STRATHFIELDSAYE Storm’s resurgence rolled in Sunday’s resumption to the Champions IGA-backed CVFL women’s football competition.
Storm took on Kangaroo Flat in a crucial match for both clubs in the 13th round at Bendigo Mazda Oval in Dower Park.
Led by the play of young gun Octavia Di Donato, Storm won 7.6 (48) to 3.6 (24).
A star for the Bendigo Pioneers and Victoria Country in the AFL women’s under-17 and under-19 national titles, Di Donato was best afield in Storm’s fifth win of the season.
Di Donato’s play on the footy field has earned a scholarship in Bendigo’s Sports Star of the Year awards for 2020 and ’21.
A highlight of Storm’s play at Kangaroo Flat was a tally of seven goalkickers.
Strathfieldsaye’s best were Di Donato, Claire Macgill, Taylah Moore, Tia Davidge, Amy Cameron and Alana Long.
Eileen Mitchell, Ruby Campbell, Millient Hipwell, Jemma Finning, Kylie Thompson and Brianna Boldiston were Kangaroo Flat’s best.
Bendigo Thunder was a goal shy of the 20-goal mark at Kyneton Showgrounds.
The in-form Thunder won 19.9 (123) to 1.1 (7) as Ayrlea Bailey-McClanahan and Sharni Barker kicked four goals apiece.
Brianna Burt and Hannah Perry added three goals each for Thunder.
Kyneton’s sole goalkicker was Jordan Savoia.
Best for Thunder were Megan Williamson, Jessica Gould, Bailey-McClanahan, Phoebe Cuttriss, Georgia Gordon and Sharni Barker.
Rachael Williams, Mikaela Holman, Freya Goddard, Natalie Korinfsky, Heidi Erasmus and Jordan Savoia played well for the Kyneton Tigers.
The brilliance of Tiahna Cochrane was on show in Golden Square’s attack against Kerang at Riverside Park.
Cochrane kicked seven goals as the ladder leaders won 122 to nil.
Sarah Baldwin, Amanda Carrod, Jessica Cox, Brea Ross and Monique Williams all kicked two goals.
Best for Golden Square were Bree Heiden, Amanda Carrod, Carly Ladson, Madeleine White, Tiahna Cochrane and Liz Watkins.
A list of Kerang’s best players was not supplied.
Eaglehawk scored a 131-point win against North Bendigo at S & R Park in Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park.
The in-form Hawks scored 19.17 and kept the Bulldogs scoreless.
A list of goalkickers and best players for the Hawks was not supplied.
AFLCV women’s footy ladder:
Golden Square 901 per cent, 44 points; Eaglehawk 264, 36; Bendigo Thunder 308, 32; Strathfieldsaye 117, 20; Kangaroo Flat 117.16; Kyneton 51, 16; Kerang 39, 12; North Bendigo 0.69, 0.
The CVFL women’s football competition also has a revised fixture.
Round 14 will be played on August 8 from 2.30pm.
North Bendigo takes on Kerang at Hibo Hotel Oval in North Bendigo’s Atkins Street.
Golden Square and Kyneton meet at Fur Life Vet Oval in Wade Street.
Strathfieldsaye plays Eaglehawk at Triple M Park in Strathfieldsaye’s Tannery Lane.
Bendigo Thunder and Kangaroo Flat clash at Weeroona Oval.
The 11th round is on August 15 and 12th round on August 22.
Semi-finals on August 29 will be second versus third, and first against fourth.
Winners of the semi-finals advance to the September 2 grand final.
Written by Nathan Dole.