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Falcons take top spot

Vice-captain Poppy Schaap, Tess Craven and Charlotte Hardy celebrate Geelong Falcons’ 24-point win over Eastern Ranges. (Geelong Falcons Image/Kelvin Gray)

GEELONG Falcons have claimed top spot on the NAB League Girls ladder following an impressive 24-point win over Eastern Ranges at Kilsyth on Saturday, 7.5 (47) to 3.5 (23).

The Ranges had been the dominant team in the opening month two rounds of the season, holding their opponents to a combined 12 points.

However, the Falcons were a different proposition, with Paul Corrigan’s team stating their intention early with a two-goal-to-one opening quarter.

“On Thursday night, I said to them, “how do you want to be seen on Saturday?” and they came up with three things they want to be seen by throughout the game,” Corrigan told bay93.9’s The Sideline View.

“We kept reiterating those things, and one of those was intensity, and I thought the intensity today all over the ground and the pressure they applied on Eastern was sensational.”

Captain Lucy Were and league-leading goalkicker Renee Tierney kicked two majors for the Falcons, with Ash Van Loon, Tess Craven and Gabbi Featherston influential.

“I thought our backs were super today,” Corrigan said. “Eastern had numerous inside 50s and repeat entries, and they held really firm.

“Then, when the game started to open up in the second half, we showed a bit of our flair and the way we could move the ball and get it inside 50 and kick some goals.”

The Falcons have the bye in Round 5 before returning to Deakin University on March 13 for a clash with the Sydney Swans Academy.

Meanwhile, the Round 2 clash against Murray Bushrangers, which was postponed due to Victoria’s snap COVID-19 lockdown, will now be played on April 11 in Bendigo.

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GEELONG FALCONS  2.1, 3,3, 5.4, 7.5 (47)

EASTERN RANGES  1.1, 2.1, 3,4, 3.5 (23)

Goals: Geelong Falcons: R. Tierney 2, L. Were 2, P. Schaap, K. Stacey, T. Lewis. Eastern Ranges: G. Campbell 2, A. Pisano

Best: Geelong Falcons: A. Van Loon, T. Craven, G. Featherston, A. Lee, T. Morrow, R. Tierney. Eastern Ranges: G. Campbell, K. Sherar, R. O”Dwyer, M. Busch, C. Schmidli, L. Stone.