Round 13 vs Wodonga Raiders
It was terrific to finally be playing at our home ground, W.J Findlay Oval again today. We had not played all three grades at the ground since Round 4…68 days ago!
The weather was glorious (although the -2C start was rather chilly) and it was great to see plenty of people on the side lines enjoying local female football.
So how did we go against the Wodonga Raiders?
Wangaratta Rovers 0.0-00
Wodonga Raiders 18.14.122
Match Report by Bron McGorlick
Our Rovers U14 girls faced a very strong Raiders outfit on a spectacular sunny winter morning. We had a few girls returning from holidays, with 17 players taking the field. Raiders kindly loaned an 18th player each quarter to ensure we could play the game on a full-length field.
Our focus this week at training was contested work, particularly bumps to help win ground balls and marking contests, and the endeavour the girls showed with both of these was terrific. A debut game from Sophia Pasquali showed plenty of speed, a cool head under pressure and the ability to break free from congestion to help us propel the ball forward. A terrific first game from Sophia! She was well-assisted by Mia Johnston, Jayla Keys and Clare Collins in the midfield, who all covered large amounts of the ground to assist team mates and try to win the contested ball.
A really pleasing feature of our game today was the ability to continue chasing opponents, without giving up. Harper McGrath put an excellent 100m chase in, to try and win the football out on the wing. Another great chase came from Bianca Davies, who was benefiting today from some warmer weather and was at her tackling and running best. Lily Gibb worked courageously in the forward line, nursing an injury from the previous day.
Madeline Bolton and Isla Keller were both welcome returns to the team this week, providing plenty of run and pressure when it was their turn to go. Lara Maples had another great run in the ruck today, as did Zierra Melbourne, both also running hard when rotated through the back line.
Hannah Carrol, Lily Currie-Fraser, Lilias Coonan and Ava James rotated through the forward and back lines and wings, continuing to show improvement in their ability to impact the play around them. Lucy Kiely continued her excellent form in full back, taking several goal-saving marks on our last line of defence, including a terrific grab to stop Raiders kicking a goal after the siren to end the second quarter. Jasmine Fordham continues to impress with her improved determination to win the contested ball and taking some great marks.
The girls showed plenty of enthusiasm, determination and fighting spirit right until the final siren, with heaps of positives to come out of the match in terms of development and improvement.
One more game to go, to finish what has been a terrific and history-making first season for our U14 girls. Can’t wait!
Match Day Awards for this week included Sophia Pasquali (Sportspower Voucher), Lucy Kiely and Bianca Davies (Zambrero Vouchers) and Jasmine Fordham (Rovers Thursday Night Meal Voucher).
Jayla Keys kicks long
Sophia Pasquali played her first game for Rovers
Wangaratta Rovers 0.01-01
Match Report by Kylie Barton
With a number of girls still unavailable due to the school holidays, we were fortunate to have four U14’s step up to help us out in the higher grade again this week. Thank you Clare Collins, Mia Johnston, Lucy Kiely and Sophia Pasquali.
A four goal opening term to the Wodonga Raiders put them in a strong position heading into the 2nd quarter however, to our girls credit the Raiders only kicked six more goals for the entire match.
In a best on ground performance Eva Allen was superb in the back line. She was well supported by her back line team mates, Teagan Fordham, Bree Keys and Taniqa Melbourne.
Ash Shallue, Emily Cooper, Milli Allen, Mia Johnston and Sarah Wernert all work hard around the ground and were able to get the ball into our forward line on multiple occasions. Sophia Pasquali got us onto the scoreboard and we were unlucky to not get another goal or two as the match progressed.
There was some great passages of play today, as well as some brilliant, hard running in pairs. Overall, it was a really strong performance by the group and it has been wonderful to see the development of the girls over the course of the year.
We finish the season against the strong Murray Felines next week. In a similar position to us 3-4 years ago, the Felines are now one of the benchmark teams of the competition. With the amount of juniors we have in our current side, there is no reason to believe that cant be us in the next year or two, too! Bring it on!
Match Day Awards for this week included Emily Cooper (Jaques Driving School Voucher), Eva Allen and Ashley Shallue (Wangaratta Sports and Aquatic Centre Family Swim Pass), Milli Allen (Movie Pass), Bree Keys (Rovers Hoodie) Taniqua Melbourne (Rovers Beanie), Sarah Wernert (Rovers Thursday Night Meal Voucher).
