Womens V-League Round 21 Review (VIC)

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Logo - Womens V-League2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WVLP Round 7 Catch Up RESULT:

Pascoe Vale Futsal Club 7 – 1 Ashburton Women’s Futsal Club

PV: S. Richardson 2, I. Jakab 2, T. Ford, N. Mackie, D. Lawrence (OG)

ASH: D. Petreska

The first game to kick off all of the action on this wonderful Friday night saw Pascoe vale go up against an under strength Ashburton. Pascoe, who were the heavy favourites were sent a warning message not to take their foot off the pedal early on as Ashburton skipper Danica Petreska put her side infront. But the Green Machines joy was short lived as an Ili Jakab double put Pascoe 2-1 up at the break. The second half was completely dominated by Pascoe as they piled on five unanswered goals. It could have been a lot more if not for the keeping heroics of Ashburton’s Deb Lawrence who had – despite conceding 7 goals – a good showing between the sticks. A double from Sarah Richardson and singles from Tilly Ford as well as Naomi Mackie was enough to claim the three points and deliver their thirteenth win of the season.

MVP: Sarah Richardson (Pascoe Vale)

Pascoe Vale’s focal point up front delivered a stellar performance not for the first time this season. Always full of energy and putting in all she has, Richardson’s work rate was paid off with a double in the second half to see off Ashburton.

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Smiles all round for the Pascoe Vale girls as they celebrate a first half goal from Ili Jakab.

2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WVLP Round 21 RESULT:

Pascoe Vale Futsal Club 6 – 0 Ashburton Women’s Futsal Club

PV: S. Richardson 2, N. Mackie 2, T. Ford, C. Drinoczky

The second game of the night saw the Round 21 card for the PEPSI WVLP begin and first to grace the pitch yet again was Pascoe Vale and Ashburton. Backing up after their earlier catch up game, all eyes were on both sides fitness as there was little time for rest. To open the action in the first half, Pascoe Vale came out the stronger side earning a comfortable 2-0 lead thanks to Sarah Richardson. The second half saw Pascoe continue their dominance over an Ashburton side who to their credit continued to apply tackles and refuse to appear deflated. But that didn’t stop Pascoe adding four unanswered goals led by young defender Naomi Mackie who scored a brace while there were also singles for Tilly Ford and Chloe Drinoczky. Both sides managers and players must be commended for their efforts in playing back to back games which was a first in league history. There were no signs of slowing down or fatigue from either side, just to demonstrate the will to win certainly is high throughout the league.

MVP: Naomi Mackie (Pascoe Vale)

Pascoe Vale’s youngest player has certainly come along in leaps and bounds in the last few weeks. Two goals in her second game of the night will give her even more confidence as the end of season FOz Cup approaches. In full flight, Mackie really does look at home in a Pascoe Vale shirt passing and moving like the more seasoned players in the squad. Certainly one to watch in the future.

A special mention must also go to Pascoe Vale’s debutant keeper Catalina Saavedra. In only her second game, Catalina was able to keep a clean sheet to only concede a solitary goal. Although shots on goal were limited, what Catalina was faced with she was able to put her body on the line time and time again.

Photo: Ashburton’s Danica Petreska is quickly closed down by Pascoe Vale’s debutant keeper Catalina Saavedra.

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2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WVLP Round 21 RESULT:

EFA Eagles Futsal Club 2 – 5 Heidelberg FC

EFA: G. Norbury 2

HBG: B. Panella, G. Sepe, K. Jones, E. Torre, E. Fakos

The next game on the Round 21 fixture saw the two bottom placed sides take to the pitch in the EFA Eagles and Heidelberg. Although these two young sides have had up and down seasons, Heidelberg, with their influx of experienced players made them the favourites and it really showed as goals from Belind Panella and Giulia Sepe put Alex Schiff’s side 2-0 in front. Heidelberg continued their first half momentum adding a further three goals from Eleni Fakos, Kendra Jones and Elly Torre. The shining light for EFA was a well taken double from little Grace Norbury who continues to impress in front of goal and also keeper Beth Mason-Jones who backed up her brilliant performance against Richmond last week with a string of fine saves. But on this occasion Heidelberg were too string and rightfully deserved to record their third win of the season.

