NELSON BAY have become the maiden victors in the inaugural Port Stephens derby, in part due to Kaitlyn Douglass’ eight goals and an eighteen major tally in the clash’s first half.
The Marlins were in control for much of the match as they restricted Power in the 30.19.199 to nil result, with Kate Holland and Jenna Affleck adding five and four to the haul respectively at Dick Burwell Oval.
The historic victory also keeps Nelson Bay in the battle for first place, as the club faces off against inner-city competitors Newcastle City Stars and Novas, as well as the southern hopefuls in Killarney Vale.
As well as the key goalkickers, the Marlins were best served by Annalise Norton, Hayley West and Sophie Balcombe, while Power named Cheyenne Neu, Josie Johnson, Danielle McLeod, Tia Davidson and Amana Lewis as their most influential players in the defeat.
The Marlins have now won nine on the bounce in the 2018 season on the quest to return to grand final title fight, and are perched atop the ladder with a landslide 1727 per cent point difference, 470 better than the chasing Stars.
Although the margin was eventually 44 points in the 8.9.57 to 2.1.13 match, the Roosterettes will still take positives from keeping the Stars’ key forwards to a lower count – Sarah Halvorsen scored four goals as the team’s only multiple scorer. Tori Cowburn and Hayley Frazer scored for Singleton.
Also on Saturday, Maitland kept The Entrance Bateau Bay scoreless while Sarah Burns put on a show for the home side, kicking six. She was joined by Hannah Centra, Taylor Quinton-Widl and Amanda Smith, all of whom bagged doubles for the Saints.
Killarney Vale’s Ashleigh Page has put her name in the club’s history books, dropping five majors on travelling Gosford to claim the Bombers’ first ever victory over their regional arch-rivals in another grudge match clash on the weekend.
Wyong Lakes recorded a 16.11.107 win over Musellbrook, 1.0.6, while Newcastle City Novas left Terrigal Avoca with the competition points after an 8.9.57 victory against the Panthers, 0.1.1. Warners Bay also joined the winners circle after defeating Lake Macquarie 8.12.60 to 3.2.20 at Feighan Park. Rachel Evans and Amy Pittman scored twice each for the Bulldogs.
Finally, Cardiff were given the default win after Wallsend-West Newcastle forfeit due to play numbers.