On the 2nd of May, the Elwood College senior girls football team battled it out against other schools. Teacher Amelia Fahie gave a full report on the day.
Game 1: Elwood v. Mentone Grammar
This was a hard game and a very tough start to the day. We were severely outnumbered, but the girls put up an excellent fight.
The backline was under pressure the whole match, but the amazing leadership skills and huge kicks from Pauline Pekaj kept us in the game. Ruby Woods shone in the midfield and got Elwood’s first goal for the day.
Game 2: Elwood v. Albert Park
Playing against the top team was never going to be easy, but our girls showed courage and persistence, taking the game to the opposition at every contest.
Ruby Woods again dominated, taking excellent defensive marks and pushing the ball forward. Great tenacity from Clancy Lee and Brier McLean. Well done too to Sass Robinson who got around the footy in this very tough contest.
Kelly Whorlton took some solid marks in the midfield and positioned herself to always be an option for our big kickers. Great crumbing from our smaller players, especially Peggy Lucas and Samara Andrews.
No one wanted to get in the wrong side of Caely Raaymakers’ tackles. Great defensive work with smothering the ball and making strong contests, well done Caely!
Chante Pace protected the defensive zone with a good tackle in the second half. Excellent improvement from our newer players over the course of the day. Shout out to Liv Antonsen, Harriet Woods and Sass Robinson for getting more involved in this game.
Game 3: Elwood v. Mac Robertson
Having to borrow players from Mac Rob meant the result was a foregone conclusion but it’s a testament to these girls’ attitudes that they brought even more fight to the game than ever before.
Annalise Smith finally got a break from being in the ruck and she moved into the forward line in Game 3, along with Liv Antonsen and Samara Andrews.
We had great early forward pressure but unfortunately we couldn’t capitalise on Caely Raaymakers’ forward movement of the ball to get a score. As always she and Ruby Woods were absolute dynamite in the midfield. Ruby took on the entire MacRob midfield to win the contested footy. Unbelievable effort.
Our younger players really grew in confidence in this game with Sass and Samara getting around the football a lot more. Harriet and Chante moved into the backline, helping to shut down MacRob's big goal kickers. Well done girls!
Game 4: Elwood v. Cheltenham
This was our closest contest but the fatigue was definitely starting to show. Back in the ruck, Annalise Smith made a great effort with getting the centre clearances. She was our as team captain all day and it's great to see our Year 12 girls stepping up.
Ruby Woods was again fantastic in the midfield. She ran the length of the ground only to be penalised for an arbitrary rule change (only applicable in girls interschool footy!). A disappointing outcome but no reflection on this amazing effort. Samara Andrews ran hard to get to the contested footy all game.
The last half was a slog but all the girls did really well. Kelly Whorlton took a free kick in the second half and scored our first goal for the match.
Great effort from all the girls today. The scoreboard doesn’t reflect the hard work put in. The encouragement they gave each other was inspiring and they were all great role models for both the school and women’s footy.
Best on Ground: Ruby Woods, Caely Raaymakers, Kelly Whorlton, Brier McLean, Pauline Pekaj
Most Improved: Peggy Lucas, Samara Andrews
Coaches Award: Annalise Smith, Clancy Lee