Final round of VAFA Wilson Women’s done & dusted

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VAFA Wilson Women’s Report by Nicole Erasmus

WILLIAM BUCK PREMIER WOMEN’S

SKOB Saints finished at the top of the William Buck Premier Women’s table with 12 wins after defeating Marcellin by 84 points at Bullen Park West Oval. A strong start and four consistent quarters proved too much for third-placed Marcellin. A combined 10 goals from Georgia Lupson (3), Sarah Cameron (3), Scarlett Dunell (2) and Harriet Gaffey (2) reflected the Saints’ team performance. SKOB’s are set to face Fitzroy-ACU in next week’s second semi, while Marcellin will play Old Trinity.

Fourth-placed Old Trinity had a strong finish to their season with a 31 to one-point win over Old Xaverians at Hudson Oval Marles Playing Fields. A standout third quarter of three goals to none cemented a spot in the finals for the Old Trinity girls. Grace Dillon shone for the victors, while Tara Pargeter was Old Xavs’ best.

Fitzroy-ACU finish second on the ladder after a 10-point win over Caulfield Grammarians at Ramsden St Oval. A dominant first quarter proved enough to get them over the line in a contest that was even for the remainder of the game. Caulfield’s Grace Buchan ended her season in a big way with a BOG performance and two goals.

Two goals from Kelly Dungate helped Brunswick Renegades to a 43 to 19-point win over Melbourne University at McAlister Oval. The Renegades produced a strong four quarters, leading throughout, to tally their fifth win for the season. Tahlia Hayes impressed for Brunswick, while Vicky Tan was Melbourne Uni’s best.

WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT DIVISION 1

A second half comeback saw Old Brighton record their eighth win with a nine-point victory over Monash Blues at Frearson Oval. After trailing going into the main break, Old Brighton showed fight and outscored the Blues by three goals in the third and fourth.

Old Haileybury showcased dominance in a 59 to seven-point win against Ormond AFC at Princes Park Oval. Leading after every break, an outstanding final quarter of six goals to none and three goals from Pulomaja Gardiyawasam was a fitting way to end a successful season. Old Haileybury will face Beaumaris in the first week of the finals.

West Brunswick retains their top position after defeating Old Geelong by 18 points at McAlister Oval. A dominant first quarter of four goals to none set up the West Brunswick girls for their 11th win for the season. Hilary Grover was amongst West Brunswick’s best, while Amelia Cronin shone for Old Geelong. West Brunswick will play second-placed St Mary’s Salesian in a semi-final blockbuster on Saturday.

A low scoring affair saw St Mary’s Salesian victorious over Beaumaris by seven points at Ferndale Park. With both teams being finals bound, the close contest reflected the hard-fought desire of both sides, St Mary’s wanting it more on the day. St Mary’s Emily Hastie was BOG with three goals.

WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT DIVISION 2

Old Carey shot up to third position after a percentage boosting 41 to two-point win over Uhs-Vu AFC at Brens Oval. With a finals position up for grabs, a tenacious Old Carey outfit came out firing, built up a score and kept Uhs scoreless for the entire first half. Old Carey will face Ivanhoe AFC in this weekend’s semi.

Fourth-placed Ivanhoe AFC recorded their eighth win for the season against Yarra Old Grammarians at Ford Park. A team performance of four consistent quarters from the Ivanhoe girls saw their opponent unable to match the same intensity. Ivanhoe’s Malika Bowles was a star for the day.

SBMT/St Peters AFC recorded their fifth win for the season after a 62 to 16-point win over Oakleigh at W.A Scammell Reserve. Leading after every quarter and a combined four goals from Jessica Zivin (2) and Rebecca McMullin (2) contributed to the big win and a perfect ending to the season.

A clash of first and second saw first-placed Old Camberwell get over the line against Collegians by nine points at Harry Trott Oval. Despite a reasonably even contest, a dominant Old Camberwell first quarter of 18 points to none was the deciding factor. The highly anticipated clash is set to repeat itself next week, where Old Camberwell and Collegians will face each other in round one of the finals.

WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT DIVISION 3

A low scoring contest between Hampton Rovers and Mazenod OC saw a six-point Mazenod win at Boss James Reserve. Second-place Mazenod led throughout to edge out their fourth-place opponent. Mazenod are set to face Ajax in their semi, while the Rovers will play Old Mentonians.

Old Mentonians further secured their place in the finals with a big 51-point win over Therry Penola at John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve. A massive five-goal haul from Belinda Griffiths reflected the dominance of the victorious side. Deservedly Griffiths was best on ground, while Sophie Ryan shone for Therry Penola.

Top-of-the-table Ajax retain their position after a 27 to 14-point win over Melbourne University (2) at Gary Smorgon Oval. In a close contest two goals from Toni Hamilton proved a deciding factor in the 13-point Ajax win.

WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT DIVISION 4

After a scoreless first quarter, South Melbourne Districts kicked into gear to take home a 33-point win over Fitzroy FC (2). Second quarter onwards saw SMD showcase why they’re one of the top sides, outscoring their opponent by four goals. Lauren Gibbs (3) and Bianca Foote (2) booted all of South Melbourne’s five goals. South Melbourne Districts take on Hawthorn AFC in this weekend’s semi-final.

Hawthorn AFC finishes their season at the top after a 43 to 27 point win over Canterbury at Rathmines Road Reserve. Their ninth win typified their season and consisted of four strong quarters, multiple goal scorers and many impressive individual performances.

Two goals from Claire Clarke helped De La Salle finish their season with a respectable eight wins, defeating Bulleen Templestowe by 17 points at Ted Ajani Reserve. Another scoreless first quarter saw a fired up De La side dominate for the remainder of the game, kicking four goals to one.

Both SKOB teams sail comfortably into the finals after a 66 to seven-point SKOB Saints (2) win over St Mary’s Salesian (2) at Ferndale Park. A dominant Saints performance saw the girls boot 10 goals to one and a combined nine goals from Stephanie Augustes (3), Cecelia Tyler (3), Madeleine Pattison (2) and Nicole Aldridge (2). The SKOBs will take on Swinburne University AFC in their first round of finals.

Swinburne University head into finals in a big was after a 103-point win against Brunswick Renegades (2) at St James Reserve. Fourth-placed Swinburne reaffirms their position in the finals in dominating fashion, kicking a massive 14 goals to none. With many impressive individual performances, Hayley Wurful was simply untouchable with seven goals.