THE last round of Women’s Premier League action prior to the Christmas and New Year break saw strong victories for Applecross in the Fremantle Conference and the UWA Rangers in the UWA Conference.
There were just the two matches to be played in Round 10 of the Women’s Premier League on Saturday December 16.
The lone Fremantle Conference contest saw Applecross defeat the Melville Marlins 17-11 at Bicton Pool.
The results leave the Melville Marlins atop the Fremantle Conference standings in the Women’s Premier League having won five games, drawn two and lost one.
Applecross are second with four wins, two draws and two defeats while the North Coast Phoenix are third with three victories, a draw and three losses. The Dolphins remain winless with a draw and six losses.
Then in the UWA Conference battle at HBF Stadium’s Outdoor Pool, it was the UWA Rangers defeating the UWA City Beach Blues 10-4.
Those results don’t shift the 4-1 Triton from top spot in the UWA Conference standings ahead of the UWA Rangers (3-2) and UWA City Beach Blues (1-5).
Starting with the Fremantle Conference contest at Bicton Pool, it was a terrific high-scoring battle between the two standout teams from Melville.
Applecross started the game strongly with the opening two goals courtesy of Sarah Leavy and Sofia Chaves. The Marlins did respond courtesy of Stella Watson but it was Applecross on top leading 4-1 by quarter-time following the goals from Bronte Barber and Kate Abbey-Wardale.
Applecross’ lead then became 5-1 to start the second quarter after a goal from Lara Zimmerman. However, the Marlins weren’t going away without a fight and finished the first half strongly with four of the last five goals made up of two from Chloe Nella, and one each from Ellie Gunnell and Lucy Marsh.
That saw Applecross on top 6-5 at the change of ends for half-time. But they came out strongly again in the second quarter with goals to Chaves, Kelly Parks and Leavy to be up 9-5. Again a run of three of four goals brought the Marlins back within two goals just before three quarter-time though.
Applecross did respond thanks to Chaves to move to an 11-8 advantage with had soon became 13-8 early in the final period with goals to Abbey-Wardale and Chaves again.
All up nine goals were scored in the fourth quarter with six from Applecross and three from Melville with Applecross winning 17-11.
Sofia Chaves finished with six goals for Applecross, Kate Abbey-Wardale three, Sarah Leavy three, Lara Zimmerman two and Kelly Parks two. Mercedes Ralph scored twice for the Melville Marlins as did Erin Redbond and Chloe Nella.
Chaves received the three votes after the game, Redbond two and Zimmerman one.
Then in the UWA Conference game at HBF Stadium, it was the Rangers who started strongly with the opening three goals in the first five minutes thanks to Alyssa Diacono, Natasha Liddle and Michelle Martinelli.
The Blues got on the board shortly after thanks to Audrey Poor before the Rangers took a 4-2 advantage into quarter-time.
Three quick goals to open the second quarter again with Georgia Storey, Liddle and Madi Rigo saw the Rangers lead grow to 7-2 by half-time.
The Blues got one back from Nikki Cullingford before the Rangers answered through Storey.
Two more goals to one in the fourth quarter and the Rangers went on to win 10-4.
Georgia Storey scored three goals for the Rangers, Madi Rigo two and Alyssa Diacono two. Audrey Poor scored twice for the Blues.
Storey received the three votes, Cullingford two and Diacono one.
PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18 WOMEN’S COMPETITION RESULTS
ROUND 10 – Saturday December 16
Applecross 17 defeated Melville Marlins 11
UWA City Beach Blues 4 lost to UWA Rangers 10