League’s best meet in women’s footy match in Bendigo

MANY of the best from the Champions IGA-backed CVFL senior women’s football competition will pit their skills against the MBCM Northern Country Women’s League in this Sunday’s inter-league match in Bendigo.

The Central Victorian line-up will be aiming to capitalise on home-ground advantage and playing in front of a big crowd at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

The showdown begins at 1.30pm at the Barnard Street venue.

Six of the eight clubs in the CVFL will have players on-field in the challenge.

There is plenty of goalkicking power.

Bendigo Thunder’s Britney Mueck has kicked 27 goals this season and will be a key target in the forward 50m arc.

A gun recruit for Castlemaine after Kangaroo Flat decided not to field a team in ’22, Shelby Knoll has kicked 26 goals for the Magpies.

The Rick Ladson-coached team includes eight stars from Golden Square.

The blue and gold won last year’s premiership with the husband and wife team of Rick and Carly Ladson as coaches.

On Sunday, Golden Square will have Charlotte Beavan, Jessica Cox, Amanda Carrod, Keely Hare, Bree Heiden, Carly Ladson, Liz Watkins and Andrea Wilson representing the CVFL.

It’s been a busy time on the coaching front for Rick Ladson, a premiership-winning player with Hawthorn in 2008 and premiership-winning coach of Golden Square in the Bendigo FNL.

Ladson and the CVFL selectors had more than 50 players nominated for selection try-outs.

Among those to earn a place include Bendigo Thunder captain Phoebe Cuttriss; Castlemaine’s Ella Cochrane and Meg Ginnivan; Eaglehawk’s Freyja Pearce; Kyneton’s Heidi Erasmus; and Strathfieldsaye’s Britt Tangey.


The CVFL squad to play Northern Country on Sunday:

Bendigo Thunder:

Phoebe Cuttriss, Britney Mueck, Shae Murphy, Megan Williamson.


Ella Cochrane, Emily Cooper, Meg Ginnivan, Shelby Knoll.


Lily Den Houting, Freyja Pearce.

Golden Square:

Charlotte Beavan, Jessica Cox, Amanda Carrod, Keely Hare, Bree Heiden, Carly Ladson, Liz Watkins, Andrea Wilson.


Heidi Erasmus, Belinda Hateley, Taylah Moore, Ursula Van Dyk.


Britt Tangey.


Emergencies are Kyneton’s Teagan Ainslie and Jordan Savoia; North Bendigo’s Maddie Jelbart; and Molly Pianta from Strathfieldsaye.

Meanwhile, Indigenous Round will be marked by AFLCV senior women’s teams across May 27 to 29.

Round seven action begins on Friday, May 27 when Golden Square and Castlemaine meet under the Fur Life Oval lights in Golden Square at 6.30pm.

Another night game will be played on Saturday, May 28 when Eaglehawk hosts Kyneton at Canterbury Park from 5.15pm.

The round will be completed on Sunday, May 29 when North Bendigo takes on Strathfieldsaye from 2.30pm at Hibo Hotel Oval in Atkins Street.

Bendigo Thunder and Kerang have the bye.


Written by Nathan Dole.