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Match Report for

Albany Women vs. Springfield Women
15 April 2017

Location: Dick Green Field

Albany Women: 0    Springfield Women: 0

A fine day with freshening winds, the grounds soft from recent rain, and the pitch well marked. There were 3 teams in attendance with a good numbers of spectators.

The first match was well played, and managed well having kindly been refereed by Jodie.

New Haven need to borrow players from Albany when playing Springfield. Excellent spirit on the pitch. There was good attack by both teams. No doubt due to the addition of several unfamiliar players into the line up the New Haven defense was bunched around the ball and failed to cover wide in a flat formation. Springfield ball handling skills were good which allowed wide ball play which was often successful. In the second half, the women of New Haven did a much better job of spreading out and did better at shutting down the attacks from the back lines. In the second half New Haven was also more organized in the structure of their attack, continued driving regardless of score, and able to put a try on the board.

Both teams had good forward play in the tackle ruck and maul. In general there was good awareness of the space, and little infringements within. Both team runs were generally pick and drives, and drove into contact with good position usually breaking the gain line. Springfield did have the better match; they scored early in the match, and did not let up, with 7 tries being scored.

The second match was a more fiercely contested and faster paced game. The wind was still fresh with a definite advantage for those kicking down wind. Albany was well rested and loose coming into the next 40 minutes against Springfield. Albany had a very aggressive attack. The inside center was the real lynchpin early and into second half with her kick, chase, own recovery, and subsequent tries. The work she put in allowed Albany to spread wide across the pitch leaving themselves with a lot of options. The Albany attack read the field well and distributed ball into space with few defenders.

The contest was excellent. Both teams had good position in their drives as well as tackles. ball was generally made available quickly, and space was respected. This area around the breakdown allowed the teams to structure both attack and defense well and made for an enjoyable game. Final score Albany - 29; Springfield - 12

Referee: Peter Rizzo