By Alyce Collett
If there was an award for the most improved team across the Eastern Region Women’s Competition, Thornton – Eildon’s women’s team would definitely be one of the front runners.
Things seemed to be continuing they way they left off at the end of last season for the Shinboners, as they suffered a heavy loss in round one to eventual premiers Healesville.
They also lost in round two to Monbulk before finally getting a win on the board in round three against Upwey Tecoma. Round four saw them back on the losers list, but it was their smallest loss of the season to date. Rounds five and six were both heavy losses, to Monbulk and Yarra Junction respectively. Round seven was arguably their worst match of the season, losing to Healesville by 97 points and not even registering a point to their name.
Round nine saw Thornton Eildon produce what ended up being a handy draw against Yarra Junction. They then lost went down to Monbulk before bouncing back comfortably against Belgrave. They then suffered another big loss to Healesville before beating Yarra Junction. They then had a stumble before the finals, losing to Belgrave.
Thornton – Eildon ended up finishing fourth on the ladder, which meant they took on Yarra Junction in the first week of the finals. They comfortably beat Yarra Junction and then despite being competitive for most of the afternoon, couldn’t quite get over the line against Monbulk in the Preliminary Final.
Considering where Thornton – Eildon were last season, this season is definitely a positive one.
Although they didn’t make it to the Grand Final, they have plenty of positives to take out of the season. They only won four more games this year than they did last year, but that includes one finals win and they made it to the second week of finals.
They are also scoring more than they were last year. They only went scoreless once this season, and most of their scores were in double figures, which is something they weren’t able to achieve last season.
Yolanda Vinycomb remained the top goal kicker for Thornton – Eildon for the season, finishing with an end of season tally of nine goals to her name.