SKOB surging, Mugars make it two

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Alisha Min

SKOB Saints ran out 16-point winners over West Brunswick at Righetti Oval in Round 14, securing second place in the process and the double chance in finals. Leading at every change of ends, and keeping the Westies goal-less until the final term, the Saints’ defensive workrate around the ground was particularly impressive. The SKOB squad laid 73 tackles for the afternoon, 20 more than West Brunswick, and also limited the Magpies to just six inside-50’s for the match compared to their own 24. As a result, Georgia Croply (2) cashed in with two majors, while Ila Taylor, Sarah Cameron and Margaret Gleeson all chimed in with one. Jessica Joyce (21 disposals, 6 tackles) and Bree Doyle (19 disposals, 8 tackles, 4 clearances) were standouts for SKOB, while West Brunswick’s Alexandra Cheal (19 disposals, 8 tackles) alongside Mel Lindsay, Denise Heckmann and Yolanda Jones, fought hard all day.

Sitting 0-12 two rounds ago, Melbourne University conclude their 2019 season 2-12 and off the bottom of the ladder (7th) courtesy of an eight-point win over Kew. A contested game of ‘tug-of-war’ ensued in the opening half at the Uni Oval with the Bears’ managing a six-point buffer at the major break thanks to Krystal Shaw (1), Brydie Carmichael (1) and Tara Donnan’s (1) goals. Bursting out the blocks after the half, Alexandra Gittings (1) and Phillipa Harrison (2) dobbed the first two goals of the third term, before Kew’s Laura Ayers (1) sunk a late one to make it a two-point ballgame come the fourth and final term. Nailing the only goal in the fourth term, Harrison’s goal-side handiwork, along with Marinella Salafia’s and Steph Commelli’s 18 and 17 disposals, respectively, enabled the Mugars second win for the season. For the defeated Kew, who would be disappointed to lose given they had more possessions (232 v 217) and forward 50 opportunities (22 v 13), Lily Barr shone with 15 disposals and 14 tackles, as did teammates Isabella Harding (21 disposals), Jessica Burger (18 disposals, 6 tackles) and Anne-Marie Boys (18 disposals).

Minor premiers Old Trinity continued their winning streak (5 in a row) in the final round of the home & away season with a 12-point win over St Mary’s Salesian (5th). The Saints were quicker off the mark, sinking two goals straight through Holly Ellis and Joelly Firmin (1) compared to Trinity’s 1.3 to take a slim three-point margin into the first break. The scoreboard impact came from Trinity in the second term, with Georgia Stewart and Amanda Fogarty combining with two goals, but a late major through the Saints’ Alice Angley kept the Salesians’ in touch at halftime. Despite four majors being kicked in the third, the five-point halftime margin stayed put at 3QT, before Stewart and Fogarty iced the match in the fourth with another major each – talking their individual goal tallies to three and two, respectively. For the winning T’s, who will enter finals in fantastic form, Big V star Imogen Barnett was prolific with 17 disposals, 10 marks, five tackles and 24 hit-outs, while Grace Dillon (14 disposals, 5 tackles) and Lucy Aitken were able in support. For the defeated St Mary’s, who narrowly miss a 2019 finals appearance, Rachel Gill (21 disposals, 8 tackles, 3 clearances) was deemed best, while Angley (2 goals, 14 disposals, 7 tackles) and Ellis (2 goals) also led from the front.

An 18-point victory over Fitzroy-ACU, paired with the Westies loss to SKOB, has enabled Marcellin to jump into third place on the ladder post the final round of the 2019 minor season. Though scoreboard inaccuracies were apparent for the Sheagles side, who concluded the day with 4.10, three majors to leading William Buck Premier goal-kicker, Shaylee Taylor, and an additional goal to Olivia Dikranis (1) was enough to best the Roy Girls in this contest. Laura Robertson (19 disposals, 13 tackles) Teah Stepan (16 disposals 11 tackles) and Annaleise Xanthos were fantastic for Marcellin, while Hannah Martin (10 disposals, 56 hit-outs), Teresa Zampaglione (24 disposals, 12 tackles, 4 clearances, 6i50’s) and Erin Gogerly (23 disposals, 7 tackles) were ferocious for Fitzroy.