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Falcons hand Pioneers a hiding

Renee Tierney stretches for a mark in Geelong Falcon’s NAB League Girls win over Bendigo Pioneers. (Geelong Falcons Image/Kelvin Gray)

GEELONG Falcons coach Paul Corrigan has paid tribute to how his team handled Victoria’s snap five-day COVID-19 lockdown following Saturday’s 50-point win over Bendigo Pioneers.

The Falcons kicked their fourth-highest score and registered their fifth-biggest victory as they took care of the Pioneers 10.6 (66) to 2.4 (16) at Epsom Huntly Reserve.

“We got the girls back on Thursday night and prepped them for the game, and the improvement they showed from Round 1 to this game was a great four-quarter effort,” Corrigan told Bay 93.9’s The Sideline View.

“But, I was really more impressed with how the team’s just evolved and the way they went about it, which is really pleasing.”

Ruck Annie Lee’s fine start to the season continued, as did that of midfielders Tess Craven and Charlotte Simpson, while vice-captain Poppy Schapp also influenced the contest.

Renee Tierney moved into a share of the lead in the NAB League Girls goal kicking while also becoming the first Falcon to 25 career majors, with three goals, and Zoe Garth contributed two goals.

Corrigan says the coaching staff are keen to showcase the players’ ability.

“We don’t have much focus on a game plan,” he said.

“I’ve always said to the girls that “if your fundamentals are really competent and you need to move to the next level – whether that’s AFLW or VFLW – that your skills will hold you in good stead”.”

“We could try and teach the best game plan or strategy; then they move to an AFL club, and the strategy’s totally different.

“We have a real focus on the fundamentals, and we try and build a basic gameplan around that.

“We’re really keen to showcase the strength of the girls and what they have to bring.”

The Falcons will get a better indication of its place in the NAB League pecking order next Saturday when it travels to Kilsyth for a clash with fellow unbeaten team Eastern Ranges.

The Ranges are coming off a 114-point win over Gippsland Power.

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GEELONG FALCONS 3.1, 6.3, 9.4, 10.6 (66)

BENDIGO PIONEERS 0.0, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4 (16)

Goals: Geelong Falcons:  R. Tierney 3, Z. Garth 2, E. Perrett, L. Were, K. Stacey, T. Craven

Bendigo Pioneers: J. Finning, C. Dorrity

Best: Geelong Falcons: A. Lee, T. Craven, P. Schaap, C. Simpson, G. Featherston, R. Tierney

Bendigo Pioneers: M. Marks, T. Williams, S. Orritt, E. Snell, J. Richardson, O. Di Donato