VWFL: Dragons hoping to breathe fire in finals

GOLDEN Point Dragons are building form towards likely finals in their debut Victorian Women's Football League season.

The Dragons are playing in a combined divisions three and four competition, under a VWFL restructure, that will break in half with those at the top of each half moving into play-offs.

Four rounds to play and the Dragons are sitting middle of the overall table and eying up, potentially, the division four finals series.

The Dragons came agonisingly close to capturing an upset win against top-four team Cranbourne at White Flat on Sunday - only to fall one goal short.

In a late charge, the Dragons booted two goals to open the final term and, while keeping Cranbourne scoreless, found themselves under lock-down in the centre, unable to clear the ball up forward.

Tracey Smith was the Dragons' best, patrolling defence at centre half-back.

Dragons' coach Darren Wright said the game was a great test for his team, which was missing three key players, to match up well against a competition leader.

"We're inexperienced but the girls have come a long way this season," Wright said.

"We have the benefit of running out four quarters every time - that's absolutely fantastic, we never seem to tire.

"I think it comes back to how our coaches have them training."

The Dragons are predominantly a team of new senior women's footballers, including graduates from Ballarat Football League youth girls.

Redan is perched two wins outside the VWFL division two top four after a bye at the weekend.

The Dragons have another tough assignment next week with sixth-ranked Hallam on the road.

Then they bring their game home under lights at Eastern Oval against Melton Centrals on July 27.

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