Having most of the play in the first quarter, we were not able to capitalize on our opportunities scoring just 2-6. The 2nd quarter was costly for us in that City scored 6 unanswered goals with the breeze.
We came out after the big break throwing everything we had at the visitors and had many opportunities, however just couldn’t apply the scoreboard pressure required to stay in the game.
In the end the powerful St Kilda side ran over us with 7 goals to nil in the final term. All up, some very positive signs and looking to put 4 quarters together reversing the result next week against the Dingoes.
Taking on St Kilda City at home, our game was off to a delayed start with some umpiring issues which hampered our starting preparations.
The boys shook it off though and came out and started well kicking 1 goal to none in the first. The second quarter is where we hit our straps though, kicking against a fairly stiff breeze we managed to get on top and kick 2 goals to 1.
The boys continued on from there and never looked back not letting St Kilda city kick another goal for the match while adding 4 of our own. Some inaccurate goal kicking flattered the score a bit as we felt like we dominated all day.
Morts was a standout on the day clearly best afield with Will Black not for behind in and under all day. Woosha snagged 3 and Kiz Foley managed 2 on his return from a year on the sidelines which was great to see. Was a really encouraging day with a real team feel about, everyone stepped up when they needed to.
With that said we move on to quite possibly the toughest challenge in the SFL, Dingley at Dingley. Need to bring our A game.
Travelled to Skye for a tough game against a strong well drilled opponent. Few new faces playing for Bentleigh. Welcome to new assistant coach AJ who ended up coaching on a hectic day.
Skye 15.2.92 Bentleigh 4.6.30
Goal Kickers: Caia, Johnston, Lawrence, Brady
Best Players: Lewis, Nankervis, Bayly, Castellas-Cartwright, Ho, Johnston
This week saw us travel down the road to take on the second placed Murrumbeena.
Before the game we spoke about containing the highly talented Murrumbeena side in the first quarter. Losing the toss, we were kicking against the wind in the first quarter.
The girls listened to our instructions and kept Murrumbeena to 1 goal 4 behinds to our 1 behind.
In the second quarter saw us outscore Beena by 1 goal, in a tightly contested quarter. Half time Bentleigh 2.2.14 to Murrumbeena 3.6.24
Our main objective going into the third quarter was to focus on being always in the contest for 18 minutes, this worked a treat keeping the opposition to 2 behinds.
Three quarter time score Bentleigh 2.2.14 Murrumbeena 3.8.26.
At three quarter time we spoke about how we could beat Murrumbeena with our hard running and hard attack on both the ball on the player. We kicked the first 2 behinds to reduce the margin to 10 points with 10 minutes remaining.
When Natty kicked her second goal we were within 2 points and looking the better side. Unfortunately, Murrumbeena kicked an opportunist goal (after it rebounded of the umpire).
With only minutes remaining, the ball found it’s way into the construction site, with the clock not stopping it meant we were going to run out of time to cause an upset.
Very proud of the girls to play the game right out to the end. We’re not very far off the top teams and looking forward to playing them again later in the season.
Thank you to Gary Matlock for being Goal umpire.
Bentleigh 3.4.22 def by Murrumbeena 4.8.32
Goals: Natty 2, Emily Roberts 1
Best: Emma Stuber, Oliver, Allison, Jacklyn, Annabelle
Injuries: Christa (Head Knock) Jess (Foot)
Under Nineteens Red
Bentleigh Red took on a fierce Endeavour Hills at home. We made the most of the wind early in the game slotting the first 4 goals.
Endeavour Hills were physically consistent throughout the game and I commend all our players for playing out a physical contest in a positive, discipline way.
Our ball movement was superb throughout passages of play and our forward line were selfless all game to ensure we could get the best possible entries in wet and windy conditions.
Under Nineteens Blue
With a strong breeze favouring one end, we managed a 4 goal lead at the first break. Lyndhurst came to play in the second and took their chances to be slightly up at half time.
The players responded positively to the challenge and although they didn’t make the most of the wind in the third, their sheer effort and determination to win got us over the line in the end by 11 pts. Conor Doherty and Lucas McNamara starred in their 4 qtr performances.
Bentleigh Twos V Hampton Park
Saturday was wet, windy and freezing cold but the team stood up to the challenge! We had a few errors made in the first quarter as we got used to the conditions which saw us heading in to quarter time 3 goals down. With our defenders getting some great intercepts and rebounds we were able to keep it even for every quarter for the rest of the game. The end result saw us going down by 3 but with some amazing shots from our shooters we were gaining momentum in the last quarter. It was a great game played by all! Final Score; Bentleigh 32 - Hampton 35
Threes (Written by Jess Matthews)
Bentleigh thirds played against St Kilda City in Round 4. Whilst the conditions were wet and cold, we remained determined and disciplined as a team to grab the win 39-31.
It was great to have Nicole back this week and her and Bec were working hard to put the pressure on down the defensive end of the court and snatch those rebounds. Tash often had two players on her at once but was working hard the entire game with strong leads to bring the ball down the court. Julia, Naomi and Steph were fierce contenders in the mid court, taking intercepts and working as a team to successfully feed the ball to the shooters in the ring.
A big thank you to Jami for filling in for our game this week. She was on fire in the ring, manoeuvring well against her player and displaying strong precision with her shots at goal. Unfortunately Darcee was unable to coach us this week due to game time conflicts, but we put into practice what she took us through on Thursday at training and with the guidance on game day from Liv, were able to take the win! Well done girls!
Bentleigh Ones V St Kilda City; 36-40.
Bentleigh Fours V Murrumbeena 30-15
Bentleigh Fives V Springvale Districts 49-16