Aquinas v Old Ivanhoe (Women)
The last game of the regular season had quickly approached and provided a big opportunity for Old Ivanhoe to cement a top two spot on the ladder, guaranteeing a double chance in the finals.
Aquinas made a fast start to the match, scoring the first goal within two minutes and applying the early pressure. A mere five minutes after the opening bounce, Mia Siemonsma went down with a severe ankle injury that would end her day. After play resumed Old Ivanhoe went immediately into attack mode, launching the ball forward to the well-positioned Sienna Whiteman who poked home her first goal of the year. The goal was quickly followed up by another as Zoe Glascott burst through a pack and kicked truly. Just before quarter time, Bella Reeves-Smyth became the second to roll her ankle as Old Ivanhoe would go two down on rotations with more than three quarters left to play.
The scores were level to begin the second quarter, though it did not take long for captain Jacqueline Mitchelhill to change that. Noticing an open square, she had a long shot that took a perfect bounce and rolled through for a goal. Bonae Langborne showed off her strong hands as she secured several tough marks and took the game on. Old Ivanhoe began to show signs that they were getting on top as Scarlett Reeves-Smyth put through her first to extend the lead to 14 points heading into half time.
After the break Old Ivanhoe flexed its muscles and increased the lead further. Firstly, it was Jacqueline Mitchelhill scoring her second with a clever snap around her body and then Lucy Purchase, who used her height to take a fantastic pack mark, which she followed up with her first ever goal. Aquinas worked the ball into their forward line to score a steadying goal, but Old Ivanhoe were right back on the attack as Sienna Whiteman kicked her second.
The last quarter started in a similar fashion to the third, the Old Ivanhoe backline remained strong with Cara Eddings and Emma Volpe repelling most of the attacks that came their way. As the ball went forward Romy Costa, Abbey Windley and Clare Monaghan all looked dangerous, but Lucy Purchase was again the one who popped up to kick her second goal of the day. The game was filled with great individual efforts from almost every player, a credit to the commitment and hard work that has been put in by all the players over the course of the regular season. The match was capped off by a goal to Grace Rattray-Wood, who had played intelligently all day and finally got her reward. When the final siren sounded it was Old Ivanhoe who had come out on top by 34 points.
Next week Old Ivanhoe will head to Elsternwick Park to play Old Melbournians in the team’s first ever final. It has been a tremendous effort by everyone involved to help the team make it this far, though there is much hard work to come.
By Jack Veal
Best Players: J. Mitchelhill, L. Purchase, C. Eddings, Z. Glascott, B. Langborne, C. Monaghan
|July 28, 2018||9:20 am||Womens||2018|
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