Women's v Collegians Preliminary Final
Round Number Preliminary Final, Saturday, 12 August 2017
- Opponent: Collegians
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Away
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 0.2 0.3 2.4 2.5.17 Them 0.1 1.3 1.3 2.4.16
No Panther could have given any more, worked any harder or done any more last Saturday! If we had of lost, we would have been surely proud of our efforts and achievements. But guess what? We won, and now we are in a GRAND FINAL!
It was tight, close in and a real scrap. We led after a goalless first quarter by a single point. We were holding their dangerous mids and our backline was teaming magnificently. Wesley gave us no space up forward denying us any chance of a clean shot at goal. Such is the way of a final. They beat us to the drop of the ball in the first quarter, consistently out marking us.
The wind picked up in the second quarter, Wesley took advantage of it and scoring a goal to lead by half time. In that second quarter however we tidied up our marking, maintained our pressure and dug in deep to hold them to one goal in that very dangerous situation
We were upbeat in the rooms at half time knowing we were well in the game and we translated this into positive action dominating the possession in our forward line kicking two great goals from Tev and Bella created by hot spot pressure. Clare and Sam were smashing the ruck, Marli and Lizzie were untouchable and Morgy and Maddie were laying the tackles. Down back Matilda thought all her Christmases had come at once because Wesley had a spare in our forward line leaving her to pick up defensive kicks at will and rebound them deep into our forward line.
The last quarter was brutal, contest after contest, tackle after tackle, stoppage after stoppage. Wesley scored a goal and drew level. The scores were tied for a good 10 minutes with much of that in their scoring area. Amazing that we were able to deny them. We finally got the ball into our 50 and looked likely to score. Again we were held up. Ultimately our champion goal kicker Taz was able to swoop on a loose ball and score a behind. She was unaware of the scores and couldn’t understand why everyone was hugging her! Now we were in front with two minutes to go. We were able to lock it in and run the clock down, a crazy celebration followed.
This win was an amazing achievement, six weeks ago we were sitting in sixth spot. Such a run home is a testament to the commitment and improvement of our team. To make the Grand Final is such an achievement, something to savour. Of course we’ll be underdogs but funnier things have happened.
Thanks to our volunteers Eve, Matilda’s mum, Sarah (Lucy’s sister)