Old Ivanhoe v Oakleigh (Women)
Round five saw Old Ivanhoe return home in their clash with Oakleigh. The club was hosting four home games on a day celebrating breast cancer awareness. The players donned pink laces, ribbons and had a team photo with Oakleigh whilst holding a ceremonial pink ball.
The first quarter began with Old Ivanhoe kicking with the wind. Old Ivanhoe won the territorial battle early on and managed to lock the ball forward for large parts of the quarter. Kristen McCluskey was the first to reap the rewards of the continual forward pressure by earning a set shot for goal and kicking truly.
The second quarter was a tough battle for both sides as Old Ivanhoe managed time in their forward half for no reward. Georgia Vlahos and Sophie Cuthbert were very strong across half back and through the middle of the ground with plenty of run and carry, taking running bounces and proving very hard to catch. Jacqueline Mitchelhill showed strong captaincy with not only her ability to win the ball but with her constant talk and communication to her players on the field. Oakleigh managed a goal late in the quarter to go into half time only six points behind.
Kicking back with the wind in the third, Old Ivanhoe needed to lift in order to keep the pressure on Oakleigh. Old Ivanhoe were strong on the ball and after a string of behinds through the second quarter, finally managed to impact the scoreboard firstly through Sarah Foley and then with Romy Costa, who had been resting from her ruck duties and looked very natural at centre half forward. Old Ivanhoe would go into the last quarter looking comfortable with an 18-point lead.
The final term was filled with drama as Oakleigh got off to a very strong start and looked prepared to fight back into the match. Old Ivanhoe began to struggle with the pressure and gave up consecutive goals, firstly from a kick in and then from a free kick. With the game entering its last five minutes Oakleigh once again pressed forward strongly and kicked a big goal to take the lead for the first time of the day. With not much time left on the clock Old Ivanhoe realised there was little room for error and stepped up to the moment. Lucy Purchase gave the midfielders first use of the ball which allowed Old Ivanhoe to run forward and apply a strong forward press. After several repeat entries and multiple close attempts on goal, Sarah Foley earned a free kick from a tough spot in the pocket. She rose to the occasion and calmly put the ball through the middle of the big sticks to reinstate Old Ivanhoe’s lead. The last minute of the game was a tough battle but as the final siren sounded it was Old Ivanhoe who finished on top, taking the match by six points.
A great win celebrating a great cause as Old Ivanhoe go into their round six clash with Bulleen Templestowe.
Match report by Jack Veal
Best Players: J. Mitchelhill, N. Reeve, R. Costa, S. Foley, Z. Glascott, G. Vlahos
Best Players: J. Ballestrin, M. Bregazzi, C. Bethune, M. Minchin, K. White, A. Leeson
|May 12, 2018||12:00 pm||Womens||2018|
|Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe|