The Greater Western Victoria Rebels have finished their season on a high with a decisive 56-point victory over the Sandringham Dragons in TAC Cup Girls competition.
Wimmera players which took part in the drubbing were Cecilia Lowery, Nakaela Butler and Lauren Sykes of Ararat, Ella Bibby of Warracknabeal, the McAuliffe sisters and Faith McKenzie of Horsham.
In what was an impressive defensive display, the Rebels held the Dragons goalless in the first three quarters to win 64-8 at Rams Arena in Craigieburn on Friday.
The Rebels’ forwards kept busy in the opening half kicking the first four majors – goals came from Kristen Prebble and Alyssa Humphries in the first quarter, and Faith McKenzie and Sophie Van De Heuvel in the second.
Meanwhile half forward Cecilia Lowrey turned it on in the third term, kicking two goals in less than two minutes to push the lead out to 40-points, and then another at the 14 minute mark.
She was the only goal scorer in the third quarter.
The Rebels continued to fire in the opening minutes of the final term, with Humphries kicking her second major and Aily McAuliffe her first.
It was not until the eight minute mark, with the lead out to 61 points, that the Sandringham Dragons managed their first and only goal of the game, which came via Jemma Owen.
Coach Jeff Whittaker said the game had been played with 24 contributors doing everything that had been asked of them.
“The key message for today’s game was to take the game on, take the risks and move the ball as quickly as we could - and the way they did that was outstanding,” he said.
Whittaker noted the girls’ tackling and pressure had been fantastic, a strength they had continued to display throughout the season.
“It is nice to taste some success along the way, but we as coaches and staff have been really pleased about the development of the girls,” he said.
“Especially the girls who are new to the game, they all want to continue on with their football next year.”
Whittaker said that following the game six Rebels had been invited to train for the Vic Country under-18 girls team, which was a pleasing result for the program.
The Rebels have ended their inaugural season seventh on the ladder with three wins and two losses.