SFNL Women's Football Round 3 Review

By Lincoln Edmunds

Bentleigh 2.3-15 def by Endeavour Hills (1) 6.6-42

Endeavour Hills (1) have continued their unbeaten start to the season, brushing aside a dogged Bentleigh by 27 points in a convincing display at Bentleigh Reserve. The Demons were up for the fight early, matching the Falcons around the contest in a tight and tough opening stanza. But the visitors were able to break the game open in the second term, slotting two crucial goals to open up a 15 point buffer.

They continued on their momentum in the third quarter, booting another two goals to all but put the game to bed. Bentleigh were able to fight back in the last quarter with a consolation goal to restore some respectability but the Falcons had the answers when it mattered. Devi Whelan was the standout up forward for the visitors, dobbing four goals to take her season tally to 11.

For the home side they endured their first loss of the season but it was through no fault of Lily Fitzpatrick’s efforts who was superb all game.

Clayton 9.7-61 def Mordialloc 0.5-5

Clayton has stamped their authority over Mordialloc with a bruising 56 point win to register their second big triumph on the trot. The Clays set the tone early on in the piece, kicking six first quarter goals to demoralise the visitors. But after the dust settled from the manic opening stages, the sting went out of the game with only one goal scored in the next two quarters.

But the home side were able to finish the game off strongly, adding two more majors to ensure they would walk away with a healthy win. Kelsey Tomkins and Amie Jackson were dangerous up forward both kicking three goals each, as Lauren Stringer brought her own ball with an influential display.

For the visitors it was a day to forget but Megan Tymko and Gabrielle Boyle tried their hearts out for the Bloods.

Lyndhurst 17.10-112 def Endeavour Hills (2) 0.0-0

Lyndhurst has absolutely towelled up Endeavour Hills (2) by a whopping 112 points in a crushing display on their home turf. The Lightning were white hot and ruthless all game, preventing the visitors from scoring while generating 27 scoring shots themselves.

The game started in a fairly sedate manner with Lyndhurst taking a 13 point lead at the first break. But all hell broke loose in the second term as the Lightning slammed through six majors to take a nine goal lead at the main change. The third quarter followed a similar theme as once again the home side booted six goals to hold a whopping lead at the last change. Eventually the final siren put the Falcons out of the misery in a game they’ll be desperate to wipe from the memory bank.

The star of the show was undoubtedly Alyssa Weston who kicked a lazy bag of 10 to be one of the best players on the ground. Kristy Macdonald was also crucial in the win and whilst she didn’t grab the headlines as much as Weston, she set up plenty of majors for her team with some sensational play.

Doveton 0.1-1 def by Lyndale 14.7-91

Lyndale has continued the one sided theme of the round, belting Doveton by 90 points in a commanding performance away from home. The first half was a pretty scrappy affair, with just the three goals kicked by Lyndale seeing them take a 20 point advantage at the main break.

However from there the floodgates opened as the visitors piled on 11 second half goals to run away with a dominant victory. Danielle Noel was superb booting five goals and she was well supported by Courtney Axisa and Chantelle Marshall who both chipped in with three majors each.

It was a tough day for the Eagles but Jesse-Lee Fitzpatrick and Tammy Olsen can hold their heads high as two of the better performers for the home side.

South Yarra 6.8-44 def Murrumbeena 4.3-27

South Yarra has held off Murrumbeena by 17 points in an entertaining battle at Leigh Park. The opening term was full of highlights as both teams hit the scoreboard, with five majors kicked for the term. But the Yarras were able to apply some scoreboard pressure in the second quarter, slotting the only two majors for the quarter to open up a handy 22 point cushion at half time.

The third quarter drew a stalemate as neither side were able to hit the scoreboard with plenty of scrappy and contested footy on display. Having not scored since the first quarter it was going to be a stiff task for Beena, but they rallied one final time and threatened to get back into the game with a couple of goals in the term.

But crucially South Yarra were able to put the result beyond doubt with one last major ensuring they had done enough to claim the four points. Emily Keilty, Cherie Beckingham and Camille King were all influential kicking two goals each for the Yarras. For Beena, Laura Stockwell was good with two majors and Alexandra Groves was involved all game.

East Brighton 16.21-117 def Hallam 0.1-1

East Brighton has come away with a huge 116 point win over Hallam at Hurlingham Reserve. The Vampires controlled the game from start to finish and could’ve won by more if they had their kicking boots on. Continuing their form from last week, East Brighton made it two in a row with ease and are looking like one of the stronger teams in the competition thus far. They could easily be undefeated too had a few things gone their way in their narrow Round 1 loss against Bentleigh.

For Hallam, it was comfortably their worst display of the season and they were brought back to Earth following their win from last week. But as they say a week is a long time in football and they’ll get a chance to redeem themselves next week.

Oakleigh District V Port Melbourne Colts

Oakleigh District won by forfeit.

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