Round 3 - Womens Premiership - Dees v Wildcats 2's
For the second week in succession, a sun-kissed Common greeted the reigning women’s premiers, who were looking to bounce back from defeat to the Wildcats 1’s the previous week.
Starting in the unfamiliar 10am time slot, there were debuts for Tazine Bogue and Sylvie McCrea, whilst Kelsy Dyer made her first appearance for the club this season, having made the commute across the border from Wales. It made for a team glistening with talent, with several other players making returns following early-season injuries.
With Sylv assuming the ruck position, Phillipa Hemphrey made the move forward, and from the outset dominated her opponent. Thanks in no small part to some excellent delivery from an outstanding midfield, Phil would go on to kick five for the game, as the SheDees piled on 10 goals in the opening half, to lead by 67 points at the main break.
And that margin continued to build from the third quarter, despite some heavy rotations throughout the team. Assuming the full-forward position, Kels settled into her groove to finish with three goals, whilst defender-turned-forward Aishlea Smith kicked her first for the club. Not to be outdone, captain Nuala Clarke made the most of some time near the goals with two majors or her own, whilst Jess Calam, Tay Fiddes, Alicia Harries, Rachel Ogle, Katie Whitefield and Cayne Schooley also got in on the act, in what was a highly-successful outing for the team.
Footy, however, is at its core a team game, and whilst the focus was on the forwards, there was also an outstanding effort from the defence to keep the Wildcats scoreless. So much work has gone into defending from the front, and the girls can be very proud of their collective effort on the weekend.
Bigger tests will undoubtedly come after the byes, but following the disappointment of the previous week, the season is now firmly back on track.