Kyby on top in northern battle

The fourth round of the 2022 Veolia Limestone Coast Women’s Football League produced the best game of the season so far after two heavyweights duked it out for glory at Mundulla on Sunday.

Since going head-to-head in the 2019 LCWFL Grand Final, Mundulla and Kybybolite have developed a storied rivalry and the latest chapter was one of the most exciting.

Both sides went into the clash undefeated and were keen to lay down a marker as one of the teams to beat.

The battle for possession was heated from the ball up and scoring proved tricky as both side’s pressure restricted any fast ball movement.

The scoreboard remained locked at the quarter time siren with one goal each, while no majors were possible in the second term has the power struggle increased.

However, the home team rallied after the main break and Dana Koch landed some killer blows.

Enjoying strong entries from the likes of Natalie Twigden, Zoe Hawker and Casey McElroy, Koch booted three goals to send Mundulla into a game-high lead.

Meanwhile at the other end Kyby’s goalles streak extended to five scoring shots and the side had to destroy this trend if it was to turn the game around.

Fortunately for the travelling Kybybolite fans, Sophie Henschke answered the call and booted three clutch goals to retake the lead.

But with less than one kick still the difference the job was not done and some nail-biting football was the result as the final siren approached.

The likes of Georgia Gill, Ella Jones and Dellie Brown stepped up for Kybybolite to hold on and keep its undefeated campaign going.

Kyby coach Luke Crossling admitted he struggled to watch the closing stages after a see-sawing battle, but was proud of an undermanned team missing an injured Della Hannaford, plus Annabel Mould and Mikaylah Walker on Glenelg duty.

“It was a good exciting game where both sides enjoyed plenty of the football,” he said.

“We had our chances to blow the game open in the second quarter when we kicked four straight behinds, so then Mundulla had a turn in the third.

“But to the girls credit they broke the end of the game down to numbers and let things get to them.

“We made a lot more opportunities with our three key forwards out, so we lost some structure, but the girls did not let it get to them.

“We pulled Sophie out at three-quarter time and she stood up kicking two goals and three posters in the last quarter.”

The fighting win completes a convincing hat-trick to start the season, but Crossling is aware bigger challenges lay ahead.

He does not want to get ahead of himself with the biggest test of the season coming up against the undefeated South Gambier in what could be a Grand Final preview.

“We are just lucky to have a very committed group of girls who are keen to have a bit of a taste of everything,” he said.

“When the time comes to be settled they do not panic and are all great mates, so we just have to put our best foot forward and whatever will be will be.

“I have not seen South yet at all, but they are full of great players.

“We will give it our best shot and see what happens.”

On a high from making history one week earlier, Kongorong hit the road to take on Millicent in the other game at Mundulla.

It was going to be a tight hard contest as both sides were evenly matched on paper.

After some hard tackling and end to end football in the first term, the Hawks gained the upper hand with through their hardball gets which was credit to Jade Longbottom, Janita Galloway and Stevie Collins in the ruck.

It was also the runners in the side kept the ball going forward the likes of Hannah Kuhl-Miller, Evie Sealy and Kate Koumouzis, while Jasmin McKinnon presented herself well inside 50.

The Millicent side battled hard all day and showed signs of some good football and link up when they had possession and moved into attack.

Fueled from the breakthrough win the week before, Kongorong doubled its tally of victories with its highest ever score of 57 points.

After a slow start Casterton Sandford eventually became an unstoppable force on its way to a formidable win over Kalangadoo.

Scarlett Jarrad was ruthless in the middle barging her way through her opponents and dominating the contested ball, while the likes of Gabrielle Sullivan and Madison Mutch also played strong support acts.

Once the Victorians were able to find the big sticks after only one point was possible in a tightly contest first term, they made regular inroads and quickly pulled the game out of the Pies’ reach.

Chloe Foster and Jarrad were accurate in front of goal to seal a solid 53-point triumph.

In the final game of the weekend South Gambier took on North Gambier at Blue Lake Sports Park and the hosts continued their marry way.

The flow of Shelby Auld, Chelsea Frost, Lauren Frost, Tess Andrews and Alice Tentye through the middle was on full display.

By half time the Demons already had 88 points on the board and went on to register a third consecutive triple-figure triumph.

The Tigers were able to score a little win however, restricting South to just seven points in the final term.

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