QAFL Women’s Round 5 wrap: Sharkettes streak ahead with favourable results

BOND University has maintained its unbeaten run with a comprehensive 43-point victory over Aspley, to move a win clear of the rest of the competition, with a game in-hand. The win over the Hornets gave their opposition their second consecutive loss, whilst Yeronga South Brisbane and University of Queensland also lost in upset results on the road, meaning every side has at least two losses except for the Sharkettes.

After a tight first quarter, Bond University turned up the heat, booting five goals to zero over the next two quarters to race out to a 41-point advantage at the final break. Aspley did hit back in the last quarter, splitting the goals two apiece, but it was a case of too little, too late and the home team got up, 10.8 (68) to 4.1 (25).

Young guns Mikayla Pauga and Lily Tarlinton were the stars for the Sharks, slotting five goals between them in the victory, while Courtney Sexton and Lucinda Pullar were also impressive in what was an even team performance. For the Hornets, Courtney Daniec was named the best, one of four players to kick a goal on the day. Ashleigh Hales and Angela Lingard were others who stood tall in defeat.

The biggest upset was Coolangatta Tweed’s thrashing of University of Queensland in front of home fans. Averaging six points per game coming into the match, the youth of the Bluebirds was outstanding, running out 7.10 (52) to 2.5 (17) winners over the Red Lionesses. Leading by 14 points at half-time, the Bluebirds managed to keep their opposition scoreless, while booting 3.5 themselves to run out 35-point victors.

Kitara Farrar was the dominant goal kicker in the win with three majors, whilst the youth of Laquoiya Cockatoo-Motlop, Sophie Ure and Keyshia Matenga all stood out to be named amongst the best. For the Red Lionesses, Mia Teubler and Lucinda Benjamin hit the scoreboard, while Meagan Cook and Jane Childes were strong despite the loss.

Maroochydore handed reigning premiers Yeronga South Brisbane its second loss in three games with a hard-fought four-point win. The match was a topsy-turvy one with neither team able to gain any ascendancy and the siren sounded with the Roos four points ahead. Maroochydore led by a point at quarter time and seven points at the main break, but a two goals to zero third term resulted in the Devils hitting the front. Kicking the only goal of the last term, and restricting their opposition to one behind, the Roos won 4.7 (31) to 4.3 (27).

Brianna McFarlane, Maggie Harmer and Sara-Jane O’Grady all impressed, while Maroochydore also had four individual goalkickers to share the scoring load around in the performance. For the Devils, Adrienne Keeffe slotted two majors, with Jessy Keeffe among the best with a goal, teaming up well with Emmii-Lee Zanker-Close as some of the top performers on the day for the losing team.

In the other match on the weekend, Coorparoo won its third consecutive game, sentencing Wilston Grange to its fifth consecutive loss in the process. After back-to-back one-point wins where the Kings finished on 32 points, it might have looked almost a touch strange to see that being the three quarter time scoreline, but kicking two goals to one in the last, Coorparoo extended the final margin out to 14 points, 7.4 (46) to 3.4 (22).

Coorparoo had seven individual goalkickers to go with the Gorillas’ three individual ones for a total of 10 in the match. In terms of standout players, Jenae Govan, Kayla Geddes and Macie Brown (one goal) stood out, while for the Gorillas, it was Kaitlyn Day, Grace O’Donnell and Ruby Svarc (one) who tried hard throughout the match to no avail.

The teams will all have a break over the Easter weekend, with the teams returning for Round 6 on Saturday, April 10.

QAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 5 RESULTS:

Coolangatta Tweed 7.10 (52) defeated University of Queensland 2.5 (17)
Bond University 10.8 (68) defeated Aspley 4.1 (25)
Coorparoo 7.4 (46) defeated Wilston Grange 3.4 (22)
Maroochydore 4.7 (31) defeated Yeronga South Brisbane 4.3 (27)

 

Picture credit: RF Photography

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