TAC Cup Girls

The Northern Knights continued their five-game winning streak defeating the Oakleigh Chargers.

Playing at the recently renovated Preston City Oval, the girls looked experienced beyond their years, using the wide green wings to take the grass, link up chain handballs and overall, the Knights exuded the comfort of the home team on their home deck.

The Knights first quarter saw a strong forward line taking advantage of the midfield dominance. Ruck, Neve O’Connor gave first ball use to insiders Abigail Bennett and Britney Gutknecht.  Forward, Alex Pronesti pounced on some golden opportunities and finished accurately.

Speedster Marnie Jarvis clocked up the kilometres in the first half, running the opposition ragged. Jarvis linked up with skipper Maddy Brancatisano through the middle to service the forwards. The Knights defense held strong and was led by the ever-reliable Sarah Sansonetti.

Oakleigh recharged at half-time and kicked an unanswered three goals, Daisy Bateman showing her influence in the ruck and up forward. With the door left slightly ajar to the visitor, Knights were challenged to lift another level.

Ellie McKenzie, in the first year of the TAC Cup Girls program, put in a fourth-quarter performance to take notice of. The creative midfielder teamed up with tall forward Alyssa Bannan and put on a clinic. The two girls kicking five goals in the last quarter to snuff out any chance of an Oakleigh comeback.

The Knights will enjoy a bye week before they travel down the road to take on Gippsland Power in what should be a great contest.