By Mathew Asciak


In cold conditions at Alexandra Park, the Mornington Bulldogs and our Coburg Lions battled it out for a chance to claim 5th spot on the ladder. Coburg would emerge 56 point victors, with the final score being 10.15.75 to 3.1.19.


Coburg began brightly, with Simone Craige get her hands on it early, surging the ball forward.  The Lions secured the opening couple of forward entries, providing an early statement of intent for the quarter.  Coburg opened their account for the day through debutant Clara Toperosa, after some great link up play from Anna Morrow.  Leading goal kicker Regina Said doubled Coburg’s account soon after, following some good vision from another debutant, Ashlee Hobbs.  The Bulldogs replied soon after, cutting the deficit to 7 points at quarter time.


The second term began much like the first, with Coburg kicking the opening major after a quick kick from the top of the goal square from Tanya Hendy, extending their lead to 14 points.  Mornington regained the ascendancy in the following minutes, creating multiple inside 50’s, resulting in their 2nd for the day.  However, Coburg were relentless in their endeavour to maintain their lead, kicking the next two in quick succession through Sophie Damon and Lauren Sims, building their lead to 21 points at the main break.


Coburg came out of the half time break eager to put the game of reach, kicking the first goal of the quarter once again, through some great crumbing by Hendy, kicking her second of the game.  At the halfway mark of the quarter, the Burgers added to their lead, with Regina Said kicking truly after some unselfish team play from Teagan Bradley.  The Bulldogs refused to go away, executing a great team goal of their own after some handy tap work to get their 3rd of the day. At the 15 minute mark, Alana Wenban hit the scoreboard following a stoppage in the forward pocket.  Lauren Sims kicked truly, extending the Coburg lead to 40 points at the final change.  


Coburg continued to dominate play in the 4th, with the play being entrenched in the forward half for the Lions.  A strong mark inside 50 gave Teagan Bradley her first goal of the day, following a another inside 50 from Craige.  Moved down forward midway in the 3rd, Amy Mitchener kicked her maiden goal for Coburg, with 5 minutes remaining in the game.  Outscoring the Bulldogs 5 goals to 1 in the second half, Coburg ultimately had too much firepower for the Bulldogs, who were unable to regain any control after the main break.  


Speaking post game,  head coach Liam Cavanagh was pleased about how the group went about securing their comprehensive victory.  “The way we won was really good, for us it’s about winning in a way that will stand up against every side in the competition,” he said.  


“It’s the best our forwards have looked, for us it’s about getting our forwards involved defensively so that we can keep it in our half.”


Having blooded a few debutants in todays’ win, Cavanaugh was pleased with their versatility that they provided.  “All the girls who filled in were really versatile, having them come in and play a role… we were really pleased with the ability to have one soldier in, one soldier out,” he explained.  


Our round 5 clash against Tyabb is on Sunday 23rd May at Jackson Reserve, Coburg North.  The first bounce will be at 12:00pm.

Scoring breakdown:

Mornington:  1.1.7 | 2.1.13 | 3.1.19 | 3.1 (19)

Coburg:  2.2.14 | 5.4.34 | 8.11.59 | 10.15 (75)

Goals:  Hendy & R.Said 2, Toperosa, Sims, Damon, Wenban, Bradley and Mitchener.

Go Lions!