In hard contest Falcons fall short

The versatile Amy Franklin, who started as a forward, is now relishing her role in the ruck and midfield. Picture: Mikayla Edwards

By Dave Burton

THE Rogers Cup was a low scoring affair but a well contested and hard fought contest, with East Perth prevailing by six points.

The final score for the game, held at MacDonald Reserve, was East Perth 3.3 (21) to West Perth 2.3 (15).

Unbelievably only one point was scored by either team in the second half, with the game being played between both teams 50m arc.

Dixie Corcoran was a standout for the Falcons, in a game that was hard fought with a lot of contested ball, it was perfectly setup for Corcoran who was strong all night, all over the ground, not only winning credit from the coach, but her peers as well.

Natalie Bennett returned to form playing a solid game in defence.

Latifah Chagai used her height to great effect marking strongly and converting then assisted with Mahli Turland’s goal again marking strongly and passing it on.

 Meanwhile the reserves match was a much higher scoring game for the Falcons who finished with 9.8 (62) while keeping the Royals scoreless.

It was a very well structured and disciplined effort from all the West Perth players that created such a dominant performance.

Shannai Wai showed her fantastic improvement this year by playing a best on ground effort in the midfield, her ability to win the hard ball and deliver to a teammate certainly meant the Falcons won the centre clearances, ably supported by Kat Bennett, who emulated her sisters performance earlier winning recognition from the manager.

Kavita Pepper’s creativeness on the forward line was certainly giving the East Perth backs headaches, especially when she kicked long from outside 50 with a bounce that cleared the backs and then rolled on for a goal.

Ashleigh Greenwell paired up well with Courtney Collard for a couple each and helped created the 10 goal win.

Emily Bennett, playing her third game in seniors certainly looked settled and was dangerous every time the ball came into the forward half, if she was holding strong contested marks, she too was kicking goals.