Women's Football Round Review
By Lincoln Edmunds
Clayton 1.3-9 def by Endeavour Hills (1) 8.12-60
Endeavour Hills have shown once again why they are the benchmark of the competition, shrugging off a determined Clayton by 51 points at Meade Reserve on Saturday morning.
The early start meant there was plenty of moisture on the ground which made controlling the footy especially difficult in the first half.
But it was the visitors who handled the conditions better, controlling the majority of the play to do all of the scoring in the first half.
Had there been no scoreboard at the ground those watching could’ve easily assumed that it was a tight game, as the Clays certainly held their own in general play.
The difference however was inside the Falcons forward 50 as Stacey Johnston provided a strong target deep to finish with three goals.
Devi Whelan also chipped in with a goal along with plenty of the footy, while Scout Strong continued her brilliant season dominating in the ruck.
Clayton were finally able to break the shackles and hit the scoreboard in the final term following a precise set shot from Amie Jackson.
Ashlea Fredrickson and Kelsey Tomkins were rock solid all day for the home side and were amongst the best for the Clays.
Bentleigh 9.9-63 def East Brighton 0.1-1
Bentleigh have all but locked up second spot on the ladder following their demolition job over East Brighton on Sunday afternoon.
Coming off a tight loss to Endeavour Hills last week, the Demons were keen to rebound and started the game in scintillating fashion.
The ball lived in Bentleigh’s forward 50 as they peppered the goals, producing nine scoring shots to one at half time.
Their dominance continued in the second half as the floodgates burst open in the final term, the Dees kicking four goals to run away with a percentage boosting victory.
Anuschka Reinhardt continued to dominate inside the forward arc, kicking three majors to take her season tally to 22.
Lily Fitzpatrick continued her love affair playing against the Vampires, kicking two goals to be the best player on the ground.
The Vampires still occupy fourth spot but will need to turn things around quickly if they are to do any damage in finals if they make the cut.
Oakleigh District V Lyndhurst
Oakleigh District won by forfeit.
Mordialloc 4.1-25 def Lyndale 2.2-14
Mordialloc have continued their late season charge, winning their third game in a row to put themselves right back into finals calculations.
Coming off their smashing win over South Yarra, the Bloods entered the game full of confidence and it showed early as they took a six point lead at quarter time.
The second term was just as fruitful for the home side, slotting another two goals to take a handy 11 point buffer at the main change.
The second half tightened right up, as both sides battled for the ball in a tough and dour contest.
The close nature of the match meant there was plenty of feeling, with no love lost between the two sides in some heated exchanges.
Ultimately though the Bloods first half performance was enough to see them hold court and notch up a brilliant win against the second placed Pumas.
The result blows the ladder wide open with just two premiership points separating second and fifth spot on the ladder, with two crucial rounds remaining.
Barbra Schrei continued her hot form kicking three goals, while Chanelle Slater once again was in the thick of things to be an influential player for the Bloods.
The loss brings Lyndale back to the pack a touch and they’ll be keep to rebound next week to ensure they keep second spot on the ladder.
Alesha Thorne found the big sticks once again, kicking two goals for the Pumas to take her season tally to 16 goals.
South Yarra 10.5-65 def Doveton Eagles 5.4-34
South Yarra have rebounded back onto the winners list, notching up a convincing 31 point victory over Doveton Eagles on Saturday morning.
Desperate to ensure they held their spot in the top four, the Yarras got off to a slow start as Doveton did all the scoring in the first term.
But a quick chat at the quarter time huddle set the Lions back on track as they piled on five goals to one to produce one of their better quarters for the season.
They continued on their merry way after half time, kicking four more goals in the third term to all up sew up the win.
The Eagles rallied in the final stanza to kick three goals but the damage was well truly done by then.
Alex Bingham hit the scoreboard for the Yarras with three goals, while Camille King and Emma Checkley produced magnificent performances.
For Doveton, Harmony Thomas was the clear standout with her four goals up forward while Christie-Lee Chadwick battled hard all game.
Hallam 14.20-104 def Murrumbeena 0.3-3
The Hawks have notched up their third win on the trot, smashing Murrumbeena by 101 points on Sunday afternoon.
Fresh off a brilliant victory over Endeavour Hills, the home side entered the clash as short priced favourites against the Lions who have endured a difficult season thus far.
The first half followed a fairly predictable script as the Hawks controlled the play to head into the sheds with a six goal lead.
Despite not hitting the scoreboard as they would’ve liked, Beena were competitive around the ground and mixing it with the inform side of the competition.
But Hallam really put their foot down in the second half, piling on nine more goals to run away with a massive win and continue their charge up the ladder.
The Hawks did not drop a game in July and are almost certain to sew up a place in finals, currently just behind second placed Lyndale on percentage.
Amy Riordan had a day out with five goals to be the best player on the ground.
She was well supported by Jaimi Kerr who slotted two majors and Lauren Welsh who was busy all game.
For Beena, Laura Stockwell and Annie Cox battled hard all day to be amongst the Lions best.