women's match Report: grading game 1 -
CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS VS. old haileybury
Caulfield 8 - 9 - 57 Defeated Old Haileybury 2 - 7 - 19
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The girls were pumped for their first official and full-length match against Hailebury on Saturday and it was magnificent to be hosting the historic occasion at home at Glenhuntly. The girls played Hailebury in the second round of the Lightening Premiership, defeating them by two goals (to none), so they knew the hearts would want to come out guns blazing.
The sun was hot for the morning and a strong wind towards Neerim road meant the girls were glad to win the toss. Captain Amy Dumas put the challenge to them in the first term: ‘This is a three goal wind girls’. The girls took the upper hand early on, with mids Alex Thompson and Alice Levin more willing to get their body over ball than many of the Hailebury girls. Sisters Irena and Connie Malliaras converted the effort from the midfield onto the scoreboard with three between them in the first quarter, with Irena slotting one from deep in the right-hand forward pocket. Hailebury’s key players Casey and McDonald were able to cut through the large packs every now and again, but it would often be fumbled and turned over under pressure in their forward line.
With four unanswered goals the girls were pleased, but coach Guy Nelson knew that they had a lot more in them, demanding more tackles and more kicks. The girls responded to him well with forward pressure all over the ground to counter for the wind. With repeat efforts in the forward line and two goals from Kate Lucarelli, and one goal each from Bec Morrissy and Amy Dumas, the Hailebury girls became increasingly frustrated (one giving away a 25 meter penalty in our forward line, resulting in a goal.)
Hailebury came into the third fast, wanting to close the five goal goal margin, and were repeatedly able to get the ball out and away. The fields girls struggled to catch S Casey once she got it, and she got a number of impressive kicks away and into her forward line. Here, however, several set shots were missed by the Hearts, and key tackles laid by Jemima Sennitt and Amy Dumas were applauded by the crowd. Several long runs up the wings by Lucarelli, I Malliaris and Grace Buchan returned the ball to the fields forward line again and again, where Dumas and Julia Cowell scored one goal a peice in the fourth. Many of the girls’ fitness stood up against Hailebury’s through the fourth, not unlike their defence, which was arguably where they won the game.
It is clear that with time the match skills will improve throughout the women’s league, as demonstrated by key players who have trained the entirety of the preseason. The girls were thrilled with the win, and thank the supporters, who’s roar at each goal was audible from the far wing. It’s fantastic for the girls to be out there and with the support of the club they’re looking forward to becoming one of the most aggressive and skillful teams in the VAFA.