ASH: K. Dixon, N. Lusi
RICH: S. Tanti 5, M. Rajcic 5, R. Alonzo 3, A. Erenli 2, K. White, K. Stensholt
The first game to kick off saw early season bolters, Ashburton take on Richmond. In a surprise to many, Richmond had played out of their skin to record an 8-1 half time lead. New recruits for Richmond in MJ Rajcic, Steph Tanti and Rachel Alonzo stole the show scoring seven majors between them, while Kat Dixon managed the Green Machines only score. The Tanti and Rajcic show continued well into the second half as they both bagged hat tricks to register five goals each to well and truly put Ashburton to the sword. Whether it was simply an off night or complacency -after stellar early season form- plaguing the squad, Perry Chitas’ side have to fight off some serious demons if they are to bounce back next week. Richmond on the other hand, it is certainly a much needed return to form after two poor performances – by their standards – if this squad can keep together there’s no telling how far they could go in 2013/14.
MVP: Steph Tanti and MJ Rajcic (Richmond)
Richmond’s two new recruits combined a forward combination that will have opposition defences shaking in their boots. Ten goals between them is a warning to the entire league that Richmond are a side on the rise.
MU: M. Marques 2, L. Sammut
PV: S. Richardson, T. Ford
The second game on the card saw last seasons league champions in Pascoe Vale go up against last seasons FOz Cup champions in Melbourne Uni. in the battle for the top of the table, it was Melbourne Uni who got off to the better start as they led 3-0 at the break through a Marcella Marques double and a single from Letizia Sammut. Pascoe Vale, who were without a number of key players hit back with the next two goals from Sarah Richardson and Tilly Ford, but the Melbourne Uni defence – well marshalled by Niki Cook – held firm for the last seven minutes to register a season defining win as they maintain their undefeated streak to go on top of the table.
MVP: Niki Cook (Melbourne Uni)
Probably the most important and influential player on the pitch for Melbiurne Uni. After shooting to a 3-1 lead, the Uni girls were quite happy to sit back and absorb Pascoe Vale’s pressure and if not for Cook’s defensive nous and organisation, Pascoe could have easily stolen a late result.
FTZ: D. Gudelj 2, S. Papadopoulos 2, Z. Stamatopoulos
EFA: S. Cope, M. Stockdale, H. Ryan, M. Burke
The next game to follow saw Fitzroy pitted against the lowly EFA Eagles who are yet to secure a point this season. With a few new inclusions and a full bench to call upon, EFA manager Jara Dedic looked to revitalise his youth based squad. But it was Fitzroy who took the lead 4-2 at the break with Dani Gudelj nabbing a brace while singles were converted by Stacey Papadopoulos and Zoe Stamatopoulos. Unfortunately for Stamatopoulos she was sent off for a red card offence which in turn resulted in a penalty which Maddie Stockdale converted. The pocket rocket striker that is Stacey Papadopoulos completed her brace in the second half to give Fitzroy a three goal lead. but after taking their foot off the pedal, the Eagles sensed their opportunity to strike and goals from Hannah Ryan and a screamer from the young Molly Burke made for an entertaining finish, but Fitzroy had done enough to hold on.
MVP: Stacey Papadopoulos (Fitzroy)
Papadopoulos backed up last weeks match winning performance with yet another stellar showing as her pace and eye for goal proved too much for the Eagles. A constant headache for her inexperienced opponents, Papadopoulos was a constant menace when running at defenders and took her opportunities to settle her side with a goal in each half.
HFC: A. Newman 2
VV: J. Pedic 3, J. Floros, T. De Melo, T. Benoit, K. Smith
The final game for Round 3 saw the fresh faced Heidelberg face last seasons FOz Cup runners up, Vic Vipers. After playing their first game in the league in Round 2, all eyes were on Alex Schiff’s Heidelberg to see if they could muster an upset, but it didn’t seem that a result was possible at the end of the first half as the Vipers ran out to a 4-1 lead. Singles to Kat Smith, Tina Benoit, Tara De Melo and Jamie Floros boasted the Vipers depth in scoring options while Aleisha Newman was responsible for Heidelberg’s only goal. The second half was a much more tightly contested affair as Heidelberg’s defence was a lot more organised. But not organised enough to stop game breaker Jasmina Pedic who bagged a hat trick on her return to league action. Aleisha Newman was again on the score sheet for her side but it was only a mere consolation goal as the vipers ran out with the win.
MVP: Jasmina Pedic (Vic Vipers)
What an impact Pedic made in the second half! As mentioned earlier, Heidelberg came out swinging after the break and really tightened the screws in defence! Only Pedic could pick the lock and score three quality – and match winning – goals. One of them was a stunning free kick which will certainly be one to look out for in the upcoming highlights video!