Early in the week the St.Bedes Senior women trained with the St.Peters U18 squad at Centenary Park. This was the first step towards creating a pathway for junior girls to experience senior football, and hopefully for some be the stepping stone to elite football with the VFLWomen’s and AFLW. Four St.Peters U18 players joined the senior team for Saturday’s game against Yarra Old Grammarians, the first time this season the Tigers have fielded a full side.Losing the toss the Tigers, kicking into a strong wind, were held scoreless whilst Yarra were able to post 1 goal 3 to lead into the first break. The tables turned in the second quarter with great drive from Meg Geschke in the midfield playing an unfamiliar rucking role. She was supported by the strong run of Ella McDonell and Hayley Efthymiadis, holding Yarra scoreless while posting 2-11 for the quarter. After the main break, Beth Supple was moved into the centre and created some good forward moves into the strong breeze, while the defence of Sarah Butler working hard alongside Monique “Chucky” Blair restricted Yarra to only 3 behinds. After the last change we saw a flurry of behinds with Sammy Fisher closing out the game on 3 goals and Kristal Lugosi putting up the final score for SBMT-St.Peters to run out winners by 40points.
Goals: Sammy Fisher 3, Laura Summers, Beth Supple
Best Players: Meg Geschke, Gen Barns-Dunne, Sammy Fisher, Hayley Efthymiadis, Beth Supple, Gemma Reinhardt
Next week we travel to Brens Oval, Parkville for an early 9:20 start to take on second place UHS-VU
This week saw a depleted SBMT-StPeters side travel to Albert Park to take on Collegians, It was to be third against fourth with SBMT sitting inside the four on percentage. With only 17 players available it was going to be a tough day, but the SBMT girls lifted all around the ground. Collegians opened the scoring with an early goal, but strong work out of the middle by Kate Dempsey saw SBMT post a quick reply into the wind. At times the team was down to 15 on the ground whilst injured players were being assessed, but pressure tackling and hard running out of the back line by Sarah Butler and Monique Blair kept putting the game up to Collegians. Selfless unrewarded running by Eliza Cooper and Gen Barns Dunne stopping any momentum by Collegians meant there was only 2 points in the game going into the major break. Down to 15 players going into the third quarter meant that it was only going to get tougher and by three quarter time SBMT had laid 68 tackles. A further 22 tackles in the last saw Collegians take the points, but with 13 players on the ground through the last quarter the SBMT girls knew they had put up a great fight, and were acknowledged by the Collegians coach as probably being unlucky not to have won. There were a few bruised and tired young ladies at the Cocktail Night but they could hold their heads up knowing they had put in a great team performance. Game total of 80 tackles was measure of their fierce approach on the ball and opposition.
COLLEGIANS 4:6-30 to SBMT-STPETERS 2:2-14
Goals: Brittany Cann, Courtney Ward
Best Players: Eliza Cooper, Kate Dempsey, Meghann Geschke, Monique Blair, Sarah Butler
SBMT-STPETERS V. YARRA OLD COLLEGIANS
Saturday 27th May 22
At Centenary Park, East Bentleigh
Game starts 11:40
This week the SBMT girls train with St.Peters U18 to start building the pathway for the St.Peters to play senior football. With St.Peters having a bye there will be an opportunity to play some of their players in this week’s game against Yarra Old Grammarians
SBMT Vs Old Carey
The Tigers showed they deserved their place in the competitive VAFA Development Division 2 when they took on the Old Carey Panthers at Southern Road on Saturday. Old Carey had won their last encounter by 127 points. Down on numbers, but not in spirit, the girls held off a fast finishing Old Carey to win their first game of VAFA Development Division 2. Good umpiring allowed for an open contest, played in good spirit by both teams. A good number of spectators from both camps saw Old Carey post the first goal, but two quick replies by saw them lead into the first break. The second quarter saw the Tigers increase their lead with some great inside work around the stoppages by Kate Dempsey and Gen Barns-Dunne. The Tigers dominated clearances to lead by 12 going into the half time break with the Panthers adding only two behinds. Strong defence by first gamer Bridie Malone and Maddy Buck held out Old Carey through the third quarter and the Tigers took a well deserved lead of 16 points going into the final quarter. Fresh legs from the visiting Panthers bench saw them pick up momentum and only a great end-to-end team goal and dogged defence held them outwith going on to win by the smallest of margins
5.4-34 d. Old Carey 4.9-33
Goals: Courtney Ward, Jaymie Summers, , Dee, Gen Barns-Dunne
Best: Gen Barns-Dunne, Bridie Malone, Mikala Sykes, Kate Dempsey,
Saturday 13th May
At 2pm on Ivanhoe Park
SBMT vs Beaumaris
It was a big ask for the Tigers coming up, with a short list including three first gamers, against the undefeated Beaumaris. Beaumaris opened up strongly and took a big lead into the halftime break. It would have been more if it weren’t for the midfield group of Laura Summers, Kate Dempsey and later Mikala Sykes winning over 80% of the clearances. They made it difficult for Beaumaris to build any momentum. The second half saw a revamped backline start to close down opportunities for the opposition. First gamers Laura “Mitch” Mitchelmore and Issy Tobin worked tirelessly to hold up the tall Beaumaris forwards, while Elsie Martin and Maddy Buck cleaned up across the last line of defence.
Goals: Kate Dempsey, Courtney Ward
Best: Beth Hearn-Amy, Mikala Sykes, Kate Dempsey, Laura Summers, Elsie Martin, Laura Mitchelmore
Quality football, not quantity sees the St.Bedes Women’s team being graded into VAFA Development Division 2. The girls worked hard to achieve this despite battling a number of setbacks and deserve the honour of being in this division. It will be a great challenge for the girls with other teams in the division being; Collegians, Hampton Rovers, Oakleigh, Old Camberwell, Old Carey, UHS-VU, Yarra Old Grammarians.
Playing with six new players against a very physical Ormond line-up, the Tiger Girls made a solid start matching their stronger opponents throughout the first quarter, The unfortunate loss of centre half back Brydie Steinfort who suffered a badly broken leg as a result of a crude tackle ten minutes into the first quarter seemed to take their momentum away. After the injury time interruption the Tigers found it difficult to get their systems and structure back, conceding three goals whilst adding a solitary behind. After the long break some of our least experienced players started to influence the game with Paige Knapton breaking through packs and gaining valuable possession. She was supported by her sister Taylor pushing out of defence and creating opportunities for Mikala Sykes to keep the ball moving and matching Ormond for scoring opportunities. On a day where we had no tall players and lost all but two ruck taps, the discipline and system of the Tiger Girls meant they won almost 60% of clearances.
The last quarter the Tigers were asked to stop the opposition momentum and players put forward some suggestions in the huddle, which they followed and slowed the physical Ormond girls to a few opportunistic shots on goal early in the last quarter. There were a few highlights with Dani May taking a great overhead mark deep in the defensive 50metres, The smallest player on field, Monica Tran, laying another of her trademark run-down tackles. This game has given the girls something to learn from and take into next week’s final Grading Round against an unbeaten Beaumaris, Saturday 29th April at Southern Road Reserve with the game starting at 11:40
Goals: Kate Dempsey, Bek Dee, Beth Hearn-Amy
Best: Paige Knapton, Beth Hearn-Amy, Mikala Sykes, Kate Dempsey, Taylor Knapton, Laura Summers