As side’s begin to settle in their division’s for the 2022 season, the contenders are making their presence known early.
Winning Edge Division 1 Women’s
Darebin 1 returned to winning ways in one of the closest games of the round, when they defeated Montmorency 1 by four points at A.H. Capp Reserve. It was a close affair all afternoon but despite having one less scoring shot than the Magpies, the Falcons held on to claim the 5.5 (35) to 4.7 (31) win, their fourth victory of the season. Hayley Munro and Julia Phung were brilliant for the home side, while Chiara Scuderi and Emily Beanland again stood up for the Magpies.
West Preston-Lakeside 1 made it back-to-back big win’s when they comfortably defeated Greensborough by 24-points at Greensborough War Memorial Park. The Roosters trailed by seven-points at quarter time but won every remaining term of the game keep the Borough at bay and prevail 9.8 (62) to 5.8 (38). Talia Pulcino, Ciara Fitzgerald and Olivia Bandera kicked two majors each for the Roosters and all had a big influence on the result. Jessie Hulett and Bree Unthank were the stand outs for the home side.
Following their come from behind triumph last week, VU Western Spurs continued their momentum into their clash with Lower Plenty-Bundoora, winning by 25-points at Montmorency Park South Oval. Stacey Rigon was the player of the match, with her five goals proving the difference in the 10.4 (64) to 5.9 (39) victory. Aleisha Casley and Madeleine Bennetts also impressed for the Spurs while Milla Fereday’s three majors kept the home side in the game, Molly McCormack also had another great game.
Diamond Creek Women’s 1 continue to make their mark on the competition and on Sunday, proved way to strong for Heidelberg 1, the Creekers winning by 83-points at Warringal Park. Linda Thorp kicked five majors while Georgia Tait, who was best on ground, kicked three as the Creekers kicked 11 goals to one after quarter time, to finish the match 14.12 (96) to 2.1 (13) winners. Emily De Sando continues to lead the way for the Tigers, once again producing another impressive effort.
SG Print & Paper Division 2 Women’s
The first match of the round was played under lights on Friday night, with Eltham comfortably defeating Montmorency 2 by 63-points at Eltham Central Park. The Panthers’ five goal to nil first term set up the 10.15 (75) to 1.6 (12) triumph, as the win now makes it three consecutive victories for Eltham after losing the first two games of the season. Angelique Reibelt was excellent for the home side while Jacki White was the most dangerous up forward, kicking four goals. Tanaya Boyne never gave in throughout the contest for the Magpies.
Darebin 2 secured their first win of the 2022 season, defeating Diamond Creek Women’s 2 by 23-points at Plenty Park Oval. Trailing by six points at quarter time, the Falcons kicked five goals to one after quarter time to win 7.7 (49) to 4.2 (26). Alex Reynolds and Caitlyn Jeffers were some of the Falcons better contributors while April Thompson and Isabella Dixon were solid for the home side.
St Mary’s ended their two-game losing streak to defeat Whittlesea by 27-points at the Whittlesea Showgrounds. The Burra kept the Eagles scoreless after halftime in the 4.11 (35) to 1.2 (8) triumph and could’ve won by more if it wasn’t for inaccurate goalkicking. Brilliant performances from Tahlia Brander and Jacinta Waring-May helped the Burra get over the line while Elyssa Rees was a standout for Whittlesea.
The Fitzroy Stars held on to win a great battle over Banyule to the tune of six points. You can find a detailed match report of that game by clicking here.
Cleaning Melbourne Division 3 Women’s
Hurstbridge backed up their three-point triumph over Darebin 2 last round by comfortably taking care of Laurimar by 78 points at Ben Frilay Oval over the weekend. The Bridges kept the Power scoreless throughout the entire match, winning 10.18 (78) to 0.0 (0). Melissa Martini sent another strong message to the rest of the competition, kicking four goals in a best on ground performance while Belinda Harris and Sheridan Bennett also played key roles throughout the win. Vicki Tsoulais was the Power’s best contributor.
West Preston-Lakeside 2 banked their third win of the 2022 campaign, defeating Heidelberg 2 by 21 points. After a tight first quarter, the Roosters kicked four goals to one after quarter time to claim a 5.1 (31) to 1.4 (10) victory, while making Heidelberg 2 the only winless side amongst all three divisions. Sophie Moore and Rachel Scully were some of the Roosters’ most impressive, with Natassja Vella’s two goals proved vital in the contest. Tayla Swan and Emily Wilson stood tall for the Tigers in defeat.
Mernda continue to show their premiership contender status in the competition proving too strong for Wallan as they won by 50-points at Mernda Recreation Reserve. The Demons kept the Magpies scoreless until the last term, leading at all fronts to win 8.4 (52) to 0.2 (2). Natalie Todaro was brilliant for the home side, so too was Ameerah Gentle, Giulia Ceravolo and Awek Dut. Kelly Lennox and Kristy Nunn tried hard all day for the Magpies.