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Round 5 Preview (Part 1) - EDFL Women's

By JULIA MONTESANO


ABERFELDIE v STRATHMORE

Friday 7pm @ Clifton Park

ABERFELDIE comes into this game with all the momentum after amassing a whopping 134-point win over Roxburgh Park in Round 4.

But then again, the last match that the Mores played was their first EDFL Women’s victory, which occurred in Round 3 of the new-look competition.

In that same round, Abers upset reigning premiers, Keilor, bouncing back from their Round 1 loss against the Sunbury Kangaroos.

Key players to look out for in this Round 5 match-up will be Olivia Madden, who has been among the best players in every game so far, as well as Amy Starzer, Jacqui Pearce and Sophie Fazzolari, who are all coming off four-goal performances.

For Strathmore, Sophie Cachia has been dominant in defence and in the ruck, displaying some great on-field aggression.

Netballers Rebecca Said, Sally Portbury and Ruby Pini have also been strong contributors, with Said and Portbury getting some key midfield minutes while Pini has been solid in defence.

SUNBURY KANGAROOS v PASCOE VALE

Saturday 4:30pm @ Eric Boardman Reserve

The Panthers have started their season exactly how they wanted to, sitting undefeated after four matches.

In their most recent win, they were able to keep Hillside scoreless while putting 116 points on the board themselves.

Their line-up is much more experienced this year with the likes of Siobhan Carlton, Emily Bof and Bridgette Aparo playing in EDFL Women’s, with many of them playing for Pascoe Vale at junior level.

In Round 5, Pascoe Vale goes up against another experienced line-up in the Sunbury Kangaroos, who are coming off their first loss of the season against the red-hot Burnside Heights.

Regina Said and Tara Crisp are some of the side’s most dangerous goal-kickers.

Crisp dominates in one-on-one contests and plays deep inside 50 while Said can hustle for the ball in multiple spots and find space to take the ball cleanly.

In the midfield, it has been Tylah Bell and Bailee Said who have been providing important run and speed for the Kangaroos.

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