U15 Canada Bay Cannons Youth Girls v Penshurst Panthers

Round 7, St Lukes Oval

The Canada Bay Cannons proved “there’s no place like home” after celebrating an excellent win against the Penshurst Panthers in front of a bumper crowd (and tasty BBQ) at St Luke’s Oval on Sunday.

The match was evenly balanced during the first quarter, with both sides exerting periods of control with some excellent kicking, marking and lots of brutal tackling. Some exciting team play during the middle part of the quarter allowed the Cannons to assert themselves on the scoreboard and take a small lead into the first break.

An excellent defensive effort in the second quarter kept the Panthers scoreless as the Cannons started to assert some dominance on the game. A few small decision making errors cost the girls opportunities on the scoreboard early in the quarter, however, they steadied and with some trademark “run and carry” continued to pull ahead up to half time.

The Cannons were unlucky not to put the result beyond doubt in the third quarter with eight scoring shots to one resulting in a return of 1.7. The forward line defensive pressure was outstanding and, for the majority of the quarter, the Panthers were under intense pressure to clear the ball. To their credit, the Panthers hung tight and scored a great goal against the run of play late in the quarter to keep the match alive.

The Cannons midfield, led by Captain Emily, lifted to another gear in the final quarter as the “mosquito fleet” took control of the match. Some outstanding ruckwork, centre clearances and rebound off the half back line produced a flurry of goals and opened up an unassailable lead against a quality opponent in what has become a tightly contested competition.

The Cannons are fast making St Luke’s Oval a fortress with three great wins from three home games this season. There’s no rest for the girls as we prepare to consolidate the Round 7 win with another big game at “home” against the East Sydney Bulldogs next Sunday.

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