Waves fade after the break

Mel De Bruin goes on the attack. 154907 Pictures: PATRICK CALLOW

Women’s Div 1 – Deakin Ducks 6 def Surfside Waves 0
THE first half was a tight affair with the changed formation in the midfield containing Deakin to only one goal. Great defensive performances from Madi Wilding including a double save kept the Wave in it.
The back four of Jasmine Pickett, Mel Debruin/Emma Riley, Kate Elstone and the Pearson sisters were solid in forcing Deakin wide. The flatter midfield with Gina Murphy dictating play, ably supported by Steffi Wallace in her best game so far, ever-reliable Faye Kendall, creative Cath Sattler, and Jordan Tabakovic giving the side run working well for each other. Forward pressure from Allana Gilbee and Sattler helped keep the ball up the ground.
The side tired a little in the second half and this allowed Deakin to use its pace to finish the game off. However, overall, the Waves continued to play the ball on the ground, out from the back where possible and the development from the start of the season is outstanding.
Indiah Van Galen played mainly as striker and gave constant pressure on the Deakin back four in a breakout game for her. Surfside continued to play the ball around and held their heads up during the game creating several chances with football that was a joy to watch. The side took the opportunity to try players in different positions and everyone worked hard for the team.