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Ranges grab first win in 2020 with victory over determined Devils

EASTERN Ranges shook off a determined Tasmania Devils outfit to win by 57 points at the renovated Kilsyth Recreation Reserve in Round 3 of the NAB League Girls competition. In a fiery clash with plenty of fierce tackles, the Devils were much improved on their 102-point loss to Oakleigh Chargers last week, but the Ranges had a bit too much class with the last nine goals of the game, four of which came in the final term. The Devils had much to be pleased about too, keeping the Ranges to just one goal in the first and third terms during the 10.6 (66) to 1.3 (9) loss.

The opening term was a real tussle between the sides, with Eastern having more of the ball, but Tasmania refusing to allow them easy chances. Tahlia Bortignon set the tone early with a run-down tackle on an opponent to save a certain goal, while later in the term, it was Claire Ransom who received a huge roar from the Devils’ bench for stopping an Eastern opponent in her tracks. The Ranges were not to be outdone bringing the heat in the contest, led by captain Olivia Meagher who produced a front-on bruising tackle inside her defensive 50 to worry the Devils forwards into turning it over. Both Meagher and Tarni Brown were busy in the opening term, while Jorja Livingstone was peppering the goals. She could not get one to connect through the big sticks, but Matilda Hardy did after receiving a 50m penalty and kicking it from point-blank range. The Devils levelled the score with their first ever major in the competition with a memorable snap off a step from Perri King that sailed home without the goal umpire moving. A late push in midfield prompted a downfield free for the Ranges with less than 30 seconds on the clock, but the ball fell short and rushed through for a behind – the exact lead the home team held at quarter time. While Brown, Meagher and Livingstone were busy, so too was Bridget Deed who had a game-high nine disposals in the first quarter working hard around the ground. King and Meghan Gaffney shared the load for Tasmania with four disposals each in a real team effort.

Eastern Ranges found some better entries inside 50 in the second term, making it difficult for Tasmania to defend. Saskia Nannes had an unbelievable chance from deep in the pocket with her end-over-end snap bouncing over the one-on-one contest in the goalsquare but it kept bouncing out of bounds. Moments later a nice snap off the right from Kate Ridley gave the Ranges a relieving goal early in the term. Meagher continued to set the tone with a huge bump on Ella Maurer to help her teammate win the ball and deliver to Jess Grace who marked and converted the set shot straight after. Jemma Blair took a strong intercept grab as the danger signs from the week before were starting to show, but the defensive pressure of the Devils was still there with King having multiple defensive efforts at a stoppage to exemplify the work. A big clunk from Eloise Chaston and then a great set kick straight to Hardy who put through her second of the afternoon and all of a sudden the margin was out to 19 midway through the term. Brown was breaking the game open with her burst from a stoppage, and really creating scoring opportunities for her forwards. Isabelle Pollock had a running chance on goal by shrugging off a would-be tackler but pushed it wide at full speed. Just as it looked like the teams would head into the break with a 20-point differential, a density free kick in the dying seconds – which had a 50m penalty associated with it – handed Cassy Wilsmore a goal from the set shot and made the half-time margin 27 points.

A terrific blind-side run-down tackle from Kiara Mills set up Tasmania with an early chance, but it was smothered off the mark and cleared by the Ranges. Meagher was starting to get on the end of some fierce tackles herself, but the captain kept bouncing up and earned a free kick for her troubles early in the term. The Ranges were able to lock the ball in their forward half for a stoppage and the roving Isabelle Khoury pounced with a great clean take at speed to snap and put it through for the home team’s first of the half. A good piece of play down the wing for the Devils midway through the term led to another opportunity but the set shot from Amy Bissett went to the right. Angelica Clark had a nice piece of play through the midfield to burst away and kick deep but it went past the one-on-one and went over the line. The Devils were able to nullify the scoring however, and gain some serious territory locking it inside 50. The siren sounded with a bit of heat in the game as both sides were told to separate by the umpires going into the final break. Eastern had a commanding 32-point lead, but Tasmania had restricted them to just one goal in a much-improved defensive effort.

Tasmania’s momentum from late in the third term continued with the first inside 50 of the final term and the Devils managed to score an early behind to show they were not going to fade away. A terrific tackle from Gaffney at half-forward off the kick out signalled their intentions to keep the pressure gauge at extreme, but the Ranges were equally up for the challenge. A strong intercept mark on the last line by Deed stopped a likely goal playing at full-back, as the likes of Bissett kept attacking the forward 50. In their first meaningful entry for the term, a series of handballs ended up with Pollock who had a chance but missed to the left on the run. Moments later though, Khoury capitalised with a terrific snap around her body for her second almost identical to her third term major. For some icing on the cake, Nannes roved the pack well and converted a major running into goal, with Khoury giving the home fans an extra reason to cheer with her own running goal – her second of the term and third of the match – shortly after and the Ranges were now running away with the contest. As if fitting, Brown would finish off the huge last quarter with a towering contest mark and goal to cap off a best on ground performance. With the four-goal final term, the Ranges had blown out the margin from 32 points to 57 to register a win and bounce back from the disappointing Round 1 loss.

