Football kicks off with a bang

Football kicks off with a bang

The Limestone Coast Women’s Football League kicked off on Sunday, with back to back games at Vansittart Park.

Among the first out of the blocks was Casterton Sandford, which launched its 2024 season in style, demolishing Kongorong.

The Cats came out firing in the first quarter kicking three goals to start the game but also failed to capitalise on scoring opportunities six times throughout the quarter.

The Cats’ backline showed why it is going to be a force this year, holding the Hawks scoreless in the first quarter.

By the end of the first stanza, the Cats held a comfortable 24-point lead.

The Cats kept their foot on the pedal in the second quarter as they continued to dominate the contest, with the forward line picking up where it left off and kicking another three goals.

The Hawks forwards struggled to generate any momentum, remaining scoreless to end the first half.

The Cats headed into the changerooms with a 46-point lead.

Kongorong’s hopes of mounting a comeback fizzled as the same story played out in the third quarter with the Cats taking charge and refusing to let up.

The Cats continued to dominate the contest, not letting the Hawks forwards get any of the play as again the Hawks found themselves scoreless in the third quarter.

The goals rained down for the Cats as they bagged another three for the quarter, heading into the final term with a 69 point lead.

Despite the game being out of the Hawks reach, the Cats continued the pressure, kicking five more goals in the fourth.

The likes of Casterton Sandford’s Madalene Cleary had a strong start to the season, kicking three goals in the Cats’ win.

Riley Buckingham was a shining light for Kongorong, still putting up an impressive performance in the loss.

Casterton Sandford defeated Kongorong 14.16 (100) to 0.0 (0)
Penola v Kybybolite

Penola and Kybybolite opened their 2024 campaigns in an unusual way at Vansittart Park on Sunday, with the result a draw.

Neither team could break in the first quarter, kicking two goals each.

However, the Tigers kicked a handy point to put their noses in front to end the first quarter with a one point lead.

The sides were neck and neck in the second quarter, kicking three goals apiece and again seeing the Tigers ahead by a solitary point at the main break.

Accuracy proved to be a problem for the Tigers in the third quarter, only mustering a single goal from nine scoring shots.

This kept the Eagles in the game as they too could only kick one goal in the third quarter.

Despite the inaccuracy the Tigers managed to hold a seven point lead at the final break.

The Eagles lifted the intensity in the final term and earned more scoring shots than the Tigers, putting together a two-goal quarter.

The Tigers only had two shots on target, converting one and registering a minor score with the other.

As the final siren sounded the game ended in an 8.3 (51) to 7.9 (51) draw.

Both teams gave their all on the field as Penola’s Angela Broad had a great day out kicking four goals.

Kybybolite’s Taylor Ryan also stood out, leading her team with three goals.
Mundulla v Millicent

Mundulla proved too good against Millicent on Sunday at Vansittart Park.

The Tigers started to own the contest in the first quarter as they dished up four goals in the first quarter to begin their 2024 season.

The Tigers displayed their dominance on both sides of the field as the backline held the Saints scoreless in the first quarter, while registered a 30 point lead.

The Saints showed a little bit of fight in the second as they kicked their lone point for the day.

Mundulla did not let the point phase them as they went on to kick three more goals in the second to increase their half time lead to 49.

Mundulla stepped up a gear in the second half, continuing to pile on the goals, kicking another seven in the third quarter.

Mundulla took a 92 point lead into the final quarter and continued to apply pressure to the Saints’ backline, kicking another three goals.

Mundulla’s Brooke Ballinger was a big contributor to the Tigers’ win as she finished with six goals.

Mundulla defeated Millicent 17.13 (115) to 0.1 (1)
North Gambier v South Gambier

North Gambier started its season with a convincing win over South on Sunday at Vansittart Park.

The Tigers got away to a good start, kicking three goals in the first quarter while holding the Demons scoreless, with North leading by 22 points at the first break.

The Tigers only got better as the game progressed, continuing to hold the Demons forward line scoreless in the second.

The Tigers forwards showed why they will be a force this season by kicking five goals and heading into the half-time break with a 56 point 


The Demons backline slowed down the Tigers in the second half, holding them to nine points for the quarter.

However, the damage had been done and with only one point scored by the Dees in the third they faced a 64 point deficit heading into the final quarter.

The Tigers found their rhythm again as they rediscovered their first-half magic and began to pile on goals in the fourth with South unable to slow them down, with North kicking seven goals in the final quarter.

North Gambier’s Chloe Newton put on a show, kicking 11 goals on debut.

Despite the loss, South Gambier’s Ella Guest had a great performance as well for the Demons.

North Gambier defeated South Gambier 16.12 (108) to 0.2 (2).

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