PREVIEW: VFL Women’s Rd 5

Melbourne Uni and Darebin make the trip to Hamilton for the first ‘Gay? That’s OK’ pride match, headlining Round 5 action in the Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s competition. Mitch Wynd previews the round.

Each team will be wearing special rainbow jumper designs for this important match. Melbourne Uni are looking to make it five from five this season and a second victory over Darebin in 2017, in the Grand Final rematch – part 2. In the first instalment Uni were victorious by 30 points, keeping premiers Darebin to one goal for the game.

Darebin need a victory to get themselves out of the mid-table mire and into a position where they can challenge for a top four spot. Currently in 6th place with a 2-2 record, a loss could see Darebin slip further away from the top half of the ladder. The Falcons will be bolstered by the return of Aasta O’Connor and inclusion of Adelaide AFLW premiership Adelaide player Eb Marinoff.

After claiming their first win of the season last round, Cranbourne will be full of confidence that they can make it two in a row against the bottom-placed Seaford at Casey Fields in a VFL Women’s VFL double-header.

In their match against Box Hill, Cranbourne conceded three goals to one in the first quarter, before getting their defence in working order by only giving up four behinds for the remainder of the game. They still trailed at half time, but with the fantastic work by the defence, they were able to kick a winning score in the end.

Meanwhile, Seaford had a day to forget against VU Western Spurs, going down by 46 points at home. Goalless until the fourth quarter, Seaford did well to limit their opposition to a goalless third quarter, however by then the damage had been done, and a four-goal final quarter reinforced VU Western Spurs’ dominance.

VU Western Spurs face off in a massive top four clash with Geelong at the Henry Turner Memorial Reserve this week.

Both teams are in the top four and have a 3-1 win/loss record, yet they had very different results in Round 4.

VU Western Spurs got the job done against Seaford last week by 46 points, and if not for a goalless third quarter the margin could have been much more. Jessica Francke booted three goals for the day, and was the only multiple goal scorer, with six others kicking one goal each.

As for Geelong, their match was billed as the battle between the best attack and the best defence, and unfortunately for Geelong the attack of their opponents was too strong. Beaten by Diamond Creek by 62 points, Geelong simply couldn’t handle the volume of shots coming their way, and were unable to produce enough attempts of their own. In fact, Geelong scored both of their goals in the fourth quarter, highlighting their difficulties in producing chances.

Whoever wins this match can be considered a serious contender, while the loser will suffer a setback that invites either St Kilda or Darebin to take their place.

Looking further down the ladder, Eastern Devils play against the winless Box Hill at Mulgrave Reserve.

Eastern Devils lost in their away match to Melbourne Uni by 41 points. While they did kick a score that could have won them other matches, the defensive unit was unable to contain Melbourne Uni. A win against Box Hill is much needed for the Devils, who are looking to break out of the bottom four and join the mid-table fight.

While they will be pleased with their three goals to one first quarter, Box Hill will be very dissatisfied with the fact that they only kicked four behinds for the rest of their match against Cranbourne. Massive lapses like that won’t win you many matches, and it is up to Box Hill to bring a full four-quarter effort this week.

And in the final match of the round, St Kilda hosts the high-flying Diamond Creek at the Peanut Farm Reserve.

Despite having three more scoring shots, St Kilda lost by 8 points in their away game against Darebin. With the scoreboard reading 5.3.33 to 3.7.25, St Kilda will be wondering whether they could have done better than 1.4 in the final quarter when the game was on the line. Jasmine Garner kicked two goals, while Brittany Bonnici kicked the remaining goal.

Diamond Creek enjoyed a comfortable win at home against Geelong, kicking 11 goals on their way to a 62-point win. Competition leading goal kicker Chloe Molloy bagged another four goals to put her seven clear of her teammate Christina Bernardi. On top of the ladder, and with an unrivalled 329.67% percentage, Diamond Creek are simply flying.

 

LAST TIME THEY MET:

Darebin 1.4 10 vs. Melbourne Uni 6.4 40 – 2017 Round 1 @ Bill Lawry Oval

Cranbourne 7.4 46 vs. Seaford 10.9 69 – 2016 Round 16 @ Casey Fields

VU Western Spurs vs. Geelong  – N/A

Eastern Devils vs. Box Hill – N/A

St Kilda 12.6 78 vs. Diamond Creek 7.8 50 – 2016 Round 15 @ Peanut Farm Reserve

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