Yarrawonga Chronicle

United’s first finals hit out

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A terrific day for the United Under 14s and Under 17s teams at Lavington on Sunday.

Many of the girls were playing in their first ever football final with the Under 14s going down to fitter Wodonga team and the Under 17s winning through to the preliminar­y final after defeating Wodonga Raiders in a nailbiting finish.

The Under 14 girls played their first ever final on Sunday in their inaugural female football season.

All girls were switched on from the start of the game and out-scored Wodonga in the first quarter, controllin­g most of the ball.

A near miss by Ella Nixon from a difficult angle would have given the team great momentum into the second quarter but it wasn’t to be.

Ava Mundie fought hard in the ruck in the first half with good support from on-ballers Isabella Klein, Amelie Thompson and Lauren Jewitt. There were some great passages of play from some good running and marks from wingers Hannah Loughnan and Evelyn Niedzwiedz­ki.

Wodonga were stronger in the second quarter finding more of the ball but good defence from Shaye Power, Makenzie Clark and Chelsea Hopwood kept the girls within a goal of their more fancied opponents.

In the second half the girls were outrun by a more determined and fitter Wodonga who were able to get more out of the contested ball by getting in front.

United tried their best to stay with Wodonga but with several weeks without being able to train and play games had them lacking the match fitness needed to keep up the intensity they showed in the first half.

Isabella Klein played another great game, sweeping on many loose balls, outrunning her opposition and then finishing off with some great kicks. Shaye Power played a standout game again in defence with some great kick outs and goal saving marks.

Ella Nixon and Ella Pund looked dangerous up forward but were starved of opportunit­ies all day. Lexi Nagle and Ang Skipper were also busy up forward but goals were hard to come by as Wodonga’s pressure game never dropped.

A highlight of game was the girls tackling along with their keenness to follow up the ball with second and third efforts. Overall, United’s kept up the pressure on their Wodonga players which denied them of blowing out the score.

All the girls should be proud of the way they played on Sunday and throughout the season. They showed during the year they can match any team when they are playing at their best and they did this again for a lot of the game on Sunday.

Their developmen­t in football has been remarkable this season and we can’t wait to see them next year take another step forward in the game they have learned to love. Well done girls.

United 3.7.25 defeated Wodonga Raiders 3.1.19

Best: Tiajade Charles, Bella Browne, Sophie Boyle, Mia Spiteri, Taylah Power, Madison Ibrahim.

Goals: Ruby Riley 1, Taylah Power 1, Tiajade Charles 1.

From the first bounce the Under 17 United girls started off well against Wodonga Raiders with a quick centre clearance into the forward line but only for a minor score.

But this was to be the story of the game with many missed opportunit­ies allowing Wodonga to stay in the game.

As the game progressed the girls did get some momentum with some great passages of play, but they were only in short bursts allowing Wodonga to say within reach.

The extra pressure of finals footy and more intensity from Wodonga had the girls on the back foot at times as the ball went from end to end.

When Bulldogs scored a goal to get within 6 points of United inside the last 10 minutes of the final quarter the game ended in a nailbiting finish with United coming out eventual victors.

Coach Shayne ‘Scratcher’ Preer felt every player contribute­d well in some way in what was a hard-fought finals footy win.

The game provided a good blow out for the girls after several weeks of not playing contested football.

United will now take on the Felines in what should be a fantastic Preliminar­y Final this Sunday. Good luck girls.

 ??  ?? Under 14s mid Hannah Loughnan gets ready to pounce on her opponent. Photo Simon Ginns.
Under 14s mid Hannah Loughnan gets ready to pounce on her opponent. Photo Simon Ginns.
 ??  ?? It was a tough contest all day in the Under 17s final.
It was a tough contest all day in the Under 17s final.
 ??  ?? The United Under 14s team before their Eliminatio­n Final at Lavington on Sunday.
The United Under 14s team before their Eliminatio­n Final at Lavington on Sunday.
 ??  ?? United midfielder Isabella Klein dashes away from her opponents.
United midfielder Isabella Klein dashes away from her opponents.
 ??  ?? United under 17s ruck Sam Peppler wins this contest. Photo Simon Ginns.
United under 17s ruck Sam Peppler wins this contest. Photo Simon Ginns.
 ??  ?? Under 17s forward Taylah Power shoots for goals. Photo Simon Ginns.
Under 17s forward Taylah Power shoots for goals. Photo Simon Ginns.

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