GWV Rebels announced themselves as a possible big improver by holding Gippsland Power goalless in a 59-point triumph at Latrobe University on Saturday.
The Rebels took control early with three goals in each of the first two quarters before cruising to the finishing line, keeping the Power scoreless in the second half.
Lilli Condon, who played VFLW for the Western Bulldogs last year, was in top touch with 21 disposals, with good support coming from Tahlia Meier (17) and bottom-ager Tyla Crabtree (15), while Paige Scott, Paige Glover and Ruby Stephens each kicked two goals.
Sunday Brisbane (21), Ash Centra (20) and Indiana Makai (19) could all hold their heads high for Gippsland.
#1 Sunday Brisbane
The tenacious outside midfielder played one of her better games, working hard throughout the four quarters and amassing an equal game-high 21 touches. Often having to win the ball under pressure, Brisbane had to flick off quick handballs but was generally clean. A couple of times she was forced into marking contests with taller opponents which is not her go, but once the ball hits the ground, she does not take a backwards step.
#5 Yasmin Duursma
Not the most notable game from the talented midfielder, often finding herself accompanied by an opposition player – be it at stoppages or when resting forward. She still won her fair share of the ball (11 disposals) and was clean when she was able to get her hands free, but could not get that time and space where she can do a lot of damage.
#8 Alisha Molesworth
One of the better Power players on the day, Molesworth brought the heat and laid an equal team-high seven touches in the loss. She worked hard to get into positions, and pushed right up the ground and then tried to use her run to get the ball inside 50. It was more her hardness and desire to win the ball that caught the eye.
#16 Ash Centra
Despite still being a couple of years away from being draft-eligible, Centra had a memorable debut. She has a nice sidestep and a long kick, trying to set up a possible goal-scoring opportunity at one stage kicking long to the goalsquare. She was able to win 20 touches in a strong first-up game, also laying four tackles and having four inside 50s in the process.
#19 Ella Stoddart
On debut, Stoddart definitely caught the eye with her work through the middle. She had a nice shot on goal that just drifted left early, then laid a brilliant tackle on Condon in the middle of the ground. Her defensive work was on par with anyone, and she had the athleticism to match it with smaller opponents. She brings the pressure and has a long kick, and is one to keep an eye on for the future.
#20 Indiana Makai
The top-age midfielder found her fair share of the ball, quite often in close. She laid a great tackle on Scott at one stage to win the free kick, and would consistently pop up to find plenty pf the ball. She finished with 19 touches, seven tackles and four inside 50s, trying to drive her team forward after winning the ball in contested situations.
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