Eagles closing in on first win

Midfielder Maddison Blackburn has led the way for Beaconsfield this season. 405139 Pictures: ROB CAREW

By David Nagel

Beaconsfield is closing in on its first win in Eastern Division One Women’s football after the Eagles produced a season-best performance against ladder-leaders North Ringwood on Saturday.

The Eagles trailed by 13 points at the first break, but took a three-point lead to three-quarter time after outscoring the Saints by 3.3 to 0.5 across the second and third quarters.

The Saints lifted their rating in the final term, booting 5.3 to 2.0, to edge away with an 8.11(59) to 6.5(41) victory.

Jess Matin led the scoring for the Eagles, slotting two goals, while Emma Fergusson, Lauren Hojnacki, Bianca Mirigliani and Mia Parlapiano also hit the scoreboard.

The Eagles were well-served by Natalie Taylor, Ava Stillwell, Sammy Wilko, Jessica Hartfield and Maddison Blackburn, who has led the way in all four games this season.

Beaconsfield began its season with a 12-point loss to Park Orchards, at Holm Park Reserve, before struggling to match Knox in round two.

The Eagles then experienced a tough day at the office against East Ringwood, before Saturday’s game against the Saints.

Blackburn, Hojnacki and Kia Emery have been consistent performers this season, while Katie Angelis and Lauree Metcalfe have kicked multiple goals in games; providing valuable targets up forward.

The Eagles host third-placed Donvale this Saturday at 10.40am.


Ladder R4: North Ringwood, Park Orchards, Donvale 12, East Ringwood 8, Knox 4, Beaconsfield 0.

Fixture R5: Beaconsfield (6) v Donvale (3), East Ringwood (4) v North Ringwood (1), Knox (5) v Park Orchards (2).