Womens Reserve Grade - Round 5 vs Boambee Eagles

Round 5 saw The Storm take on fellow undefeated Boambee Eagles at Ayrshire Park.

This game was going to be a vital guide to where the girls are at so far this season as Boambee played in last year’s Grand Final and are an experienced and well drilled team.

The game got under way and from the outset Boambee showed that it was going to be a physical and tough game for our girls. Not before long Boambee had started the first of a number of first half raids on the Storm goal.

After numerous shots either going over, wide of the goal or coming off the cross bar the Storm found their way down the other end of the field only to be out muscled off the ball by their more physical opponent.

Boambee kept the raids coming only to be stopped by the excellent defence of Clare ‘The Axe’Brauer & Shauna Manuel in the centre of defence ably assisted by Achol Garang, Jess Swilks and the courageous Ella Lloyd who gave her all playing whilst sick.

At half time the score was locked at 0-0 with the Storm girls holding their heads high after a gutsy half of football.

The second half got under way with Boambee looking to press and shortly after the break they broke the deadlock going 1-0 up. With the changes flowing and the Storm midfield working tirelessly the girls continued to try and launch an attack on the Boambee goal.

Boambee put their second goal away courtesy of a Penalty kick after Shauna brought down one of the opposition strikers. Soon after Boambee had sealed the victory with a third goal.

To the girls credit they never stopped trying and gave it their all for the full 90 minutes. It is pleasing to see that all the hard work the girls are putting in during the dread fitness drills is paying off.

Player of the Match went to the Golden Glove of the team who played through pain after dislocating her finger at training on Tuesday. Well played Liana Hall.

A big welcome to Aimee who has just arrived back to our shores after spending some time in America.

Mitchell Weeden

Assistant Coach