Gisborne continues its purple patch of form in the AFL Goldfields Womens competition continued with a big win against Lake Wendouree on Saturday evening.
Gisborne made the most of facing an under-strength Lakers side, with a comprehensive 17.23 (125)-1.3 (9) win at Gardiner Reserve.
While they were playing one of the bottom sides, Bulldogs coach Jason Peak said the focus didn’t change.
“You could see the opposition were undermanned,” he said.
“It was a good night for us and it was ladies day at the club and we wore pink guernseys.
“It was about doing the right things. You still want to share the football, spread and run to the right areas.
“We played reasonably well.”
Alana Preston kicked five goals, while Marilyn Elder kicked three goals.
Preston was named the Bulldogs best along with Stephanie Larsen and Kirrily Mitchell.
The win is the Bulldogs’ second in a row after beating Darley, having been competitive against second-placed East Point the previous round.
Peak said they had hit a purple patch of form and now have five wins for the season.
The fourth-placed Bulldogs have a big challenge the next two weeks, facing the top two sides, East Point and Redan.
While Gisborne will be missing a few players, Peak said it would be a good challenge.
Captain Hannah Beasley is expected to miss a couple of weeks after hurting her ankle on Saturday, while a key target up forward Alana Preston, will miss both matches.
In good news for Gisborne, Ashlee Knight got through her first game back on Saturday.
“It’s a testing time against the measuring sticks of the competition,” he said.
“Hopefully we can show what we can do and reduce the margin from last time.”
Peak said a win from those two matches would be a bonus.
He said if they can win their last two matches, it should be enough to make finals. “Our last two games are against Melton and Sebastopol and as long as we win them we should be fine.
“Melton didn’t score against us last time. We’re confident that we can get there [finals] and if we get a win the next two week’s it would be a bonus.”
Peak said if they were to make finals, anything could happen from there.
“I think we will be thereabouts,” he said.
“I’m not sure we will beat the top two teams, but with our full team we’ll be competitive.”
In other women’s football, the Sunbury Kangaroos and Sunbury Lions both had the bye in the Essendon District Football League Women’s premier competition.
Kyneton also had the week off in the Central Victoria Football League, with the league having a side participating in an interleague clash.