Women’s Premier League Round 7 Wrap

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THE Melville Marlins moved clear on top of the Women’s Premier League Fremantle Conference with a win over the North Coast Phoenix on Saturday with Applecross drawing with Dolphins while the UWA City Beach Rangers had a strong win over Triton in the UWA Conference.

It was Round 7 of the Women’s Premier League for the 2017-18 season and the last of the intra conference contests before the second round of Cross Conference matches takes place this coming Saturday.

Round 7 took place on Saturday and in the Fremantle Conference match ups at Bicton Pool, it was the Melville Marlins defeating North Coast Phoenix 11-6 and then Applecross played out an 8-8 draw with Dolphins.

Those results mean that the Marlins improve to a 3-0 record with two draws in Fremantle Conference matches ahead of Applecross who is 3-2 with one draw.

North Coast has two wins, a draw and three losses while Dolphins have a draw to go with five losses.

Then in the UWA Conference, it was Rangers defeating Triton 11-2 at HBF Stadium.

That means that Triton is still on top of the standings with a 3-1 record in UWA Conference matches while Rangers improves to 2-2 and the UWA City Beach Blues are 1-3.

Following seven rounds of the 2017-18 season, Erin Redbond of the Melville Marlins is the league’s leading scorer 2ith 22 goals ahead of teammate Chloe Nella who has 17.

Sarah Leavy (Applecross) has scored 14 goals, Gemma Hadley (Phoenix) 13, Lara Zimmerman (Applecross) 13, Madi Rigo (Rangers) 11, Kelly Parks (Applecross) 10, Luci Marsh (Marlins) 10, Claire Pierce (Phoenix) 10 and Sofia Chaves (Applecross) 9.

Round 7 Women’s Premier League action at Bicton Pool got underway with the North Coast Phoenix taking on the Melville Marlins.

It was Melville who got the game’s opening goal courtesy of Chloe Nella before the Phoenix answered through Casey Rushforth. The two teams again traded goals before the Marlins pulled away before quarter-time with the last two goals both from Erin Redbond.

The Marlins then pulled further away with the only three goals of the second quarter, thanks to Pia Rodgers, Nella and Redbond, and then the first of the second half when Luci Marsh got it past Phoenix ‘keeper Renee Rechichi.

North Coast never stopped trying and got a third goal before three quarter-time through Gemma Hadley, and did score three of the five fourth quarter goals, but the Marlins still claimed the 11-6 victory.

Erin Redbond and Chloe Nella scored four goals each for Melville with Luci Marsh adding two. Casey Rushforth and Claire Rechichi finished with two each for North Coast.

Redbond was awarded the three votes, Nella the two and Hadley the one.

Then lastly at Bicton Pool on Saturday it was Applecross and Dolphins, and little separated them right the way through.

Applecross, however, did make a flying start with three goals in just over five minutes with one goal to Sarah Leavy and two to Nina Tomas. Dolphins did manage to get on the board before quarter-time thanks to Darcey Wilson.

By half-time, Dolphins had levelled things up thanks to the only two goals of the second period through Nicola Barrett.

Dolphins continued that momentum to start the second half to take a 4-3 lead with a goal to Laura Beare. Once Applecross tied things up at 4-4when Sofia Chaves was on target, it went goal for goal the rest of the way.

A penalty conversion for Applecross to Leavy gave them the 8-7 lead with 4:30 remaining but Dolphins scored last with 1:15 left with the extra advantage. Joey Beare was the scorer to make it 8-8 and that’s where the game finished.

Nina Tomas scored three times for Applecross and Sarah Leavy twice. Nicola Barrett finished with four goals for Dolphins and Joey Beare two.

Barrett was given the three votes, Sofia Chaves the two and Lara Zimmerman one.

The lone contest at HBF Stadium took place between Triton and Rangers. The UWA City Beach team was boosted with the presence of Alyssa Diacono, Michelle Martinelli, Tayla Walsh, Dayna O’Leary, Neve Annett and Bec Liddle, and it proved a significant difference-maker.

Both teams scored a goal each in the opening four minutes, Triton’s from Sam Shead and Rangers’ from Madi Rigo, before Rangers went in front before quarter-time thanks to Maritnelli.

They then led 3-1 by half-time with a score to Diacono with 51 seconds left in the opening half.

Their lead soon became 5-1 to open the second half following two goals to Walsh. Triton got their second on the board soon after thanks to Claire Whitaker, but Rangers responded with the last six of the contest to end up winning 11-2.

Alyssa Diacono finished with four goals for Rangers, Michelle Martinelli two, Madi Rigo two and Tayla Walsh two.

Diacono received the three votes, Martinelli two and Dayna O’Leary one.


ROUND 7 – Saturday November 25
Fremantle Conference
North Coast Phoenix 6 lost to Melville Marlins 11
Applecross 8 drew with Dolphins 8

UWA Conference
Triton 2 lost to Rangers 11