HBERG: E. Fakos 2, E. Torre, T. Metaxas
ASH: L. Barrett 2, N. Lusi 2, C. Kovenias (OG)
The first game to kick of Round 5 of the Women’s VLP saw Heidelberg look to claim their first point in the league against Ashburton who sat just four points above them. As expected, Ashburton led at the break by a 3-2 margin as forward pair Nat Lusi and Leah Barrett continued their fine form. The second half was a different story as Heidelberg didn’t back down and showed plenty of improvement since thier first game in Round 2. Goals from Taylah Metaxas and Eleni Fakos levelled the scores with only minutes to go, luckily for Ashburton, Nat Lusi buried a fine strike late in the half to seal her sides second win of the season.
MVP: Leah Barrett (Ashburton)
Ashburton’s key forward was a major figure in her sides narrow win over second bottom Heidelberg. Barrett as well as managing two important goals could also be seen getting back to help defend for her side when needed. With her double in tonights game, Barrett makes it five goals in the last two games. Melbourne uni should take note before next weeks encounter.
RICH: G. Vincent, M. Boorman (OG)
The second game on the card was the glamour clash of the night as last seasons league winner and runners up took to the pitch. In the first half, both teams looked to maintain possession and control the tempo, both sides had a mindset not to concede so it was no shock when the half ended 0-0. To kick start the game into life, Richmond’s Grace Vincent managed to put Richmond in front which awoke Pascoe into endless shots on goal, but their opposing keeper Sara Clapham held firm. An own goal by Pascoe keeper molly Boorman late in the half all but sealed the win for Richmond as they leapfrogged their arch rivals into second position.
MVP: Sara Clapham (Richmond)
Pascoe Vale are the leaders in goal scored this season with 29 – before kick off – and for Clapham and her team mates to keep them scoreless is a massive achievement. Although small in stature as a keeper, Clapham is not afraid to put her body on the line when it counts, making crucial save after crucial save.
VV: J. Pedic, T. Benoit
EFA: R. Berry, N. Ryan, S. Cope
The third game on the card saw the heavily favoured Vic Vipers take on bottom of the table EFA Eagles. With a median age of around 15 years of age, the young Eagles stepped up to the plate to draw 1-1 with the experienced Vipers at the break. Fresh faced Eagles manager Greg Lascaris got his team firing in the second half as they scored two unanswered goals to take a shock 3-1 lead. With Eagles keeper Maddie Nobbs having plenty to do, the Vipers soon broke through as Tina Benoit converted a traditional thumping strike with only a few minutes remaining. But in the end the Eagles held on for what was the biggest win in their short history and ultimately get off the bottom of the ladder.
MVP: Maddie Nobbs (EFA Eagles)
The Eagles shot stopper at only 15 years of age played well beyond her years tonight as she stopped the Vipers attack who boasted a strike force of Tina Benoit, Jasmina Pedic and Kat Smith who was last seasons MVP. Maddie certainly played a big part in her sides historic win tonight as she read the play beautifully making many crucial clearences, while also keeping her defence organised, motivated and focused.
MU: M. Marques 3, L. Sammut 2, P. Ribas, N. Cook
FTZ: M. Mitkovski, L. Woods
The final game for Round 5 concluded with table toppers Melbourne Uni aiming to keep their 100% start to the season against Fitzroy. Marcella Marques was up to her usual brilliance for Melbourne Uni as her two first half goals set her side up for a commanding 4-0 lead. The second half saw Fitzroy make a mini comeback scoring two quick goals, but it was too little too late as Marques capped off her hat trick to lead her side to their fifth win in a row.
MVP: Marcella Marques (Melbourne Uni)
The 2013/14 season is only five rounds old, yet Melbourne Uni’s Brazilian star in Marcella Marques is already the clear favourite to pick up the MVP award come seasons end. Marques who is leading this seasons assists tally is now also leading the golden boot race with 10. Ashburton is next on her hit list and with the ‘Green Machines’ leaky defence, we could really see Marques have a field day in front of goal.