QAFL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 5 – Devils and Roos share points in otherwise one-sided round

YERONGA South Brisbane and Maroochydore were unable to be split in their Round 5 contest, drawing at Leyshon Park in the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) Women’s competition. In an otherwise one-sided round of action that had big winners in Coorparoo (34 points), University of Queensland (44) and Bond University (65), the seesawing clash between the Devils and Roos was an entertaining one.

Maroochydore started the better of the sides, piling on four first quarter goals to the Devils’ one, as neither team scored a behind in the opening term. That soon changed with the second term recording a cumulative total score of 2.5, and the Roos were holding a 15-point advantage at the main break. Yeronga South Brisbane made its move in the premiership quarter, piling on three goals to one to draw within a solitary point, setting up a huge final term. While the last stanza did not bring many goals, it was Maroochydoor that moved a goal ahead at the 13-minute mark, before it was countered just a minute later by Brisbane Lions’ Jordan Zanchetta who levelled the scores for the Devils and ensured the sides both took some points home.

Young gun Zimmorlei Farquharson kicked two goals in the win, as the Lions faithful of Emily Bates, Lauren Arnell and Gold Coast’s Jacqui Yorston led the way. Lucy Bellinger was another experienced AFL Women’s player who impressed in the match. For the Roos, Mikayla Pauga and Jya Epstein both snagged a couple of majors each and earned their team’s best honours. Jacqueline Dupuy also kicked a couple of majors, while Tayla Gesch and Brisbane Lions jet, Lily Postlethwaite were also strong in the draw.

At the other end of the results spectrum, Bond University showed no mercy in a 65-point victory over last placed Aspley Hornets. The home side was inaccurate in the first term booting 1.5, but fixed their woes in front of goal in the second with a 5.1 term, heading into the break seven goals up without the opposition scoring. They added a further four goals for the match, as Aspley kicked a third term goal, but Bond University was far too good, winning 10.12 (72) to 1.1 (7).

Jasmyn Davidson had a day out in a best on ground performance, slotting five goals for the Sharkettes, while Jess Maher managed two. Gold Coast young guns, Charlotte Hammans (one goal) and Ellie Hampson were named among the best, as was Annie Muir (one goal). Phoebe Baird stood up in the heavy loss for the Hornets, booting Aspley’s only goal and was named best-on for her side. Jasmine Kawa, Angela Lingard, Courtney Daniec and Lucy Pengelly were also named among the team’s best.

Coorparoo also had an impressive win, continuing their rise up the ladder as a genuine contender in the QAFL Women’s competition. The Kings toppled Coolangatta Tweed by 34 points, with Emma McKenzie slotting a game-high three majors in the victory. Jess Wuetschner and Jamie Stanton were some of the AFL Women’s talent out on the park and both players booted a goal for the Kings, as did Chelsea Chesterfield. Coorparoo’s best included other AFL Women’s talents in Jade Ellenger and Emma Zielke, while Brooke Spence was also among the top players on the day. For Coolangatta Tweed, Kate Surman kick the Bluebirds’ sole goal for the game, as Faith Alchin, Georgia Riley, Keyshia Matenga and Sally Riley were in the losing side’s best.

Meanwhile in the final game of the round, University of Queensland finally broke through for its first win of the season after having to settle for a draw last weekend. Dakota Davidson slotted four goals in the Red Lionesses’ 44-point triumph over Wilston Grange, leading the way with Breanna Koenen who snagged two and was deemed best on ground in the win. The home side controlled the first half but really broke away in the second half, slotting six goals to two and running our 11.6 (72) to 4.4 (28) winners. Aside from the major goal kickers, Jane Childes, Jamie Stone and Megan Hunt were all impressive for the Red Lionesses. Looking at the Gorillas, Catherine Svarc used her experience to do all she could in a best-on for her side, while Luka Yoshida-Martin‘s two goals were also impressive, to be named amongst the best with Imogen Stackelberg and Kristen Tyquin.

Round 6 sees a number of blockbuster games as Maroochydore hosts Coolangatta and Bond University travels to Coorparoo in a couple of matches not to be missed. In the other games, Yeronga South Brisbane will be favourites when they head to Hickey Park to face Wilston Grange, whilst University of Queensland looks to go back-to-back with wins against Aspley Hornets.

QAFL WOMENS ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Yeronga South Brisbane 6.8 (44) drew with Maroochydore 7.2 (44)
Bond University 10.12 (72) defeated Aspley Hornets 1.1 (7)
Coorparoo 6.6 (42) defeated Coolangatta Tweed 1.2 (8)
University of Queensland 11.6 (72) defeated Wilston Grange 4.4 (28)

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