Womens Reserve Grade - Round 7 vs Woolgoolga Wildcats

This week saw the Women’s Reserve team make the trip up the highway to take on Woolgoolga. The girls knew this was going to be a tough hit out after only play their opponents just over a week ago. The task wasn’t made any easier with 5 players out 4 of which were injured and summer like weather conditions.

With 4 First grade girls opting to play 2 games the girls took the field looking to make amends for the result of the last game.

Play got under way and the Storm looked to get out of the blocks early and dominate the game. With a couple of early attacking plays from Woolgoolga resulting in harmless Goal Kicks the Storm found their groove and started to knock the ball around.

With a couple of positional changes Monique Tucker found herself out on the left wing deep in her own half. From here she played a lovely lofted pass which found Aimee Longley in acres of space in the middle of the park. After running and drawing the last defender Aimee found a flying Crystal Halverson with a lovely weighted ball.  From here Crystal only had the keeper to beat which she did with ease. 1-0 Storm after 25 minutes.

The Storm finished off the half with multiple attacking plays and Aimee could have bagged herself a double if it wasn’t for some fine saves from Woolgoolga’s Goal keeper.

The half time message was clear... More of the same with a bit more urgency when Woolgoolga were in possession of the ball.

The girls took the field with Sarah Vidler and Crystal taking a well eared rest on the bench. The Storm girls kept the attacks going only to be halted by some very good goal keeping. With 14 minutes of the second half gone Bronte Barrera found the ball at her feet in the Penalty area and before the Woolgoolga defence had a chance to shut her down Bronte had scored the Storm’s second goal of the match.

This is the score the matched finished at only after some fine saves from both Woolgoolga’s keeper & Laura Young who was covering for the sick Liana Hall as well as some fine covering defence from Shauna Manuel, Achol Garang, Clare Brauer, Jess Swilks and Kayla Dewit.

Our girls ran hard all game and the results of the fitness sessions are starting to show. With no game next week due to the Bye a solid week of training is in order for the results to keep coming.

I would like to thank Sarah, Crystal, Bronte and Laura for playing with us today. I hope our wounded brigade all get better and are back out on the park for our next match.

Congratulations to Kayla Dewit on a Man of the Match performance today.

Mitchell Weeden
Assistant Coach