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                               BENDIGO BANK WESTVIC HOCKEY
                                STATE LEAGUE 3 SENIOR WOMEN

Match Report – ROUND 16

Date:                 Saturday 15th August
Venue:                Ballarat
Opposition:           PEGS

Final Score:           WestVic 4 – PEGS 0

Goalscorers:         Anna McClelland (1), Ebony Stephen (1), Rosie Ballard (1) and
                     Hannah Maloney (1)

Team Members:        Anna McClelland, Kym Southwell (Captain), Megan Nestor, Claire
                     McKenzie, Jenny Ford, Bianca Maher, Lauren Hudd, Hannah
                     Maloney, Emily Innes, Ruth Ryan (GK), Ebony Stephen, Kaylene
                     Ferrier and Rosie Ballard

Best On-Ground: Anna McClelland

                WestVic Women hang PEGS out to dry
The WestVic women had something to prove going into the Round 16 match this weekend. Not only
were they needing to secure a win to remain in the top 4, players were also seeking selection in the
team that could be playing in the finals commencing first weekend in September.

The women playing a home game, were met by determined Melbourne team PEGS. WestVic
dominated the first half, but the PEGS team maintained a tight circle and limited field shots on goal.
The WestVic strikers Innes, Stephen and Maloney continually pressured the attacking circle looking for
field shots on goal or penalty corners. Their efforts stretched the PEGS defence and the team knew that
it wouldn’t be long before they would be rewarded.

They say that ‘all good goals start from the backline’ and with only minutes on the clock before half-
time the WestVic women cleared the ball from their defensive line with Bianca Maher making a clean
hard pass to Captain Kym Southwell. Moving the ball quickly through the centre she made pass further
upfield to a waiting Rosie Ballard. Ballard saw the opportunity to eliminate the full back and pass the
ball through to running high strikers Maloney and Stephen who entered the circle and faced a 2 on 1
confrontation with the goalkeeper. Stephen was able to pick up the ball and slot it into the goal register
WestVic’s first and only goal for the half.

The goal was the confidence booster that the team needed going into the second half. The women
started to settle down and play the ball around, the team forcing much needed space to work in. In a
WestVic penalty corner Rosie Ballard proved her versatility by making a running variation to score the
second goal. The tempo remained at high with the fullbacks linking solidly with their halves Ford and
McKenzie to produce some clean defensive outlets for the team. PEGS were not prepared to hang their
heads and at times looked threatening with several shots on goal. Goalkeeper Ruth Ryan made several
saves and stretched the PEGS attack by blocking their attempts time and time again. Fullback Megan
Nestor backed up the clearances with solid ball distribution to awaiting halves and midfielders that
allowed for more attacking plays.

Claire McKenzie made a positional switch across to left half that set up and outstanding attack through
McClelland and Innes. McClelland moved the ball confidently through the PEGS defence and with a
feint and speedy stick work slotted in a superb field shot to register the team’s third goal. Kaylene
Ferrier made long leads to draw PEGS players and at times also looked threatening and connected well
with Maloney and Stephen in attack. Lauren Hudd also worked hard with poised tackling and strong
second efforts to channel PEGS players out of the field.

With minutes to go, WestVic made a last quick break-away through the initiative of Nestor and
McKenzie who then switched the play from the left to a leading Bianca Maher. The field was spread
apart and the space was created for a cracking pass to Hannah Maloney who ran onto the ball at the top
of the circle. She was able to draw out and beat the PEGS goalkeeper to slot home the fourth and final
goal of the game. The final score was 4-0 to WestVic

The WestVic women take on the second ranked Mornington* next weekend in what will be WestVic’s
last home game and possible the best for the season. The WestVic Women are now only 2 games away
from maintaining a top 4 position on the ladder and making it into the finals in their first year of SL3
competition. WestVic, Casey, Greater Dandenong Warriors and LaTrobe University are all hotly
contesting the final 3rd and 4th place, with wins needed by each team in the last 2 rounds.

 *Mornington played Knox and won 5-0 this weekend and maintain second position with Footscray
looking unbeatable and sitting at the top of the SL3 ladder and assured of promotion to SL2 in 2010.

Next Game:                 Saturday 22/08/09 vs Mornington at home (3.30pm)

For further information contact:
Kim Halbert-Pere
WestVic Senior Women’s Coach
Email: dereelthing@hotmail.com

                      PROUDLY Driving WESTVIC Hockey since 2005

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