MU: J. Au 5, A. Campbell 2, L. Sammut, M.Marques
HBG: I. Tarzopoulos 2, S. Jensen, P. Ribas
The first game to kick off Round 15 of the PEPSI WVLP saw table toppers Melbourne Uni take on the lowly Heidelberg. Although the title favourites were without star keeper Francis Land and defender Niki Cook, the Uni girls still managed a 4-1 half time lead with the young Jess Au stepping up with a double, while Heidelberg’s Irene Tarzopoulos scored her sides only goal. The second half saw Heidelberg hit back with three majors from Tarzopoulos, Sky Jensen and an own goal from Priscilla Ribas, but it wasn’t enough as Jess Au hit a second half hat trick to take her match tally to five while first gamer Alexya Campbell completed an impressive double.
MVP: Jess Au (Melbourne Uni)
The Melbourne Uni pocket rocket absolutely shone tonight. With the absence of keeper Francis Land, golden boot leader Marcella Marques played a large portion of the game in goals which opened the door for Au to step up. Dancing between defenders, slick passing and five clinical pin point strikes, Au was a simple choice for best player on the field.
EFA: E. Heckenberg 3, G. Alberti
ASH: L. Barrett, D. Petreska
The next game on the card saw two bottom four rival take to the pitch. A win was crucial for both sides to break away from the direct relegation zone and it was Ashburton who drew first blood at the break with a 2-1 half time lead with goals from Dani Petreska and Leah Barrett, while EFA’s solitary goal was scored by Georgia Alberti. The second half saw a completely different EFA take to the field as they hit the lead through Alberti and Emma Heckenberg. In a bid to get back into the game, Ashburton keeper Mel Lum hocked the ball forward looking for key striker Leah Barrett, but the EFA defence was ready to cut out each attempt. Ashburton’s one dimensional tactics cost them dearly in the end as Heckenberg scored a further two goals to complete her hat trick to record her sides third win of the season.
MVP: Emma Heckenberg (EFA Eagles)
Three second half goals alone were enough to award Heckenberg with most valuable on field. But it was her immense defensive display which had the same if not more influence. As mentioned previously, Ashburton threw long ball after long ball hoping to find the towering striker Leah Barrett, but Heckenberg read the play perfectly to cut out each throw to leave Barrett scoreless in the second half.
PV: T. Ford, I. Jakab
FTZ: D. Gudelj
The next game to take place saw top four rivals Pascoe Vale go up against the ever dangerous Fitzroy. After a dour first half, it was Pascoe who found themselves in a slender 1-0 lead after defender Tilly Ford slotted past Fitzroy’s new keeper Vivienne Liu (formerly of Ashburton). The second half saw Fitzroy desperate to get back into the game as they peppered the Pascoe goal, all to which keeper Molly Boorman was able to hold her own. It wasn’t until after the midway of the half that Fitzroy equalised through Dani Gudelj who scored from a tight angle. Pascoe who found a second wind pressed forward continuously as Sarah Richardson struck the left post, then moments later team captain Ili Jakab beat her defender to finish past Liu in a 1 on 1 situation and deliver the all important three points.
MVP: Molly Boorman (Pascoe Vale)
It has been quite an up and down season for last seasons golden glove winner, but luckily tonight Boorman was really on top of her game. Fitzroy who have plenty of goal scoring capabilities and were peppering her goal constantly, Boorman really stood up and put her body on the line. It was arguably her finest performance in recent memory and if she keeps it up Pascoe could make a late charge for the title.
VV: J. Byrne
RICH: A. Erenli 2, M. Aloisio
The final game for Round 15 of the WVLP saw title dark horses Richmond go up against an understrength Vic Vipers. You wouldn’t have been able to tell that the Vipers were missing the likes of Kat Smith, Tara De Melo, Jasmina Pedic , Michelle Duffy and Tina Benoit as they held the favourites to 1-1 at the break. Jess Byrne was the solitary scorer for the Vipers while Mel Aloisio kept her side in the hunt. The second half was also a very tightly contested affair as the Vipers looked to shore up their defence, but only having one sub took it’s toll eventually as Richmond’s Azize Erenli scored a double to record a hard fought 3-1 win. It was an expected result, but the vipers can hold their head up high as they certainly held their own against a high flying Richmond outfit.
MVP: Azize Erenli (Richmond)
After a tightly contested first half, both sides tightened the screws in defence and certainly made life difficult in the forward half. But one player who is capable of scoring a goal against the run of play is Richmond’s goal scoring dynamo Azize Erenli. As she has done so on many occasions this season, Erenli bobbed up to score a match winning double to deliver the three points and remain on track to challenge for the title.