From a team that last year only won 2 games, the UQAFC Ladies have come a long way. Friday 29th August marked the girls last match of the 2014 season. For the first time this season there was competition for spots, this was going to be a grudge match between the two university teams. Leading us out captain Kate Harvey, who is usually seen in the back line, was asked to play as a defensive forward and make sure that the ball was locked into our 50.
While the first quarter saw UQ go down to 2 goals to nothing, the key backliners Jess Wiggan, Millie Read, Maddie Glasby and Naomi Fitzpatrick fought hard to ensure that the margin wasn’t greater. With the loss of Anna ‘Spanna’ O’Keeffe during the quarter-time huddle due to unforseen circumstances, coach Michael Swann and Spanna’s former teammate Marnie McGorm asked the girls to lift. We needed to be the first to the contest and the first to the ball.
This was all it took for the UQ girls to lift early in the second quarter. Working under crafty ruckwork by Britta Phelps, star mid-fielder Bre ‘Chunder’ Koenen cleared the ball from the bounce deep into UQ’s forward 50. Marnie McGorm crumbed the pack beautifully and nabbed our first goal. Shortly after Clare Findlay was able to finish truly from the boundary line in-front of the UQ supporters in what would have to be a contender for goal of the year. The girls were on fire and not much could hold them back.
At half time the score was locked dead even, but UQ held the momentum after having fought back and nothing was going to stop them. Griffith came out attempting to assert their physical dominance, but this back-fired as they lost one of their key players mid-way through the term to a red-card. UQ took advantage of this and fought even harder. Beth Newman laid a number of strong tackles to lock down at the contests and allow Chantal Beaudin, who had missed the previous few games due to representative duties at the International Cup, to sweep in behind the contest and keep the ball moving into UQ’s forward 50. Forward pressure from new recruits Bec Barnes, Laura ‘Sisco’ Doherty and Hannah Curran saw the ball locked in UQ’s 50 for most of the quarter.
At the end of the 3’rd Quarter UQ was up but due to the lack of a scoreboard, their eyes were focused on the game and not the score. Assistant Coach and Player Sharni Webb made sure the girls knew what to focus on. The aim was to finish the game having fun.
As Griffith tried to catch up UQ fought harder, smart play by Daryl Jensen, Flik Angliss and Tayla Mackay saw UQ begin to be able to spread the ball out onto the wings and allow fitness to shine. Deft handballs across half-forward by Ally Priest-Tasker and Sinead Hastie saw Emily Bowden nab her first goal for the QWAFL season, the goal that ultimately secured the win for the UQ girls.
On behalf of all the girls, I would like to thank all the boys who made the trip on the Friday night to see them secure another victory. Having only started playing last year the progress the team has made is outstanding. This success can only be attributed to the amount of hard work both the girls and their coach Michael ‘Swanny’ Swann put in.
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