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Lucy Lechich

Caulfield Grammarians V Old Trinity (5.5 35 – 11.8 74)

Caulfield Grammarians and Old Trinity opened Round 1 of the William Buck Premier for season 2018, with Trinity recording a 74-35 victory at Glenhuntly Oval. Trinity were dominant for three of the four quarters and looked solid throughout the entirety of the match. Lucy Aitken was outstanding in a best on ground performance and attaining an impressive 27 disposals and kicking 3.3. Murphy, Barnett and Dillon were also instrumental, each racking up a considerable number of touches and hitting the scoreboard. Kate Macqueen played well for the Fields in her side’s loss with 24 disposals and 2.1. Other notable performers for Caulfield included Edmonds in the ruck, Dumas and Sennitt. Old Trinity were unstoppable with clean ball movement and great linkage play evident throughout the match and are looking a promising outfit for the season ahead.

GOALS

Caulfield Grammarians: K. Macqueen 2, E. Sandler, A. Dumas, A. Reid

Old Trinity: L. Aitken 3, R. Long 2, G. Dillon 2, A. Fogarty 2, V. Murphy, I. Barnett

BEST

Caulfield Grammarians: K.Macqueen, A.Edmonds, A.Dumas, J. Sennitt

Old Trinity: L.Aitken, V.Murphy, I.Barnett, G.Dillon, R. Long

Marcellin V Kew FC (8.8 56 – 6.8 44)

Marcellin faced Kew in a much-anticipated clash, with both sides estimated to soar in the 2018 William Buck Premier competition. Marcellin got off to a strong start, leaving Kew goalless at half time, raising concerns about the Bears’ predicted dominance this season; however, they quickly rebounded, recording six second half goals and winning the last quarter. The reigning premiers were too solid for the Bears overall, with stellar performances from Laura Robertson with three goals and 2017 Big V representative Tessa Zagontinos with two. Ash Bruce was crucial for the Bears in the second half, kicking three goals and bringing her side’s losing margin to only 12 points. A fierce encounter on Marcellin’s home turf certainly eventuated between two sides keen to make an impact in 2018.

GOALS

Marcellin: L. Robertson 3, T. Zagontinos 2, J. Redmond, S. Taylor, A. McNamara

Kew: A. Bruce 3, R. Lambert, S. Wilmott, D. Calautti

BEST

Marcellin: L. Robertson, T. Zagontinos, J. Redmond

Kew: A. Bruce, R. Lambert

Fitzroy-ACU V Melbourne University (3.3 21 – 12.8 80)

Melbourne University recorded a comprehensive 59-point victory against Fitzroy-ACU, sending a message to the other teams in the competition that they are the side to beat. With a new, star-studded cast of players showcasing their talent, the MUGARS were relentless in a dominant display at the Roy’s Ramsden St home ground. Lucille Walsh starred for the winning side with two goals and 20 disposals. Other MUGARS were instrumental, including Mietta McDonald, Edwards and Wilson. Lucy Kerr and Erin Gogerly were the Roy’s most notable performers. The MUGARS are looking to be the goods this season and a top of the table finish will be set in their sights after this impressive first round victory.

GOALS

Fitzroy-ACU: R. McDermott, A. Watson, E. Gogerly

Melbourne University: P. Corde 3, K. Price 2, D. Edwards 2, L. Walsh 2, M. McDonald, H. Townsend, L. Watkin

BEST

Fitzroy-ACU: L. Kerr, E. Gogerly, R. McDermott

Melbourne University: L. Walsh, M. McDonald, K. Price, D. Edwards, S Wilson

SKOB Saints V Old Xavs (4.8.32 – 5.5.35)

TH King Oval played host to the only Sunday match of the opening round, with Old Xav’s causing an upset in a thrilling three-point victory against last year’s runners up, SKOB Saints. The Saints’ inaccuracy on the scoreboard hurt them kicking 4.8, finishing with more scoring shots compared to Old Xav’s 5.5. Georgia Cropley was sensational for SKOB and kept them well in the contest, amassing three goals. Eliza Straford and Ellie McLinden were also solid performers. Old Xav’s had several fantastic individual efforts, including Audrey Rhodes with two goals, Riley Christgoergl and Vaomua Laloifi as best on ground performers. Old Xav’s have added a considerable amount of depth to their squad, with some gun recruits showcasing their flair against a tough opponent in SKOB. They are certainly looking to reverse their fortunes this season after coming 7th in 2018.

GOALS

SKOB: G. Cropley 3, S. Cameron

Old Xav’s: A. Rhodes 2, A. Benifer, A. Harangozo, K. Mullins

BEST

SKOB: G. Cropley, E. Straford, E. McLinden,

Old Xavs: V. Laloifi, R. Christgoergl. A. Rhodes