The Western Foxes traveled to the Northern suburbs on Sunday 27th October, as the first game of a West vs North Derby, to play the Northern Lady Raiders.
This was the most highly anticipated match up of the year for the Foxes, the first game against the Lady Raiders. As half of the Lady Raiders squad were former Western Foxes, who moved with coaches to start a new Women’s team with the Northern Raiders. This game had a special meaning for those Western Foxes players that stayed and remained apart of the Western Crusaders Gridiron Club, the only club that was willing to give full contact women’s gridiron a start in Victoria, which then led to the Western Foxes, the first Women’s team in Gridiron Victoria.
The game started with Defensive Coordinator Shelly Roth’s defense, with some big tackles and making some big plays, #91 Tima Matia and #13 Brietta Patman getting involved and dominating early, setting the tone for the rest of the game. It would also be the Defense that would draw first blood by opening up the scoring for the day with some great defensive work that resulted in a safety (2 Points).
The Foxes offense had a few early turnovers and took a couple of series to find their rhythm, but once they did, the foxes offensive line of #74 Tiffany Lykke, #66 Lauren Berry and #78 Aisha “Ish” Ryan, were able to dominate the Raiders defensive line and open up big holes for the running backs, with #33 Kaseyanne Hurley, finding yards all over the field and to open up the scoring for the Western Foxes Offense.
Once again, Shelly Roth’s defense stood up, with several great defensive plays by #15 Angela Porras and #24 Alexandra Doumis, leading to the defense scoring its second Safety of the day (2 points). On their next possession, the Foxes then again dominantly drove the ball down the field again for #33 Kaseyanne Hurley’s second touchdown of the game.
The Western Foxes went into half time with a 16-0 lead.
The second half started with the Foxes having the ball and another strong drive began with #95 Rachel “Dolly” Gedye at Tailback and #33 Kaseyanne Hurley moving to Fullback. The Foxes offense, led by #7 Erin Casey and #87 Ashlee West then made use of their superior fitness, moving the ball all over the field. After a couple of unsuccessful offensive drives, #95 Rachel “Dolly” Gedye, finally crossed the line for her first touchdown of the game, she also added to her scoring with two 2 point conversions (scored after Touchdowns).
Probably the biggest play of the day, was the interception returned for a touchdown by #87 Ashlee West in the fourth quarter, there was an earlier interception that was returned for a touchdown by #89 Jasmyn “Jaz” Drewry, but that play was called back due to a penalty.
The coaching staff were very happy with the result, although there were several missed opportunities and some mental lapses that will needed to be addressed in the next week at training, it was a great all around team performance.
The final score was Western Foxes 32 defeating the Northern Lady Raiders 0
The Western Foxes return to their home turf of Henry Turner Reserve South this Sunday, November 3rd, 11:00am, to play the Melbourne University Chargers.
For pictures of the game, take a look at the photos gallery taken by Berand Van Den Hoek