North stepped even higher on the ladder this weekend in Round Seven of the AFL Women’s competition thanks to a blistering win over West, while South leapfrogged Central after a closely-fought contest.
WEST V NORTH
At Jubilee Oval, it was a clash of opposite positions on the ladder, with first-placed North going up against bottom-placed West, with the result reflecting so, seeing North run out 93-point winners and bouncing back from last week’s defeat.
A consistent four-quarter effort by the Bulldogs began with the centre clearances and the ability to lock the ball inside their attacking half and now sees them two games clear on top of the table at the end of the round.
Imogen Jeffery was the main target up forward for North, kicking a season-high four goals for the day, and was well backed-up by Makayla Berg, Millie Rigby, and Britt Tangey who each kicked two majors, while Mahana Hebbard celebrated kicking her first goal of the season.
Goals: Imogen Jeffery (North) 4, Makayla Berg, Mille Rigby, Britt Tangey (North) 2
SOUTH V CENTRAL
The two mid-table teams battled it out in a close encounter at Alma Oval, which saw a come-from-behind victory for South, despite a spirited fightback from Central in the final quarter. The final score saw the Roos get the job done by five points, which means they jump ahead of the Magpies on the ladder at the end of the round, though both clubs now hold a 4-3 record.
Both South and Central had the same amount of scoring shots, with intermittent scoreless quarters from each club proving the defensive work of the players, but also a necessity to convert when given the chances to enter the forward 50. A decisive third term saw the Roos kick three straight to lead by 11 points going into the final break, holding onto victory despite a scoreless last quarter and a Magpies goal.
Sienna Campbell kicked her fourth goal in three games since coming into the senior side for South, while Emma Hoskins and Abbey Stevens also kicked a goal each for the victors. For Central, Phoebe Knell got on the scoreboard, as did April Dempster who extended her goalkicking streak to five games.
Goals: Sienna Campbell (South), Emma Hoskins (South), Abbey Stevens (South), April Dempster (Central), Phoebe Knell (Central)
This weekend, in Round Eight of the AFL Broken Hill Women’s competition, it’s a top-of-the-table clash at Jubilee Oval where North will host South, while Central welcomes West to Memorial Oval. Both fixtures get underway on Saturday, June 24 from 11.25am.