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
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Women opened their account for the season with a strong performance against Old Mentonians in front of a die-hard group of supporters at Brindisi St.
The match was played in wet-weather conditions with a heavy storm coming through during the half-time break. Despite having several key players absent due to injuries and the dreadful weather, Jaymie Summers opened the scoring for SBMT with an opportunist’s first quarter goal. The wind changed in the second quarter with Old Mentonians scoring but being held to only one goal; while the difficult conditions caused several scoring opportunities for the Tigers to miss the big sticks. Meg Geschke and the dominant ruckwork from Chloe Clarke kept pushing the ball back into the Tiger's scoring zone.
The second half turned into a wet weather “slog” with solid defence from Elsie Martin and Monica Tran turning every attempt by Old Mentonians to push forward. The visitors failed to score for the remainder of the match while the Tigers fought out a solid 1-12-18 to OM 1-1-7 win. Thirteen scoring shots to two demonstrating the SBMT Women’s dominance of the game and resulted in second position in Grading Group 6.
Goal: Jaymie Summers
Best: Meg Geschke, Rebecca McMullin, Mikala Sykes, Gen Barns-Dunne, Chloe Clake, Elsie Martin
Round Two, on Saturday 22nd April we meet another undefeated team in Ormond AFC at E.E.Gunn Reserve starting 9:20 am.