womens lightning premiership
CGFC Women’s team made history at the VAFA Women’s Lightening Premiership last Saturday, playing South Melbourne Districts in the first ever VAFA women’s match, on Sportscover Arena. The atmosphere around the ground was buzzing with joy for the girls to be able to get out and play the great game, as well as anticipation for how they would all go.
The day consisted of three matches, each with two halves, and the girls, coached by Guy Nelson, donned their blue and white jerseys with pride. It was a well-structured day, allowing for players on all teams to learn the rules in practice and the CGFC made the most of coaching in between games to talk in depth about position roles and structures. Oftentimes, players on all teams didn't know which side the free kick had been awarded to or what they had done to cause a violation, but with patience from umpires, coaches and support staff it was a huge day of learning the game. The final round of matches was of substantially better quality than the first. Over the day the confidence and competitiveness in CGFC girls grew and grew, and they finished the day with three well-deserved Ws over South Melbourne (0.0.0 - 1.0.6), Old Hailebury (0.1.01 - 2.1.13) and Wesley Collegians (1.3.9 - 0.2.2).
On the field the girls got their first taste of match pressure; the games were heavily congested, as expected, making it difficult for them to execute their skills with such pressure around the ball. However, their tackling was aggressive and effective, and they were able to outrun many of their opposition players. The girls came together as a team over the day, but outstanding performances from Irena Malliaris and Alex Thompson in the midfield allowed the girls to keep the ball out of the back lines and get it down to Jules Cowell and Em Sandler at CHF. The girls responded well to Guy’s half time speeches, and their use of space improved vastly throughout the day. They were disappointed to have missed the Grand Final on percentage, but the girls couldn’t be more fired up for round one against Old Hailebury at Glen Huntly – Saturday 9am.