PEPSI WVLP ROUND 11:
HBG: D. Kallianis, E. Kyrgius, C. Koranias
RICH: A. Kelly 2, W. Sekallarapoulos, K. Stensholt, A. Stefanidis, A. Erenli
The first game to kick off Round 11 saw bottom place Heidelberg take on title aspirants Richmond. To kick off the first half action, Richmond wasted no time in racing to a well deserved 4-1 lead as Ash Kelly, Azize Erenli, Alki Stefanidis and captain Kristin Stensholt all scored as Demi Kallianis registered the only major for Heidelberg. The second half saw a big improvement from Alex Schiff’s Heidelberg as they tightened the screws in defence. They also took their chances up front with Candice Koranias and Elise Kyrgius both scored as Richmond’s in form striker Ash Kelly completes her double to seal a valuable win and keep her side breathing down Melbourne Uni’s neck.
MVP: Ash Kelly (Richmond)
In her second game for her new side, Kelly has impressed yet again after last weeks hat trick against Ashburton. Forming a deadly forward partnership with Azize Erenli, if Kelly produces this kind of form they might just overtake Melbourne Uni come seasons end.
PV: C. Drinoczky, C. Sallama (OG)
VV: T. Benoit
The following encounter for the night saw a Round 11 clash between league rivals Pascoe Vale and the Vic Vipers. The first half was a tightly contested affair as Pascoe ran out 2-1 leaders at the break. Goals from Chloe Drinoczky and an own goal from Candice Sallama cancelled out the Vipers’ solitary goal from Tina Benoit. Content with sitting on their slender one goal advantage, Pascoe persisted with sitting deep and absorbing the Vipers pressure. When in possession of the ball, Vipers keeper Candice Sallama would continually send the ball into the Pascoe Vale box to hopefully produce a scoring opportunity, but opposing keeper Molly Boorman was untroubled. Pascoe eventually did enough to hold on for an important win to keep them in contention with the top two. A win against second placed Richmond next week will get them back on track and close the gap even further.
MVP: Molly Boorman (Pascoe Vale)
In such a tight and defensive game, Pascoe Vale’s number one was superb. To only concede one goal in the first half and deal with constant long ball pressure in the box in the second, Boorman showed us why she was the Golden Glove of last season.
ASH: D. Petreska 2, I. Saglam 2
FTZ: D. Gudelj 2, E. Vatcky, P. Dade
The next game for Round 11 saw Ashburton and Fitzroy take to the pitch. Ashburton, who were underdogs going into this clash had taken Fitzroy by surprise as they found themselves in a 4-3 lead at the break. Doubles from Dani Petreska and the in form Izzy Saglam overshadowed goals for Fitzroy’s Elaina Vatcky, Dani Gudelj and Padiki Dade. The half time break worked wonders for Ashburton as manager Perry Chitas instructed his girls to be patient and solid in defence to which they swiftly responded, only for a magical thumping top corner strike from Fitzroy’s Dani Gudelj to level the scores. As momentum was now with Fitzroy, pressure was heaped on the Ashburton goal which keeper Mel Lum did brilliantly not to concede and register a famous result for her side.
MVP: Izzy Saglam (Ashburton)
In recent weeks Ashburton’s Izzy Saglam has been one of the more consistent performers chipping in with the odd goal regularly. Tonights game against the high flying Fitzroy showed how far the strikers has come as Saglam scored two well taken strikes to gift her side early momentum to secure an important point to jump further away from last placed Heidelberg.
MU: M. Marques 4, J. Au 3, N. Chea 2, N. Cook, G. Kim, D. Cartwright (OG)
The final game for Round 11 saw table topping Melbourne Uni take on EFA Eagles. Melbourne Uni were heavily favoured for the three points, but no one -from an EFA point of view- was prepared for the deluge of goals that was to follow. Current golden boot leader Marcella Marques led the scoring with four majors, while there were singles from Grace Kim, Niki Cook, Jess Au, Nat Chea and an own goal to record a whopping 9-0 half time lead. At half time action needed to be taken within the Eagles squad and Diarna Cartwright left her outfield duties to play in goals and to her credit she did extremely well only conceding three goals, with jess Au completing her hat trick and Nat Chea earned a double to cap off an astonishing 12-0 win.
MVP: Jess Au (Melbourne Uni)
After scoring four quick first half goals, Marcella Marques was left on the bench to allow her other team mates to have a run. No player benefited more than pocket Rocket Jess Au who relished more time on the park to register a hat trick. One of the more promising youngsters in the league, Au looked right at home in the Melbourne Uni attack alongside Letizia Sammut linking up for some entertaining build up play and beating player after player. Hopefully Au can make more appearances this season as she certainly has a lot to offer this already fantastic side brimming with talent.
FTZ: D. Gudelj 2, S. Papadopoulos, Z. Stamatopoulos
MU: L. Sammut, M. Marques, P. Ribas, N. Cook
The next game on the card for Friday night futsal saw title rivals Fitzroy and Melbourne Uni battle for the three points in a Round 12 fixture that was moved forward a week. Fitzroy, boosted by the inclusion of WFAFL Golden Glove recipient Tani Rosekelly, were quick to burst out of the gates as they recorded a surprising 4-0 lead at the break. Dani Gudelj scored a brace as Zoe Stamatopoulos and Stacy Papadopoulos managed singles and Rosekelly really put in an impressive display between the sticks to keep the red hot Marcela Marques scoreless. Maybe a bit of complacency creeped into the Fitzroy squad at half time, or maybe they forgot that they were playing the most dangerous side in the league? But Melbourne Uni hit back with four unanswered goals in the second half to draw level. Goals from Letizia Sammut, Marcella Marques, Priscila Ribas and Niki Cook made sure that the Royal Blues had the better play of the second half. Fitzroy looked threatening on the break, but it opposing keeper frances Land stood firm to make sure the scores stayed level.
MVP: Niki Cook (Melbourne Uni)
Melbourne Uni looked down and out at half time and many in the stands wondered wether or not they could bounce back? It was an inspired display from defender Niki Cook that got her side up and running as it was Cook who scored Melbourne Uni’s first goal and relive some scoreboard pressure. Although brilliant in one on one situations, it was cook who was most impressive going forward with the ball with some killer passes through on goal, not to mention using her height and power to her advantage to keep the dangerous Fitzroy at bay.