EASTERN RANGES 1.2 | 5.4 | 6.4 | 10.6 (66)
TASMANIA DEVILS 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 (9)


Eastern: I. Khoury 3, M. Hardy 2, T. Brown, C. Wilsmore, K. Ridley, S, Nannes, J. Grace.
Tasmania: P. King.


Eastern: T. Brown, O. Meagher, I. Khoury, M. Hardy, B. Deed, J. Livingstone
Tasmania: P. King, M. Gaffney, J. Webster, A. Crooks, C.Lovell, J. Blair

DC Medal:

5 – Tarni Brown (ER)
4 – Olivia Meagher (ER)
3 – Isabella Khoury (ER)
2 – Matilda Hardy (ER)
1 – Perri King (TD)

Team Selection: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

AFTER an extra four games in 2018 compared to last year, for 10 of the 12 TAC Cup Girls sides, their season comes to an end on Saturday. All 12 sides want to go out with a bang and each and every one of the six matches are being played at RAMS Arena for a ‘Super Saturday’ of football. For Geelong Falcons, they know they have a week remaining in their season, with their likely opponents the Northern Knights – unless the Sandringham Dragons pull off more than a miracle to overtake the Knights on percentage. For many, it is one last chance to watch the most talented junior footballers in action in what is expected to be a huge day for players, clubs, staff, families and friends.


Saturday, May 12, 11.15am
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

In the first game on the second oval at Craigieburn, the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels face the Oakleigh Chargers. The Rebels are firing on all cylinders of late, and welcome the likes of Hannah Simpson, Denver Henson and Maggie Caris into the side, with four changes confirmed for the final game of the season. Oakleigh has brought in Laura Mayne and centre-half back Emily Hastie, while Elisabeth Jackson is the one confirmed out.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 15. T. Jasper, 26. G. Pidgeon, 14. L. Sykes
HB: 6. N. Butler, 25. G. Clarke, 4. A. Nicholson
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 44. E.  Bibby, 10. H.  Simpson
HF: 34. S. Glover, 21. D. Henson, 18. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 13. C. Leonard, 22. I. Rustman, 2. R. Saulitis
R: 35. R. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 43. M. Caris, 45. A. Humphries, 33. I. Robson, 28. I. Simmons
Emg: 11. T. Marra, 7. A. McAuliffe

In: A. McAuliffe, G. Pidgeon, I. Rustman, H. Simpson, M. Caris, D. Henson
Out: K. Harris,  A. Trigg,  T. Heath,  V. Jewell

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 15. A. Ling, 45. T. Cowan, 13. T. Morton
HB: 68. A. Dyer, 43. E. Hastie, 50. C. Nancarrow
C: 30. G.  Lagioia, 19. E.  Harley, 5. A.  van Oosterwijck
HF: 3. J. D’Amato, 18. I. Gietzmann, 10. A. Oloughlin
F: 38. D. Bateman, 14. H. McLaren, 29. M. Bertuna
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 16. A. Porter, 32. C. O’Malley
Int: 70. P. Fennell, 2. M. Hill, 69. L. Mayne, 51. G. Relph
Emg: 33. G. Byrne, 26. A. Micallef

In: E. Hastie, L. Mayne, G. Byrne
Out: E. Jackson



Saturday, May 12, 11.15am
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

On the main oval, Northern Knights will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season against an out-of-form Murray Bushrangers. The Bushrangers will be buoyed by a number of stars returning including Rebecca Webster, Claudia McKimmie and Olivia Barber all named in the side, while Grace Egan and Ada Chessor have been named as emergencies. The Knights will look to overcome the loss of Marnie Jarvis who is out for the round nine clash, while Gulia Ceravolo and Taylah Manson have made the interchange bench for the 11.15am clash.

