Women's Football Round Review
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DIVISION 1 – ROUND 2 REVIEW
By Daniel Ewart
Highett vs Murrumbeena
Murrumbeena have shown that they will, once again, be the team to beat this season following a resounding 219-point victory over Highett at Turner Road Reserve.
Beena were able to keep their opposition scoreless for the second week running, while increasing their winning margin from Round 1 by 32 points.
Danielle Wearne was the standout as she booted nine goals. Ten other goal kickers joined her on the scoreboard, including Jessica Howroyd, who kicked five. The duo of Aisling Muir and VFLW-listed Grace Bibby, both added four goals of their own.
On what was a dismal day for Highett, Alexandra Jackson and Taylor Spencer were among their better players, but Murrumbeena were simply too good as they continued their strong start to the season.
Mordialloc vs East Brighton
Following round one victories, the contest between Mordialloc and East Brighton was set to be a good contest and it was a relatively close affair on the day. East Brighton emerged 22-point victors against a valiant Mordi side at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
Jemima Broadhead was a difference maker for East Brighton as she kicked three goals. Renee Hayward and Jessica Pham were also key contributors for the victors.
For Mordialloc, Gabrielle Boyle and Chloe Vuong were among the best whilst also putting goals on the board.
After leading by 12 at half time, East Brighton managed to consistently add to the margin throughout the second half to come out as winners with relative comfort.
Hallam vs Oakleigh District
Oakleigh District made it two wins in a row to start the season with a 134-point victory over Hallam at Hallam Reserve.
A 42-point first quarter set the game up well for Oakleigh and from there, Hallam barely got a sight of goal.
Bayley Mifsud and Emily McIntyre continued their strong starts to the season with seven goals each. Katie Cornish and Rachel McNamara were also excellent on the day.
For Hallam, Natalie Horua and Filiz Lang were among their best, but on a day of few highlights for the club there was not much to celebrate as Oakleigh dominated the game.
Bentleigh vs Endeavour Hills
Following Round 1 losses, both Bentleigh and Endeavour Hills were looking for their first win when they met at Bentleigh Reserve. Bentleigh would come out victorious with a dominant 98-point victory.
The Demons restricted Endeavour Hills to two solitary behinds for the game as they booted an inaccurate 13.22 for the day.
Julia Ferdinands and Phoebe Custance were the leading goal kickers for Bentleigh with three each. The pair, along with Christalee Davies and Olivia Green, were the best for Bentleigh.
For Endeavour Hills, Megan Savage and Casey McVeigh delivered strong performances, but they were ultimately outmatched by a solid Bentleigh side.
DIVISION 2 – ROUND 2 REVIEW
By Jess Mackey
Chelsea Heights 1.1 (7) def by Murrumbeena 5.5 (35)
Round 2 kicked off with a Friday night match under lights at Beazley Reserve in Chelsea Heights, with the home side going down to an impressive Murrumbeena outfit. Having last week lost by over 100 points, Chelsea Heights refused to lay down and be beaten despite being undermanned.
Murrumbeena’s Samantha Hodgson was one of five girls in her side to kick a goal, and her forward pressure made it really difficult for the Chelsea Heights backline to stop Murrumbeena making the most of their opportunities.
Doveton Eagles 5.5 (35) def South Yarra 4.3 (27)
In what was a tight and well contested match up, the Doveton Eagles came out on top against South Yarra by the smallest margin of the round. Harmony Thomas’ efforts inside the forward 50 were crucial, as she snatched two goals to get her side over the line. Sharon Kirkpatrick and Annalise Sullivan also had big roles to play in the Eagles’ win.
For South Yarra’s first match into the season, they had an impressive start and stuck with the Eagles all day, just falling short of nabbing the four points. Jessica Hollingsworth scored two goals and had a strong presence in the forward line.
Lyndhurst 4.5 (29) def Clayton 1.1 (7)
Lyndhurst were able to keep Clayton scoreless for the remainder of the game after a tight first quarter that gave spectators a taste of what could have been a close game, with a goal from Clayton’s Amie Jackson. However, despite scores being level at quarter time, Clayton were unable to keep the ball in their forward line long enough to score at all after that first break.
Lyndhurst really got away from them in the second quarter and were able to hold onto and extend their lead in a solid effort to get the four points. Jessica Wilkins piled on the scoreboard pressure with 2 goals, making it seemingly difficult for Clayton to get back.
Port Melbourne Colts V Lyndale
Unfortunately this game did not go ahead on the weekend and is likely be rescheduled.