They may be inexperienced, but that hasn’t stopped the Hamilton Wildcats women’s team who are unbeaten after two games in the Ontario Australian Football League. A new entry in the OAFL women’s division this season, the Wildcats handed the Blues their second loss of the season on Saturday (May 12), 6.7.43 to 0.3.3. The Wildcats now sit atop the women’s ladder and have not surrendered a goal on the season
From the opening bounce at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Toronto, it was obvious that the Wildcats came to play, making up for their lack of experience with an overwhelming tenacity for the footy. Megan Griffiths was solid in the ruck for the lady Wildcats, with team captain Kendra Heil and Emily Spicer working the ball well out of the middle and into the forward line. Wildcat forwards Jenn Newton (1 goal on the day) and Bonnie Wallingford led well, and continued to give the Hamilton midfielders great targets all game long.
The Central Blues definitely made things interesting in the second quarter, as their experience definitely started to show and they took advantage of some bad penalties by the Wildcats with some late hits and a couple of high tackles. Unfortunately for the Blues, they were unable to convert these chances into majors, and Hamilton escaped the first half without giving up a goal while holding on to a slim two goal lead.
After a motivating pep-talk from rookie coach Harley Graef, as well as a few minor off-field changes, the Wildcats regained their early momentum and opened the third quarter with two kick goals from Danielle Comolli, who finished with four goals on the day which brings her season total to seven after two rounds. Heil played phenomenally well, using her strong tackling and running skills to help hold down the Blues’ attack through the mid-field, and her booming kick to clear the defensive end and into the awaiting arms of the Wildcat forward line.
The ‘Cats added some new faces into the side, including Natalie Frisk played extremely well at fullback in her first game of organized footy.
Next game for the Wildcats is their home opener – Saturday, May 26 against the Etobicoke Lady Kangaroos at Mohawk Sports Park at 1 p.m.