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North Bendigo, Strathfieldsaye fight to keep season alive

by Nathan Dole

NORTH Bendigo and Strathfieldsaye will fight to keep their season alive in this Sunday’s start to the Champions IGA-backed Central Victoria Football women’s league.

The Bulldogs and Storm will contest the first semi-final from 1pm  at Weeroona Oval in Napier Street, Bendigo.

For the beaten team thoughts will go to 2020, and the winner will advance to a preliminary final showdown with Golden Square or Kangaroo Flat.

Results from this season’s meetings between Strathfieldsaye and North Bendigo stand at three-nil in Storm’s favour.

The round three clash on Storm’s turf at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane ended in a 81-7 result.

North Bendigo put in a much stronger defensive in round eight at Hibo Hotel Oval in North Bendigo’s Atkins Street, but Storm took the points in a 47-8 victory.

The most recent showdown in round 13 was a 37-24 win for Storm at Triple M Park.

Accurate kicking at goal, especially by Tameeka Morrisey was a key in Storm’s triumph.

Morrissey kicked four goals and was best afield in the 6.1 (37) to 3.6 (24) result.

Storm’s best in that match included Brittany Cappy, Grace Edlin, Liza Edwards, Shanae Sawyer and Crystal West.

Although beaten, North Bendigo gained a lot of confidence from that performance as Dayna Parsons, Taylah Nicholson, Alana Long, Britney Oliver, Dayna McGough and Shaniah Clarke led the way for the red, white and blue.

Storm’s leading goalkicker is Britney Mueck on 31, but she did not play the last three rounds of the home and away series.

Other key players in Strathfieldsaye’s attack are Grace Edlin, 16 goals; Alice Bailey, 14; and Tameeka Morrissey, 10.

Leading goalkicker for North Bendigo is Alisha Lourie on 16.

Players to watch for North Bendigo include Dayna McGough, Roweena Ilsley, Dayna Parsons, Chelsea Reeves and Sharna Appleby.

Storm had the likes of Anglea Gamble, Kirsten McCoy, Roslyn Hynes and Elise Finlay star in a win-loss tally of 8-7 to be third on the ladder.

Kangaroo Flat faces the daunting task of breaking Golden Square’s unbeaten run in Sunday’s second semi-final at Weeroona Oval.

The Roos and Bulldogs will play from 2.45pm.

Margins in the first two contests between these teams were close.

Golden Square kicked off the season with a 53-34 result on the Kangaroos’ ground at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.

The round six clash at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street, Golden Square ended in a 38-29 win for the team in blue and gold.

It was back to Dower Park in round 11 where Golden Square won 59-27.

A powerful Golden Square attack is led by Amanda Carrod, 34 goals; Olivia McEvoy, 22; Sarah Ingram, 18; and Tiffany Bradley, 15.

The ladder-leaders have also had Jessica Cox, Liz Watkins, Madeleine White, Carly McRae and Sarah Baldwin feature in the best players’ list many times.

A big task for Golden Square will be to limit the impact Kangaroo Flat gun forward Kelly Mensforth has on the contest.

Mensforth’s tally of 42 goals earned the league’s goalkicking award.

The Roos also have Shelby Knoll, 27 goals; and Lily McNair, 15, capable of hurting Square’s defence.

Players to watch in the Kangaroo Flat line-up include Lily and Ruby Campbell, Sarah Moerke, Kate Hare, Eilish Cumming, Melanie Hull and Rachel Thomas.

Final standings in the Central Victoria Football women’s league ladder:

Golden Square 853 per cent, 56 points; Kangaroo Flat 444, 52; Strathfieldsaye 115, 32; North Bendigo 49, 20; Kyneton 24, 12; Eaglehawk 23, 8.

 
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