OHA moves clear as new ri­val emerges

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ADAM CLIF­FORD

THE women’s Pre­mier League com­pe­ti­tion saw a clear lad­der leader emerge in Round 9, while a third pre­mier­ship con­tender an­nounced it­self.

OHA took full ad­van­tage of North-West Grad­u­ates’ dropped points to move two points in front of its close ri­vals, as the lat­ter drew 0-0 with third-placed Der­went.

The Strik­ers were in debt to some key saves from goal­keeper Nat Fa­hey but will draw plenty of con­fi­dence as their pos­i­tive run stretched on for an­other week.

“It was pleas­ing to get a re­sult in what was a fi­nals-like con­test in which the mo­men­tum swung nu­mer­ous times,” Der­went coach Torin Bester said.

“We were un­der siege in the third quar­ter but to the girls’ credit, they soaked it up and were able to hold on led by Jess Tre­mayne Westland.

“I’ve al­ways had the be­lief that we can match it with the top sides, so this now should give the girls con­fi­dence and be­lief.”

Grad­u­ates’ usual stars of Louisa Ja­cob­son, Clare Ro­jahn and Grace Calvert were all among their best afield but all too of­ten they were un­able to con­vert their scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A goal in the fi­nal sec­onds and El­iza saw Di­a­mond­Backs share the Brown­low Cup spoils with Canterbury af­ter se­cur­ing a 4-0 win that re­versed the men’s re­sult.

Di­a­mond­Backs’ Emily Dono­van and Canterbury’s Iso­bel Sharman were awarded the Vanessa McDon­ald medal while An­gela May net­ted a fine brace.

The Ma­roons also saw penalty corner striker Ni­cole Geeves end her 2018 goal drought while Kara Wil­son marked her re­turn with a goal.

Univer­sity struck first through Lil­lian McFeeter be­fore OHA righted the ship with three unan­swered goals to Ju­lia Gunn, Sofie McLeod and Jean Flana­gan to win 3-1 and oc­cupy top spot out­right.

The score­line could have been larger had it not been for a strong de­fen­sive per­for­mance from Uni goalie Merinda Sainty, while OHA’s best were young ta­lent Mad­di­son Brooks and Flana­gan. how I han­dled it a bit more to­day,” the world num­ber 97 said.

“I find the nerves of play­ing bad are a lot harder to deal with than the nerves of play­ing good. So I feel like it’s a dif­fer­ent kind of nerves but they were there.”

With a 10-un­der 134 half­way to­tal, Smith en­joyed a nice buf­fer over com­pa­triot Su Oh, who ea­gled the par-four 15th en route to a 68 for six-un­der 138.

Fol­low­ing a light­ning de­lay that stretched to nearly four hours, play fi­nally re­sumed just af­ter 6pm lo­cal time but was halted for the day barely an hour later amid fad­ing light and nearby storm clouds.

Smith said she was de­lighted to see her name atop the leader­board for the en­tire round.

“It’s kind of fun see­ing that,” she said. “It was weird [build­ing a big lead]. It just felt re­ally easy.”

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