The South Eastern Women’s Football finals series is off and running with Pearcedale and Bass Coast getting the first wins on the board at a bitterly cold and breezy Holm Park Reserve in Beaconsfield today.
Pearcedale scored a 2.8.20 to 2.0.12 victory over Mornington in the Division-Three first semi-final on oval two, while Bass Coast confirmed its premiership favoritism with a dominant victory over Seaford in the Division-Two second semi-final on oval one.
The Breakers set up their victory in the opening term, booting three quick goals into a strong breeze to take total command of the contest.
The league’s leading goal-kicker, Tayla Stahl-Smith (pictured), had a great battle with Seaford’s Brittany Holt, but the Breakers just packed too many punches around the ground, with Tess Angarane giving her midfielders first use of the ball in the ruck, while Ella Angarane was another livewire contributor.
The Breakers now advance to the grand final, while the Tigers will play the winner of today’s game between Eastern Devils and Tyabb in next week’s preliminary final at Hastings.
Pearcedale had control of its contest against Mornington, keeping the Bulldogs scoreless in the first half, before the Doggies bounced back in a wind-assisted third term.
Two goals to no score gave the Bulldogs a narrow lead at three-quarter time, but the Panthers dug deep in the final term to score a stirring victory.
Harriet Duncan was everywhere for the Dales in the final term and capped off a great quarter of football by kicking the sealer.
Mornington bows out after a great season while the Panthers will now take on the loser of today’s second semi-final between Hastings and Frankston Bombers.
There are six big games of football being played, and we’ll keep you updated throughout the course of the afternoon.