SFNL Women's Football Round 2 Review

By Lincoln Edmunds

Mordialloc 6.4-40 def by Lyndhurst 7.4-46

Lyndhurst has held off Mordialloc to claim a six point win in a gripping game of football. The Lightning burst out of the blocks in the early stages, slamming through four first quarter goals to take firm control of the game. However the Bloods were able to get things back on even terms in the second stanza and slowly started to turn the tide in their favour.

The game became a real arm wrestle in the third term as Mordialloc continued their surge to close the gap to five points with a grandstand finish on the cards. The final quarter didn’t disappoint, as both teams desperation and commitment was on show in a heart stopping finish. But the Lightning had managed to do enough and held on to win by the skin of their teeth. Alyssa Weston was the star up forward booting five goals, while Rebecca Fall was instrumental with ball in hand.

For Mordialloc, the loss was a bitter pill to swallow but they showed great heart to get themselves back into the game. Chanelle Slater continued her good form and Barbra Schrei was dangerous up forward with four goals.

Murrumbeena 2.1-13 def by Clayton 15.21-111

Clayton has flexed their muscles in a powerful display against Murrumbeena to notch up their first win of the season. The Clays started off strong and never looked back, piling on eight goals to zip in a dominant first half. Despite the score line Beena put up a better fight in the second half and were able to claw themselves onto the scoreboard.

But Clayton looked a class above and piled on the pain with five last quarter goals ensuring they ran out resounding victors. Ruzena May had a day out up forward, kicking a bag of six to be one of the best players on the ground. Tenielle Potter was also instrumental in the win, kicking two goals along with a heap of the footy. For Beena Lily Brown and Alex Groves were the best in an otherwise dirty day for the home side.

Lyndale 1.2-8 def by East Brighton 8.7-55

East Brighton have continued on their winning ways, comfortably disposing Lyndale by 47 points in a convincing display at Barry Powel Reserve. The Vampires controlled the game from the first bounce holding the Pumas scoreless in the first half whilst slotting four goals themselves. Lyndale hit back in the third term with their only goal of the game but the Vampires were too strong and ran out eight goal victors.

Endeavour Hills (2) 6.12-48 def South Yarra 1.5-11

A dominant second term has helped power Endeavour Hills (2) to a resounding 37 point win over South Yarra on the weekend. The Falcons were challenged early on in a dour first term, as both sides kicked struggled to hit the scoreboard. But the home side kicked into first gear after the short break, slamming through four majors to take control of the contest. The rest of the game turned out to be a stalemate with only one more goal kicked between the two sides.

Sarah Punton was good up forward for Endeavour Hills, kicking two majors and she was well supported by Henrietta Bradford in the midfield. For the visitors Holly Williams and Emily Keilty were the best in a tough day.

Hallam 6.5-41 def Doveton Eagles 4.1-25

Hallam has notched up their first win of the season following a magnificent come from behind triumph over Doveton on Sunday afternoon. The visitors were on fire early, kicking three goals to one to silence the home crowd at Hallam Reserve. But an inspired second term from the Hawks got them right back into the contest as they took a one point lead at the main change.

They continued their momentum in the second half, holding the visitors scoreless whilst kicking two vital majors themselves. Doveton threatened to get back into the game in the final term but the Hawks were able to snuff them out to hold onto a solid 16 point win. Natalie Horua and Mikeeli Hagger were instrumental up forward both kicking two goals, while Jaimi Kerr was outstanding all game. For Doveton, Anaika Havea was a shining light as was Larissa Johnson.

Endeavour Hills (1) 11.8-74 def Oakleigh District 4.6-30

Endeavour Hills (1) have continued their strong start to the season, breezing past Oakleigh District with a spirited 44 point victory at Barry Simon Reserve. The Falcons were slow out of the blocks initially as Oakleigh District turned up with plenty of desperation and hunger. But the Falcons got going in the second quarter and were able to put themselves at arm’s length with a three goal to one term.

District were still hanging around though and trailed by just 20 points at the final break. But the home side rose to yet another level, kicking five goals in a comprehensive display to snuff out any of the visitor’s hopes. Devi Whelan was outstanding up forward, slotting five goals in a match winning display. For the visitors Kayla Germanier tried her heart out as did Jodie Bray.

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