Div 1 Women's Vawdon Cup team
Round One Defeated Wallsend 6-3
This was our first game as a club in an opens level competition, and for 6 of our players their first game at Vawdon Cup. A significantly young team took the field against an experienced Wallsend line up. The girls stuck to a basic game plan, driving the ball up the field and playing phase. In defence we stuck to our policies and worked well as a team considering our hampered preparation.
Shannon Rose led the side in attack, displaying blistering pace and agility to create the majority of our attacking opportunities. In defence Chelsea Byrne and Kallie Atkins took control ensuring the Berkeley Vale side defended as a unit. A special mention to Sharni Praszczalek who played outstanding for her first ever opens representative match especially as she was required to play the entire game.
Amy Regal – Manager
Round Two Defeated Northern Suburbs Bears 8-1
We started this game a little slow struggling to break the oppositions line. Once the first touch down was awarded for Berkeley Vale the game then began to flow more fluently. Northern Suburbs had a team full of experience however the much younger Berkeley Vale team stood up and eventually ran away with an easy win.
Olivia Patterson played outstanding during her first Berkeley Vale Panthers representative game scoring a hat trick of touch downs to now be the leading scorer of the league. All girls played strong in defence displaying the significant skill set the Berkeley Vale juniors are developing. Credit to Maddison Crowe and Brooke Playford for playing after coming directly from the snow fields to ensure we had at least 4 substitutions.
Amy Regal - Manager
Round 4 VS Canterbury Bulldogs
For the first time in the competition, Berkeley Vale fielded 13 out of the 14 juniors registered to play Vawdon Cup. Canterbury fielded an older and very experienced team but they could not match it with our junior young guns from the Panthers. The girls played outstanding touch running in five unanswered tries in the first half of the match, playing as a team with every person fulfilling their role in the team.
Our middles worked tirelessly, driving the team down the park and setting up for our ever quick and light-footed links. Our wings dominated in defence, getting their team mates compressed on the line and working as a unit. The girls remained focused in the second half, running in a further 7 unanswered tries. Both Kirra Dibb and Madi Crowe scored hat tricks and the other tries were spread evenly across the team. Many people commented on the high skill level and speed that our girls play with. They were very impressive to watch and their attitude on the field is impeccable.
We now face a hard run of teams starting this Sunday with the Double Header against Central Coast and Manly.