The GIANTS’ VFL Women’s team has continued their winning ways, with a 98-point win over Melbourne University in bog-like conditions at University Oval in Melbourne on Sunday.
Four goals from Rebecca Privitelli and three from Amiee Schmidt, as well as a powerful midfield display, steered the GIANTS to a 15.14 (104) to 1.0 (6) victory.
The GIANTS were impressive in tough conditions, with the oval’s surface - which included a turf cricket pitch - turned to mud after persistent rain in Melbourne in the lead-up to the game.
Despite this the GIANTS were willing to get their hands dirty and led from start to finish with a six-goal second quarter pushing margin out to 66 points at half-time as Melbourne University struggled to get their hands on the ball.
The GIANTS’ midfield was on top from the get-go thanks to a dominant ruck display from AFLW recruit Jess Allan.
Allan kicked two goals and won the hit-out battle, giving the likes of Tait Mackrill, Alyce Parker, Jess Dal Pos, Britt Perry, Alicia Eva and Jodie Hicks first use.
Mackrill was particularly impressive, working tirelessly as an inside midfielder, while Parker collected plenty of the ball across half-back before moving on-ball in the second half.
Perry – in her first game for the GIANTS’ VFLW side – and Hicks showed their class in the midfield, while they were also able to hit the scoreboard when going forward, kicking a goal each.
Privitelli and Schmidt were dominant in the air and on the ground for the GIANTS up forward, while Schmidt also put in an impressive shift while playing along half-back in the second half.
Amanda Farrugia was also solid along half-back, while Ellie Brush was amongst the GIANTS’ best playing on the wing and in the GIANTS’ backline.
Delma Gisu also looked dangerous when shifted from forward to half-back with her run and carry sending the GIANTS into attack.
The GIANTS’ VFLW team have two more invitational games to play before their season concludes. Their next game is against Essendon at Windy Hill on Saturday, July 13.
Melbourne University 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 1.0 (6)
GIANTS 4.3, 10.6, 13.7, 15.14 (104)
Goals: Privitelli 4; Schmidt 3; Allan 2; Parker, Hicks, Stephenson, Perry, Houghton, Zreika 1.