Women's Football Round Review
By Lincoln Edmunds
East Brighton 20.19-139 def Lyndhurst 1.3-9
East Brighton has bounced back onto the winners list in style, pumping the struggling Lightning by a colossal 130 points in a one sided contest at Hurlingham Reserve. Keen to atone their after the siren defeat to Bentleigh last week, the Vampires looked hungry from the outset and had the game all but won at quarter time.
It was a complete performance from the home side, as they managed to kick at least four goals in every quarter to pile on the misery for Lyndhurst.
Star forward Rebekah Halprin was dominant with six goals and now leads the Division 1 goal kicking leader board with 21 majors. Jess Pham and Hannah Feltham also joined in on the fun to boot three goals themselves.
It was another sorry performance from the women in orange who look to be out of their depth playing against some quality sides in Division 1.
Oakleigh District 4.9-33 def by Endeavour Hills (1) 9.10-64
Endeavour Hills continue to stake their claim as the premiership favourites, shrugging off a dogged Oakleigh District outfit on Friday night.
The home side were up for the fight early, matching it with the Falcons to enter quarter time with the scores all tied up.
But the visitors got rolling after the resumption, dominating general play and the scoreboard to open up a more than handy 16 point lead at half time.
The third quarter followed a similar pattern, as the Falcons class was evident for all to see as their lead blew out to the best part of five goals at the final change.
District showed plenty of character in the final stanza, kicking a couple of goals but the Falcons were too strong and ran away with a satisfying 31 point victory.
Alyssa Weston was superb for the visitors, kicking four goals to be one of the best players on the ground. Aleisha Lannigan was also influential all night and did plenty of damage with ball in hand.
Oakleigh District showed they could match it with the competitions best at times, but just couldn’t quite go with the Falcons when they lifted to another level.
The usual suspects Bayley and Jordan Mifsud were in fine form, while Jessica Szalek put together a good performance.
Clayton 0.5-5 def by Bentleigh 11.9-75
Bentleigh has made a big statement, smashing Clayton on enemy territory by 70 points to consolidate their top two position on the ladder.
Riding the high of last week’s thrilling win over East Brighton, the Demons were initially slow to start but kicked into first gear in the second term.
A four goal quarter saw them stroll to a 35 point lead at half time and they never looked back.
The last quarter particularly was party time for the visitors, as they piled on four goals to ensure they ran away convincing winners.
Christalee Davies was in white hot form up forward for Bentleigh, kicking six goals to be the main focal point in attack.
She was well supported by Julia Ferdinands and Shannon Matfin who played important roles in the win.
It was a dirty day for the Clays but such is the even nature of the competition their season is far from over despite sitting in 5th place.
Mordialloc 4.2-26 drew with Murrumbeena 4.2-26
Mordialloc and Murrumbeena have played out the first draw of the season, as neither side were able to break the shackles in a thrilling game of footy at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
The Bloods entered the clash in good form after knocking off Endeavour Hills the week before and would have been confident coming up against the battling Lions.
But the visitors had come to play, matching it with the Bloods early to set the tone for a genuine arm wrestle of a contest.
And it was a battle that neither side could gain an upper hand in, with the scores locked when the final siren sounded.
It was a bitter sweet ending to fantastic contest and both sides will look back at plenty of ‘what if’ moments from the game.
For Mordialloc, the star of the night was no doubt Chanelle Slater who kicked three goals to be the Bloods best.
While for Murrumbeena, Jaime Brown was prominent with two goals in a good display.
South Yarra 5.10-40 def Hallam 4.3-27
An inspiring final term from South Yarra has seen them run over the top of Hallam by 13 points in a ripping game of footy on Saturday morning.
It was a cracking contest from start to finish, with the margin never greater than three points at the first three breaks.
With the scores locked at three quarter time it was anyone’s game but the Yarras dug deep and found an extra gear, kicking the only two goals of the term to run away with victory.
Camille King and Emma Checkley were key factors in the win for the home side, while Michelle Atwood was good up front with two goals.
For Hallam, Jess Wilkins was the standout performer with two goals and Jessie Wilkinson was also good all game.
Doveton Eagles 3.7-25 def by Lyndale 14.9-93
Lyndale’s excellent run of form has continued, as the Pumas easily accounted for Doveton by 68 points on the weekend.
The visitors started in scintillating fashion, kicking six goals to zip to open up a healthy quarter time lead.
Doveton threatened to get back into the contest in the second term but a wayward return of 1.6 meant they had nothing to show for all their hard work.
And the Pumas punished them in the third quarter, kicking four goals to put the result beyond doubt.
Alesha Thorne was brilliant up forward for Lyndale, kicking a bag of seven majors to be the star of the day. She was well supported by Michelle Thomas and Demi Atkinson who were in everything.
For the Eagles, Harmony Thomas and Kristy Borg were the best performers in an otherwise forgettable day.