18/04/2024

Flanked by Georgia Gee (left) and Madison Prespakis (right), captain Bonnie Toogood celebrates an enormous goal in the third quarter. (Image: @essendonfcw -Twitter)

In a game that was heavily contested around the ground, Essendon took advantage of its opportunities and stormed to a 27-point victory over Port Adelaide at Alberton Oval.

Pressure was high throughout the game, especially in its initial stages where the wet and windy weather conditions made it even more difficult for either team to move the ball fluidly.

With the inside-50 count ending at a fairly even 24-22, slightly in favour of Essendon, Port Adelaide had its chances to make it an even game. However the Power could only manage to put one goal on the board, and it was the Bombers who converted 12 scoring shots from their 24 entries to put the game to bed.

The Bombers’ forward line stood up when it counted, with Bonnie Toogood booting a brilliant captain’s goal, Daria Bannister getting two on the board including a stunning goal-of-the-year contender, and Sophie Alexander launching a six-pointer to put the game out of reach.

Speaking exclusively with The Inner Sanctum after the game, Essendon midfielder Georgia Gee talked about the experience of these players and how they can trust them to make sure the team’s hard work translates on the scoreboard.

“I think having a lot of experience coming from various clubs and programs definitely helps. Them leading by example up forward and really presenting up there for us has been really helpful and I think it gives us a lot of belief in our group,” Gee said.

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Gee also spoke about the pressure throughout the game, and how they managed to overcome the hard work that the Power was putting in around the ground.

“I think their pressure was obviously really good, and I think they’ve improved every week so we knew it was going to be a challenge coming up against them. But we knew if we could play our own game and bring the pressure as well, [that] we could move up forward and execute on the scoreboard,” she said.

Moving from Carlton over to expansion side Essendon at the start of this season, Gee mentioned how she has developed and settled into the side, playing with many other recruits from across the league.

“It’s been a massive change and I think it’s been good for me. Growth individually is what I wanted and I think a fresh environment is what I needed,” she said.

“Coming over alongside other girls from other clubs, it’s been really cool to be able to play alongside them and see what they’ve brought over from other programs.”

Gee also heaped praise on superstar midfielder Madison Prespakis, who made the move alongside Gee from the Blues to the Bombers.

“She’s obviously a star, one of the best in the comp. Being best mates with her has [made it] a lot easier coming over to Essendon,” she said.

“I think we’ve settled in really well together and we’re definitely enjoying our time [here]. So I’d say that was probably the highlight of the move over, being able to do it alongside Mads.”

Both Essendon and Port Adelaide’s seasons have now come to an end with this game, and with each seeing some positive signs throughout season seven, they will look to climb up the ladder in 2023.

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