Goals: Nikki Phillips (Central) 8, Ashleigh Forbes (Central) 3, April Dempster (Central) 2.
Central Broken Hill Magpies picked up where they left off last season in the first round of the 2023 AFL Broken Hill Women’s season with a resounding 98-point win over a hapless West side who failed to trouble the scorers at all.
It was clear it would be business as usual from the Central women as they burst out of the blocks to take a 16-point lead into the quarter time break.
Another four goals to no score at all in the second quarter saw Central take a real stranglehold on the contest as West seemed pinned back and unable to get the ball inside their attacking half.
The attack continued in the third term with another four-goal quarter and Nikki Phillips was already well on her way to yet another bag of goals, she would finish with eight for the day in a dominant performance that saw her lay a marker down to any other attackers in the competition this season chasing her crown as the league’s leading forward.
With the white flag seemingly raised by West, in the final quarter Central romped home. Perhaps the only disappointment for the black and white was the fact they fell just shy of a triple figure victory.
West will face South in the second half of a Friday night double header on May 5 at the Jubilee Oval in round two, while Central take on North in what promises to be a mouth-watering fixture.
The action in the women’s league kicks off from 6pm on Friday, May 5.
Goals: Brett Martin (West) 4, Jordan Meehan (West) 2, Robert Bates (West) 2, Max Everuss (West) 2, Greg Conway (West) 2, Suni Forner (West) 2.
In the men’s reserve contest, which followed the women’s clash on Anzac Day, it was a case of instant payback as West Reserves absolutely walloped Central Reserves to the tune of 133 points.
The match was over as a contest by half-time after West had amassed 18 scoring shots to Central’s solitary point. The Robins put the foot on the gas in the third quarter and led by over 1000 points at three quarter time.
They eventually ran out 22 goal winners as they laid a marker down in what promises to be an evenly matched season across the league in the second tier of AFL Broken Hill.
Next weekend, West and Central will mirror their A-Grade sides and face South and North respectively as they feature from 10am next Saturday, May 6 at the Jubilee Oval.