West secures first-up win despite slow start

BATTLE FOR THE BALL: Burnie’s Zoe Crawford (left) has Queechy’s Sarah McRobbie hot on her tail. Picture: Stuart Wilson.PLENTY of goals featured in the weekend’s round one matches.
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West Devonport took a while to get going against Devonport before taking control with a four- goal second half.

While the Dragons had the greater depth across the field, it was Devonport’s defensive structures that held well early on with Kymm Clark, Raquel Innes and Lucy Withers all working tirelessly to keep their team-mates in the game.

The Dragons spread the game out more in the second half often creating a loose player up forward.

This combined with some trademark Sam Mansfield-Gray runs and the power PC hitting of Leanne Bissett eventually sealed the Spirits’ fate.

In Burnie, City Marians also took a while to gain the upper hand against South Burnie.

South keeper Min Saunders was frequently in the mix with some great saves and it was not until well into the second half before Brooke Clarke was able to penetrate the goals after some good team build up.

Clark followed up with another seven minutes later then a deflection to Claire Symonds in the last minute of play finalised the result.

Dayna Challis and Jemma Kenworthy were amongst City’s best as were the ever reliable Stacey Groves and Karen Challis.

For South, Em Smith’s return was a welcome one for the Hawks who still have a fair bit of re- building to do.

The second Burnie match saw Queechy Penguins start with plenty of purpose against Burnie Baptist.

An early goal to Leanne Bugg was soon followed up with another from Sarah McRobbie to give the Qs a handy two-goal lead at the break.

The Blues improved their structure in the second half with reward coming 10 minutes in after a clever pass from Maddie Murphy found Sam Lawrence.

Not to be outdone, Queechy goaled again but Baptist remained focused, scoring again through Lawrence, and then with five minutes to go Zoe Lawrence equalised for a share of the points.

In Launceston, Smithton found no joy in its match against South Launceston going down three-nil while Launceston City was convincing 7-1 winners against Tamar Churinga.

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