ECHUCA Football Club’s senior women’s team delivered a perfect start to their season on Sunday after downing North Bendigo by 95 points in round one of the Northern Country Women’s League.
The Murray Bombers hosted the inaugural clash at Victoria Park and were in control of the ball early kicking 2.4 (16) in the first quarter whilst keeping the Bulldogs scoreless.
Echuca’s midfield was strong through Jessica Pitts who demanded the ball at every stoppage and tackled hard all day.
Jess Lamb was able to provide a good run along the wing and used her speed well.
Leah Thompson was solid in the ruck to give the Bombers first use of the footy and combined with Chelsea Rowan was able to continually send the ball into their forward line giving them plenty of opportunities to score.
And the forward line didn’t disappoint, skipper Kate Dixon and Sophie Douglas each kicking four goals, Danielle Garden slotted two, and Jessica Pitts, Kym Mundie, Chrystal Baker and Tracey Ogden each kicked one.
Douglas has progressed through from the Echuca Youth Girls team to now play a key role in the senior line up.
Coach Mick McInnes said the girls ability to win contested footy made it easier on the forward line.
‘‘They were able to win the ball through the mid field and dished it off quickly to get a good run and carry into the forward line,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘Their speed and use with the ball was a real positive from the game.
‘‘We didn’t know much about the opposition going into the game but the team all did really well.
‘‘Chrystal worked hard at centre half forward and though she didn’t get the reward on the score board she created a really strong target up forward.’’
Mundie was also a classy edition to the back line along with Renee George, each stepping up to take some strong marks and gain control of the ball.
Jodie Lake was out injured as a tall centre-half-back and would hopefully be back in this weekend against Mooroopna.
‘‘We’re playing for points now so there are a few nerves going into the games, but they can take confidence out of the form they showed in the practice matches,’’ McInnes said.
‘‘There were a lot of positives from the game so we will just keep working on the basics and continuing to build on our ball movement at trainings.’’
Dixon said the team was really starting to come together.
‘‘I couldn’t have asked for a better group of players,’’ she said.
‘‘This week’s clash against Mooroopna will be a big test.
‘‘We’ll need to be first to the ball and get scoreboard pressure on early as they’re a really experienced side.’’
Mooroopna downed Kyneton at the weekend by 71 points and would travel to Victoria Park this Sunday to take on the Bombers at 2pm following the Youth Girls game at 12.30pm against Shepparton Notre.