AIMING HIGH…A Reserve Central player Jess Seidel shoots for goal while her Blue Wren opponent Paige Ashman.
The Friday night late game was one for the true supporter due to the importance of the game and the rather brisk weather.
This was the last opportunity for Port to go ahead of CentralRisdon into second spot as they have the bye in the last round.
Port sprung a surprise with a cameo appearance in this vital game with the inclusion of Hollie Joyce. The first quarter began evenly with neither team making a break, but a couple of mistakes were seized upon by Port and each turnover scored from.
Port went into the first quarter with a handy five goal lead. Chloe Clarke lined up in GK with Jas Goodwin playing at WD, Clarke came off a quarter time, with Goodwin going back to her usual GK role and Kelsey Fetherstonhaugh coming into WD.
The second quarter was very even with goalies at both ends shooting accurately, Pine and Lambert for CentralRisdon and Joyce and Mezzino for Port were keeping their opponents busy.
At the half time break CentralRisdon had reduced the margin to four goals and it was set for a big second half. The mid court battle was crucial for both sides and all players were working hard to ensure they supplied their respective goalies with the ball.
Later in the quarter Sam Pine went down with a foot injury and was in some discomfort when she resumed. The quarter was another even affair and the difference was still four goals in Port’s favour.
At three quarter time Sam Pine came off Lisa Brock, went to GD and Ann Russack came into WD. CentralRisdon came out of the blocks quickly and within a few minutes they had reduced the lead to one goal.
The game was very tight and everyone striving to gain the advantage. Kaylah Hayes also went down with a leg injury, when she resumed this seemed to break CentralRisdon’s momentum.
Port seized on a couple of unforced errors and they scored from these and went on to win by eight goals 58 – 50. For Port, Joyce played well, Lauren Lowe was consistent and Mezzino shot well.
For CentralRisdon Tegan Pine again was good, Lambert used her strength and passing ability consistently and Lisa Brock worked hard. CentralRisdon have the opportunity to regain second spot this week.
All they have to do is beat the undefeated Blue Wrens team, a big task but earlier in the year Blue Wrens only beat them by one goal and this will give some hope of an upset.
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