Women show the way in a tough day for Waverley

Waverley Blues: 2.5.17   2.6.18   5.8.38   7.11.53

Knox Falcons: 2.1.13   8.3.51   13.6.84   20.11.131

Goals: Savage 2, Engley 2, Edwards, Swierzbiolek, Benjamin

Another tough week for Waverley saw early misses cost the Blues with Knox taking full advantage of their opportunities.

Some late outs also hurt the Blues, with the last two Best-and-Fairest winners Ben Turner and Matthew Sharpe, as well as recruit Trent Bacon all being left out of the final team.

Had the Blues converted some close misses, they could've found themselves three or four goals up at the first change and threatened ladder leaders Knox, but instead lead by just four points at the first break.

 

Those extra goals could have been handy for the Blues thereafter, as the Falcons opened the floodgates kicking six goals to none in the second term, seemingly running away from Waverley.

Waverley tried to stem the flow in the third quarter, restricting Knox to just five while kicking three of their own goals, however the Falcons showed why they are undefeated this year with sublime skills and first class ball use.

Knox ran away in the last term with seven goals, winning by 78-points, while Waverley remains on the bottom of the ladder, looking for their second win of the year.

As always captain Will Edwards led from the front with a goal and unmatchable effort in the middle.

 

Paul Savage was also impressive with two goals up forward and immense pressure.

Youngster Paul McNamara also impressed in his second game of senior footy, while Rob Tomlin and Michael Hogan made their long awaited returns to senior footy this year.

This weekend Waverley has a serious opportunity to add four points to their tally, as they host Wantirna South at Waverley Reserve.

Altough sitting in 7th, the Devils have just one win more than Waverley, though they won't be easy beats as they also come off a dissapointing loss.


Waverley Reserves: 1.2.8   1.3.9   1.3.9   1.4.10

Knox Reserves: 3.4.22   9.7.61   13.12.90   15.19.109

Goals: Young

A dissapointing day for the reserves saw just one goal for the Blues, as they went down to Knox by 99-points.

A competitive first quarter saw the Blues trailling by 14-points, with spectators sensing a game on their hands.

 

However instead they would witness the Falcons kicking away, with six unaswered goals for the quarter placing them very comfrotably in front with a 52-point advantage at the half.

Knox would keep the Blues goalless for the rest of the game, and would run out to lead by 81 points at three quarter time, while Waverley managed to keep the final margin under triple figures.

Daley MacKenzie was best on ground for Waverley, trying hard all day, and putting his body on the line.Lachie Feary and David Santalucia were also impressive in the middle, while Luke Ewart had a solid performance in the backline.

An injury to Fraser Clartworthy in the final term further soured the day for the Blues.


Waverley Under 19s: 4.4.28   7.4.46   10.4.64   10.4.64

Knox Under 19s: 1.1.7   1.7.13   4.11.35   8.18.66

Goals: Miller 4, O'Connell 3, Facey 2, Kinsella

The Under 19s looked like upsetting Knox as they got away to and early lead in the first quarter, before woeful kicking from the Falcons youngsters almost had them out of the game.

However chasing a 29-point margin at 3/4 time, Knox came home hard while Waverley ran out of legs, a come from behind win saw the Blues go scoreless in the final term.

The juniors should rebound strongly next week against Wantirna South, who have won just one game for the year.


Waverley Women: 3.11.29

Knox Women: 2.8.20

Goals: Allen 2, Glare

Despite some big outs for Waverley, the women rose to the challenge to defeat Knox by 9 points at Schultz Reserve.

Teneille Francis starred in her farewell game, as she embarks on a new journey in her life, and she will be missed in the backline for the remainder of the year.

Clara Zwack, Charlotte Krelle, Olivia Baxter, Penny Panayi and Kahlia Rogers were also impressive.

The win showed just how much the girls have developed over the year.

Next week looks promising for Waverley, who will look to make it 4 four wins, as they play Norwood, who have just one win to their game.

A Big thank you to Teneille Francis as she embarks on a new journey into the Navy. We thank her for her support and service to the Waverley Blues, and wish her well.