A crucial mid-table match is the highlight of this week’s Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Round 12 matchups. Geelong hosts VU Western Spurs in a match that has big ramifications for the loser of the game, as Mitch Wynd reports.
With only three matches remaining, whoever loses this game can consider their finals aspirations over.
VU Western Spurs have the slight edge going into the match, with a 7-4 record as opposed to Geelong’s 6-5 record. However, the Cats are a team that must not be taken lightly, their defensive capabilities this season have been notable, and they could very well stifle the Spurs’ forward line.
Last week, Geelong overcame a scoreless opening quarter to secure a 4.5.29 to 2.3.15 victory over Box Hill. After allowing the Hawks the first two goals, the Cats failed to concede another goal for the rest of the match, in what was a determined defensive effort. Burchell, Boyd, Maguire, and Fedele kicked the goals for Geelong on the day.
VU Western Spurs were outclassed by Melbourne University last week, with the scoreboard reading 12.6.78 to 1.3.9.
Danni Teasdale scored the only goal on the day for the Spurs, during the final quarter. Throughout the day, the Spurs’ defence struggled to contain Moana Hope and Kaitlyn Ashmore who kicked six and two goals respectively.
Other matches this weekend include:
MELBOURNE UNI v CRANBOURNE – 2:00PM Sunday August 13 @ Melbourne University Oval
LAST TIME THEY MET – Melbourne Uni 17.14.116 vs. Cranbourne 2.0.12 – 2016 Round 9 @ Melbourne University Oval
Melbourne University scored a big win on the weekend over VU Western Spurs, dominating across each line of the ground with the final margin being 69 points. Collingwood AFLW star Moana Hope was back to her very best, kicking six goals for the day and ending with half of the team’s twelve goals. Ashmore (2), Lochland, Eva, Berry, and Anderson each contributed to the scoreboard also. They now face Cranbourne at home this week, as they look to re-enter the top two.
Cranbourne put on a good performance as they defeated Seaford by 23 points on the road. Three goals each in the second and third quarters paved the way for their victory, with Bianca Jakobsson leading the scoring with three goals herself. Moody, McLeod, Thomas, and Kennedy each kicked a goal, before a scoreless final quarter for each team. Cranbourne will look to take what confidence they can from the win, ahead of a challenging trip to face Melbourne Uni this week.
ST KILDA v DAREBIN – 2:00PM Sunday August 13 @ Peanut Farm Reserve
LAST TIME THEY MET – Darebin 5.3.33 vs. St Kilda 3.7.25 – 2017 Round 4 @ Bill Lawry Oval
Led by five goals from Jasmine Garner, St Kilda claimed a 7.10.52 to 6.6.42 victory at home over the Eastern Devils. Garner was simply too much for the Devils defenders as she was always a goalscoring threat throughout the day. The Sharks now find themselves in the top four at the expense of VU Western Spurs, and face a stern test of their finals hopes when they take on Darebin, who have now taken first place.
Darebin were the another team to overcome a slow start to claim victory, defeating Diamond Creek 7.10.52 to 4.3.27 to take top spot on the VFLW ladder. 11 points off the pace at the first break, the Falcons kept the Creekers scoreless as they took a nine-point lead into the main break. The Darebin defence continued their fine work in the third quarter as well, keeping the opposition to just two behinds. Lauren Arnell kicked three goals, with Stephanie Simpson providing backup with two of her own. The Falcons now sit atop the ladder, and face St Kilda this week away from home.
DIAMOND CREEK v BOX HILL – 2:00PM Sunday August 13 @ Plenty War Memorial Park
LAST TIME THEY MET – N/A
Diamond Creek have lost their top position on the ladder, which they had occupied since Round 6, after a 25-point defeat at the hands of Darebin away from home. In a rare display of scoring trouble, the Creekers were kept goalless for two quarters, and by the time two goals were scored in the final quarter, the result was already apparent. Christina Bernardi was the only multiple goalscorer with two, while single goals went to Alison Downie and Chloe Molloy. Diamond Creek will try and identify what went wrong for them on the day ahead of their match against the 9th placed Box Hill.
Box Hill could not maintain their first quarter momentum in their match against Geelong, going down by 14 points at their home ground. Emily Gilder and Gabrielle Mahoney provided the opening goals for the Hawks as they looked to have started the match very well. Unfortunately for Box Hill, only two behinds followed for the rest of the match, and they allowed Geelong to snatch back the lead. The Hawks now face the daunting trip to Diamond Creek this week.
SEAFORD v EASTERN DEVILS – 2:00PM Sunday August 13 @ R F Miles Recreation Reserve
LAST TIME THEY MET – Eastern Devils 8.8.56 vs. Seaford 0.2.2 – 2017 Round 3 @ Mulgrave Reserve
Seaford failed to score in two quarters of football as they went down to Cranbourne, 2.5.17 to 7.8.50 at their home ground. Leading by eight points at quarter time, the Tigerettes soon found themselves chasing the match again, as Cranbourne were able to steal back the lead and prevent any scoring. In the end, the two first quarter goals ended up becoming the only two goals for the home side, scored by Jessica Eberle and Matilda Arthur. Seaford are at home again this week, and are up against the 7th placed Eastern Devils.
The Eastern Devils were close in their match against St Kilda, but in the end fell ten points short in what was an entertaining match. The Devils held a five point lead going into the final quarter, but could only produce two behinds in the final quarter when it counted, and the Sharks got away with the victory. Meg Hutchins kicked three goals for the day while Sarah Perkins kicked two. The Devils now travel to play against Seaford this week, looking to put the loss behind them.