Alpine Lions roar­ing along

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

A THUMP­ING 61-point vic­tory for the Alpine Lions youth girls over Yar­ra­wonga two weeks ago saw the team en­ter the bye full of con­fi­dence.

Now over half­way through the AFL North East Border Fe­male Foot­ball League sea­son, the Lions girls sit third on the lad­der with a mas­sive per­cent­age of 501.

They’ve not yet been de­feated on the score­board this sea­son but lost points due to a per­mit er­ror in their clash against Lav­ing­ton.

Molly Camp­bell was the star of the show in their most re­cent clash, boot­ing four goals to take her sea­son tally to 14, sec­ond in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Sinead Lang was also dom­i­nant for the Lions while Kait­lyn Robin­son played well.

Coach Craig Dent said the team was play­ing great foot­ball.

“We have been sen­sa­tional, against Yar­ra­wonga there were pas­sages of play where the op­po­si­tion didn’t even touch it,” he said.

In the open women’s com­pe­ti­tion the Alpine Lions haven’t fared so well.

The Lions cur­rently sit on the bot­tom of the lad­der with their sole win be­ing a two- point thriller against Wan­garatta Rovers in round five.

Ally Wil­liams has been the Lions’ stand­out player fig­ur­ing among the best in each of their open­ing six fix­tures in­clud­ing three best on ground dis­plays.

Both Lions teams will travel to Ruther­glen on Sun­day to take on the Mur­ray Fe­lines.

The Fe­lines sit on top of the youth lad­der and sev­enth in the open women’s mak­ing for two in­trigu­ing en­coun­ters.

A win to the ju­nior Lions could see them head to the top of the lad­der ahead of an­other bye and a home clash against a pow­er­ful Lav­ing­ton Pan­thers at Whorouly on July 1.

Dent said he hoped the youth team could qual­ify for the club’s first ever grand fi­nal which would be a re­mark­able achieve­ment given most of their list are bot­tom age play­ers.

“We will have 18 stay down in the youth team next year but also 11 of our re­ally good play­ers go­ing up to the se­niors,” he said.

“I think that bal­ance will be a lot bet­ter next year but in say­ing that the open side we have now have com­peted quite well this year.

“The score­board prob­a­bly does not do jus­tice to the ef­fort they have put in.”

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