Round 7 vs United
Today we headed to Yarrawonga in a rematch of Round 1, to play United, the combined Yarrawonga, Thurgoona and Alpine Lions teams. Conditions were perfect for footy and after a frosty start, the sun was out in all its glory at the JC Lowe Oval today.
Thanks to the Yarrawonga crew for putting on such a great day. The facilities were terrific and we enjoyed being back at the home of the Pigeons.
Wangaratta Rovers 4.2.26
Match Report by Bron McGorlick
WOW!! What an awesome game of football our U14s played today! We spoke before the game of how far each of our players have come as footballers since Round 1, when we played United for the first time with just 11 (very nervous!) girls. This week we had 15 players, and every single Rover contributed to some great team-oriented football. It was awesome to have Mia Johnston back in the side, also our captain for today. Mia spoke well to the playing group at each of the quarter time breaks, and led by example on the field with her tackling, running, chasing and three impressive goals. One of these goals came in the second quarter, after a strong passage of play from Lucy Kiely in the centre of the ground to win a contested ball and kick the ball forward, then a great follow-up tackle from Lily Gibb who was awarded a free kick, who then kicked on to a running Mia who finished off with the goal. Fantastic footy!
Lots of great individual efforts today, with Clare Collin’s juggling pack grab in the third quarter drawing a loud cheer from everyone lucky enough to be watching.
Tackling was again a focus today, with Bianca Davies, Madeline Bolton, Zierra Melbourne and Jayla Keys leading the way. Rotating up forward and in the backline and providing important contests when the ball came near them was Lara Maples, Hannah Carroll, Lilias Coonan, Ava James and Jasmine Fordham, who took a lovely mark in the fourth quarter.
Harper McGrath played across the wing, as well as in defence, and provided some really important contests with great link-up handballs to teammates when under pressure. Clare Collins and Alison Jones were ever-reliable through the midfield; tackling, shepherding, kicking and handballing to the advantage of teammates. Lucy Kiely was our rock in defence, with a short stint in the ruck, providing lots of long effective kick-outs from full back and plenty of fierce tackling pressure. Our other goal kicker today was Lily Gibb, who kicked truly with a lovely running goal and provided plenty of run around the ground with her work from half back all the way into the full forward line.
Big thanks to United who kindly loaned two players to help with our numbers in each of the quarters. And a massive thanks to all our wonderful volunteers today – we couldn’t’t do it without you!
Goal Scorers Mia Johnston 3, Lily Gibb 1
Match Awards for this week included Jayla Keys (Zambrero Voucher), Jasmine Fordham and Harper McGrath (Rovers Thursday Night Meal Vouchers) and Lucy Kiely (Sportspower Voucher).
Wangaratta Rovers 0.0-0
Match Report by Kylie Barton
We were excited to be able to run out onto the ground with a full side of 18 girls for the first time in over three years today. The group of 18 included new players to the club, Makybe Toll, Ruby Ward and Kitty Richardson and we warmly welcome them. We were also fortunate to have Georgia Thomas for our game after she transferred over from the Murray Felines for the day because their side had the bye. And finally, as always, we thank our U14 warriors, Clare, Ali and Mia who play their U14 game and then back up for our U17 game…every single week, to help us out.
After the close U14 result our girls were so pumped up to come out and play well, but the United we faced today were a well drilled, extremely talented side and we were on the back foot from the very beginning with an 8 goal to 0 first quarter. Their tackling was as strong as any side we had encountered for the season and with so many girls new to football it made for a tough day. To our girls credit they never gave up and their gritty last quarter was their best, with some terrific smothering and hard running despite the scoreboard.
Match Awards for this week went to Elisabeth Hawke and Charlotte Tilbrook (Movie Vouchers) and Bree Keys and Sarah Wernert (Zambrero Vouchers).
Wangaratta Rovers 4.3-27
Match Report by Rick Marklew
What a perfect day for footy! The sun was shining, the conditions were great and our girls where keen and fired up before the game.
Full credit to United who were more desperate at the footy and taught us a lesson in the first half. We felt the pressure, we fumbled a lot and we did not put a score on the board.
That was motivation enough to have a fair conversation at half time. After a strong address and some positional changes the girls were sent out after half time with a mission to win the first contest. Enter Amy Collins who in the first 10 seconds of the third quarter, won the tap to Cato Rosser, who handballed back to Amy and she kicked the ball forward…and the rest is history.
From then on the girls played an awesome second half. Every player contributed which is what we are all about. We finally got it together in the last quarter. United hit the front with 7 minutes to go, but we worked hard and kicked the next 2 goals and hung on to win.
These games are the best games to win. It was a pleasure to coach the girls in a thriller today. Thank you to our 24 contributors.
Goal Scores Dakota McAliece 3, Chole Kungl 1
Match Awards for this week included Amy Collins, Amy Hopkins (first game), Dakota McAliece (3 goals), Helen Collins, Kate Burns and Caitlin Rosser.
We had 13 girls get votes today, which is exactly what we want…a team effort! Well done girls.
Families are the heart of community sport and it is a special bond when those families permeate across the generations.Amongst those taking to the field today were these amazing Rovers families – Opens Coach Celia Piesse and her daughter Mia Johnston, the Melbourne sisters, Taniqua, Zierra and Cherokea, Opens Coach Rick Marklew with his father and the Trainer for all three female grades, Roly Marklew, Mother and daughter combination, Helen and Clare Collins, sisters Jayla and Bree Keys and Teagan and Jasmine Fordham,
Post Match Celebrations
It was so lovely to be able to call into Squires Winery, owned by Rovers Board Member Paul Squires, on the way home from the game today, to enjoy a post match celebratory drink with the group.It certainly is a stunning setting on the banks of the Ovens River. The winery has a great selection of wines, beer on tap, and a modern restaurant with a delicious menu. A must visit if you are travelling through Bundalong.
Round 7 TAC Message
Keeping your eyes on the road is essential for safe driving. But when you look at your phone,
you’re oblivious to what’s around you. In fact, at 50km per hour, even a 2 second glance at your phone means you’ll travel up to 28 metres blind.
Mobile phones can be a physical distraction, by causing you to remove your hand from the steering wheel or a cognitive distraction, caused by lapses in attention and judgement.
What you can do to avoid distracted driving?
Install the ‘do not disturb while driving’ function on your phone,
Put your phone out of reach such as in the glovebox or car boot.
Turn your phone on silent or turn it off completely when driving.
As a passenger, speak up and encourage others to be safe.
Turn on Do Not Disturb while driving before getting behind the wheel.
Next week we take on the Murray Felines at home.
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