On this page you will find information relevant to the Women’s Premier & Reserves squad including match reports, photos, training information etc.
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