Coming off a tough day at the Epsom races on Saturday, both the Wandsworth Demons and the Wimbledon Hawkettes, unbeknownst to the crowd, were sporting a few sore heads. Unable to be deterred, both teams, who were coming into Round 5 undefeated, geared up for the biggest game of the AFL London Women’s season thus far.
Falling on the last day of Women’s Sport Week, a decent crowd had gathered and the sun was shining down in Motspur Park, setting up the perfect stage for the top of the table clash.
The large, full-sized ground, which is a rare site in London, proved to test the Wandsworth Demons. With both teams donning 16 a side, the fitness and skill levels were lifted. Midfielder, Amanda Yuen, proved she was up to the challenge and provided endless deliveries to the Hawkettes’ forward fifty. Whilst the Demons remained goalless in the first quarter, Hawkette, Isy Currenty put them on the scoreboard and went into the first break with a 7 point lead. Wandsworth captain, Kate Grabowski, kept spirits up with a quick pep talk and the second quarter saw Demon, Rebecca Dickson, kick their first major. Wimbledon ruckman, Lauren Spark had strong impact, being extremely consistent and winning a majority of the taps. Despite a hard fighting Demons backline, first gamer, Peta Bourke snuck another before the major break to give the Hawkettes a 9-point lead.
A strong third quarter from the brown and gold put few more goals on the scoreboard, with Rania Ramadam bagging two and all-rounder, Lauren Spark getting one under her belt. Hawkette forward, Sysy Hong delivered with endless assists and some fancy footwork to keep the ball alive while Lizzy Lord worked hard at keeping possession and producing a few goal attempts. All showcasing their talents, quite a few impressed lads in the crowd made their praises heard and both teams showed they were forces to be reckoned with.
A strong defensive push from the Demons going into the fourth kept the Hawkettes goalless in the last. Demon, ‘Noodles’ snapped a cracking goal; unfortunately it was too little too late. Jo Gardner’s exceptional leadership skills and her strong Hawkettes remain undefeated, with a 24 point win.
WIMBLEDON HAWKETTES: 5.6 (36)
WANDSWORTH DEMONS: 2.0 (12)
WIMBLEDON HAWKETTES – GOAL SCORERS: Ramadam 2, Bourke 1, Currenty 1, Spark 1.
WANDSWORTH DEMONS – GOAL SCORERS: Dickson 1, ‘Noodles’ 1
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