THE Women’s A-Grade competition for 2018-19 featured nine rounds before the mid-season break and with precious separating all four teams, it’s going to be a fascinating run home when the action resumes on Saturday February 2.
Despite a hiccup early three rounds in when it was decided that Dolphins and the UWA Rangers wouldn’t continue for the rest of the 2018-19 season, the Women’s A-Grade competition has settled nicely with four strongly competitive teams.
Following the opening nine rounds of the season, the leading team is on six wins and the bottom team has three so any of the four teams remain a definite chance of being there come finals time.
It’s the Melville Marlins leading the way at the conclusion of Round 9 having won six games, losing two and drawing one but UWA City Beach are breathing right down their necks with six wins and three losses.
Applecross aren’t too much further back either with five wins, three losses and a draw and Triton have been more than competitive as well with three wins and six losses.
It sets the stage for a tremendous run into the finals once the competition resumes on Saturday February.
The Round 10 action will see both games held at Bicton Pool with the Melville Marlins playing Triton from 1.15pm and then Applecross battling UWA City Beach from 2.30pm.
It has been a strong opening nine rounds from the Melville Marlins. They got their season started with a 19-5 win over Dolphins before a draw with Applecross in a battle of the Melville teams in the Women’s A-Grade competition.
The Marlins then scored wins over UWA City Beach and Triton before suffering their first defeat of the season at the hands of UWA City Beach at HBF Stadium in Round 5.
They responded with wins against Applecross, Triton and UWA City Beach before a loss to end the 2018 action to Applecross.
They do possess the league’s leading scorer with Erin Redbond having scored 30 times across the first nine rounds.
Maddy Quinn is their next highest goalscorer for the season with 23 while Pia Rodgers has 13, Chloe Nella 10, Caitlin Read eight and Sarah Leavy five.
UWA City Beach had a strong opening nine rounds too despite starting with a four-goal loss to Triton at HBF Stadium. They then beat UWA Rangers but lost to the Melville Marlins in Round 3 before stringing together four wins against Applecross, Marlins, Triton and Applecross again.
They then responded to a Round 8 loss to the Marlins by beating Triton heading into the break.
Tayla Walsh is the leading scorer for UWA City Beach over the opening nine rounds with 28 goals while Madi Rigo has 12, Glenda Morgan 12, Pippa Pedley 10, Sam Shead seven and Rebecca Liddle four.
Applecross has won five of their first nine matches this season starting with two wins and a draw in the opening three rounds before a first loss at the hands of UWA City Beach.
They then beat Triton, lost to the Marlins and UWA City Beach before beating Triton again and then taking great confidence into the break with a victory over the Marlins.
Kelly Parks has led the way in terms of scoring so far this season for Applecross with 25 goals to be ahead of Fanny Valyi (21), Brooke Pensini (15), Luci Marsh (14), Lara Zimmerman (12), Nina Tomas (seven), Kate Abbey-Wardale (six), Sarah Leavy (five) and Sofia Chaves (five).
Then there is Triton who started the season so impressively with wins against UWA City Beach and UWA Rangers before suffering their first loss at the hands of the Marlins in Round 4.
They haven’t won since but have remained a competitive outfit with Jamie Oberman their top-scorer with 15 goals. Cathryn Earl has scored 10, Matil Connor five, Claire Whitaker five, Heather Laird five and Dayna O’Leary five.
WOMEN’S A-GRADE STANDINGS
Melville Marlins 6-1-2
UWA City Beach 6-3
WOMEN’S A-GRADE – TOP GOAL SCORERS
Erin Redbond (Melville Marlins) – 30
Tayla Walsh (UWA City Beach) – 28
Kelly Parks (Applecross) – 25
Madeleine Quinn (Melville Marlins) – 23
Fanny Valyi (Applecross) – 21
Jamie Oberman (Triton) – 17
Brooke Pensini (Applecross) – 15
Jamie Oberman (Triton) – 15
Luci Marsh (Applecross) – 14
Pia Rodgers (Melville Marlins) – 13
Madi Rigo (UWA City Beach) – 12
Lara Zimmerman (Applecross) – 12
Glenda Morgan (UWA City Beach) – 12