SFNL Women's Football Round Recap
By Lincoln Edmunds
East Brighton 3.6-24 def by Endeavour Hills 6.13-49
Grass is green, the sky is blue and Endeavour Hills win games of footy. No surprises here as once again the Falcons continue to dominate the competition, this time notching up a solid 25 point triumph over a gallant East Brighton.
It was a scrappy affair early on with neither side hitting the scoreboard with any authority before the second term finally saw some goals on the board.
East Brighton were exceptional to match it with the Falcons, but at stages the visitors class shone to the forefront as they threatened to bust the game open.
Fortunately for the Vampires poor conversion in front of goal by Endeavour Hills meant the margin was only a manageable 10 point deficit at the main break.
The home side continued to fight for dear life in the third quarter but a goal to the Falcons made things extremely difficult as the margin swelled out to 17 points.
Despite the game opening up in the last stanza, the deficit proved too much for the Vampires as the Falcons ran out comfortable four goal victors.
Samantha Richardson, Alyssa Weston and Abigail Livingstone all kicked two snags for the visitors with Livingstone especially putting in an impressive performance.
Jennifer Dean was superb for the Falcons as was Talesha Neill.
Oakleigh District 5.14-44 def Clayton 2.2-14
Oakleigh District have snapped a two game losing streak, downing Clayton by 30 points in a convincing display which also saw them reclaim third spot on the ladder.
With both sides locked on four wins each heading into the clash, the ramifications of the result were huge with the chance to move a game clear into the top four.
And it was the home side who got off to a flyer, producing six scoring shots to zip in the opening 20 minutes of play.
However poor accuracy in front of the big sticks meant that the Clays were able to stay in the game, as the visitors hit the scoreboard in the second stanza to trim the margin to 10 points at half time.
Once again District were inaccurate after the resumption, kicking 1.4 in the third to keep the door ever so slightly ajar.
But they empathically slammed it shut in the last, kicking two goals to one to rule out any possibility of being overrun.
Jessica Szalek and Rhiann Leighton were brilliant all night for District as was Jordan Mifsud who finished with two goals.
For the Clays, Zana Collins battled hard all game as did Ruzena May in a solid display.
Bentleigh 14.20-104 def Lyndhurst 1.1-7
Bentleigh has solidified their position in the top two, easily accounting for Lyndhurst by 97 points during their standalone Pride Round clash.
It was a big occasion for the team, playing in a twilight fixture at home with the special pride Guernsey’s part of the celebrations.
And fans were treated to an entertaining spectacle in the opening quarter, as the Demons piled on five goals to take control of the contest.
Some sloppy kicking in the second term hurt Bentleigh’s chance to extend their lead further but they entered the change rooms at half time with a comfortable 46 point buffer.
The second half followed an almost identical pattern as the home side piled on more pain with seven goals to zip rounding out a crushing win.
Anuschka Reinhardt kicked four goals for the second week in a row, while Emma Medland and Taryn McGaw set up the victory with their efforts at the contest.
Jenna Edwards was a shining light for Lyndhurst, kicking a goal and racking up plenty of footy for the Lightning.
Mordialloc 7.2-44 def Doveton Eagles 6.7-43
Mordialloc has claimed a thrilling one point victory over Doveton in an absolute cliff hanger at Ben Kavanagh Reserve on Friday night.
It was an important clash for both sides, with a victory to Doveton meaning they would leapfrog the Bloods on the ladder.
And both sides played with a do or die mentality, as players cracked in hard and put their body on the line.
It was goal for goal in a high octane and entertaining game that would go right down to the wire.
In a game of such fine margins it came down to one decisive factor that would split the two teams.
Despite having 13 scoring shots to 9, the Eagles couldn’t quite capitalise on their chances and this came back to bite them by the barest of margins.
The Bloods holding onto a gripping and important one point victory in a result to savour.
Chanelle Slater and Gabrielle Boyle were excellent up forward for Mordi with two goals each, while Mia Smith and Megan Tymko put in brilliant performances.
The result is doubly heart wrenching for Doveton, with the loss putting them a game and half behind the Bloods on the ladder.
Emma Bux was simply outstanding for the visitors, kicking two goals and racking up plenty of the pill.
Murrumbeena 1.4-10 def by Endeavour Hills 6.8-44
Endeavour Hills continue to solidify their position on top of the ladder following a commanding 34 point victory over Murrumbeena.
With a bright and early start at 8:15am, it was a bit of a sleepy opening quarter as neither side managed to put a goal on the scoreboard.
However Endeavour Hills were able to turn up the heat in the second, slotting four goals to one to kick start proceedings.
The second half was a bit of dour defensive battle from both sides, as wet and cold conditions made for tough footy.
The Falcons continued to chip away at the scoreboard, kicking 2.6 in the second half to eventually notch up a hard fought 34 point win.
The visitors had contributors everywhere with good performances from Amy Campbell, Bridgette Erzeren and Gail Worsley.
Belinda Clark and Alana Cherry were also instrumental in front of goal, while Hayley Heffernan was clearly best on ground with her three goals.
For Beena, Lily Brown and Fiona McDonald put in spirited performances all game and can hold their heads high.
Lyndale 2.4-16 def by South Yarra 3.3-21
South Yarra have registered their fifth win of the season in cracking fashion, knocking off second placed Lyndale by five points in a gripping game of footy.
Despite the absorbing final score, it was a fairly sedate opening half with both sides locked at 1.1-7 apiece at the main break.
With goals at a premium it was the visitors who struck the decisive blow in the third term, slotting the only major to take a slender five point buffer with a massive 20 minutes to follow.
The Pumas are a quality side though and weren’t going to roll over on their home deck, as both sides traded scoring opportunities in a tense final few minutes.
But the Yarras had done enough and hung on for an impressive five point win to move them a game clear into third spot.
Camille King continued her fantastic form and was the difference between the sides with her two goals. She was well supported by Holly Williams and Emma Checkley who stood up for the visitors when it mattered most.
For the Pumas the result will sting but they have a great chance to rebound this week against Murrumbeena.
Jessica McDonald was the best performer for the home side with plenty of influence on the contest and a goal to boot.