Port Melbourne women played their second practice match against the Mornington Bulldogs at JL Murphy Reserve. The match was played in wet and wild conditions. Mornington were relentless and kept our women scoreless for the entire match. Our Port women fought hard for the whole match, but it just was not our day.
The first quarter was a tight and scrappy game of old fashion wet weather footy. Mornington scored the two only goals of the opening term, as they kept our women scoreless for the whole quarter. Mornington led by 13 points at quarter time over Port Melbourne.
Mornington’s dominance in the second term continued and they made it extremely difficult for our women to score. Our women conceded one goal and five behinds in the second quarter. Most of this quarter was played in Mornington’s forward half and placed our backs under immense pressure. At the main break Port Melbourne were down by 24 points over Mornington.
In the third quarter, Mornington were dominant again with their tough and hard football. Mornington ran away with the match in the third, as they kicked three goals and a behind. The conditions were still wet and wild but this did not faze Mornington who played great footy in the third. At three quarter time, Mornington led by 43 points over Port Melbourne.
The final stanza was a much better quarter from our ladies, because they kept Mornington to a goal and two behinds. Our defensive structure held up better in this quarter. Port Melbourne loss by 51 points against Mornington. There were also good signs from our new players play in their first footy match. Our ladies have a lot to improve in before next practice match, but they can hold their heads high knowing they played an improved second half.
FINAL SCORE: Mornington 7.9.51 defeated Port Melbourne 0.0.0.
Report by Tash Gunawardana (PMFC Women’s Team Media Officer).
Image: Emily Fraser-Ison.