MVP: Kendra Jones (EFA Eagles)

Heidelberg’s American import has had a major influence since making her debut in the WVLP. Along with experienced players Belinda Panella and Maree Vouthos, Jones adds a mixture of physicality and class that her side lacked at the start of the season. Jones’ ability to strike the ball from distance with venom is also a valuable asset as well as her hard tackling defending.

Photo: Heidelberg’s Kendra Jone’s gets enough space to unleash at the EFA goal which was a common sight in the Round 21 encounter.

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2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WVLP Round 21 RESULT:

Fitzroy Futsal Club 3-5 FC Richmond (Futsal Club)

FITZ – E.Vatcky 2, C.Fruscalzo
RICH – A.Erenli 2, P.Bakopoulos 2, M.Mitkovski – Own Goal

Next game on the card saw title chasing Richmond take on Fitzroy. In what was a must win game for Richmond they got off to a quick start getting out to a 2-0 lead with both goals going to Azize Erenli but Fitzroy pegged it back with goals from Claudia Fruscalzo and Elaina Vatcky throwing a spanner into the works, Just when you thought Fitzroy would run away with the tie Penny Bakopoulos long range strange gave Richmond the lead going into half time.

It was nervy times going into the second half when Vatcky bagged her second and the scores were level again Richmond starting to feel the pressure of leading the league, But as was the case in the first half Bakopoulos came to the rescue giving her side the lead once again, Bakopoulos was at the heart of the attack again when her shot deflected off Meri Mitkovski and that was the game, Richmond only needing 2 more wins to claim the Championship.

Player Of The Game – Penny Bakopoulos (FC Richmond)

Bakopoulos was at her very best tonight as she guided her side through the toughest points in the match to claim possibly the biggest 3 points of the season.

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2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WVLP Round 21 RESULT:

Vic Vipers Futsal Club 2-3 Melbourne University Futsal Club

VV – J.Pedic 2
MU – G.Kim, K.Walters, M.Edgarton-Bachman

The final game of round 21 saw the Vic Vipers take on title hopefuls Melbourne Uni, In what was a tight first half nothing could separate the as goals from Jasmina Pedic and Maya Edgarton-Bachman had us locked at 1-1 at break.

The second half was a much different story with a few more goals leaking out of the game and Melbourne Uni holding a slim advantage following strikes from Keryn Walters and Grace Kim cancelling out yet another Jasmina Pedic strike and that is how it stayed with a very new look Melbourne Uni taking a much needed 3 points, Which possibly won’t be enough to win them the title but it keeps them in the hunt none the less. As for Vipers they have 1 remaining game again against Melbourne on Wednesday with then the Futsal Oz Cup to look forward to as they look to build on what has really been a poor season.

Player Of The Game – Maya Edgerton-Bachman (Melbourne Uni FC)

Since crossing over from Ashburton Bachman has made a real impact on a Melbourne Uni side down on players and confidence if Bachman sticks around it could be a big lift to the Melbourne Uni side.

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2013/14 PEPSI Women’s WVLP Round 6 RESULT:

FC Richmond (Futsal Club) 8-0 EFA Eagles Futsal Club

RICH – R.Alonso 2, S.Fogarty 2, A.Erenli 2, K.White, J.Da Cruz
EFA –

To close out yet another long night of WVL action Richmond continued their title charge against lowly EFA Eagles. Richmond looked a little sluggish in the first half but they still managed to build an advantage through Azize Erenli and Sienna Fogarty leading into half time.

The second half was a much different story with Richmond really putting their foot down and crushing EFA 8-0 following a classy double from Rachel Alonso while the others were shared out to Azize Erenli, Sienna Fogarty and Kariah White rounding out a big night for Richmond in which they firmly took control of the title race. As for EFA another sorry season draws to a close and while there were some signs of improvement it was a case of much of the same for the Eagles.

Player Of The Game – Rachel Alonso (FC Richmond)

Alonso has shown signs of her class in recent games but this was really her breakout game in Richmond colours as she bagged a brace to guide her side to the top of the PEPSI Women’s V-League.

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