Bree Keys breaks clear
Ash Shallue and Emily Cooper
Wangaratta Rovers 1.07-07
Wodonga Raiders 5.4-34
Match Report by Amy Collins
It was always going to be a tough match against the Wodonga Raiders – top of the ladder and undefeated.
A great crowd turned out and cheered on both sides. The Raiders owned the first quarter with 3 goals and 1 point, with the Rovers unable to get on the scoreboard.
In the second quarter, each side managed to get a point each, but no other score.
The competition was very physical, with plenty of players going all in to the contest. Rover defenders continually shut down the ball and were able to get it out of the Raider’s forward line.
After half time, Megan Quick kicked the first and only goal for the Rovers.
Despite the physical game, the Rovers women continued to fight and kept the Raiders to just 13 points for the remainder of the match. The Rovers women were able to lay tackles and took some great marks under pressure.
Ultimately though, the Raiders game play around the field proved too good for the Rovers, going down by 27 points.
Best on Ground were Mikaela Trethowan, Ally Ballard, Bron McGorlick, Emma Gosbell, Kylie Barton and Kathryn Burns.
Goal Scorer Megan Quick
Mikaela Trethowan played a great game
Bronwyn Mcgorlick heads towards goal
Rick Marklew #23
Amid all the football action today, Opens Co-Coach Rick Marklew celebrated his 53rd birthday.
Born with Brown and Gold running through his blood, Rick is an absolute legend at the Rovers. He is a Hall of Fame and Life Member of the football club, and is one of the rare individuals to have won premierships in every grade – Seniors, Reserves and Thirds. He played 350 games for the club and kicked 351 goals – the fourth highest all time goal kicker for the Hawks…an incredible feat given he played most of his final years in the back line.
Off the field Rick has been a past secretary and board member for the Rovers, acting in an administration capacity over the years and filling in many varied roles as required.
37 years after he played his first senior game with the club Rick is still giving back to the Rovers. This year he is teaching, coaching, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of female Hawks. His passion and love of the game is contagious and with so much experience to draw on, he is shaping our clubs future for many years to come.
Thank you for everything you continue to do for us and Women’s football Rickta #23
Happy Birthday from us all!
Happy Birthday Rick Marklew
Each July, NAIDOC Week (4-11 July) offers an opportunity to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of First Nations peoples.
In our setting at the football club, it is fitting then for us to acknowledge and celebrate the elite skills, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women playing AFL football at a community, local, state and national level.
Ally Anderson from the Brisbane Lions is the league’s longest serving AFLW Indigenous female footballer (16 games since 2017). A prodigious talent, she is a dual Brisbane best and fairest winner, was named in the 2019 AFL Women’s All-Australian team and was part of the Brisbane team that won the AFL Women’s premiership in 2021.
Jacara Egan (daughter of Phil Eagan, former Richmond great) is the first Indigenous woman to coach at NAB League level, holding the title of Assistant Coach at the Calder Cannons.
Courtney Ugle (fiancé to Alex Marklew…Rick’s son) has coached the Woomeras (a national female Indigenous development team) and is also a mentor for the Essendon Football Club First Nations Women’s Pathway Program.
Indigenous players have undeniably shaped the course of Australian football, however participation rates compared to non Indigenous Australians remain low. At the highest level, currently only 5% of AFLW players are Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men currently represent 11 per cent of the entire AFL playing cohort). The numbers of Indigenous women coaching across the code are even lower. Yet this group represents 49 cultural and language groups across the country.
Whilst NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, it is timely to remember that we don’t have to wait until NAIDOC Week to do this – we should be trying to acknowledge and celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of First Nation’s peoples every day.
Nikita Brown is a brilliant and naturally gifted Indigenous player for the Wangaratta Rovers
Round 13 TAC Message
Drug driving is a serious road safety issue. In the last five years approximately 41% of drivers and motorcyclists killed who were tested, had drugs in their system, with cannabis and stimulants the most common substances detected.
One in four Victorians who use drugs admit to driving under the influence of recreational drugs.
The number of drug tests conducted by Victoria Police has increased from 40,000 tests in
2014 to 150,000 tests in 2019.
Tests are not only conducted via booze/drug buses but from marked and unmarked patrol cars, police motorcycles and mobile intercepts.
More drug tests, more places, more often.
It is hard to believe our season has almost come to an end. What a year it has been!
We play Murray Felines in our final home and away game in Wangaratta next Sunday.
Until next weekend.
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