Marcellin vs Kew
The Eagles picked up right where they left off, registering a 31-point victory over Kew. It was Marcellin’s defensive unit that was most impressive, as Anja Marshallsay, Maddie Di Cosmo and Lani Pane only allowed the Bears to score a solitary point for the entire game. When the ball was up the other end, the class of Liv Dikransis stood out amongst some inaccurate kicking from her teammates, as she led the way with 2 quality snap goals. Tara Donnan and Kathryn Cook were the best for the Bears as they figured out where they sit against the benchmark in the league. They will now need to win most, if not all, of their remaining games to be a chance to sneak into finals.
St Mary’s vs Old Trinity
You wouldn’t know this game was played between 7th and 8th, as both teams put on a quality display of football in perfect conditions at Ferndale Park. Even though Trinity led from start to finish, St Mary’s never let them get further than a couple of kicks in front, ultimately going down by 8 points. The T’s had extra motivation for this clash, with Phoebe Maus and Mel Poulter both reaching 50 games, the first females to do so for the club. Sally Peers had the greatest impact on the game, with a clear best on ground display, and she was well supported by Isabella Aikman and Gee Stewart. Emma Loveless put through St Mary’s only two majors, whilst Grace Varcoe continued her consistent form.
West Brunswick vs Caulfield Grammarians
The clash between third-placed Caulfield Grammarians and fourth-placed West Brunswick lived up to expectations, with Caulfield running away 17-point winners in an arm wrestle at McAlister Oval. Matilda Hubbard (West Brunswick) slotted 2 first half goals to give her side the momentum going into half time. Trailing by 4 points at the main break, the Fields kept the Magpies goalless in the second half, and it was Caulfield’s midfield who were able to hit the scoreboard. In a game that was won in the middle, wingers Iffy Donnellan and Maysen Duffy, alongside club leader Cheree Peters, never stopped all day. The Fields turn their attention to the undefeated Marcellin and are positioned as well as any team to cause an upset.
SKOB Saints vs Old Xaverians
SKOB Saints showcased their goal-kicking power at Righetti Oval, defeating Old Xaverians by 46 points, and staying hot on the heels of ladder leaders Marcellin. Lizzie Wardlaw had her best return of the year with 3 goals, and Sarah Cameron chipped in with 2 of her own. With 4 other Saints kicking a goal, Xavs had no answers as the lead grew at each break. Despite the St Kevins forwards having a field day, it was Ellie McLinden down back who put together the most impressive performance of the day. The highlight of the game belonged to Margaret Gleeson when she slotted a goal on the final siren to fittingly mark her 50th game for the club. The Saints, just like every other team in the competition this year, could not find a way to stop Sarah Anderson as she was once again amongst the best for Xavs, and she found some support from Audrey Rhodes who put together her best game of the season.