Women’s Championships - Match Report

Saturday, June 22, 2013

 

DAY 3

Arafura v ACT

A strong win over Arafura on Day 3 of the AFL Women’s Championships in Cairns has scored ACT a grand final berth.
 
The ACT forwards were firing on all cylinders and while the feisty Arafurians were desperate in defense, they were torn apart by Vice Captain Karina Demant who kicked three majors for the term.
 
ACT racked up the possessions and the goals to head to the break with a 32-point lead over Arafura.
 
Demant started the second term as she left off, booting another 6-pointer to further extend the ACT lead.
 
It continued to rain goals, a second term highlight the clever pass from Casey Nugent that saw Danielle Peel convert from point blank range.
 
Arafura coach Andrew Cadzow urged his charges to play with courage, kick to space and increase their work rate but try as they might, they were no match for the hard running Territorians.
 
The championship debutants had a few chances prior to half time but were unable to convert, the ACT lead running out to 63-points at the big break.
 
ACT wasted several shots at goal early in the third term before Penny Wimot finally found a way between the sticks.
 
The Territory forwards were in dangerous form with Karina Demant bagging 6 goals for the game.
 
They repeatedly made Arafura pay for mistakes, ACT heading into the final break with a triple figure lead.
 
The final term was a training run for the ACT, the final score line reading 18.18 (132) to Arafura 0.2 (2)

SA v TAS

A nervous start from both teams saw clean possessions hard to come by in the opening minutes of the Tasmania vs. South Australia clash.
 
SA was hard at the ball, a tactic rewarded with a free kick to Sarah Masiero that earned her the first goal of the match.
 
A brave grab from Caitlin Williams 25-metres out just minutes later saw SA take a 14-point lead halfway through the term.
 
Tasmania’s early forays into their forward-50 were fruitless, the relentless pressure from the SA backline rendering the goal-line impenetrable.
 
Courtney Cramey scored a third goal for SA before Tasmania was able to break through via a great running goal.
 
SA’s Ruth Wallace would have none of it and responded with an equally impressive goal on the run.
 
Natalie Pierce found the goals just before the siren to see an improved Tasmania trail by 13 points at quarter time.
 
A composed Rachael Killian opening up the second term account for SA, a lucky bouncing ball shortly after giving Leah Tynan her first and the crow eaters their seventh.
 
Tasmania knuckled down and a period of hard slog across the middle followed before Danielle Cresp Converted again for SA giving them a 26-point lead at half time.
 
Both teams came out with renewed intensity in the third term, the Tasmanian defense holding strong against the South Australians.
 
Tasmania’s fought hard to get into their forward-50 with Maddie Smith finally giving them some joy at the 16-mark of the term.
 
Another goal followed to see them keep South Australia scoreless for the term and peg the lead back to 19-points.
 
South Australian coach Narelle Smith urged her charges to keep their composure in the final term, but with a Division 2 grand final berth up for grabs Tasmania did all they could to rattle them.
 
Brutish tackling and pressure from both teams saw the saw the ball seesaw from end to end before Danielle Cresp slotted a steadier for the South Australians 8-minutes in.
 
She quickly followed up with another to give South Australia a 32-point buffer and put the end result out of doubt.
 
Jessica Wuetschner got one back for the Tasmanians but Sarah Ellis responded quickly.
 
South Australia finished strongly to see them score a 31-point win and a date with ACT in tomorrow’s Division 2 grand final.

VIC v NSW

Victoria accounted for New South Wales in their Cazaly’s Stadium encounter, but it wasn’t as one sided as expected.
 
Victoria went straight into attack but strong defensive work from NSW saw them get the ball back to their forward line where Nicola Vracknas snapped truly to give the underdogs the first goal of the match.
 
Courtney Gum was sensational in helping NSW hold Victoria to 1-point for the first ten minutes of the term, a great feat for any side.
 
