Bulleen Templestowe v Old Ivanhoe (Women)
Old Ivanhoe’s round six matchup had the girls travel to Bulleen Templestowe and attempt to string together consecutive wins for the second time in the season. The match proved to be rather physical from the outset forcing both sides to not only play through contact but also to have to prioritise the importance of staying focused in playing for the ball. Round six also had Ally Veal stepping in to captain Old Ivanhoe for the first time
The first quarter started with Old Ivanhoe and Bulleen both fighting to gain dominance over the other with neither team managing to lock the ball forward consistently. After much persistence it was Old Ivanhoe who took the ball forward and began to look dangerous. Demi Mihaloudis put her head over the ball and was taken high, awarding her a set shot which she put away with ease. The rest of the quarter was very back and forth and played mostly between the arcs.
The second quarter once again was a display of tough football resulting in the struggle for either team to dominate. Anna Gibbs and Bella Reeves-Smyth stood out as they consistently won the ball through the middle of the ground, showing both aggression and poise over the football. The physicality of the game stepped up as Isobel Hogg was the victim of a heavy tackle, landing her head into the ground and ruling her out for the rest of the day. At half time Old Ivanhoe would go in with an eight-point lead, though Bulleen were very much in the contest and both teams would have to work to finish the game off strong.
The beginning of the third quarter was a credit to Old Ivanhoe listening to their half time message. After being asked to emphasise leading hard at the ball, Ruby Walker did just that and took a strong mark just out of scoring distance. Showing a great presence of mind, she took off running around the player on the mark and kicked her first goal for Old Ivanhoe. This however would be the only goal for the quarter but due to the defensive efforts of Bonae Langborne, Cara Eddings and Ally Veal Old Ivanhoe would go into the last quarter holding a two-goal lead.
Old Ivanhoe started the last quarter in a strong fashion, using fitness and speed to manage the ball forward to try put the game away. Scarlett Reeves-Smyth got reward for consistent effort by taking a mark at the top of the goal square and calmly going back and kicking truly, extending Old Ivanhoe’s lead. With the game on the line, Bulleen worked the ball forward but Molly Keogh stood firm against a barrage of repeat entries, denying any score. Demi Mihaloudis once showed the importance of standing tough over the ball as she fought to earn herself a second goal. A late consolation for Bulleen was not enough as Old Ivanhoe came home victors by 22 points.
Round Seven will see Old Ivanhoe host Aquinas at midday as they look to win three on the trot.
Match report by Jack Veal
Best Players: M. Davies, A. Dedes, C. Hoh, R. Traplin
Best Players: R. Walker, A. Gibbs, S. Reeves-Smyth, I. Reeves-Smyth, D. Mihaloudis, B. Langborne
|May 19, 2018||9:20 am||Womens||2018|
|Ted Adjani Reserve|
|Unit 2/57 Hazel Dr, Templestowe Lower VIC 3107, Australia|