RICH: A. Kelly 3, M. Aloisio, A. Erenli
ASH: L. Barrett 2, I. Saglam, E. Gross
The first game to kick off Round 10 of the Women’s VLP saw title hopefuls Richmond go up against Ashburton who have been in a form slump of late. Desperate to keep touch with league leaders Melbourne Uni, it was no surprise that Richmond earned a commanding 4-2 halftime lead as debutant Ash Kelly starred with a brace along with strikes from Mel Aloisio and Azize Erenli. Singles from Ashburton’s Izzy Saglam and Leah Barrett kept their side within striking distance of last seasons league runners up. In the second half it was the underdogs who had the better of the play as Barrett proved her importance to her side completing her double while first gamer Emma Gross reduced the deficit to a mere goal. Luckily for Richmond that Ash Kelly was on hand to score her third to keep the Green Machine at bay and deliver the all important three points.
MVP: Ash Kelly (Richmond)
The player of the game undoubtedly has to go to Richmond’s impressive debutant Ash Kelly. The former Hume star made quite an impression on her new team mates steadying the ship in the first half with a crucial double, before scoring the winner in the second half to halt Ashburton’s come back. Hopefully Kelly can make more appearances for the rest of the season as Richmond chase down Melbourne Uni for the 2013/14 title.
PV: S. Richardson
MU: M. Marques 2, L. Sammut, G. Kim, N. Cook
The second game on the card was clearly the game of the night as this seasons title favourites Melbourne Uni went up against last seasons champions winners Pascoe Vale. After suffering their first loss in 2013/14 at the hands of Richmond, all eyes were on Melbourne Uni to see of they could bounce back and they did just that claiming a 2-0 half time lead. Singles from Letizia Sammut and Nikki Cook ensured that Pascoe had all the work to do in the second half. The current ladder leaders were less forgiving in the final period of play as Marcella Marques found her shooting boots to add a double while grace Kim also got on the score sheet to kill off Pascoes challenge. Sarah Richardson, returning from the Women’s Futsal World Cup in Columbia added a late consolation goal for the black and whites to deny Melbourne Uni keeper Frances Land a clean sheet, a feat which she most certainly deserved.
MVP: Frances Land (Melbourne Uni)
Arguably the best keeper in the league, Frances Land proved yet again why Melbourne Uni are such a hard side to defeat. With a minor slip up to Richmond last week, Land was able to clear her mind and refocus and put in a stellar performance against a desperate and determined Pascoe Vale. Land certainly had her opponents at their wits end in the second half making save after save only to concede a solitary goal late in the game.
VV: M. Duffy 3, T. Benoit
HBG: E. Elma, B. Goad
The next game saw the Vipers who have risen to fifth position on the ladder take on bottom placed Heidelberg. The confidence was high in the Vipers camp after last weeks thumping of Ashburton but an injection of new blood into the Heidelberg side saw them draw level at the break with a goal from Elif Elma and pocket rocket Tina Benoit netted for the Vipers. Former Pascoe Vale star Michelle Duffy put the Vipers in front at the start of the second period, only for Heidelberg debutant Beattie Goad to draw level yet again. Alex Schiff’s new look side were defending hard, had plaenty of chances to take the lead and seemed like they were going to hold on for a well earned result, only for Duffy to bob up and score two late goals in the final minute of play to condemn Heidelberg to yet another heart breaking defeat.
MVP: Michelle Duffy (Vic Vipers)
With plenty of first team players missing and only one substitute, the Vipers knew they had to dig deep to get the three points against a new look Heidelberg. michelle Duffy since crossing over from rivals Pascoe Vale has really been improving week by week and tonights game proved just that. With a goal in the first half and playing a major role in defence, Duffy’s major contribution to the game came in the final minute of play where she scored two well taken goals to register a hard earned win.
EFA: G. Alberti
FTZ: S. Papadopoulos 2, E. Vatcky, J. Browne
The final game of the night saw the EFA Eagles take on title dark horses Fitzroy. The Eagles, who may have been considered underdogs shocked their higher ranked opponents in the opening stages of the game as Georgia Alberti slotted her strike underneath keeper Emily Southwell. Luckily for Fitzroy that returning striker Stacey Papadopoulos was on hand to level the scores before half time. Although the Eagles had a handful of chances, the second half was all Fitzroy as opposing keeper Diarna Cartwright was called upon to make many crucial saves and for a long period of time the scores remained level. but it was only a matter of time until Fitzroy broke through and goals from Papadopoulos, Elaina Vatcky and captain Juliette Browne was enough to see off a much improved Eagles side.
MVP: Stacey Papadopoulos (Fitzroy)
After a couple of weeks on the sidelines, Stacey Papadopoulos made a timely return to the Fitzroy attack. Drawing her side level in the first half and scoring a game breaking goal in the second, Papadopoulos was the difference between the two sides and if she had missed this game the result may have been a little different.