Northern Knights

B: 27. P. Kearney, 26. E. Clayton, 13. M. Suzuki
HB: 12. O. Dikranis, 18. S. Sansonetti, 32. A. Snow
C: 1. M.  Antypas, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 17. C.  Fitzgerald
HF: 7. A. Bennett, 6. A. Bannan, 21. E. McKenzie
F: 24. A. Pronesti, 22. B. Gutknecht, 29. T. Pulcino
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 23. G. Newton, 3. N. Morris-Dalton
Int: 8. G. Ceravolo, 10. P. Chisholm, 14. J. Fitzgerald, 16. T. Manson
Emg: 33. T. Curavic, 20. J. McCarthy, 25. T. Mills, 30. M. Rodezno

In: G. Ceravolo, M. Rodezno, T. Curavic, T. Mills, T. Manson
Out: M. Jarvis

Murray Bushrangers

B: 16. E. Ashley-Cooper, 32. N. Watts, 14. A. Duguid
HB: 5. C. Hargreaves, 17. R. Webster, 26. E. Nicholson
C: 3. P.  Crelley, 22. T.  Smith, 33. M.  Trethowan
HF: 45. O. Barber, 1. J. Harvey, 8. O. Hall
F: 6. K. Adams, 37. S. Damon, 36. C. Mckimmie
R: 43. T. Verhoeven, 4. C. Knight, 19. M. Brown
Int: 13. E. Balaburov, 15. A. Favell, 34. E. McPherson, 9. C. Styan
Emg: 11. A. Chessor, 42. G. Egan, 25. E. Freeman

In: C. Styan , C. Mckimmie, R. Webster, E. Freeman, O. Barber, T. Verhoeven, A. Favell, G. Egan, O. Hall
Out: M. Burke , G. Kelly, H. Doohan, C. Boschetti, Z. Spencer, M. Jones



Saturday, May 12, 1pm
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

By the time the Geelong Falcons take the field they should have a confirmed grand final opponent – if the Knights do indeed get the four points – however a loss and the Falcons might cast their eyes over to the other ground where the Dragons are playing. Western Jets will look to finish their season on a high, bringing in four players including Hannah Bult and Kaitlyn O’Keefe who should both add some firepower to the Jets’ forward line. For the Falcons, Mia Sheppard in the one confirmed out from the side, with defender Sarah Hungerford taking her place in the 22 for the match.

Western Jets

B: 8. E. Gardner, 31. K. Rebuffo, 2. C. Gashi
HB: 27. P. Ozols, 30. I. Pritchard, 40. S. Whiting
C: 19. O.  Forsythe, 33. L.  Basto, 14. I.  Grant
HF: 43. C. Greiser, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 12. K. O’Keefe
F: 15. H. Bult, 41. S. Forbes, 38. E. Hitch
R: 25. T. Kolevski, 16. E. Georgostathis, 13. C. Jansen
Int: 22. A. Chivell, 5. M. Daw, 21. M. Fenech, 44. C. Myors-Moore
Emg: 34. T. Evans, 17. I. Freeman, 28. E. Hannett, 9. N. Wright

In: H. Bult, C. Myors-Moore, A. Chivell, K. O’Keefe

Geelong Falcons

B: 21. K. Haustorfer , 36. A. Chapman, 20. D. Smith
HB: 37. S. Dinneen, 23. L. McEvoy, 27. D. Taylor
C: 35. S.  Walmsley, 39. T.  Love, 50. S.  Williams
HF: 31. E. Mahoney, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 18. N. Morrison
F: 40. E. Shannon, 38. R. Tierney, 2. E. Vella
R: 33. Z. Inei, 7. O. Purcell, 6. P. Sheppard
Int: 10. S. Atkins, 15. J. Devarakonda, 16. L. Gardiner, 34. S. Hungerford
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 28. L. Ryan, 26. M. Skinner

In: S. Hungerford, L. Ryan, J. Dover, M. Skinner
Out: M. Sheppard



Saturday, May 12, 1pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Sandringham fans will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the Knights’ match prior to the Dragons’ own match despite the most unlikely of miracles needing to happen. For those who like mathematical probabilities, there needs to be about an 80-point or more differential between a Sandringham win and a Northern loss for the Dragons to catch the Knights’ percentage. Julia Redmond returns for the final clash and has been named up forward, while defender Ella Cornish, and Charlize Bird are the other inclusions, while overager Jennifer Ross is an omission. For the Dragons, they have brought back some serious X-factor with the likes of Molly Denahy Maloney, Laura Amelung and Winnie Laing all back in to a side that is in red-hot form.

Gippsland Power

B: 47. E. Cornish , 45. L. Van Berkel, 48. C. Prestidge
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 8. C. Abrahams , 17. S. Trewin
C: 13. H.  Andrews, 28. T.  Hanks, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 12. M. Fitzsimon, 60. E. Williams, 27. N. Webber
F: 10. T. Dower, 65. J. Redmond, 11. S. Walker
R: 58. A. Dunn, 57. J. Ferguson, 49. M. Shaw
Int: 32. C. Bird, 29. C. Bray, 1. E. Jones, 50. M. Van Berkel
Emg: 7. L. Raymond , 34. S. Symes, 9. T. Whitehead

