Women’s footballers claim comfortable victories

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UNDER PRESSURE: South Gambier's Toneya Carraill looks to dispose of the ball with Penola's Stevie Judd hot in pursuit. Picture: JAMES MURPHY

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UNDER PRESSURE: South Gambier’s Toneya Carraill looks to dispose of the ball with Penola’s Stevie Judd hot in pursuit. Picture: JAMES MURPHY

SOUTH GAMBIER 13.12 (90) d PENOLA 0.0 (0)

SOUTH Gambier continued its winning ways on Sunday when it met Penola in round seven of the Limestone Coast Women’s Football League season.

The Eagles had won their last three games, but could not match the pace of a polished Demons’ outfit.

The home-ground advantage played to South and despite resistance from Penola in the early stages, it could not deny them from another big win.

South found a shot on goal from the first centre bounce, but the kick missed its mark.

That was followed by another behind before the Demons put their first of three opening-quarter goals on the board.

Heading into the first break with a 24-point deficit, Penola remained scoreless for the following three terms.

It managed to hold its undefeated opponent to 2.3 in the second quarter, but a four-goal haul after the long break put South 64 points clear at the final change.

A 26-point term followed and the Eagles went down by a massive 90 points.

For Penola Samantha Freeman pushed through the backline and worked hard to move the ball back up the ground.

She was aided by her teammates, who refused to bow their heads against a strong opposition.

However, with a seven-goal haul from South’s Neave Delaney, as well as another two majors from star forward Kendell Saffin, Penola lacked the firepower to compete.

The midfield pressure of Tess Andrews also dealt some serious damage and she was a driving force through the centre of the ground.

Her efforts were rewarded with the Demons’ best-on-ground honours, while Claudia Edmonds, Alexandra Lucas and Kali Langley were also impressive.

The Demons enter another likely win this weekend against Kongorong, while Penola will need to be at its best if it is to bounce back against Casterton Sandford.

KALANGADOO 3.9 (27) d NORTH GAMBIER 2.2 (14)

IN the only women’s football game of the round where both teams scored, Kalangadoo claimed a 13-point win over North Gambier.

A slow opening half saw the Magpies kick seven straight behinds, while the Tigers failed to make an impact on the scoreboard in the first two quarters.

However, in the third term both teams overcame their accuracy difficulties to find the big sticks.

Kalangadoo kicked all three of its goals in that term, while North found the centre of the posts once to trail by 20 points heading into the fourth.

Despite another goal from the Tigers and two behinds, opposed to the Magpies’ single point for the term, Kalangadoo remained in front at the final siren to post its third win of the 2019-20 season.

Goals were shared around with three different scorers, while it was Kylie Schultz who was named best-on-ground.

Lisa Isley and Paris Ackland also impressed, while for North it was Lorrelle Walker and Piper Killick who led the charge around the ground.

CASTERTON SANDFORD 14.16 (100) d GLENCOE 0.0 (0)

SUNDAY’S opening game of Limestone Coast women’s football set the tone of the day, when Casterton Sandford claimed a dominant 100-point win over Glencoe.

The breeze affected accuracy throughout the day, but the Cats managed to make their mark in the second term, following a first-quarter return of 1.6.

They scored 3.1 in the second to lead by 31 points at half time.

From there the Cats stepped up a gear and banged through four goals in the “premiership” quarter to seal the Murphies’ fate.

Just for safe measure another six goals were added in the fourth term and at the final siren the Cats had triumphed by a neat 100 points.

Isobel Cleary was again the best-on-ground for the Victorians, while Chloe Finnigan led the charge with four goals.

For Glencoe it was Donna Jaeschke who was best, with Tara Bonney also playing well.

The win now puts the Cats a win clear in fourth place and they will be eager to hold onto that position with just two minor rounds remaining.

KYBYBOLITE 18.28 (136) d KONGORONG 0.0 (0)

THE Kybybolite train remains at full speed, with no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Kongorong was the latest team to perish against the northern Tigers, with a massive 136-point thrashing dealt at Blue Lake Sports Park on Sunday.

The margin could have been even greater, were it not for an inaccurate day in front of goals.

Kyby finished up with a return of 18.28, but that did not prevent it from steam-rolling the Hawks in spectacular fashion.

By the first change the margin was 37 points and it was extended to 62 by the main break.

Kongorong’s chances of an upset had been put to rest by then and Kyby cut loose in the second half to claim a percentage-boosting victory.

The Hannafords were again at the front of the goal-kicking charge, with Della top-scoring with six majors, while Holly managed three.

Ella Jones and Georgia Gill also kicked multiples with two each, while the latter was named as second best on the day.

It was Tyler Atkinson who stood out the most and received the best-on-ground honours, with Annabel Mould and Jones also impressive.

For the Hawks Mahli Pannenburg was best, while Lexie Kermond and Amy Czernich-Pearce also earned a mention.

MUNDULLA 6.9 (45) d MILLICENT 0.0 (0)

MUNDULLA’S solid run into the business end of the Limestone Coast Women’s football season continued on the weekend with a 45-point victory over Millicent.

The Saints failed to hit the scoreboard and while they held the reigning premiers to just 17 first-half points, Mundulla broke away after the long break to put the result out of doubt.

Natalie Twigden was the main culprit in front of the big sticks with three majors and she was named second best for her efforts, while it was the running feats of Tessa Marra which were recognised as the best on the day.

She kicked a goal to cap off her solid performance, while Zoe Hawker, Carlee Feder, Dana Poulton and Tegan Roberts were also in fine form.

For Millicent Stephanie Gilbert was named best-on-ground, with Sarah Fabris and Kelsie Wilkinson also contributing.