WA's Sarah Noga scored sevel goals.

U18 Girls Championships - Day 2 Match Reports

Day two of the inaugural AFL U18 Youth Girls National Championships saw another round of interstate rivalry and great match ups.

SA V AFL Victoria Development

In the first game of the day, South Australia continued their good start to the carnival with a dominant win over AFL Victoria Development.

After quickly scoring their first six pointer from the initial bounce, the Croweaters customary run and quick handballs saw the girls score three straight goals before AFL Vic gained their composure.

Fierce tackling from both sides characterised play, but with the South Aussies determined to play on at every opportunity, it wasn’t until the 13 minute mark of the second term that AFL Vic got their first score - a behind.

SA’s Georgia Taylor dominated for SA in the forward area receiving marks off the back of accurate passing into the forward line.

Despite Keryk and Martin doing their utmost to inspire the AFL Vics, the girls were unable to get any flow into their game crashing into solid tackles from the South Australians.

Having the breeze in the last quarter proved important for the AFL Vics with Jasmin Howe slotted a running goal to provide some hope for her team. However the run of SA proved too much to overcome, as they ran out 27 point winners.

Fulltime Scores:
SA 6 1 (37) defeated AFL Vic Dev 1 4 (10)

Goal kickers:
SA: Victoria Bach, Georgia Bevan, Kate Pedlar, Georgia Taylor, Alex Price, Gemma Walton
AFL Vic Dev: Jess Wallace

Best players:
SA: Teena Leceister, Caitlin Williams, Georgia Bevan, Cass Neale, Rebecca Catterall
AFL Vic Dev: Jess Wallace, Danielle Hardiman, Beth Henley, Courtney Young, Olivia Storer

ACT/NSW v Western Australia

After being smashed by Victoria on day one, ACT/NSW came out firing.

However great runs by the WA midfielders and dominating play by Georgia Peach and Sarah Noga allowed the Black Ducks to overwhelm ACT/NSW to keep them scoreless in the first half.

Captaining the combined side, Heather Anderson took on WA in the third term, capitalising on the strong breeze and scoring their first goal after dominating play for the first 12 minutes.

Through good play from their midfielders they kept WA scoreless for the quarter.

In an impressive final term ACT/NSW kicked against the breeze and scored a goal after series of undefended passes. WA were let down by some inaccurate passes by foot inside their 50 and didn’t get reward for their forward pushes.

Fulltime Scores:
WA 16 9 (105) defeated ACT/NSW 3 3 (21)

Goal kickers:
ACT/NSW: Natalie Lameur, Jessie Mulholland, Kahli  Abbott
WA: Noga 7, Philipa Seth 3, Alex Williams 2, Sabrina Federick , Tiah Haynes , Shanelle Carn, Levi McCulloch

Best players:
ACT/NSW: Sophie  O’Dea, Sophie  Lavender, April Maciejowski,  Kahli Abbott, Casey Byrne, Heather Anderson
WA: Sarah Noga, Alex Williams, Shanelle Carn, Grace Dempster, Sabrina Federick

Queensland v Victoria

With the interstate rivalry between Queensland and Victoria on display, Queensland began the game with a close-checking style, wearing the Vics like jumpers.

An arm wrestle ensued with neither team able to break into their free flowing running game. Despite kicking against the strong breeze Vics couldn’t penetrate their half-forward line and squandered their opportunities to score only two points.

With the breeze on their side in the second term, the Vics had Queensland captain Katie Brennan to contend with in the backline. She provided plenty of long kicks out of defence and strong leadership to contain scoring opportunities.

The wrestle continued between the half back lines and despite great agility by Victoria’s Mandi Watts, her team managed two goals for the quarter.

When Queensland had the breeze in the third term the Vics backline held sway. Inefficient use of the ball heading into their forward 50 caused problems for the Queenslanders and they were unable to kick a goal.

Ferocious tackling and defiant defence couldn’t prevent the Victorians using the breeze effectively in the final term. Jess Garner was superb around goals and snapped a couple of beauties to give her team a 26-point win at the final siren.

Final scores:
Victoria 4 12 (36) defeated Qld 1 4 (10)

Goal kickers:
Qld: Lauren James
Vic: Jess Garner, Caitlyn Wilson, Mandi Watts, Emily Paterno

Best players:
Qld:  Jocinta Sleeth, Indy Sleeth, Katie Brennan, Breanna Koenen, Alice Rickard, Cleo Davis
Vic:  Nicola Stevens, Mandi Watts, Stephanie De Bortoli, Alexandra Saundry, Tayla Zammit, Simone Craige, Rechelle McSwain

Day three
This result sets up plenty of interest in the games on Friday Sept 10 after all teams enjoy a rest day on Thursday. Queensland play WA which will help decide some of the finals placings for Saturday’s matches.

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