Heavy loss for Redan in VWFL clash against La Trobe University

REDAN has been given plenty to think about leading into a clash against undefeated powerhouse North Geelong on Sunday.

The match looms as the Lions’ first home game at City Oval this Victorian Women’s Football League season and the Lions must regroup in time from a 79-point loss on the road.

An understrength Redan team was simply caught out by a better La Trobe University outfit on Saturday in the division two match.

Lions coach Chris Wilson said the heavy loss was a bit of a surprise – La Trobe had been soundly beaten in the opening two rounds.

“They jumped us at the start ... we were not really in it at all,” Wilson said. “It was a big oval and (La Trobe) spread well and used it really well.”

Unavailability and injury kept the Lions bench to two players, which was put under stress more when twin sisters Jenna and Lauren Conroy collided in a tackle attempt.

Wilson said one twin went to hospital for stiches and the other was rested as a precaution.

But he was pleased with all players’ efforts to the final siren.

Lexi Madden was named the Lions’ best on ground for her relentless efforts in the back pocket and holding up the back lines alongside key defender Lori Stepnell under fire.

Onballer Becky Irons continues to impress and improve each week. Lauren Conroy, Georgie Hassell and Emily Mudge each booted a goal.

Meanwhile, Golden Point was overpowered by a strong-finishing Bayswater to fall 29 points short of victory in VWFL division 3/4 action at White Flat on Sunday.

The Dragons had their chances early, kicking 2.5 to a scoreless Bayswater in the first quarter and maintained a nine-point lead after a Bayswater fightback to half-time.Bayswater took its game up a notch and booted 6.4 to five behinds in the second half.

Kaylah Smith and Abby Cummins were the Dragons’ best, with two goals to Bec Cubitt and singles to Georgia Gordan and Shannon Alexander.

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