A bye across the division this week comes at a pinnacle point in the season, where we are seeing some teams rise to the challenge of making the top four, whilst others hold their spot in a significant high or low. Round 10 last week was somewhat a win for the majors and a loss for the minors. Ingle Farm declared forfeit against Mount Barker, which is incredibly disappointing with the team struggling for numbers all season and still without a win. Mount Barker would have been ready to get the win through their own means, but will be happy to have the points, now sitting 5th on the ladder. Their next four rounds are vital for the hills side, who have some challenging matches coming up.
The round started off with Christies Beach hosting Greenacres, in what was another good display of controlled football by the Saints. Despite winning across the scoreboard, they were challenged at times across the field by Greenacres, who did manage to apply good tackling pressure. Jessica Waterhouse had her standout game for Christies, whilst it was Stephanie Konatar who got up and about for the Dragons. Christies came home with a 56-point win, leaving Greenacres goalless.
Angle Vale hosted Morphettville at home, which was another win for the undefeated team, but not a huge upset to the Roo’s. They went down in a 49-point loss which was expected to be more. They kept Angle Vale at bay at times throughout the game and the quick and young side did show plenty of promise. Sarah Ellis was best on for Angle Vale and the versatile player proved just why. Kaily Buchalka was best for Morphettville, who has been performing well later this season.
The final match of the round, Adelaide Uni headed up the hill for a challenge against Mount Lofty who have had some strong weeks of football both home and away. The game was tight and even on the scoreboard at halftime, with both teams knowing it will be a tough last half. But Lofty rose to the challenge, hard at the ball, clean with possession and showed strength as the second half winner. The 28 point win could have been more, but they found the goals when it counted. Dominating forward, Lucy Northcott got two goals for the afternoon, along with some aggressive football, which landed her best on. Nicole Collie had a standout game for her team, getting best on for her run with the ball at dangerous times.
Article: Erin Hanna | Image: Mandy Carr-Moody