Old Ivanhoe v Bulleen Templestowe (Women)
Both Old Ivanhoe and Bulleen Templestowe were coming into their round 13 matchup on a run of form, with Bulleen winning five out of their last six, and Old Ivanhoe pushing to secure a top two spot for the finals. Chelsworth Park was in great condition and the weather was perfect for football as both teams were set to battle it out for the second time of the year.
It was Bulleen Templestowe who made the fast start, kicking a quick goal and jumping out to an early lead. After ten minutes of pressure, Old Ivanhoe finally managed to find some field position and go forward in attack. Despite their efforts however, they only came away with two points. Romy Costa displayed her versatility by doing the large percentage of the ruckwork after spending several weeks playing as a forward. Her great work had Old Ivanhoe gaining an advantage around the stoppages and allowed the midfielders to go to work. Bulleen Templestowe went into quarter time leading the tight contest by just a single kick.
The second quarter went largely back and forth as both sides showed their strengths in an attempt to work the ball forward and score a goal. Tash Reeve scored Old Ivanhoe’s first goal of the day after putting her head down and fighting for the loose ball. After seeing the open goal square, she took a long shot for goal and the ball obliged by bouncing through. Old Ivanhoe’s defensive unit clamped down on Bulleen Templestowe’s forward-line and Emma Volpe was key with her ability to judge the ball in flight and take intercept marks. Going into halftime Bulleen Templestowe carried a one-point lead.
The third quarter was another arm wrestle. Old Ivanhoe made the hot start, but several rushed shots resulted in points that could have easily been goals. After several minutes of dominance, Bella Reeves-Smyth showed the composure required to kick a goal and give Old Ivanhoe a seven-point lead. Bulleen Templestowe however would not lay down and worked the ball up the field where they eventually earned a set-shot, which they looked comfortable kicking all day, and made no mistake. Old Ivanhoe would hold the three-quarter time lead by a solitary point.
Old Ivanhoe’s extra fitness work looked to begin paying off in the last quarter, using strong ruck work and leg speed to gain an advantage. Jacqueline Mitchelhill was once again best afield, her highlight play coming from the back pocket when she collected the ball and took four running bounces in delivering the ball into the middle of the ground. Bonae Langborne found space on the far wing several times in the last quarter and allowed Old Ivanhoe to maintain the forward pressure they needed to win the game. After toiling away all day, Zoe Glascott had worked herself into the match. Despite being caught running with the ball moments earlier, Zoe persisted and kicked her first goal for the year after taking two bounces and shooting from 15 metres out. As the siren sounded Old Ivanhoe finished on top by 10 points.
Next week, Old Ivanhoe will play their last game of the regular season at Aquinas as they look to secure second spot and a double chance in the finals.
By Jack Veal
Best Players: R. Costa, J. Mitchelhill, A. Windley, S. Whiteman, T. Newland, I. Hogg
Best Players: O. Lawrie, M. Davies, S. Fossey , R. Jones
|July 21, 2018||12:00 pm||Womens||2018|
|Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe|