VFLW Memory Lane: Melbourne Uni  





A superb four-quarter effort has seen our women’s side defeat Melbourne Uni by 32 points and finish their inaugural VFLW campaign with three consecutive victories.

Our trademark tackling along with our quick ball movement was on full display, as we strung together a comprehensive performance to down the home side which featured reigning AFLW best and fairest winner Emma Kearney.

The sun was out at Melbourne University Oval, yet a strong wind brewed up before the first bounce favouring the eastern end goals. The first quarter was a quick free-flowing affair, as we looked to play on at every opportunity against the wind and work our way up the ground. Both teams were relentless and gained the upper hand at numerous times, with the ‘Mugars’ gaining the lead at the first break. However, that was the end of the tight contest.

After quarter time, Williamstown went on a dominant display of attacking and defensive football. The visitors piled on seven goals in a row and kept Melbourne Uni to just the one major after the first term.

The defensive work was led by Ashlea Melnikas as she played a shut-down role on Melbourne Uni’s Kearney, keeping the star player quiet all game. Melnikas’ impact on the game cannot go unnoticed and was one of the main reasons for gaining the upper hand against Melbourne Uni.

Small winger Kaitlin Smith displayed superb tackling prowess, with a special highlight coming in the final quarter – with the game already decided, she chased down a certain goal. Jess Duffin (three goals) and Jasmine Garner (two) led the forward attacks. Duffin also pulled in a spectacular strong overhead mark in the final quarter to ice the game for the Seagulls.

Youngster Emily Gardner played her strongest game in the blue and gold, applying plenty of pressure around the ball-carrier and using her football smarts in and under the contest. Morgan Lowe and Rebecca Dardengo finished off their year in terrific fashion, both named in the best players for their defensive work.

Chloe Portelli topped off the day for Williamstown, with the reliable defender floating forward and kicking her first goal in Seagull colours much to the enjoyment of her teammates and supporters.

The performance today was a great way to finish off the year and we’d like to thank all of our members and supporters who followed our inaugural year in the VFLW competition. 


Final Score

Williamstown: 9.7 (61)

Melbourne Uni: 4.5 (29)

Goals: J. Duffin 3, J. Garner 2, E. Paterno, C. Portelli, S. Whiting, A. Cameron



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