Penola turns season around in round six of women’s football

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TIGHT MATCH: Penola's Angela Broad looks for the smother as North Gambier captain Lorelle Walker prepares to kick away during the Eagles' four-point win. Picture: COURTESY OF CASTERTON NEWS

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TIGHT MATCH: Penola’s Angela Broad looks for the smother as North Gambier captain Lorelle Walker prepares to kick away during the Eagles’ four-point win.

PENOLA 5.2 (32) d NORTH GAMBIER 4.4 (28)

IT may have been a rocky start to the 2019-20 Limestone Coast women’s football season for Penola, but it recorded its third win on the trot when it faced North Gambier on Sunday.

The Eagles carried momentum from a tight win over Glencoe the week before and another close battle ensued against the Tigers.

However, a straight-kicking first half was enough to resist a push from North in the third quarter and Penola claimed a four-point win.

Angela Broad was the leading scorer for the match, banging through four of the Eagles’ five goals, while Shakayla Summerhayes also found the big sticks.

The consistent Sally Skeer was named best-on-ground for the match, while Broad, Alexandria Ey and Karmel Finch were also in fine form.

For North it was Nashemia McNamara and Jasmyn Plew-Jones who stood out, with the latter also scoring a goal.

Penola’s win lifts it to sixth on the ladder, with a finals berth still unlikely, but not completely out of the picture.

SOUTH GAMBIER 13.11 (89) d MILLICENT 0.0 (0)

MILLICENT entered its round-six meeting with South Gambier licking the wounds of a disheartening loss to ladder leader Kybybolite the previous week and the Saints were given no respite at Island Park on Sunday.

The Demons made short work of their rival and put the game to rest with an assertive first quarter.

By the time the siren blew to end the opening term South had kicked away to a 41-point lead.

Millicent was held scoreless during that time and remained unrewarded for the following three quarters, with the result dropping the Saints out of the top four.

With the game all-but won, the Demons added 2.3 in the second term to head into half time with a 50-point advantage, before booting a further five goals in the third term.

From there the scoring dried up and South only bothered the goal umpire on two occasions in the final stanza, with a minor and a major score.

Kendell Saffin had another field day in front of goals for the Demons, banging through five majors to jump into the top five goal kicker for the season on a total of 12 – with 11 of those scored in the last two rounds.

She was joined by Simone MacDonald and Lara Munro as multiple goal scorers, with the pair finding the big sticks twice each.

Surprisingly Saffin was not named among the best players, with Chelsea Frost impressing to take out the top honours, while Emma MacDonald, Riley Buckingham, Claudia Edmonds, Alexandra Lucas and Tess Andrews also received mentions.

For the Saints Madi Thwaites and Heidi Clark were best on a day Millicent would like to forget.

KALANGADOO 6.6 (42) d KONGORONG 2.3 (15)

KALANGADOO notched up its second win of the 2019-20 Limestone Coast Women’s Football League season when the Magpies swooped on Island Park for round six on Sunday.

Up against a winless Kongorong, Kalangadoo ran away on the scoreboard in the second half of the clash.

At quarter time the Magpies led by a single point, before they doubled their score in the second term to hold an eight-point advantage heading into the main break.

The Hawks managed to kick their second goal in the third quarter, but Kalangadoo added three majors and three minors to extend the margin out to 23 points.

Another goal and a behind in the fourth wrapped up the win for the Magpies, while Kongorong had opportunities, but could only add three minor scores before the final siren.

Brianna Gale led Kalangadoo with two goals for the match, while it was the efforts of Nicole Reeves which were recognised as the best on the day.

She was named best-on-ground, while Jaimee Ryan, Bianca Thorn and Madalyn Bonanno were also among the top performers.

For the Hawks Jemma Heraper and Taylor Cozzi scored a goal each, with Sarah Lucas, Isobel Jenkin and Heraper the best players.

MUNDULLA 3.13 (31) d GLENCOE 0.1 (1)

MUNDULLA continues to make its move up the Limestone Coast women’s football ladder, with Glencoe its latest victim at Island Park on Sunday.

The Murphies could not keep up with their opponent and managed a single behind for the entire game, which allowed Mundulla to run away to a 30-point win.

That margin could have been greater, was it not for a dismal 13 behinds from the reigning premiers, which is something the now third-placed side will need to improve on looking ahead to finals.

It was not until the third quarter Mundulla found the big sticks, where it scored two of its eventual three goals, with Tegan Roberts booting a pair, while Emily Fretwell added a single.

However, it was enough to deal Glencoe its fourth loss of the season, despite the efforts of Alice Tentye, Sarah Edwards and Heidi Cory for the Murphies.

Courtney Fabris best served the victors and was joined by the likes of Lauren Tink, Tessa Marra and Natalie Twigden.


SUNDAY’S final game of Limestone Coast women’s football saw home team Casterton Sandford play ladder leader Kybybolite.

The Cats put up a fight early on, but slipped to a 14-point deficit by half time.

Kyby continued to pull away in the second half, with two goals in the third term and another in the fourth, while the Cats managed just one second-half goal to go down by 30 points at the final siren.

Mykaela Walker and Sophie Hentschke were reliable targets in front of goal for the victors, with four and three majors respectively.

Walker was named as second best for the match, while the top honours went to Tyler Atkinson.

Isobel Cleary was a standout for the Cats, as she kicked both her team’s goals and was named best-on-ground.

Looking to this weekend, women’s football returns to Mount Gambier, with all games set for Blue Lake Sports Park.