But Katie Brennan at full forward opened the floodgates with two goals in a minute to give Victoria the ascendancy
 
Karen Paxman joined the party for Victoria and Brennan kicked a third with three minutes left on the clock, before speedy Mai Nguyen stopped the Victorian onslaught with a goal on the run.
 
Katie Loynes snapped for Victoria on the siren to give them a 20-point lead.
 
NSW showed plenty of belief in the second term, bottling the ball up and making it difficult for Victoria to play their normal high possession game.
 
The baby blues were ferocious, pressuring a rattled Victorian team into turning the ball over in a scrappy second term.
 
The NSW pressure showed on the scoreboard, with the Vic’s managing only 7-points for quarter.
 
Inaccurate kicking from Victoria saw them miss two early three-quarter goals before Steph Simpson steadied the ship with a goal from 25-metres out.
 
Stephanie Chiocci scored another for Victoria who looked to have regained their standard composure and rhythm.
 
Jasmine Garner slotted one before Courtney Clarkson took an absolute screamer to give Victoria their ninth goal for the game.
 
A NSW surge late in the term saw Melissa Freckleton and Mai Nguyen score a goal apiece for NSW to see them 41-points down at three-quarter time.
 
Garner opened Victoria’s account in the final term followed by the unstoppable Brennan with her fourth, then fifth for the match.
 
NSW battled on bravely with Verna Isles, Lael Kassem, Jennifer Lew and Courtney Gum working hard to limit Victoria’s scoring opportunities.
 
Aasta O’Connor booted a 50-metre bomb in the final minute to see Victoria 13.14 (92) defeat NSW 4.1 (25)

QLD v WA

Western Australia storm into Div 1 grand final.
 
Western Australia will meet Victoria in the 2013 AFL Women’s Championships Division 1 grand final after comprehensively beating Queensland.
 
It was a physical start with both teams desperate to score a berth in the decider.
 
Western Australia drew first blood via an Amee Schmidt contested mark directly in front of goal.
 
The sand gropers were straight back into attack and after a few near misses found their mark through the boot of Dana Hooker.
 
It was eight minutes before Queensland saw any forward-50 action but the WA defense held strong.
 
Shelly Matcham picked up her first for the game at the 15-minute mark leaving Queensland struggling to find an answer to the WA attack.
 
Queensland veteran Jo Butland went back into defense for the Get Wines Direct Sunfire, but it couldn’t stop the WA onslaught, Shelley Matcham marking on the siren to give WA a 26-point lead at quarter time.
 
The Western Australian intensity continued in the second term but Queensland had its chances, failing to convert on several occasions.
 
A sweet passage of play saw the in-form Dana Hooker kick another major for WA from 30-metres out.
 
WA appeared to have the ball on a string, Belinda Smith kicking their sixth goal 17-minutes in and Matcham their seventh just a minute later to finish up the first half 46-points up.
 
Queensland came out after the breaking with renewed vigor but again could not capitalize on their opportunities in front of goal.
 
Lutkins worked hard to get something happening for the Sunfire but clean possession was proving difficult and WA was mopping up well in defense.
 
Emily Bates finally scored Queensland’s first halfway through the term when she cleverly played on after a free kick.
 
WA hit straight back with a snap from Kira Phillips and an exchange of goals followed; T’Kehya Nandy scoring for Queensland and Dana Hooker picking up her third for WA.
 
It was a better quarter for Queensland but the were unable to dent the Western Australia lead, down 44-points at three-quarter time.
 
WA’s Amee Schmidt scored her second for the match to start the final term.
 
Queensland dug in, deflecting a number of WA attacks. But it was only a matter of time before Kira Phillips found the goals again with a sensational run in from half-forward.
 
Selina Goodman gave the Get Wines Direct Sunfire something to smile about when she kicked truly at the16-minute mark for their final goal of their championships.
 
Schmidt followed up for WA by booting her third for the day to see WA 12.10 (82) defeat Queensland 3.5 (23).

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