IT WAS two wins out of three for the Wimmera-based teams in the final round of the female football league on Sunday.
Horsham Saints v Old Collegians
THE Horsham Saints were out to impress in a final home game of the season and the side did just that in its big win against Old Collegians.
The visiting team could not match the Saints as the game finished 13.21 (99) to 0.
Coach Mat Taylor said his side knew it had to keep the score it conceded as low as possible in order to secure a spot in the grand final.
“It was about working hard defensively first and then running hard to attack,” he said. “We also did a bit of work on some plays out of the middle to make sure we were getting the ball forward from clearances.”
Tara Jasper, Coco Ledger and Maggie Caris were among the best Saints players.
“Shahna Broadbent also played a really good game,” Taylor said.
“She took some big marks and kicked good goals.”
There was good support for the team again, as there has been all season.
“There is already talk about arranging a supporters bus for the grand final day in Hamilton in two weeks time,” Taylor said.
“The support has been awesome for the girls all season.”
Stawell v Portland Tigers
STAWELL lost their last regular season game by 86 points in wet conditions at Portland. Portland dominated for the whole game on the way to the 14.9 (93) to 1.1 (7) win.
Stand-in coach Rod Summers said Portland were tough. “They were just better than us,” he said. “I think we did well to hold them to that many goals.”
Summers said he was proud of the effort given by the girls. “They tried hard for the whole game, which is all we can ask,” he said. “The conditions did not help considering our girls do not have much experience in the wet.”
Horsham Demons v Warrnambool
HORSHAM managed its third win of the season in its game against the last-placed Warrnambool Blues.
The two sides matched up well but it was the Demons who created more scoring opportunities to win 5.8 (38) to 3.0 (18).
Prior to the game coach Terry Arnel had said he had enjoyed watching his side improve during the season.
Stephanie Glover kicked two of her side’s goal and was named best player.
Ruby Redford, Jemma Nagorka and Montanna Connelly were also among the side’s best at Horsham City Oval.