Old Ivanhoe v Yarra Old Grammarians (Women)
Old Ivanhoe were at home again for their round 3 clash with Yarra Old Grammarians on a perfect day for football. A relatively fresh-faced side would be taking the field for Old Ivanhoe as they had made 14 changes from the week before, including two first gamers, Milly and Sophie Di Virgilio.
Old Ivanhoe got off to a fast start with what seemed to be an improvement in accuracy in front of goal managing three in the first quarter. Scarlett Reeves-Smyth, Tash Reeve and Anna Gibbs all taking advantage of the first quarter midfield dominance to become the early goal kickers in the match. The quarter was highlighted by Sophie Cuthbert’s run down the wing which saw her take three bounces and propel the ball inside 50.
The second quarter saw both sides struggle to dominate on the scoreboard with Old Ivanhoe keeping the ball locked forward for long periods of time without the reward they were after. Strong set-up from the half backs meant that Yarra found it difficult to clear the line and every time the ball came out of the forward 50 it would be put back in. Emma Volpe was very strong in her defensive efforts and took her opportunities to get her hands on the footy whenever it came her way, keeping the pressure on the Yarra forwards and not letting them settle up front. Old Ivanhoe went into the half time break kicking a flurry of behinds but another strong quarter in the middle and through the defensive line meant they were yet to concede a score.
The third quarter went much along the lines as the first with Old Ivanhoe bursting out of the blocks and this time capitalising on their field position. Sarah Foley continued her strong season up front scoring two goals and heavily pressuring the Yarra defence. Sophie Cuthbert’s continual run also paid off as she scored the goal her effort deserved. Yarra managed to briefly force the ball forward to score a behind but Old Ivanhoe’s set-up saw them bring it out cleanly and continue to press forward heading into the final break.
In the final quarter Old Ivanhoe made some positional changes leading to Ally Veal having a change of scenery up forward and she quickly made the most of it by marking and scoring from the goal square. Bonae Langborne and Georgia Vlahos were again strong across half back, using their run to get the ball forward leading to another goal, this time from Mia Siemonsma. Yarra managed to put through a hard-earned goal after playing most of the game without getting reward for their effort. Jacqueline Mitchelhill led from the front in what turned out to be a rather physical game resulting in at least two black eyes and facial knocks from Old Ivanhoe players. A great result from Old Ivanhoe leading into next rounds bye.
Match report by Jack Veal
Best Players: B. Langborne, E. Volpe, N. Reeve, S. Cuthbert, S. Di Virgilio, M. Di Virgilio
Yarra Old Grammarians Football Club
Best Players: H. Donelan, R. Dumesny, M. Spaulding, J. Cossari, P. Wolff
|April 21, 2018||12:00 pm||Womens||2018|
|Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe|