Lake Wendouree sits on top of the ladder in the AFL Goldfields Women’s Football League’s Ballarat Youth Girls competition after stringing together seven consecutive wins to open the season.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: The Lakers' Teresa Heath and Shannon Hearn team up to take on Ballarat Swans' Amy Bisset in youth girls competition on Sunday.
The Lakers defeated the third-placed Ballarat Swans by 39 points in a round seven clash at CE Brown Reserve in Wendouree on Sunday.
Lakers coach Matt Newbury said it was one of the first times the team had really been tested.
“It was good to see we could withstand a bit of a challenge and still apply our game style,” Newbury said.
BATTLE: The Lakers' Grace Moneghetti and Georgia Pidgeon from Ballarat Swans go head to head in a ruck contest. Pictures: Kate Healy
“I thought we brought teammates into the play by handball and then kicked to some good areas. Our skill level is increasing – we are starting to take a lot more marks and hit more targets by hand and foot.”
He said the team played an open and free flowing style of football and focused on team-oriented play, using space and creating opportunities for run and carry.
While Newbury was happy with the season so far with his players rewarded for effort, he said there was still room for improvement.
AFL Goldfields Division 1
Redan 8.9 (57) d Sunbury Kangaroos 4.5 (29)
GOALS – Redan: J. Bokma 2, T. Bruhn 2, H. Smith 2, N. Alexander 1, J. Steicke 1. Sunbury: T. Crisp 2, B. Said 1, C. Blythe 1.
BEST – Redan: M. Sands, A. McDonald, J. Bokma, H. Smith, L. Stepnell, M. Giles. Sunbury: D. Hallett, B. Said, T. Bell , S. Conduit, L. Martino, D. Green.
North Geelong Magpies 17.17 (119) d Ballarat Swans 0.0 (0)
GOALS – North Geelong: L. DeGroot 4, R. Arnold 3, E. Tucker 2, M. Fedele 2, R. Shapter 2, R. Benham 1, M. McNamara 1, K. Houghton 1, C. Hynes 1.
BEST – R. Benham , C. DeGroot, J. Quinlivan, R. Arnold, A. Wilkes, C. Hynes.
East Point Dragons 6.9 (45) d Melton Centrals 3.2 (20)
TALENT: Lake Wendouree's Grace Moneghetti was among the best players on Sunday, backing up a strong performance against Creswick the previous weekend.
GOALS – East Point: J. Chettleburgh 3, Z. Wathen 2, G. Free. Melton: A. Porter 2, K. Jacobsen-Logan.
BEST – East Point: C. Bourdon, C. MacLean, K. Neil, J. Cartledge, K. Metcalfe, Z. Wathen. Melton: T. Mckean, R. Jackson, K. Saleta, K. Jacobsen-Logan, S. Martin, A. Porter.
Ladder: North Geelong Magpies 10 points, 4700 percentage; Redan 16, 197.73; Sunbury Kangaroos 12, 117.37; East Point Dragons 8, 59.34; Ballarat Swans 4, 35.65; Melton Centrals 0, 10.89.
AFL Goldfields Division 2
Bacchus Marsh Cobras 17.13 (115) d Redan Gold 0.0 (0)
GOALS – Bacchus Marsh: M. Clarke 7, L. Hanneysee 3, M. Halliday, D. Hutchinson, Z. Clarke, R. Humphries, A. Bertram, D. Yeatman, B. McIntyre.
BEST – Bacchus Marsh: D. Yeatman, E. Korteman, Z. Clarke, A. Bertram, M. Clarke, A. Halliday. Redan: A. Flintoft, C. Paisley, E. Begbie, K. Deaker, E. Payne, B. Allan.
Drysdale Hawks 10.8 (68) d Carisbrook 2.8 (20)
GOALS – Drysdale: M. Egan 3, C. Worley 2, E. Allen 2, P. Davies, M. Macreadie-Smith, M. Vials. Carisbrook: K. Kile 2.
BEST – Drysdale: M. Scarlett, C. Veal, E. Allen, H. Jones, C. Worley. Carisbrook: L. Stewart, E. Coutts, K. Kile, J. Kile, B. Epworth, C. Butler.
Ladder: Carisbrook 16, 656.52; Drysdale Hawks 16, 490.74; Gisborne 12, 117.95; Bacchus Marsh Cobras 8, 78.39; Redan Gold 4, 1.38.
Ballarat Youth Girls
DISPOSSESSED: Sophie Molan from the Lakers gets caught in a tackle from Ballarat Swans' Georgia Pidgeon at CE Brown Reserve.
Redan 18.19 (127) d East Point Dragons 0.0 (0)
GOALS – Redan: J. Clarke 3, I. Robson 2, A. Flintoft 2, E. Richardson 2, T. Jarvis 2, C. Paisley 1, E. Paulsen 1, K. Turner 1, H. Randich 1, B. Jelencic 1, T. Ingram 1, E. Harris 1.
BEST – Redan: E. Paulsen, K. Turner, T. Jarvis, I. Robson, E. Harris, T. Kelly. East Point: K. Thompson, S. Weyburg, L. Jones, G. Harris, T. David, L. Donadio.
North Ballarat City 12.14 (86) d Creswick 0.1 (1)
GOALS – North Ballarat: A. Halloran 5, L. Beggs 2, J. McIntyre 2, J. Cranny 2, D. McMaster 1.
BEST – North Ballarat: M. Ciavarella, J. Saunders, A. Halloran, K. McIntyre, F. Schreenan, D. Gray. Creswick: K. Griffin, T. Skelton, B. Dean, A. Ward, B. Joynson, A. Muir.
Lakers 5.9 (39) d Ballarat Swans 0.0 (0)
GOALS – S. Molan 2, T. Meier 1, N. Dojiok 1, B. Hucker 1.
BEST – Lakers: S. Molan, T. Meier, G. Moneghetti, S. Hearn, N. Dojiok. Ballarat: P. Jenkins, K. Prebble, L. Buist, A. Bisset, G. Pidgeon, M. O'Neill.
Ararat Storm 18.20 (128) d Carisbrook Lions 0.0 (0)
GOALS – Ararat: N. Butler 4, A. Nicholson 4, M. Wik 3, C. Sporton 3, E. Wood 2, R. Saulitis 2.
BEST – Ararat: E. Wood, N. Butler, I. Simmons, M. Holden, R. Saulitis, A. Nicholson. Carisbrook: S. Solomano, L. Fitzgibbon, L. Donegan, M. Parry, C. Cain, G. Hurse.
Ladder: Lakers 28, 2660; Ararat Storm 24, 813.70; Ballarat Swans 20, 422.58; North Ballarat City 16, 162.39; Carisbrook Lions 12, 79.34; Creswick 8, 17.95; Redan 4, 26.10; East Point Dragons 0, 1.98.