women's match Report: GRADING GAME 2 -
CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS VS. DE LA SALLE
Caulfield 18 - 12 - 120 Defeated De La Salle 1 - 2 - 8
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It had been 17 days since their last match and with a whopping 16 debut players on the field, the excitement and anticipation of what the team is capable of was still very much in play on the morning of ANZAC Day. It was a pleasure to honour the ANZACs with the East Malvern RSL and alongside the De La girls with a minute’s silence before the game.
By gamestart the storm had eased but there was no escaping the night’s rain in the middle of the field. The first ruck set the course for many won by Alice Levin, who has a knack for guiding it straight to Irena Malliaras on her way through the pack. Not five minutes had gone by before it began to pour again, but by that time the girls were three goals up - one from Belle Connor and two from the debut star Millie Klingbeil.
The addition to the team brought much excitement this week as she showed on ANZAC Day her strength and exceptional skills. Most notable, however, was her footy smarts, often positioning herself strategically defensive-side of a contest and perfectly timing her run past to the hot spot - ball in hand. Not a quiet game on the scoreboard either, with eight goals against her name.
There was no escaping the messiness, but throughout the game and increasingly in the second half, the girls showed that they have been training to kick on the run and understand the movement of the ball much better. The girls also thrive on applying pressure more than most opponents they’ve met, and laid no less than 37 tackles in the first quarter alone.
The contest was always crowded and there was often a long scramble before the ball popped out, but many times the CGFC girls were able to get two or three slick handballs away and out to Bianca Mims on the wing, whose athleticism is showing another fine footballer in the making. The forwards had a difficult time getting B’s kicks to stick in the wet, but soccer backgrounds from several of the mids and fowards came to play with four goals kicked off the ground.
It was clear that the girl’s footy skills are improving quickly with practice and have further to go as well, but most exciting is that the intensity and pressure on the opponent comes naturally to them. After two rounds they are second on the ‘ladder’, and they play the top team, Monash Blues, this Sunday, 2pm at Frearson Oval, Monash Clayton. They are pumped up but they need the support from their club, so get around them!
PS We are very pleased to report that Maddie Harvey and Alice Reid have both been cleared of any damage after receiving knocks to the head.