Eagles wilt but opportunity still Knox

Beaconsfield’s Cassie Martin attempts to shake off her Donvale opponent on Saturday. 408032 Picture: ROB CAREW

By David Nagel

Beaconsfield is still searching for its first win in Eastern Division One women’s football after the Eagles were outplayed by Donvale at Holm Park Reserve on Saturday.

The Eagles matched the Vales in the first quarter, with Jess Matin kicking a six-pointer, but then fell off the pace on their way to a 7.10(52) to 1.2(8) defeat.

Donvale had dual targets up forward, with Grace Hartman and Monica Latino kicking two goals each as the visitors kicked two goals to none in each of the remaining three quarters.

Former league best and fairest winner Lauren Hojnacki was once again hugely effective for the Eagles, with Sammy Wilko also continuing her solid run of form.

Maddison Blackburn, Cassie Martin, Emily MacRae and Hannah Gregory were other Eagles to shine against the second-placed team in the competition.

The Eagles return to Holm Park Reserve this Saturday for a winnable game against fifth-placed Knox, who suffered a 33-point defeat at the hands of Park Orchards.

Beaconsfield lost to Knox by 34 points at Knox in round two with Lauree Metclafe and Bianca Mirigliani hitting the scoreboard.

Players like Hojnacki, Blackburn, Courtney Robinson and Kira Emery will be keen to turn things around on their home deck this weekend.

Results R5: Beaconsfield 1.2(8) def by Donvale 7.10(52), East Ringwood 7.13(55) def North Ringwood 7.9(51), Knox 2.2(14) def by Park Orchards 6.11(47).

Ladder: Park Orchards, Donvale 16, North Ringwood, East Ringwood 12, Knox 4, Beaconsfield 0.

Fixture R6: (Saturday 10.40am) Beaconsfield (6) v Knox (5), Donvale (2) v East Ringwood (4), North Ringwood (3) v Park Orchards (1).