Women show strength

LOOKING FOR OPTIONS: Mundulla's Bree Marziale finds space in front of North Gambier's Carly Ploenges during Sunday's women's football game at Kalangadoo.

By Trevor Jackson

BIG victories were the order of the day when the Veolia Limestone Coast Women’s Football League took to the grounds in the region for the penultimate minor round of the season.

Games were played Friday night at Penola and Sunday at Kalangadoo.

Millicent struggled at the hands of South Gambier on Friday at McCorquindale Park, unable to score as the Demons ran rampant.

The writing was on the wall after the opening stanza where the victors put on six major scores to hold a 38-0 advantage at the first break.

The trend continued throughout the four quarters and even with a massive three-quarter-time lead, South refused to back off and banged on eight majors in the final term to seal a huge 26-16 (172) to zero victory.

Neave Delaney and Kendell Saffin kicked four goal each, while Chelsea Frost, Alice Tentye, Melanie Bateman, Simone Macdonald and Jasmine White all kicked three.

In the late game Friday night the scenario was not much better for Kongorong.

Penola simply controlled the game and did not allow the challengers to bother the scorers.

An 83-0 half-time score suggested Kongorong would struggle to find the big sticks and Penola ensured it would not happen, running out 23-16 (154) to zero winners.

Georgina Jacobs topped the list with four goals for Penola, while Stella Glynn, Shandeen Balshaw and Aidene Parr all kicked three.

All teams scored on Sunday, but there were still big margins in the games.

North Gambier faced a tough Mundulla side and cold only manage a solitary goal throughout the contest.

However, there was plenty of effort from the young Tigers, despite much of the first half played in Mundulla’s forward half.

That resulted in a 50-0 half-time score, with North finding its only score in the third term.

The constant forward thrusts ensured Mundulla ran out emphatic 13-14 (92) to 1-0 (6) winners.

Kellsie Turner made the most of her opportunities up forward with six majors for the victors.

In the final game at Kalnagadoo the hosts welcomed the Victorian visitors Casterton Sandford and made short work of the contest.

It was a lower-scoring affair, with little in the contest at the first break.

Kalangadoo led by seven points and could only add one more major score in the second term, but held the Cats scoreless in that quarter to extend the lead.

The Magpies broke the game open in the third quarter with another four goals, while the Cats still remained with just one opening-term goal on the board.

By the final break the margin had crept out to 38 points and the hosts were all-but home.

Another two goals in the final stanza sealed the 9-4 (58) to 1-1 (7) victory.

Madalyn Bonanno kicked three goals for the victors.

With just one minor round to play South sits clear at the top of the ladder, from Kybybolite, Penola and Mundulla.

Kalangadoo is in fifth place, equal on points with Mundulla but with a lower percentage.