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GAME ON! The biggest game of the women's tournament came at midday Saturday- the national final between Victoria and WA. With one win apiece it was going to be tight and we had to bring our A game to the field.

Still WA got out to a 4-0 lead but after that slow start (a way too familiar situation for this Vic team!) we were goal for goal. A few quick goals and big saves from Dani brought us to 10-11 in the second and we were pretty equal on possessions, turnovers and shots- the only difference being that WA got their shots behind the goalie!

Despite 2 Westies breaking ankles or tearing Achilles tendons, they pulled back out to their original 4 goal lead to take the match 13-17, in WA's first win in 27 years. Rach was our MVP for the day- again!

We commiserated with a few drinks while watching the Vic boys' incredible and unexpected 2 goal win over SA, got our coaches, Melli and Rod, into the icy pool and then we partied like champions with the other State players & the rowdy Yankee boys in Glenelg.

Although we didn't get the result we were after, we had a great week, played some fantastic lacrosse and left with the fire to bring the trophy back to Victoria in 2012- where it belongs! Ladies everywhere, try out for the 2012 team!

Thanks SOOOO much to Melli, Rod, Gail and our captain Burgo for everything you did for the team! It was "the bomb. Just the BOMB!"

Thursday 13th July

After a tough game against the Aussie's on Wednesday the flock had a fun team night at the roost- embarrassing each other with stupid games and having a good laugh. 

We played against WA on Thursday and got off to a slow start. After beating them in the first match, WA wanted it more this time, winning the first few centres and capitalising on their possession.

We went into the second half 4-7 down. In true Vic spirit we fought hard and clawed back but were unable to conquer a fit and fast WA team, going down 9-14. Congrats to our feisty middie, Mel who was our MVP today.

Post game, we drowned our sorrows with Gatorade on ice, dodgy Thai massages, Harry Potter and a big pub feed.

Our fate now lies in the hands of the other teams; if WA beats SA tomorrow we play in the championship march. Fingers crossed we make the final at 12:00 Saturday! Go Vics!!

Rhiannon Birch

Day 3:  Keep a lid on it!

Morale was high at camp Vic this morning after our win over WA last night. The girls had another cruisey day checking out Adelaide, or at the physio or the hotel waiting for our late and much anticipated game - a rematch against SA.

We didn't want a repeat of the first match- to be chasing scores, and did we live up to that! SA got two early goals but we responded with 10 unanswered! SA finished the half with 4 quick goals while we were a player down.

We continued firing in the second with an early goal from Lyndsey (our MVP with 6 goals for the night!). And it was pretty much goal for goal for the whole second half. We finished up with a 15-12 win in a massive and aggressive team effort. Special mention to Suse who stopped a missile shot with her head!

So we've won 2 of our 3 championship games and play the Aussie U19's tomorrow. We need to beat WA on Thursday to be guaranteed a spot in the final. Thanks for the continued good wishes from our supporters back home! Way to go Vics!

Day 2: Big Win!

It was a lazy day at the roost for the Vic flock, involving sleep ins, massages, movies and checking out the Vic men's convincing defeat of the USA Starz. At 7:30 pm the Vics faced Western Australia in day 2 of the National Championship. WA got off to an early lead, scoring 3 goals in the opening few minutes. We found our fire and fought back, coming up big in the centre draw, playing stifling defence and getting our offensive plays right.

We finished the first half 7-8 down, but turned the burners on in the second. We put our bodies on the line (literally!) and overtook WA early on and the momentum kept us on top (and shut the crowd up!). We won 11 of the 13 draws and came away with an awesome 15-12 win with 10 different scorers.

Dani was huge in the cage and earned MVP for the game!

Afterwards, it was back to our "luxury" accommodation and into the pool for a quick, icy dip - much to the disbelief of other guests! Well done VICS!

 

Day 1: The flock has landed!

After 8 weeks of training, running hard and team Italian meals, the 2011 Victorian senior women's team took to the field for the first time together in Adelaide on Sunday night.

We were pumped to play long-time rivals, South Australia in our first game in the national championship. With a bunch of very experienced players in their team, we knew it would be a tough contest and we were focused and ready to play hard to represent Victoria as best we could. SA got off to an early lead thanks to some quick possessions and transitions to goal. After being about 7 goals down early on, the Vics clawed back. We kept SA scoreless for 12 minutes and chipped away, goal by goal in a huge team effort to come away with a respectable tally of 15 goals to SA's 19. We took a lot away from this game and ironed out a few glitches and are looking forward to putting these into practice against WA tomorrow night.

Congratulations to our English gun, Rachel, for being named MVP! Thanks to Gail for running around like a mad chook to satisfy our every desire, to Ray for swingin' it hard (the bus, that is) and to Melli for her passion and faith that the Big V will do great things this week! Thanks also to all our supporters back home for your well-wishes and support!!

 

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