WA too strong for Queensland women

Western Australia will meet Victoria in the 2013 AFL Women’s Championships Division 1 grand final after comprehensively beating Queensland.

It was a physical start with both teams desperate to score a berth in the decider.

Western Australia drew first blood via an Amee Schmidt contested mark directly in front of goal.

The sand gropers were straight back into attack and after a few near misses found their mark through the boot of Dana Hooker.

It was eight minutes before Queensland saw any forward-50 action but the WA defense held strong.

Shelly Matcham picked up her first for the game at the 15-minute mark leaving Queensland struggling to find an answer to the WA attack.

Queensland veteran Jo Butland went back into defense for the Get Wines Direct Sunfire, but it couldn’t stop the WA onslaught, Shelley Matcham marking on the siren to give WA a 26-point lead at quarter time.

The Western Australian intensity continued in the second term but Queensland had its chances, failing to convert on several occasions.

A sweet passage of play saw the in-form Dana Hooker kick another major for WA from 30-metres out.

WA appeared to have the ball on a string, Belinda Smith kicking their sixth goal 17-minutes in and Matcham their seventh just a minute later to finish up the first half 46-points up.

Queensland came out after the breaking with renewed vigor but again could not capitalize on their opportunities in front of goal.

Lutkins worked hard to get something happening for the Sunfire but clean possession was proving difficult and WA was mopping up well in defense.

Emily Bates finally scored Queensland’s first halfway through the term when she cleverly played on after a free kick.

WA hit straight back with a snap from Kira Phillips and an exchange of goals followed; T’Kehya Nandy scoring for Queensland and Dana Hooker picking up her third for WA.

It was a better quarter for Queensland but the were unable to dent the Western Australia lead, down 44-points at three-quarter time.

WA’s Amee Schmidt scored her second for the match to start the final term.

Queensland dug in, deflecting a number of WA attacks. But it was only a matter of time before Kira Phillips found the goals again with a sensational run in from half-forward.

Selina Goodman gave the Get Wines Direct Sunfire something to smile about when she kicked truly at the16-minute mark for their final goal of their championships.

Schmidt followed up for WA by booting her third for the day to see WA 12.10 (82) defeat Queensland 3.5 (23).

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