Trentham was heavily denied its third grand final appearance in as many years at the weekend by an undefeated Avoca.
A 43-goal difference is not what anyone would expect from a preliminary final match but that’s what unfolded on Saturday as the Bulldogs completely overwhelmed A grade’s back-to-back premiers.
Trentham was a man down with key midcourter Jasmine Coleman resting up for a football grand final, forcing frequent changes against a set-in-stone Avoca squad.
The Bulldogs, who are now 17 games undefeated, were unphased by Trentham’s grit and defence, putting up a minimum of 14 goals in each term while never letting more than nine through thanks to the tireless work of defenders Caitlin Drummond and Jess Hollett.
Avoca rocketed out in front with a 17-5 first quarter, shooting at 74 percent which incredibly would be the side’s minimum for the day.
Trentham more than doubled its score in the second term, working extremely hard for seven goals, but the Dogs capitalised on a number of turnovers to put up 17 goals in the one term.
A 34-12 score at half time sounded the alarm for the Saints who moved ring-in Kelly Matheson-Miller from wing defence into goal defence and Peggy De Spirt into the midcourt to add some reach.
While these changes saw the ball enter the Saints’ ring more times than the two quarters before, Avoca was quick to exploit shooter Maddy Egan’s height, feeding her 18 shots at goal of which she dropped just one.
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