The Wellington Warriors produced a mixed bag of results over four grades on Sunday.
The Warriors took on an understrength SDW side at Dubbo and despite being slow off the mark Wellington contained their hosts who had dominated early play.
After the early SDW onslaught Wellington’s numerical advantage came into play as the Warriors pressed back against their opponent to gain swathes of possession an take the lead through a scrappy goal mouth scramble.
Wellington took control of possession and field dominance and despite being wasteful in front goal Jade Land stepped up on beating a defender at the edge of the box and slot the ball in the top corner. The score 2-nil at half time.
Wellington was firmly locked in SDW’s half for the remainder of the game and shone in defence to run out winners 2-nil.
This week's Keirle's Pharmacy player of the match was Casey Pope. Goal scorers were Casey Pope and Jade Lang.
The Wildcats were also fortunate in securing a 4-1 win against last year’s second grade champions, DCR at Pioneer Park.
It was a solid game by the Wildcats despite several late withdrawals putting the pressure on their bench.
Chloe Turner opend the scorecard at the 30th minute to carry the Wildcats into second half where the goals kept on coming through Nyoka (2) and Jane.
DCR took advantage of an injury to to Wellington’s ranks which lead to a late surge in attack, the final score 4-1 to the Warriors.
New player, Una, was a standout on the day as she put her body on the line several times.
Keirle's Pharmacy player of the match was Mel Gleeson who had an awesome game and was a running machine, showing total commitment to run and chase down every ball.
In the men’s division Wellington were looking to get their accounts underway as they welcomed perennial DDFA powerhouse, Macquarie, for what was to be a massive Mother’s Day clash.
Second Grade took to the field first in an entertaining affair, both teams probing the other’s defences looking for weaknesses.
Come the 15 minute mark and Macquarie took control but were foiled time and time again by desperate Warrior defence.
The visitors eventually raced to what seemed like an unassailable lead, 3-nil at the break.
Wellington came out full of gusto after the break and soon had a goal to their name as Damien Bell finished off some excellent work by Zen Cosby. The Warriors dominated for the next 15 minutes as they pressed for a second goal to get back into the game.
Unfortunately their efforts were to no avail and Macquarie began their second stanza onslaught.
As the final moments of the match concluded Macquarie were awarded a spot penalty to seal a 5-1 victory.
This Mother's Day Ang and Co player of the match was Matthew Dorin.
First Grade had it all – goals, yellow cards, questionable decisions and even the odd old fashioned rugby tackle.
Early exchanges were reasonably even and the game became a tussle in the midfield.
Wellington's defence was sharp however Macquarie managed got one up when a well-worked short corner caught the Warriors napping, 1-nil at half time.
Both sides came out with intent to stamp their authority on the game with some excellent free flowing football on display. Macquarie slotted three quick goals in 10 minutes to take a clear lead and eventually run out 4-nil winners in none other than an intense game.
The Mother's Day Ang and Co man of the match award went to Josh Pearce.
This week the Warriors will host DCR and Wildcats Narromine with all four games at home commencing at 9am.