Women’s Review: May 19-21

Published on Monday, May 22, 2023

Just three games separate first and last in Heidelberg Golf Club Division 1 while ladders start to take shape in other competitions following another big weekend of NFNL senior women’s football action.

Heidelberg Golf Club Division 1

Darebin 1 and Diamond Creek Women’s 1 produced another classic encounter at A.H. Capp Reserve, with the home side claiming their second win of the season over the Creekers, prevailing by six points. The Falcons had a 17-point advantage at three quarter time before the visitors piled on nine scoring shots in the final term. However, they just fell short, going down 8.8 (54) to 6.12 (48). Rikki Ryan was brilliant up forward with four majors while Laura Griss excelled for Darebin. Chiara Nardo kicked two important goals for Diamond Creek Women’s while Allanah Watts was impressive.

Eltham recorded a resounding 78-point victory over West Preston-Lakeside 1 in their clash at J.E. Moore Park. The Panthers had a nice start to the first half with a 29-point half time advantage, before kicking 7.13 to 1.0 for the remainder of the match to comfortably triumph 13.20 (98) to 3.2 (20). Kate Cardamone kicked her second bag of four in three weeks while Mia Klaic had an outstanding afternoon in a best on ground performance. Michelle Millhouse again stood up for the Roosters as well as Chloe Oakley.

Montmorency 1 made it back-to-back wins after defeating Banyule by 15 points at Montmorency Park North Oval. The Magpies kept the Bears at bay throughout the entire afternoon, leading at all three breaks, and despite registering the same amount of scoring shots as the visitors, they eventually triumphed 6.5 (41) to 3.8 (26). Montmorency’s Madison Bayes made it six goals in her last two matches with another three-goal performance and Shae Collinson had her best game of the year. Banyule were led well by Drew Barnes and Heidi Cummins despite the loss.

Cleaning Melbourne Division 2

St Mary’s produced a dominant win on Friday night, claiming a 50-point win over Heidelberg at Whatmough Park. You can read the full match report by clicking here.

Greensborough’s first game in Division 2 resulted in a comprehensive 87-point victory over Hurstbridge at Ben Frilay Oval. The Boro kept their opponents to just one behind while piling on 27 scoring shots themselves to triumph 12.15 (88) to 0.1 (1). The visitors had six individual goalkickers with Dakota Gray De Jong (four) and Rebecca Buckley (three) leading the way. Elly Huber was named as Greensborough’s best for the afternoon while for the Bridges, Renee Grant and Kristy Steven were solid contributors.

Mernda suffered their first loss of the 2023 season after falling by 15 points to Whittlesea at Waterview Recreation Reserve. It was a tight opening half between the two sides with scores level at the main break, before the Eagles kicked 16 points to one in the second half to run away 3.7 (25) to 1.4 (10) winners. Tiana Markey kicked two majors and was one of the visitors’ best players alongside Jessica Vilinskis. The Demons didn’t lack contributors themselves with Gulia Ceravolo, Brianne Keogh and Monica Bradford all producing great efforts.

NFNL Division 3 Women’s

Darebin 2 finished as 18-point victors in their battle with Diamond Creek Women’s 2 at A.H. Capp Reserve. The Falcons kept the Creekers scoreless throughout the afternoon with the 3.4 (22) to 0.4 (40) enough to give the hosts their second win of the 2023 season. Ruby Cray made it five consecutive games being named in the side’s top two players for the game while Tamara Olcorn was also impressive, going up forward to kick a major. Bentley Butler continued on from her great form last week to again stand out for the visitors.

Wallan are now the only undefeated side in all three senior women’s competitions after a strong 43-point victory over West Preston-Lakeside 2 at J.E. Moore Park. The Roosters were kept goalless by the ladder leaders, with a six goal to nil first half securing the 6.7 (43) to 0.0 (0) win for the Magpies. The visitors had all individual goal scorers for their six majors, with Ashley Knight having a brilliant game. Mimi Hamilton made it a third best in her four games for the Roosters after a great display.

Heidelberg West bounced back from two consecutive defeats to win by 41 points over North Heidelberg at Heidelberg Park. The Bulldogs were kept scoreless for the third time this season meanwhile the Hawks could have won by further had they have kicked more accurately than the 5.11 (41) to 0.0 (0) final scoreline. Chloe Rowan continued her great run of form with another terrific performance for the home side while Maddison Fraser also impressed. Ellouise Bishop worked hard all day for North Heidelberg.

Montmorency 2 were challenged late by Laurimar but did enough to secure an eight-point triumph at Laurimar Reserve. The Magpies led by 18 points at three quarter time before the Power surged late to get within touching distance, however they didn’t get close enough, with the visitors claiming a 4.9 (33) to 4.1 (25) win. Jasmin Voykovic was superb for Montmorency while Shantelle Cantone kicked her first goals of the season, finishing with two majors. Laurimar’s Holly Pitts also had two goals to her name with Tiahn Cowan the home side’s best.

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