Tigers continue to tear ahead

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Tigers continue to tear ahead

Vansittart Park was again the host of the opening matches of round 2 of the Limestone Coast Women’s Football League season, with four teams taking on the wide-open ground.

North Gambier v Millicent

First up it was North Gambier playing against Millicent in what was a one-sided game with the North side ruthless at every contest, not allowing Millicent any chance of getting the footy and scoring.

North was set up in the first few seconds of the game from a centre clearance of which any coach would be proud and from there it was pure skill and determination to get scores on the board.

The rampant Tigers were on fire and the Saints had no answer in the first term while North kicked six goals to take a 40-point lead at the first change.

North did not let up the attack on the ball in the second quarter, continuing to pepper the goal line, leaving Millicent flat footed.

North kicked another six unanswered goals with plenty of fire power up forward, going to the major break 79 points up.

A few minor tweaks were made to the North side after the break, but that did not alter the side’s dominant style of play.

Millicent struggled to find an answer and every time the Saints gained possession North found a way to steal it.

To the Millicent side’s credit, the players worked hard to maintain possession but the sheer determination of the Tigers did not allow it, heading into the three-quarter time break with a 101-point buffer.

In the final quarter Millicent found the ball on a few occasions and tried to attack, but the resistance from the North back line was like a brick wall, repelling the football back.

North put on a football clinic on its home ground but Millicent did stuck to the task at hand.

In the end North ran away comfortable winner by 129 points with Luca Roulstone kicking six goals and Alice Tentye five.

Other best on ground were Emmason Ilsley, Grace Altschwager, Chloe Perryman and Penny Coleman.

Millicent’s best were Amy-Lee Byrne, Meredith Turner, Megan Tilby, Alannah Pratt and Kalli Brown.

Casterton Sandford v Kalangadoo

In game two of the split round Casterton Sandford handed Kalangadoo a 118-point loss under the lights of Vansittart Park.

The Cats were on fire from the first bounce and continued the winning form shown the week before.

On the other hand, Kalangadoo showed it was a determined team and knuckled down, but could not keep up to the skill of the Cats.

It was a slow start by Casterton Sandford in the first term only kicking three goals but the Cats held that lead at the first change and kept the Magpies scoreless.

The Cats were on the march in the second term with some brilliant ball movement, not allowing Kalangadoo any chance of maintaining or picking up possession.

It was an explosive term by the Cats kicking eight unanswered goals, extending the lead out to 78 points at half time.

Going into the third term Kalangadoo made some changes and it showed by keeping the Cats to just one major, with Casterton Sandford retaining a lead of 91 points at the three-quarter time siren.

The Cats continued its relentless attack in the final term, dominating the contests and kicking four goals.

In the end Kalangadoo was no match for a fast-running Cats outfit which took the match by 118 points.

Best players for Casterton-Sandford were Amelia Thomas, Chelsea Wain, Chloe Smith and Mikayla Hutchins who also booted four goals while Kalangadoo named Taysha Marshall, Abby Thompson, Jess Gerritsen and Jessica Stone as key players throughout the match.

South Gambier v Penola

The remaining games for round two were played on Sunday, with one game at Blue Lake Sports Park and the other taking place at Naracoorte.

South Gambier and Penola took the field at Blue Lake Sports Park, with the Demons coming off a loss in the opening round and the Eagles taking the field for their first hit out of the season.

Penola hit the ground with run and plenty of ability to bust the packs open when needed in the first term.

South is a developing squad coached by Heath Sims and showed patches of good play during the first term, but Penola had quick legs and held a 46-point lead at the first break.

The second term did not get any easier for the Demons as Penola took a stranglehold on the game, piling on five unanswered goals and extending its lead to 79.

The Eagles put on the pressure in the third and played the game on its terms, leaving South scratching its head and wondering what to do to try and counter its opposition.

Penola scored another seven majors while South managed to find the goals, but it was kicked by a Penola supplied player with South being a couple short.

At the three-quarter time siren Penola had a commanding 96-point lead.

South came out in the last quarter and showed some heart, playing tough football and peppering the goals to add to its score, but the Eagles had too much power and ran away comfortable winners by 105 points.

Best players for the winners were Caroline McGrath, Nell Eastough, Riley Mitchell, and Elise Berkin while for South it was Lana Shepherd, Anja Gardsenni, Jarrah Altschwager and Sophie Wight.

Kybybolite v Mundulla

The final game of the round was between Kybybolite and Mundulla, with the sides locked on 21 a piece at the final siren.

After not hitting the scoreboard in the opening term, Kybybolite kicked three majors in the second term to enter the break up by fouur points.

The sides continued to press in the third with a tight tussle ensuring an on-field spectacle for the crowd.

Kyby is also a team that is rebuilding after losing a few players from last year’s grand final and needs time to get their game plan going but that is sure to come with time and perseverance.

Best players for Mundulla were Kellsey Hinge, Zoe Hawker, Casey McElroy and Erin Horsnell while Kybybolite’s best players were Dellie Brown, Jedah Huf, Zara East, Emily Cattuzzo and Erin Ewer.

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