De La Salle v Old Ivanhoe (Women)
ROUND TEN DE LA SALLE VS OLD IVANHOE
Round ten had Old Ivanhoe head to De La Salle for a cold afternoon of football. Both sides were looking to turn around their round nine results and walk away with an all-important win. The ground had certainly seen its share of the weather as the middle turf wicket had become a large mud patch, a desirable sight only for some. Old Ivanhoe would face a challenge as two late outs left them with only three players on the bench, as opposed to the standard six.
The first quarter got off to a slow start with neither team managing to take charge. Eventually Old Ivanhoe started to gain ascendancy in the possession game, working the ball up the ground for a slew of points. Anna Gibbs, along with her fellow midfielders, set up very strongly across Old Ivanhoe’s forward 50 and ensured repeat entries. At long last the weight of numbers took their toll and Sarah Foley got onto the end of her first of the day.
Old Ivanhoe turned up the pressure in the second quarter, exhibiting their midfield strengths by locking the football forward for long periods. Sarah Foley pushed hard to kick her second goal and then quickly scored her third after working seamlessly with Charlotte Turner on a nice give and go. As half time approached the mud began to enslave its first victims, with several girls from both sides committing to strong tackles resulting in a change in colour for their uniform. Old Ivanhoe went into half time with defence leading the way and holding a four-goal lead.
Old Ivanhoe and De La Salle both knew the importance of a positive start following the main break and it was Old Ivanhoe who took the opportunity best. A perfect pass from Tash Reeve set up Mia Siemonsma who marked, and coolly tucked her shot away for her first goal of the day. Lucy Purchase continued to work her way into the match through her consistent and dominant ruck work and Beth Hopper worked tirelessly when she got her chances in the middle of the ground. The lead for Old Ivanhoe grew out to 32 points as they headed to the final break.
The first ten minutes of the last quarter once again belonged to Old Ivanhoe as any forward play for De La Salle was squandered by the likes of Georgia Vlahos and Chelsea Huynh. Sarah Foley once again popped up to kick her fourth and then fifth goals, topping off another great goal scoring performance. De La Salle showed great persistence and as the game neared its close, scored two hard fought goals that their efforts had certainly deserved. When the final siren sounded, it was Old Ivanhoe who came away victors by 32 points.
Old Ivanhoe will return home in their round eleven match, coming up against Williamstown for the first time.
Match report by JACK VEAL
De La Salle
Best Players: J. Faulkner, M. Bourke, A. Jessup, F. Damant, M. Ball, A. Riley
Best Players: O. Zuccala, S. Foley, C. Turner, L. Purchase, A. Gibbs, C. Huynh
|June 23, 2018||2:00 pm||Womens||2018|
|916A Doncaster Rd, Doncaster East VIC 3109, Australia|