By Jarryd McGuane
Round 2 of the SFNL Women’s competition are in the books and two sides have separated themselves at the top of the ladder.
Endeavour Hills 0.6 (6) def by Mordialloc 8.10 (58)
In the match of the round, Mordialloc have remained undefeated as they handed Endeavour Hills a 56-point defeat at Barry Simon Reserve.
With weather that was raining on and off throughout the game, both sides knew that would need to take advantage of a few they would get. Mordialloc started stronger of the two sides despite full forward star Nat Cardamone going down with an injury, would lead by 14 points at quarter time. They would go on to add one goal in each of the next two quarters, before Alesha Thorne’s dominant last quarter helped the Bloods add four more.
Endeavour Hills played a lot better than the scoreboard showed throughout the game, but were unable to take advantage of their inside 50’s. They would only manage four behinds in the first half and another two in the second half.
Thorne was the dominant forward on the ground with four goals for Mordialloc and was joined in the Bloods best by best on ground Stephanie Sandoval and Tanya Rosenquist.
Jennifer Dean was the Falcons’ for the second week in a row and was ably supported by Chloe Opperman.
Oakleigh District 3.8 (26) def Lyndhurst 1.3 (9)
Opening the round on Friday night, Oakleigh District handed Lyndhurst their first loss of the year coming away with a 19-point victory.
Oakleigh District was playing without a bench but their contested approach paid off as they held the Lightning to one goal.
Jodie Bray and Rachel McNamara were Oakleigh’s best as their three goals came from Natalie Higson, Cassie Beverley and Alexandra Bryant. Jess O’Connell was the only goal kicker for Lyndhurst.
Murrumbeena 17.31 (133) def Bentleigh 1.0 (6)
In the most impressive performance of the weekend, Murrumbeena slammed on 48 scoring shots to Bentleigh’s one as they ran away with the 127-point victory at Murrumbeena Park.
Beena were extremely inaccurate in the first half to only lead by 39 points when it could have been higher. They lifted their game in the second half which was headlined by a nine goal final quarter.
Bentleigh got on the scoreboard in the first quarter but were unable add any more for the remainder of the game.
Shanae Carter (five), Alice Kovess (five) and Lauren Luff (four) combined for 14 of Murrumbeena’s 17 goals, as they were ably supported by Margaret Taylor and captain Grace Bibby.
Hallam 1.0 (6) def by Edithvale-Aspendale 4.4 (28)
Edithvale-Aspendale joined the winner’s list for the first time as they gave Hallam their second loss for the season.
After a goal each in the first quarter, Edithvale-Aspendale controlled the game for the remainder of the contest, which was stopped in the third term after a lengthy injury delay which resulted in an ambulance being called.
Olivia Davies kicked two goals to be the major goal kicker on the ground and captain Amy Crilley was best on the ground, with strong performances also put in by Georgia Rowe and Bridget Hanrahan.
Highett 6.19 (55) def East Brighton 6.3 (39)
On Saturday afternoon, Highett claimed their first win for the season as they defeated the previously undefeated East Brighton at Turner Road Reserve.
Despite some early inaccuracy, Highett maintained the ascendancy in the first half and enjoyed a 13-point buffer at the long break.
However, the undermanned Vampires fought back in the second half, but unfortunately, they couldn’t quite bridge the gap.