Our last game before finals saw the girls put on a ruthless display, scoring enough points to squeeze out Sussex for second spot on percentage, and earning themselves a place in the preliminary - rather than elimination - final this weekend.
Led by another towering midfield performance despite skipper Nools’ absence, the Dees immediately took control in Q1, going 4 goals up by quarter time. Prip and Sylvie worked in tandem in the ruck, winning heaps of hit outs and confusing their opponents. Tay had one of her best games, running through the pack and getting her hands on contested footy. Captain for the day, Jess H, and Rogle were making the most of the space out on the wings, and playing real end-to-end footy, while Jess C hit targets and made tackles.
We continued in much the same vein through Q2 and Q3, with our forwards making a nuisance of themselves and sharing the goals between them, Cayne, Amber, Buckets and Sam to name a few getting some excellent majors by sharing the footy, creating space and working as a team.
At 3Q time, word went out that the Cats were winning against Brighton, and we’d have an opportunity to go top 2 if we were able to win handsomely while keeping the hawks score down. The girls were able to do just that, scoring five goals in the last to post 14 goals for the day. We managed to use Q4 to share the footy around too, with some defenders moving into attacking spots and giving everyone an opportunity to get themselves ready for finals.
A very successful day then, with the girls ready to take forward the momentum from the last few weeks (including an excellent win away to Sussex) into finals. A huge shout out to our defenders; keeping the hawks scoreless gave us the platform we needed to finish top two. Finally our tackling pressure was elite, with Bryony one of a number of girls to win chase down tackle free kicks. We may have lost to the Cats during the regular season, but with a full strength team at the weekend, I am extremely confident we’ll have the week off to prepare for the big one.