Pantherettes play a physical game against Bushrangers

Pantherette Cassandra Kelly chases the ball in a match against Cowra last month. Photo by Jenny Kingham.
Pantherette Cassandra Kelly chases the ball in a match against Cowra last month. Photo by Jenny Kingham.

The Parkes Pantherettes prepared themselves for a bitterly cold game last weekend, and were pleasantly surprised when Bathurst was sunny and warm.

Parkes had fifteen players who travelled across to play against the Bushrangers, who were celebrating milestones for their players.

The Parkes Panthers Football Club would like to congratulate Abbey Hardie and Elise Hull of the Bathurst Bushrangers on reaching 50 senior games.

First quarter and the Pantherettes were up and about early on, as the ball was forced quickly inside their forward line, Hallee "Batman" Pauley - L'estrange combined with her sidekick Amber "Robin" L'estrange as they tried to navigate their way through the Bathurst defence and look to get on the scoreboard.

Parkes followed up with several inside forward 50 entries but no score availed.

Bathurst managed to find their forwards in the scrum, who kicked two goals and three behinds.

Second quarter and plenty of action happening about in the midfield, new Pantherette Georgia "Mighty Duck" Mornard slotted right in like a little air hockey puck, keeping the opposition at bay.

As the battle continued, Rachael "Mafia" Gazzola took it upon herself to shoot the ball as far up the field as she could and blaze away from her opponents to maintain possession in the hands of her teammates.

Parkes were held scoreless and Bathurst scored three goals to end the first half of the match.

As the siren sounded for the start of the third quarter, it was time to battle again. Leanne "Praying Mantis" Billington took it in her stride to willy nilly pick up the tumbling ball at every chance she got and kick it down the line to a leading target.

Yet again the ball was back and forth, floating, swirling, rolling, bouncing and in the hands of just about every Tom, Dick and Harry.

Meanwhile Amy "Chief Wiggum" Roseby was patrolling her steps up as full forward, thinking, wishing and waiting for a donut to float her way.

Bathurst scored two goals and two behinds. Parkes were held scoreless.

Final quarter and again the play was hard and physical.

This quarter the pressure mounted on the backline, Players Player Michelle "Arnold Schwarzenegger" Row basically showed her opponents not to mess with her, as she bumped and tackled them with "Hasta La Vista Baby" and a "I'll be back" type of style.

Ensuring that they wouldn't dare cross her path or it'll be "Get to the chopper".

Laura "Sideshow Bob" Dorman made tackle after tackle in the backline, determined not to let it be an easy task for the Bushrangers forwards as they met the Panthers tackle for tackle.

Bathurst scored four goals and two behinds.

Unfortunately and with plenty of inside forward 50 entries for Parkes, it resulted in no score all game for them.

Bushrangers suffered a loss after one of the hardest hits we've seen this season - unluckily between two of their own players.

The Bushrangers were heard to say that the match was one of the most physical they've played, and the scoreboard didn't match the toughness of both teams.

Coach Felicity Ralph praised the girls

"Firstly we had 15 to an away game this week!" she said.

"That's amazing and really helped us play a great game of footy, the score didn't reflect on how great the girls played this weekend.

"Our first quarter was about finding our feet and putting a few girls in new positions, what I'm trying to do is really build our mid and forward line so we have more opportunities to score some goals.

"We have such a strong backline, we were all about stopping goals, but this year we have had so many opportunities to go for goal but we just lose a bit when it's in our forward line.

"Michelle was a standout player for me this weekend! She took marks and also booted some big kicks.

"Once again girls you played really well and I'm looking forward to a home game for us, bring on this Saturday."

Parkes Panthers 0.0-0 defeated by Bathurst Bushrangers 11.9-75

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