Thunder takes on in-form Golden Square
IT’S fourth against second as Bendigo Thunder takes on Golden Square in this Sunday’s 14th round of the Champions IGA-backed CVFL senior women’s football competition.
Thunder has home-ground advantage at Weeroona Oval in Napier Street for the showdown with the in-form Bulldogs.
The Jac Louttit-coached Thunder returns to the field after last weekend’s bye in which Golden Square kicked off Pink Round by scoring a 13-goal win against Eaglehawk at Fur Life Oval in Wade Street.
When these clubs met in round five, Golden Square won 29-12 under lights.
Emily Collins kicked two goals as Sarah Ingram, Andrea Wilson, Bree Heiden and Liz Watkins were Golden Square’s best.
Thunder’s attack is led by Britney Mueck who has kicked 55 goals.
A key to Thunder’s chances will be creating enough supply for Mueck and team-mates in the forward 50m arc.
Key players for Thunder include Jessica Kennedy, captain Phoebe Cuttriss, Megan Williams, Jacqui Graham, Sharni Barker and Imogen Kendal.
Best for the Todd Deary-coached Golden Square in its eighth win of the season were Brea Ross, Sarah Ingram, Keely Hare, Amanda Carrod, Jessica Cox and Tegan Williams.
The ladder-leading and unbeaten Castlemaine is on home turf at Camp Reserve at North Bendigo.
The Magpies marked another big win at Strathfieldsaye’s Triple M Park last round as Aisling Tupper, captain Meg Ginnivan, gun forward Shelby Knoll, Tia Davidge, Michelle Barkla, Jessica Ross and Lily McMahon were best.
The Tiahna Cochrane-coached Castlemaine is likely to have too much scoring power for the Bulldogs to stop across four quarters.
North Bendigo worked hard to limit Kyneton to eight goals last round and also goaled through Kira Gibbons.
Ashlyne McInnes, Quetta Holloway-Jinks, Eliza McKinstry, Leonie Schulz, Tyesha Rainsbury and Maddie Jelbart played well for the Ricky Crotty-coached Bulldogs.
Strathfieldsaye and Kerang meet in Storm territory at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane.
The Jake Donegan-coached Storm will be keen to mark its third win of the year.
In round five, Britt Tangey kicked four goals as Bryde O’Rourke, Jessica Kopp, Britt Tangey and Molly Pianta were best in an 83-point win at Kerang’s Riverside Park.
Best for the Stephen Arthur-coached Blues in that contest were Sarah Ride, Kendall Ash, Jedda Birch and Jessica Searle.
All of Sunday’s matches start at 2.30pm.
Eaglehawk and Kyneton have the bye.
Champions IGA-backed CVFL senior women’s footy ladder:
Castlemaine 1000 per cent, 40 points; Golden Square 758, 32; Kyneton 218, 32; Bendigo Thunder 607, 28; Eaglehawk 217, 20; Strathfieldsaye 18, 8; Kerang 3, 4; North Bendigo 1, 0.
55 Britney Mueck, BT.
49 Shelby Knoll, Cm.
25 Meg Ginnivan, Cm.
22 Keely Hare, GS.
21 Shannon Prendergast, Kyn.
16 Emily Collins, GS.
15 Georgia Gordon, BT; Samantha Heron, Eh.
In the CVFL practice match series, Kyneton hosts Mount Alexander from 5.15pm on Saturday at Tigerland in Kyneton Showgrounds.
Written by Nathan Dole.