18/04/2024

Seb Amoroso in action for the Gippsland Power. (Photo: Stewart Chambers)

Several girls will go into the Vic Metro and Vic Country trial games this Sunday with some strong form behind them after some big performances in the Coates Talent League this week.

Playing against a Bendigo side weakened by the absence of star bottom-ager Lucia Painter, lots of Dandenong girls ran rampant.

Meg Robertson is a name on recruiters’ lips and she took her game to another level on Saturday by gathering 33 disposals and two goals, showing her strength in traffic.

Other Rays to standout included Jemma Reynolds, Kayla Dalgleish, Sophie Butterworth, and Elli Symonds.

Gippsland’s Amber Schutte was excellent in defence all day against GWV and is another who will enter the Country trial games with some confidence.

Millie Lang continued her strong season as an intercepting and rebounding halfback while Jess Rentsch’s 18 touches felt like 30 as she was a class above her GWV teammates.

The highest-quality fixture of the round was Oakleigh’s shootout with Gold Coast’s Academy which saw the Suns get up by two points.

Sienna Tallariti’s transition and kicking off halfback set up the Chargers and she finished with 24 touches and 12 rebound 50s, while key forward Emma McDonald will take confidence after having five shots on goal.

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Meanwhile, in the boys’ competition, several Western Jets impressed in a surprise win over Eastern at Williamstown.

For the second consecutive week, Massimo Raso’s cleanliness in wet conditions came to the fore as he finished with 27 touches and a goal.

His precision below his knees buys him time with ball in hand and he’s also shown he’s a balanced player after coming into the midfield rotation since the community break.

Teammate Jake Smith played with a point to prove having missed the Vic Metro squad, racking up the footy with his workrate notable, while slightly built Eastern bottom-ager Christian Moraes continued his excellent season.

Logan Morris and Keighton Matofai-Forbes – who plays locally under Mick McGuane at Keilor – combined for seven goals to spearhead the win.

It was a tale of two halves in Sandy’s game against Tassie, with the Devils storming home after the Dragons got out of the blocks early.

Key forwards Archer May and Calsher Dear combined for eight of Sandy’s 10 goals and were a handful for Tasmania’s defence with their contested marking, particularly in the first half.

Oscar Van Dam was a catalyst for the second half turnaround, standing up in the absence of Allies representatives. 

In Gippsland’s win over GWV, ruck Lachie Smith threw his weight around in his best game for the Power this season, finishing with three goals and 21 hitouts.

Skipper Seb Amoroso was an important ingredient in the pressure-forward role he played so well last year, kicking a goal to go with 14 touches.

Meanwhile, Murray small forward Phoenix Gothard was among several Allies who showed glimpses in a big win over South Australia, involved in several scoring chains and getting on the end of a goal himself.

Tune into the podcast to hear about more standouts from the weekend, some under-the-radar players to keep an eye on in Vic Metro’s first national championships game this weekend, and for a rundown of how the rest of the Allies players went.

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