Caulfield Grammarians vs Old Xaverians
The only score that matters is the one when the final siren sounds, and that certainly rang true for Caulfield, who only led for the final 2 minutes of the match, sneaking home with a 3-point victory over Old Xaverians. Xavs jumped the Fields with an impressive 3 goal to 1 first quarter, and despite 2 second quarter Caulfield goals courtesy of Ruby Edmeades, Xavs managed to maintain a 17-point buffer heading into the last term. With 2 goals next to the names of both Amy Benifer and the ultra-consistent Brodi Harris, it seemed the upset was a near certainty. Enter Cheree Peters, Maysen Duffy and Irena Malliaris, who led the Fields in a dominant final term, where Xavs were kept scoreless, and the Fields ran over the top to register the type of win that would create important belief amongst a group about to start their tilt at a flag.
Marcellin vs Old Trinity
A half time score line that saw Marcellin and Old Trinity separated by just 9 points was not necessarily a score line reflective of 1st vs 7th on the ladder. However, the final score read for another dominate win for the Eagles, with Marcellin running rampant in the second half to defeat Trinity by 56 points. The second half domination from the Eagles was largely thanks to Bianca Keogh, Laura Robertson and Nat Gills who fought their way on top in the midfield battle. From there, it was Cece Baldassare and Tessa Zagontinos who capitalised on the dominance, both slotting 3 goals each. Despite a disappointing first half, Trinity would be happy with the tight contest they created in the first half, and that was led by Simone Lin’s best game of the season, as well as the prolific Sally Peers. Trinity are still in contention to avoid relegation, but they will need to cause an upset against Caulfield Grammarians when footy resumes.
SKOB Saints vs St Mary’s Salesian
Another week of William Buck Premier Women’s footy, another powerful scoring display from St Kevins, who defeated St Mary’s Salesian by 68 points at Ferndale Park. A strong start from St Mary’s, led by Rebecca Grant and Keely James, quickly dwindled away once St Kevins started to win the territory battle, with the Saints creating 24 scoring shots. From those 24 scoring shots, goals came from Sarah Cameron (4), Jennifer Osman (3) and Margaret Gleeson and Chloe Brown (2 each), demonstrating the very even spread of scoring SKOB boast in their forward line. Bree Doyle and Jessica Joyce were the main culprits in the midfield for the Saints, who now turn their attention to a perfect test on the eve of finals – the undefeated Marcellin.
Kew vs West Brunswick
It was 10 weeks between wins for Kew, as the Bears registered their first win since Round 3, with a 27-point win over West Brunswick. Leading by just 2 points at half time, the game opened up for Kew in the second half. Cahlia Haslam put together a complete performance on the wing for the Bears, and she was well supported by fellow midfielders Michaela Harding, Tara Donnan and Lily Barr. Kew were able to get first use of the footy and create space up forward for Danielle Calautti who finished the game with 2 goals. The win for was reward for a Bears squad who were able to field their strongest team in a number of weeks, and by doing so, kept their slim finals hopes alive. The Magpies will need to bounce back against Old Xaverians after the bye, as they look to make certain of a finals berth.