Purcell stars......for the Bulldogs!
Norths have wrapped up 2nd place on the Premiership table with a determined 5 point win over South's in round 11 of local women's football. With only one round left before the finals South's will not make the finals but they should be well satisfied with their first year.
For the Bulldogs Kirby Purcell (pictured) played a terrific game throwing herself into every contest with great determination and showcased her skills with great kicking and handball. North's also struck gold sending defender Kathryn James from defence into attack with James scoring all 3 goals for the winners. North's also covered the loss of regular CHB Teagan Coombes by shifting Aisha Walker to that position. Walker's ability to read the game proved an obstacle for the Roos when attacking. Cassandra McEvoy also played a strong game in the middle and also in defence. North's also welcomed back Jessica Rayner into the ruck and Jess was high up in the Bulldogs best. Things happen when Tarnee Tester is near the ball and she was instrumental in setting up many scoring chances. Other good players were Kirstie Lenton, Britt Tangey and Jo Lenton always has a red hot dip!
For the Roos, it was a matter of oh so close. Trialing by 11 points at the last change, but with the wind, they were a genuine chance. When Heidi Drenkhahn scored a goal in the first minute the margin was back to 5 points. Alas the defensive work of North's through Xanthe Zanon, Walker, Tangey and McEvoy saw them hang on for a good win. South's had key players Lyndsay Kubiak and Shae Nevill off for 8 minutes of the last quarter which may mean they were "tanking" for draft picks for season 2013! Earlier both had been quality players for the Roos through the midfield. In attack Teresa Riley was a great target and scored a nice goal from a good mark. Alice Winn-Dix also slotted a goal. Best for the Roos was Emma Quinn whose late season form has been a relevation and clearly a future REP player for BH. Kubiak and Nevill were great as was Steph Maher, Erin Crawford & Phoebe Norton- Knight. Amanda Harris played a wonderful game across half back and Morgan Morris is improving her positioning to win more contests.
In the match at the Memorial Centrals made it eleven straight with a 4-4 (28) to 0-1 (1) win over West. This game was much closer than the scores suggest with Central's using the wind to score 1-2 to nil with the wind in the first quarter. In the second term West failed to score...but so did Centrals as the wind made life difficult.
Centrals with the wind in the 3rd term clicked and scored 3-2 to nil to lead 28 to 0 at 3/4 time. West did manage a point in the last quarter, but Centrals proved they can defend as well as attack. Centrals used Sophie Milne in attack and her 3 goals were priceless in the wash up. Tania Roberts also scored a goal for the Pies, and continues to be a "role model" for all women that age is no barrier in AFL. Better players for the Pies were Tayla Frizell, Milne, Rep Captain Erica Schmidt, Club Captain Katie Patison, Marcia Millstead and Phoebe Knell.
For West Sarah Newsome continues to excel and may well be favoutite for the League B & F award. Gaylee Honson, Amee Hogarth, Paige Cuy, Jess Ray and Priscilla Mahoney rounded out the Robins best players.