MU: M. Marques 5, L. Sammut 4, N. Cook, E. Torre (OG)
The first game to kick off Round 8 of the WVLP saw run away ladder leaders melbourne Uni, take on a Heidelberg side full of confidence after their first win of the season last week. But the young girls from Heidelberg were quickly brought back down to earth as the experienced Melbourne Uni taught them a Futsal lesson by racing to a 5-0 half time lead inspired by a Litizia Sammut double. Sammut continued her good form into the second half with a further two goals, but was upstaged by team mate and current golden boot leader Marcella Marques who scored four – taking her match tally to five – to leave Heidelberg manager Alex Schiff with plenty to think about before next weeks game.
MVP: Letizia Sammut & Marcella Marques (Melb. Uni)
The two Melbourne Uni forwards are fast becoming the most prolific and feared partnership in the league, single handedly put Heidelberg to the sword. With a total of 34 goals between them (Marques 22 & Sammut 12) there seems to be no defence that can stop this dynamic duo guiding their side to the title this season.
VV: R. Ziaris
RICH: M. Aloisio 3, A. Erenli 2
The second game to take place saw Richmond pitted against the out of form Vipers. Desperate to close the eleven point gap between Melbourne Uni, Richmond were shot into a 2-0 half time lead through captain Mel Aloisio. The second half saw Vipers debutant Renee Ziaris reduce the deficit until Aloisio scored her third although under controversial circumstances – as Vipers players halted play believing the referee had blown the whistle, unfortunately for the Vipers neither referee had done so. With Richmond high in confidence, they ran on to win by four goals as pocket rocket forward Azize Erenli grabbed a late double.
MVP: Mel Aloisio (Richmond)
With a limited squad, it was important that Richmond captain, Mel Aloisio had a big influence on the game and she did just that. With a double in the first half Aloisio really did set the tone to set up the win. Although a controversial goal, Aloisio’s third was all in fair play and a legal goal and more importantly it was the goal that broke the Vipers backs so that her side could run away with the win to close the gap on Melbourne Uni.
PV: N. Tumblety
FTZ: E. Vatcky, Z. Stamatopoulos
The next game to follow saw the third and fourth teams in Pascoe Vale and Fitzroy go head to head. Although both teams had deficiencies within their squads – Fitzroy had no keeper, using player Meri Mitkovski, while Pascoe had no substitute – it was Fitzroy who found themselves in front 1-0 at the break thanks to Elaina Vatcky. Fitzroy carriend their first half momentum into the second half with Zoe Stamatopoulos doubling their lead before Nicki Tumbelty pulled one back for Pascoe. With only four minutes on the clock, Pascoe threw everything they had at Meri mitkovski’s goal but the makeshift keeper stood firm to help her side record a famous and season defining win.
MVP: Meri Mitkovski (Fitzroy)
Mitkovski who is quite a handy outfield player has now added another string to her bow in becoming a very useful keeper as well. With plenty to do in the second half, Mitkovski was called upon to make crucial save after crucial save as her defence often went missing along with Pascoe continuously peppering her with shots. To only conced one goal with only four minutes remaining in the game was a brilliant effort.
ASH: I. Saglam, N. Mackie
EFA: G. Alberti 3, F. Nobbs 2, M. Stockdale
The fourth and final game of Round 8 saw second bottom EFA go up against fifth placed Ashburton. After a disappointing loss to last placed Heidelberg last week, the Eagles got back up on the horse to take a commanding 4-1 half time lead as Finley Nobbs and first gamer Georgia Alberti both scored doubles. Looking likely to claim a win over a higher ranked opponent, EFA continued their fine form as Alberti completed her hat trick and captain Maddie Stockdale also capped off a fine all-round performance with a goal. But it’s safe to say that the goal of the night has to go to Ashburton’s young defender Naomi Mackie who scored a top corner screamer from a tight angle to add a little ray of sunshine on a dark day for Perry Chitas’ side.
MVP: Georgia Alberti (EFA Eagles)
Amazingly in her first game, Georgia Alberti looked right at home in the Women’s V-League Premiership. Scoring two crucial goals in the first half to give her side the early momentum, Alberti added the final nail in the Ashburton coffin by adding her third in the second half. With Alberti’s match winning contribution, the Eagles now jump out of the bottom two for the first time in their history into sixth position.