KERANG or North Bendigo will fight to break their winless run in Sunday’s completion to the sixth round of the Champions IGA-backed CVFL senior women’s footy season.
The Blues and Bulldogs will play on Kerang’s turf at Riverside Park from 2.30pm.
Both teams have battled for goals and to compete with the league’s best in the ’22 campaign.
It’s Community Umpiring Round across all leagues in the AFL Central Victoria, and AFLCV has also teamed up with the Pat Cronin Foundation to raise awareness about the “Coward Punch” and stopping all forms of violence.
On the football field, North Bendigo scored its first goal of the season when Kayla-Brea McIntosh was on target in last Sunday’s home game against Castlemaine at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street.
Best for the red, white and blue against the new ladder leader were McIntosh, Maddie Jelbart, Leonie Schulz and Teagan Stuchbery.
After it forfeited the Good Friday match to have been played on Kyneton’s turf, Kerang has played Bendigo Thunder, Castlemaine and Strathfieldsaye on the Blues’ ground at Riverside Park.
Kerang’s best in the clash with Strathfieldsaye were Sarah Ride, Kendall Ash, Jedda Birch and Jessica Searle.
Round kicks off with Saturday’s twilight match between Kyneton and Golden Square from 5.15pm at Kyneton Showgrounds.
The Tigers will be keen to perform well before home fans under lights at Tigerland.
Kyneton has won its past two hit-outs against Strathfieldsaye, away, and North Bendigo, home.
Shannon Prendergast kicked six goals in the win against North Bendigo and will test Square’s defence.
The unbeaten Golden Square beat Bendigo Thunder by 17 points in last Friday night’s match on the Bulldogs’ ground at Fur Life Oval in Wade Street.
Sarah Ingram, Andrea Wilson, Bree Heiden and Liz Watkins were best for the blue and gold.
A talented squad at Golden Square includes Emily Collins, Carly Geary, Jayda Smith and Natasha Tile.
A big match on Sunday will be Bendigo Thunder against Eaglehawk from 2.30pm at Weeroona Oval.
The Jac Louttit-coached Thunder will be on the rebound from its first defeat of the season.
Key players for Thunder include Britney Mueck at full-forward, captain Phoebe Cuttriss, Jacqui Graham, Jessica Kennedy and Imogen Kendal.
In the lead-up to last weekend’s bye, Eaglehawk was beaten by Golden Square, 31-9, but had scored 100-plus point wins against Strathfieldsaye and North Bendigo.
Key players for the Geoff West-coached Hawks include Lily den Houting, Molly Metcalf, Chloe Green, Charlotte and Grace Edlin, and Kirstin Shaw.
Castlemaine and Strathfieldsaye have the bye.
This weekend marks another league first as Castlemaine and Mount Alexander Falcons will meet in a practice match from 5.15pm on Saturday under the lights at Castlemaine’s Camp Reserve.
Other upcoming hit-outs for the Falcons will be against Kerang on May 29 at Harcourt; and on Strathfieldsaye Storm’s turf at Triple M Park in Tannery Lane on June 5.
In exciting news to the competition, Mt Alexander FC will be playing Practice Matches this season in the CVFL Women’s competition.
This week is Castlemaine v Mt Alexander at Camp Reserve starting at 5:15PM.
The practice matches are available via https://www.playhq.com/afl/org/central-victoria-football-league/central-victoria-football-league-2022/cvfl-practice-matches/34b5c63a/R1
Champions IGA-backed CVFL senior women’s footy ladder:
Castlemaine 2427 per cent, 16 points; Bendigo Thunder 1303, 12; Golden Square 1068, 12; Kyneton 322, 12; Eaglehawk 705, 8; Strathfieldsaye 18, 4; North Bendigo 1.4, 0; Kerang 0.5, 0.
26 Shelby Knoll, Cm.
22 Britney Mueck, BT.
12 Meg Ginnivan, Cm.
9 Shannon Prendergast, Kyn.
8 Freyja Pearce, Eh.
7 Emily Collins, GS; Georgia Gordon, BT; Samantha Heron, Eh; Lily McNair, Cm; Taylah Moore, Kyn.
6 Tia Davidge, Cm; Ella Cochrane, Cm; Lily McNair, Cm.
5 Jasmine Burzacott, Eh; Jemma Finning, Cm; Michelle McCready, GS.
4 Sharni Barker, BT; Emily Cooper, Cm; Phoebe Cuttriss, BT; Lily den Houting, Eh; Heidi Erasmus, Kyn.; Jessica Kennedy, BT; Michelle McCready, GS; Shae-Lee Murphy-Burke, BT; Britt Tangey, S’saye; Mia Ward, GS; Emma Williams, Kyn.
3 Amanda Carrod, GS; Charlotte Edlin, Eh; Natalie Korfinsky, Kyn.; Jac Louttit, BT; Kristal Lugosi, Eh; Lana Westaway, S’saye; Monique Williams, GS.
Written by Nathan Dole.