R6 – Women’s Supa-Liga, 2021/22 Summer Season
Featured Match Review
Round 6 of the Women’s Supa-Liga brings us to an intriguing match between a 4th placed West Coast Cobras and 2nd placed Western Devils. The featured match of the round saw the teams separated by just the one point going into the contest. Cobras were desperate for a win after back-to-back draws and a loss, whilst the Devils needed to consolidate their previous weeks’ strong showing in order to keep pressure on the league leaders Northern Hawks.
The Western Devils started the match dominating possession and showing good ball movement. After 7 minutes they had already forced a few good saves off of Leyland in the Cobras goals before finally breaking through thanks to a driven Clayton shot, finding the bottom right corner of the goal. Just as the Cobras started to show patience on the ball, a few costly errors led them to lose their grip on the match. McDowell scoring two tap ins, either side of a Chilcott back-post shot and a Preiato toe-poke sending the Devils into a 5-0 lead. The Cobras had tried to go fly-keeper after the third goal went in and had done well to create a few chances, until a few unforced errors led to the Devils gaining an unassailable half-time lead.
After the first half onslaught, the Cobras looked to gain control of the match by starting with a fly-keeper. They quickly gained a goal back after a minute thanks to Bates driving the ball into the back of the net. The Devils then started to organise their defence against the fly-keeper formation, making themselves hard to breakthrough and preying on a loose touch or pass. Chilcott and McDowell doing just that as they scored another two goals through forced Cobras errors. Taylor Reid from the Cobras finding a consolation in between the final blows to end the match 7-2 in the Devils favour.
Elsewhere in the league, the Northern Hawks battled against a resilient Andinxs side, the match ended 4-4, deservedly giving Andinxs their first point of the season whilst upsetting the league leaders. Ruby Cohen yet again winning the MVP, showing her consistency and dominance of the league. Scarborough Sharks were no match for the Perth Pumas. The loss of some of their most experienced players through injuries helped the Pumas to a 14-1 win. Abbey Meakins with a strong showing to earn the MVP.