Women's v Oakleigh
Round Number 6, Saturday, 20 May 2017
- Opponent: Oakleigh
- Match Result: Loss
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 0.1 0.2 0.4 1.5.11 Them 0.1 1.4 3.4 3.5.23
It was a tough day at the office on Saturday down at Oakleigh who proved too good for us by a two goal margin.
It was a large ground, wider than we were accustomed to and we found moving the ball fluently to be a challenge. Our hard working wingers and mids were completely run off their feet by the end of the match as a result of the wide open spaces.
The opposition moved the ball more efficiently, they had some really penetrating kicks and were good at hitting targets, often linking up three or four clean possessions by foot. A skill we are still developing.
It was our first test of playing with a discernable breeze and this took a bit of getting used to resulting in turnovers from poor positioning at the drop of the ball and or from us being too static i.e. not attacking the footy.
There were some real positives though in our willingness to move the ball sideways to a player in space and our tackling pressure and one on one defensive accountability was generally very good. We also welcomed three new players in for their first run; Lucy, Stef and Meg who all did a fantastic job. And it was great to have Em R back after an early season finger injury.
Thanks to Lauren our trainer for working overtime; Our captain Tev went down with an ankle early in the match. This was a huge loss, looks like she’ll be directing traffic from the side for the next few weeks. One of our other major ball winners Maddie suffered a shoulder injury. And no doubting Tabitha’s attack on the ball, she copped an elbow in the snout and ended up looking like she went a full 12 rounds with Anthony Mundine. She had so much blood over her face that even her mum wouldn’t have recognized her.
The defenders dug in and we really ramped up the pressure in the third but we couldn’t capitalise in front of goal and unfortunately the opposition scored on the rebound which took the wind out of our sails somewhat. We never gave in and looked likely right up till the final bell but it just wasn’t our day.
We were proud to wear our arm bands in for the Carey JMB round supporting the Step Back Think campaign.