Chloe Sheean and Alyssa Barnes kicked two majors each. Georgia Braddock produced a solid effort.
Following a tight first half, Eltham were able to record a 52-point victory over Darebin 2 at Eltham Central Park. The Panthers led by just five points at half time after kicking 0.8, before kicking seven goals to nil in the second half to finish 7.13 (55) to 0.3 (3) winners. Kira Bennett was best on ground for the home side with Shannyn Ashby and Mia Klaic also great contributors. Despite the result, Alex Reynolds had another great outing for the Falcons.
St Mary’s continue to put the pressure on the top two sides in the competition after cruising to a 100 point win over Diamond Creek Women’s 2 at Plenty Park Oval. Amazingly, the score line could have been greater had it not been for inaccurate goalkicking as the Burra finished 15.23 (113) to 2.1 (13) victors. It was business as usual for Sarah Johnston who slotted home another five goals, making it 16 majors in her last three matches. Caitlin Kruezberger was also impressive for the Burra while Tiana McClain stood out for the home side.
Unfortunately, Montmorency 1 had to forfeit their scheduled match with the Fitzroy Stars.
Cleaning Melbourne Division 3 Women’s
West Preston-Lakeside 2 have bounced back from back-to-back losses with a 12-point win over Heidelberg 2 at J.E. Moore Park. The Rooster led throughout the entire match, but the Tigers made them work for their 2.6 (18) to 1.0 (6) victory. Sophie Moore and Alyssa Delos continued their good form for the home side while Caroline Crawford and Michelle Plummer were some of the better players for the Tigers.
Mernda continue to stake their claim as the premiership favourites with another convincing win, this time over Wallan to the tune of 34 points at Wallan Recreational Reserve. The Demons could’ve had the opportunity to post a bigger score but still had control of the contest all afternoon, recording a 4.11 (35) to 0.1 (1) victory. Demons trio Gulia Ceravolo, Tianah Teo and Monica Bradford were all impressive in the triumph while Brooke Garland did all she could for the Magpies.
Hurstbridge have continued their great 2022 campaign, securing a 35-point win over Laurimar at Laurimar Reserve. The Bridges kept the Power scoreless after quarter time but couldn’t take advantage of their dominance kicking just five goals from their 19 scoring shots. The 5.14 (44) to 1.3 (9) victory keeps the Bridges in the top two while Laurimar still remain in the top four after Wallan’s loss.