With two solid wins recorded in the past two weeks, the focus was firmly set on making it three on the trot. Having played South Adelaide in a recent trial we knew what we were in for. With the aid of the breeze, we got off to a very fast start registering ten scoring shots to one by quarter time. Unfortunately, we were a little inaccurate only managing three goals for the term, however, the game was set up nicely going into the break with an 18-point lead.
Kicking into the wind in the second proved a little difficult, whilst we were getting plenty of possession and repeat entries inside 50 it was a struggle to score. Our defenders held firm to restrict the scoring of South. The workaround for the stoppages from us was super and we managed to win the battle with contested and uncontested footy. Plenty of hard work to push the ball forward did result in one goal against the wind and going into the main break we had increased our lead to 21-points.
With the wind dying down in the third, it was all about how hard we wanted to work, we were dominant in the ruck and at the stoppages increasing our contested ball numbers dramatically. South had lifted a notch and were setting us a challenge. Long deep entries going forward were constant, but inaccuracy once again proved costly registering four points for the quarter. Going into the final change we still had a comfortable lead of 18-points.
Knowing South would throw everything at us in the last, the girls were challenged to fight it out. Lots of repeat stoppages to absorb the heat meant not a lot of pretty football was played. Once again opportunities were there to strike but we couldn’t manage to break through and score. The positive was that our defence held strong and stamped out any forward movement to only allow them a single point for the term. Eventually, we held on to register a 17-point victory.
Our young brigade of Lana Schwerdt, Jade Halfpenny, Sachi Syme, Molly Brooksby and Alana Lishmund were all prominent while the more seasoned campaigners of Ali Ferrall, Sophie Armitstead, Morgan Johnston and Shai Hiscock were solid as normal.
We travel to Thebarton this Saturday afternoon to face league leaders Sturt.
NFC 10.6.66 Defeated SAFC 2.5.17
Goals: T.Maple 3, G.Smallacombe 2, K.Whittaker 2, H.Cornish, T.Robers, T.Allison
Best: C.Morgan, J.Egan, A.Davies, T.Nation, G.Smallacombe
NFC 4.10.34 Defeated SAFC 2.5.17
Goals: L.Bigg, S.Hiscock, A.lishmund, E.Sporn
Best: A.Ferrall, L.Schwerdt, S.Hiscock, A.Lishmund, J.Halfpenny