TIO CAFL Senior Men’s and Women’s Round Nine Recap

CAFL Recap

The 2024 TIO Central Australian Football League (CAFL) Women's action resumed with a bang after the round eight bye, kicking off at TIO Traeger Park where the Rovers, Alkamilya, and West all claimed crucial victories, intensifying the race for finals berths. 

The Rovers set the tone early in the weekend with a commanding 54-point victory, powered by a clinical first half. Brylee Kerrin and Brooke Schembri orchestrated midfield dominance, while Delaicee Hansen's speed proved too much for Federal to handle.  

Ebony Abbott-McCormack shone yet again, booting an impressive six goals to extend her lead atop the goal-kicking leaderboard with 23 goals, 10 ahead of teammate Delsey Campbell. Despite Federal's efforts, Sandy Leonard and Chloe Pitt stood tall, with Charlotte Rudd also making her presence felt. 

Meanwhile, Alkamilya bridged the gap on the ladder with a spirited 25-point win over Pioneer at Albrecht Oval. After a goal-less first half, Alkamilya surged ahead with Kaitlyn Armstrong's three goals and Sherelle Armstrong's two goals proving pivotal. Jasmine Boyers and Billie-Jo Liddle posed constant threats in midfield, nullifying Pioneer's advances despite their late-game push. 

West continued their dominant march towards the premiership with a resounding 90-point victory. Tiffany Tregea excelled in midfield, complemented by Meg McGuiness's seven-goal haul that left defenders struggling to contain her impact. Jessica Harnischfeger added three goals of her own, further solidifying West's supremacy. Souths fought valiantly, led by captain Nakaiya Clarke, but couldn't break through for a win. 

In the men's division, Federal overcame a determined Souths side to secure a hard-fought 17-point victory. Despite Souths' strong finish, Federal's early lead proved insurmountable, with Daniel Gorry's midfield prowess and Joe Roberts' three goals pivotal in sealing the win. Tyrell Martin and Orlando Turner showcased their talents for Souths but fell short of overturning the deficit.   

At Albrecht Oval, Pioneer held off a spirited Rovers team to claim a 66-point victory. Elijah Baker's six-goal haul led the charge for Pioneer, supported by Matt Campbell's five goals and Ethan Liddle's influential midfield play. Kane Sevallos continued to shine as one of the competition's standout players, consolidating Pioneer's position amidst tightening ladder standings. 

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