ASH: E. Hubbard 3
RICH: K. White 2, T. Vretakos, S. Fogarty
The first game to kick off Round 17 of the PEPSI WVLP saw bottom four occupants Ashburton take on second placed Richmond. Desperate to close the gap on table toppers Melbourne Uni, Richmond came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders taking a 4-2 half time lead. First gamers Kariah White and Sienna Fogarty impressed with a double and single respectively while the returning Tina Vretakos also chipped in with a single. Ashburton’s Emma Hubbard kept her side in the game with a double and looked quite an accomplished forward in only her second game. The second half saw both keepers step up and make crucial saves, but Richmond’s Sara Clapham was the standout with a string of fine interceptions as Ashburton went on the attack. The Green Machine’s endeavour finally paid off five minutes from time as Hubbard capped off her hat trick, but it was too little too late as Richmond held on to record a valuable win.
MVP: Emma Hubbard (Ashburton)
As mentioned earlier, in only her second game, Ashburton’s goal scoring sensation has been a major success in the last couple of outings. With a double against the Vipers last week, Hubbard proved against one of the best sides in the league that it was no fluke with a further three goals. Putting a new lease of life into her side, hopefully hubbard can stick around for the next few weeks to compete in the FOz Cup in which Ashburton will hope to be very competitive.
Heidelberg FC 3 – 3 Vic Vipers Futsal Club
HBG: B. Panella 2, E. Kyrgios
VV: J. Byrne, J. Floros, K. Smith
The second game to follow in Round 17 saw bottom placed Heidelberg go up against the Vic Vipers who sit in fifth position. To majority of the crowds surprise it was the underdogs in Heidelberg who took a 3-1 lead into the half time break. A double from Belinda Panella and a single from Elise Kyrgios overshadowed Jess Byrne’s effort for the Vipers. Looking to absorb pressure in defence, Heidelberg sat back and let the vipers do all the work. That was until a Kat Smith effort and a stunning header from Jamie Floros in quick succession levelled the scores. From then on it was anyones game, both sides desperate for the points, the tackles came in thick and fast. There were no real clear cut chances after the equaliser, but it’s fair to say that heidelberg had played their best game to date and manager Alex Schiff should be extremely proud of the effort of his young side. As should Vipers manager Spiro Kargas who rallied his girls from a two goal deficit. It really was an entertaining clash worthy of a draw.
MVP: Belinda Panella (Heidelberg)
One of the more experienced players in the young Heidelberg side, Panella had an extremely influential role to play as she scored a double in the first half to deliver the momentum. While in the second half she was as solid as a rock at the back, laying some important tackles and reassuring her team mates.
FTZ: D. Gudelj 7, E. Vatcky
EFA: K. Belessis, G. Alberti
The final game of the night saw the highly favoured Fitzroy taking on second bottom EFA Eagles. Looking to keep pace with the top two, Fitzroy got the start they were after as a Dani Gudelj double gifted them a 2-0 lead at the break. The second half didn’t fare much better for the flagging Eagles as Gudelj ripped through them scoring a further five goals and strike partner Elaina Vatcky’s single was enough to deliver the three points and keep their title ambitions on track. The Eagles had two consolation goals converted by Katerina Belessis and Georgia Alberti, but there is plenty of work to do before next weeks clash with table toppers Melbourne Uni.
MVP: Dani Gudelj (Fitzroy)
It has been a busy couple of weeks for Fitzroy’s pocket rocket striker Dani Gudelj as she scored a hat trick last week against Heidelberg, she has eclipsed that total with seven against the Eagles. In this kind of form Fitzroy are capable of taking down any side that comes their way, maybe the title isn’t that far out of reach?!