MOTW: Gorham The Star as Pies Stay Undefeated
Belconnen Magpies v Eastlake Demons |Sat, 30th of June, 2018 |
Adero Law Nest
By Jaike Altieri
The Adero Law Nest played host to a 1stvs. 2ndbattle in the first-grade UNSW Canberra Women’s competition with Belconnen taking on Eastlake. A win for the Demons would see them move into equal first on the ladder, but the Magpies had the confidence, being the only team to have beaten Eastlake.
It was a hot start to the game with a lot of tackles being laid by both sides. Belconnen were on top early, sending the ball inside 50 on a number of occasions, but the Eastlake defence held strong until Shae Krushka kicked the first goal of the match at the 3-minute mark. Eastlake were able to even out the contest around the ground with a heap of physical pressure being applied. No team got on top of the other in what was a tough first quarter, with Belconnen leading at quarter time by 5 points.
Belconnen started to get dangerous in the second quarter, with Sarah Tutt kicking her first goal of the game, quickly followed by Maggie Gorham with her first goal. It was still a hot contest with Eastlake tackling hard, but the Magpies were starting to inch away and find some space around the ground to run and carry the ball. Sarah Tutt kicked her second goal just before half time to push the lead out to 26 points. Belconnen 4.4-28 to Eastlake 0.2-2
The Magpies got a quick start to the second half with Maggie Gorham putting through her second of the game. Eastlake finally got their first goal at the 3-minute mark of the third quarter with Michaley Phokos kicking a nice goal on the run after some great pressure from the Demons. Eastlake were trying their hardest to get back into the game, controlling the majority of the 3rdquarter with the ball spending most of its time in their forward half. They were unable to do any real damage on the scoreboard though, with Belconnen heading into the final quarter with a 25-point lead.
Maggie Gorham got the last quarter underway with 2 goals, taking her tally for the day to 4 goals. The Magpies were starting to dominate around the ground and at stoppages with Jodie Hicks and Amber Allen getting their hands on the ball first. Annie Brearley kicked her first goal of the game for Eastlake, but the Magpies outfit was too strong, running away victors by 34 points. The Magpies are now two games clear on top of the ladder sitting at 9 wins and no losses. Belconnen 7.8-50 to 2.4-16
Goal Kickers: M. Gorham 4, S. Tutt 2, S. Krushka
Best Players: M. Gorham, J. Hicks, M. Pellow, A. Allen, H. Wallett, T. Doblinger
Goal Kickers: M. Phokos, A. Brearley
Best Players: C. Nolan, T. Wilkinson-Shore, A. Brearley, A. Lound, D (J). Johnson, R. Hall