In: C. Bird, J. Redmond, S. Symes, E. Cornish
Out: J. Ross

Sandringham Dragons

B: 58. G. Bridges, 23. C. Bowen, 60. G. Strangio
HB: 2. W. Laing, 32. S. Hartwig, 65. C. Saultry
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 49. L. Amelung, 3. S. Rothfield, 38. M. Cairns
F: 25. I. Eddey, 50. H. Bate, 1. M. Wilson
R: 20. A. Dalley, 36. J. Owen, 64. E. McNamara
Int: 31. B. Arnold, 46. A. Burke, 33. M. Denahy Maloney, 39. M. Purcell
Emg: 40. N. Borg, 24. T. Grasso, 53. I. Stutt

In: W. Laing, L. Amelung, M. Denahy Maloney



Saturday, May 12, 2.45pm
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

In the final game on oval two, the Dandenong Stingrays look to make it four from four to close out the season. The Stingrays have thrown the magnets around and brought in Zoe Hill, Alice O’Sullivan, Saige Bayne, Grace Hodder and Eloise Allen-Burns who have all shown they can be important players to the Stingrays outfit, while Molly McDonald is among three players out of the round nine side. For Bendigo, ruck Dayna Kelly-Guthrie returns as does important players midfielder Jemma Finning and small forward Maeve Tupper, while Maddie Baldwin is among four outs from their round eight team.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 51. Z. Hill, 46. J. George
HB: 15. J. Allen, 26. I. Shannon, 18. S. Bayne
C: 5. E.  Allen-Burns, 28. T.  Smith, 10. A.  Jordan
HF: 1. S. Heath, 35. L. Cripps, 44. S. Ryan
F: 19. B. Borchard, 31. B. Vernon, 4. J. Guy-Toogoo
R: 42. A. O’Sullivan, 3. C. Jones, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 45. M. Graham, 21. G. Hodder, 29. B. Struylaart, 16. A. West
Emg: 48. A. Carroll, 30. P. Swayn

In: Z. Hill, A. O’Sullivan, S. Bayne, G. Hodder, E. Allen-Burns
Out: M. McDonald,  N. Taylor,  A. Nagtzaam

Bendigo Pioneers

B: T. Bollard , 25. T. Stewart, 24. E. Gretgrix
HB: 27. B. Hards, 20. K. Douglass, 32. S. Reilly
C: 11. J.  Finning, 28. M.  Williamson, 29. E.  Snell
HF: 12. T. Coad, 8. S. Knoll, 26. L. Newton
F: 1. M. Tupper, 5. E. Turnbull, 22. M. Ward
R: 9. D. Kelly-Guthrie, 19. K. Jacques, 3. C. Isaac
Int: S. Barker, B. Tranter
Emg: 16. E. Cooper

In: S. Barker, T. Bollard , D. Kelly-Guthrie, M. Tupper, J. Finning, B. Tranter
Out: M. Baldwin, T. Shepherd, G. Murley, I. Gould



Saturday, May 12, 2.45pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

In the last game of the day, the Calder Cannons host the Eastern Ranges with both teams hoping to finish on a high. The speedy Grace Dicker is among three confirmed ins, while Kayley Reid and Sophie Cameron are out of the round nine side. For Eastern, Paige Buruma returns, as does the likes of full-back Sophia Zappia and Brittany Cubitt as 23rd player. Kate Ridley is the only confirmed out for the Ranges.

Calder Cannons

B: 11. A. Barba, 46. G. Elarmaly, 8. E. Vale
HB: 2. F. Theodore, 48. C. Brown, 9. M. Warburton
C: 22. M.  Muller, 3. M.  Prespakis, 41. G.  Prespakis
HF: 32. T. Fry , 17. E. Cornish, 34. Z. Hardiman
F: 23. G. Dicker, 49. T. Crook, 37. F. Holloway
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 31. K. Petrevski, 21. G. Patrikios
Int: 38. L. Cocomello, 29. S. Elias, 25. A. Magri, 33. B. Pepper
Emg: 16. C. Hodgson, 43. C. Leahy, 27. E. Woodley

In: E. Woodley, G. Dicker, B. Pepper, C. Hodgson, K. Petrevski
Out: S. Cameron,  K. Reid

Eastern Ranges

B: 11. M. Edwards, 50. S. Zappia, 16. E. Horne
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 8. C.  Delbridge, 21. M.  Cann, 41. J.  Richardson
HF: 38. L. McClelland, 40. T. Merrett, 3. E. Woods
F: 18. A. Allsopp, 28. L. Kelly, 22. C. Chamberlain
R: 46. S. Kendall, 6. G. De Angelis, 39. O. Meagher
Int: 9. P. Buruma, 10. N. Cormack , 47. J. Provan, 45. M. Wandin
Emg: 34. S. Bowden, 36. J. Grace, 23. C. Smith
23P: 35. B. Cubitt

In: S. Zappia, J. Grace, S. Bowden, B. Cubitt, P. Buruma
Out: K. Ridley