The Bendigo Pioneers have bounced back onto the winners list after a 73-point win over Gippsland Power, falling a single point short of notching the magic 100-point total. The tone was set with a four-goal to one opening term, and the Pios finished strongly to pile on five more in the final quarter to run away 15.9 (99) to 4.2 (26) victors. In a positive for the Power, they snared a goal in each period of play for the second time this season.

Gippsland had four individual goal kickers this time out, with Indiana Makai and Shanae Hawker among them in solid respective outings. At the source, Yasmin Duursma racked up a team-high 23 disposals alongside Sunday Brisbane (18), while the likes of Ella Stoddart and Leesa Guastella both worked hard to repel off the last line.

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#5 Yasmin Duursma

Gippsland’s leading ball winner on the day, Duursma was one who got better as the game wore on. Her smooth side step in traffic held her in good stead in a few sticky situations, but Duursma sometimes invited pressure when holding possession for a touch too long. She adjusted accordingly, and proved clean in her handling amid a fair bit of pressure around the contest. Her ability to drop back and sweep across the defence came to the fore in the final term.

#20 Indiana Makai

Makai is one who embodies the Gippsland style, proving difficult to play against and consistently having a crack no matter how many chips are down. She was strong over the ball in contested situations and put speed on it when unleashed on the outer, bringing a bit of balance to her play. Makai’s tenacity to rip the ball clear or break out of tackles set the tone, and was particularly evident in the first half before Bendigo really got on top.

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