Vic Country and Vic Metro have both enjoyed wins in Round 3 of the AFLW U18 Championships on Wednesday, as Mitch Wynd reports.
METRO RECORDS FIRST WIN
Vic Metro has claimed its first victory of the 2017 NAB AFLW U18 Championships with a 22-point win over Queensland on Wednesday, 7.3 (45) to 3.5 (23).
An impressive third quarter from Metro was the catalyst for the victory. Leading by 11 points at the main break, Metro scored four unanswered goals to put themselves out of reach of the home team.
Queensland finished strongly kicking all three of its goals in the final quarter, but they left their run too late and Metro were victorious.
Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons) was a strong contender for best on ground, with 20 disposals, three clearances, and four inside-50s. Twelve of her possessions were contested, and she also hit the scoreboard with two goals early in the third quarter to put the result beyond doubt.
Olivia Flanagan (Eastern Ranges) was the other multiple goalscorer with two goals, and the individual goalkickers were Maddy Guerin (Northern Knights), Gabrielle Newton (Northern Knights) and Ysabelle Price (Eastern Ranges).
Metro started the match with a goal after just two minutes, with Flanagan the one to open the scoring. Another goal late in the quarter from Price put the margin to 12 points at quarter time
The second quarter was much more of a scrap, as the only score for the entire quarter was a rushed behind for Queensland. While Metro could not produce any scoring shots, they did well to hold back Queensland’s scoring attempts, with Georgia McPherson (Eastern Ranges) cleaning up in defense and Prespakis was hard to stop in the middle.
The third quarter is where the match was won for Metro. Scoring 4.2 for the quarter and only conceding one behind pushing the three-quarter time margin to 36 points.
Flanagan’s second goal two minutes into the final term made the margin to a game-high 42 points, with Metro only conceding their first goal at the six-minute mark of the final quarter.
Metro did not score for the remainder of the match, with Queensland kicking some consolation goals in the final minutes, reducing the final margins to 22 points.
Metro’s leading possession winners were Prespakis with 20 disposals, Georgia McPherson (Eastern Ranges) with 13 disposals, four rebound 50s and Georgia Ricardo (Sandringham Dragons) with 13 disposals.
Metro’s next match is on Friday against NSW/ACT, at Broadbeach. The match starts at 10:00AM EST.
Vic Metro 2.1 2.1 6.3 7.3 (45)
Queensland 0.1 0.2 0.3 3.5 (23)
Vic Metro: Flanagan 2, Prespakis 2, Guerin, Newton, Price
Vic Metro: Prespakis, Guerin, McPherson, Flanagan, Warburton, Dargan
COUNTRY REMAINS UNDEFEATED
Vic Country has continued its their winning for in the 2017 NAB AFLW U18 Championships with a 6.6 (42) to 2.3 (15) victory over NSW/ACT on the Gold Coast.
Country led at every change in the match, and a goalless second half did not stop them from claiming their third win from as many matches. Olivia Purcell (Geelong Falcons) led the way for Country with 24 touches, 12 of which were contested. She also provided six inside-50s and three clearances. She was well supported by Georgia Gee (Dandenong Stingrays) with 16 disposals, five inside-50s and Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons) 16 disposals, six marks.
The first quarter started with goals to Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power) and Bridie Kennedy (Dandenong Stingrays) as Vic Country dominated the inside 50 count 11-0.
After another Country goal in the second quarter from Aisling Tupper (Bendigo Pioneers), Jordan Jolliffe put NSW/ACT on the board with her first goal.
Country responded with three more goals before half time as Denby Taylor (Geelong Falcons), Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons) and Holly Whitford (Gippsland Power) all benefited from strong work up the ground from their Vic Country teammates. At half-time, Vic Country led by 34 points.
The second half was somewhat of a stalemate, with Country scoring only two behinds for the remainder of the match. NSW/ACT kicked 1.3 with Jolliffe kicking her second goal for the day, however Country’s first half performance meant that they finished with a 27-point win.
Country’s next match is on Friday against Western Australia at Broadbeach. The match starts at 11:40AM EST.
Vic Country 2.2 6.4 6.5 6.6 (42)
NSW/ACT 0.0 1.0 1.1 2.3 (15)
Vic Country: Hanks, Kennedy, Morrison, Taylor, Tupper, Whitford 1
Vic Country: Purcell, McEvoy, Gee, Allen, Ross, Caris
Watch the video stream replays below for each game
Queensland vs Vic Metro
Vic Country vs NSW/ACT