Women’s Vic League 1
Opponent: Southern United
Result: WestVic 1 lost to Southern United 2
Goal Scorer/s: Clare Noether (1).
Best Players: Jane Morton, Elena Hobson, Emma Ruyg.
The Bendigo Bank WestVic Hockey Vic League 1 Women played away this week at Morrabbin, under new coach Phil Frost. In the first half WestVic found themselves under immediate pressure from a very tight Southern United unit. WestVic defence, led by GK Ruth Ryan stood strong and managed to keep Southern to 1 goal, which was scored early in the half. Captain Hannah Moloney, well supported by a very experienced Bianca Maher worked hard throughout, to give the forwards every opportunity and eventually hard work and persistence paid off. Clare Noether placed a solid shot off the stick straight into the back of the net. All even half time.
The second half saw WestVic really finding their feet. Open direct passes found them forward and in attack. Unfortunately a quick break down the centre saw Southern United score the first and only goal of this half. WestVic women fought back hard with Cecily Frost forcing a penalty corner, but good defence by southern United held them out. For recently elevated junior players Mindee Stone and Mikenna Papworth it was a challenging introduction, under pressure they managed to defend well and gain valuable experience. WestVic girls faced a further two penalty corners in the closing stages of the match but managed to hold strong.
Opponent: Southern United
Result: WestVic 1 lost to Southern United 3.
Goal Scorer/s: Rachael Smart (1)
Best Players: Not Available
Result: WestVic 1 lost to Mornington 2
Goal Scorer/s: Cecily Frost (1)
Best Players: Cecily Frost, Bianca Maher, Ruth Ryan.
The Bendigo Bank WestVic Hockey Vic League 1Women again found themselves on the road, travelling on Monday night, to play Mornington at the State netball and Hockey Centre.
Coach Phil Frost demanded his team, commit and take control from the outset. The first ten minutes saw a very tight match up, with Mornington breaking free to place a solid shot from the circle straight into the net. Ballarat re-grouped with Emma Ruyg producing flashes of brilliance down the centre and Elena Hobson and Hannah Maloney creating some nice forward pressure. The late stages of the first half saw the ball in WestVic’s forward line many a time, but Mornington were able to hold them out and went into half time with a 1 goal advantage.
The second half opened with Mornington getting a quick centre break, which resulted in a second goal. WestVic fought back with Bianca Maher working hard on the ball, Jess Richardson finding some nice open space and as usual, powerhouse Cecily Frost ‘worked the wheels’ consistently down forward. The struggle to control, shifted from team to team and at times WestVics’ defence was severely tested with Ruth Ryan standing tall and displaying superior goal keeping skills, with a full body dive putting a stop to yet another Mornington goal. Finally with ten minutes to go, WestVic got a quick break which saw Clare Noether pass to Cecily frost in the circle and WestVics’ first goal ensured. The WestVic girls lifted and their supporters were on their feet. All the play was with WestVic, hopes were high. The final few minutes saw no less than three forced corners and the girls played with desperation. Mornington held strong, and at the final siren WestVic went down 1 goal to Morningtons 2. Disappointed as they were, with the passion and skills displayed in this match rewards will come to the WestVic ladies soon enough.
Result: WestVic 1 drew Mornington 1
Goal Scorer/s: Bianca Maher (1)
Best Players: Not available
For further information contact:
WestVic Hockey Senior Women’s Coach
Mobile – 0421 098 893
Email – Phil.Frost@pickles.com.au