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Senior Women’s Competition Heating Up After Eight Rounds

By JULIA MONTESANO

Pascoe Vale 12.15-87 def. Tarneit 2.2-14

PASCOE Vale recorded their second consecutive win at a sunny Raeburn Reserve on Sunday.

Going into the match, Tarneit looked to capitalise on their narrow loss against Roxburgh Park last week.

But it was Pascoe Vale’s determination that proved stronger than that of the Titans, as their relentless pressure never let the Tarneit girls into the match.

The Panthers took a 34-point lead at half time, and piled on six second-half goals to secure a crucial 73-point win.

Ashleigh Ford’s run through the middle of the ground and Jodie Fry’s three goals helped the Panthers secure their much-needed fourth win for the year.

The spirited team performance enabled the Panthers to bounce back from their inaccurate first quarter, where they kicked three goals and seven behinds.

With Nat Egan and Sarah Larkings playing some excellent football, the Panthers are every chance to have a great second half of the season.

Glenroy 11.9-75 def. Craigieburn 3.2-20

At Sewell Reserve, Craigieburn were determined to get their season back on track against a motivated Glenroy outfit.

With captain, Renae Schwarze, going down in the first five minutes of the game, the Roys appeared to be in big trouble.

But this only seemed to spur them on, as they left the Eagles scoreless in the first quarter.

After an even second quarter saw each side kick two goals, it seemed like we were in for a great contest.

But Glenroy continued to pile on the pressure by leaving the Eagles scoreless once again, this time in the last quarter.

Craigieburn simply had no match for Emily Angelidis’ wonderful four-goal haul, and Rainbow Ebert’s electric dash through the corridor.

Kiara Talbot also gave the Eagles trouble with her impressive footy smarts.

In the end, Glenroy came away with a whopping 55-point victory and overtook EDFL rival, Craigieburn on the ladder.

Roxburgh Park 2.2-14 def. by Sunbury 15.14-104

It was business as usual for Sunbury, as they weren’t troubled by Roxburgh Park’s determination to secure their second consecutive win.  

The Lions booted four goals and four behinds in both the first and second quarter, and left the Magpies scoreless in the first half.

At this point, it looked like the Magpies were in for a tough day, as they went into the main break with a 56-point deficit.

In the second half, the Lions put their foot on the pedal and piled on seven goals to keep their undefeated streak alive.

Sunbury’s Simone Craige was prolific as usual, but this time, she complemented her dash through the midfield with a five-goal haul.

Kelsie Gill booted three goals for the day, and Iesha Lauaki’s two goals saw her name pop up in the best-on-ground votes.

The 90-point win keeps Sunbury in premiership contention after eight rounds of fierce football.

Keilor 19.19.133 def. Caroline Springs 1.0.6

Just after the midpoint of the season, Keilor wanted to give Caroline Springs a wake-up call, following its convincing charge up the ladder.

The home side’s nine-goal first quarter made it difficult for the Lakers to record their fourth win of the season.

Keilor’s Wright sisters piled on the goals throughout the match, with Gemma kicking five for the day and Sarah booting through four of her own.

The sisters have been battling each other in the best-on-ground votes throughout the season, but this time, it was Sarah who impressed the most.

Tanay Barbuto’s two goals also saw her name slot into the votes for Keilor.

Although the Blues secured a fantastic 127-point win, their inaccuracy meant that they could’ve come away with an even bigger victory.

But nothing should be taken away from the electric form of Keilor, who continue to sit pretty at the top of the ladder.

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