On this page you will find information relevant to the Women’s Premier & Reserves squad including match reports, photos, training information etc.
Seaside Tournament Report – PHANTOMS HONOURS (PREMIER) WOMEN
The Premier women played one tournament in March 2020 – Warrnambool Seaside tournament. The team consisted of a large proportion of teenage players who had not previously been a part of the core Premier women’s team. This tournament was used to build valuable experience to these younger players in preparation for what was hoped to be a fantastic season. The players should be congratulated on their efforts in stepping up and following the impressive leadership of Elsie Rodgers and Georgie Hassell. The team had a high level of energy and attitude of ‘can do’ and it was wonderful to be a part of. The Warrnambool seaside team had expectations to be joined for state-league games by Kara Johnson, Gabby Lougheed, Cleo Baker and Brooke Freckleton to make a squad of 14 Premier women players to be chosen from each round. It is hoped that this group of women has a bright and long future together after COVID restrictions ease.
Team: Elsie Rodgers, Georgie Hassell, Kilby Galo, Laelah Robertson, Lucia Bowles, Stephanie Phillips, Tamika Dockrill, Tilly Opie, Zoe Smith, Elana Penny
Coach: Gavin Penny
Team Manager: Deb Penny
Seaside Tournament Report – PHANTOMS DIVISION 1 (RESERVES) WOMEN
The Phantoms Division 1 women’s team for seaside in 2020 was vastly different from last year with many of the players required for Honours duty, and accordingly the team consisted of a few experienced heads who have played at this level, and a lot of new players excited to play division one for the first time. These included two 13 year old’s and a 14 year old who were very excited about the weekend. Having never combined together before, and with a wide range of experience, this tournament was all about development, getting combinations working for the upcoming season.
Our first couple of games against South Adelaide and Cobra’s was really trying to find our feet at this level. We worked hard to find our rhythm and although going down in both games, with the last set against South Adelaide showing real determination to come back from 8-20 to go down by 5. Taking a set off Cobras was a highlight with things starting to come together. Our best game of the weekend was the third game against the eventual winners of Division 1, Melbourne Uni Renegades, where we took the first set, and lost in the next two sets by close margins.
Our Sunday games against Yarra Ranges (1-2) and Heathfield (Draw, win on points) saw us play a lot more consistently with no long runs going against us, and taking a set off both teams, while being close in the remaining sets, although we couldn’t lift to the levels of play from the Renegades game. Our last game against Van Diemen’s saw some tired bodies trying to lift the intensity, although the effort was good.
Given the inexperience and ages of our players, we still managed to be competitive every game over the weekend, with some great improvement from individual players and some quality experience of what is required at this level. I would thank all the players for their commitment, and look forward to the season ahead.
Reserves Women Coach – Bruce Keeley