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Docking gets tougher for Lamana Dockers

BY SIMON KESLEP

The TSI Lamana sponsored Dockers women’s team will dig deep in their playbook heading into this weekend’s Port Moresby AFL major semi-final against Gerehu Magpies.

Dockers fall short losing 2.1 (13) to rivals West Eagles 3.2 (20) on Saturday at the Colts AFL oval.

Eagles had a fair share of dominating ball possessions in the first quarter but they could not score points so as with the Dockers which resulted in a scoreless quarter.

Adjusting attack in the second quarter was a key factor for Dockers especially with coach Stanis Ponda guiding her girls to press on and eventually boot the only goal to lead by six heading into half time.

It was not a comfortable lead for Dockers as they came under immense pressure by Eagles heading into the last two quarters of play. Booting three goals and adding a consolation behind was enough for Eagles to contain Dockers and come out victorious.

“The girls played well in the backline, centre line and the forwards but then again we were a bit down because our ruckman did not turn up on game day.

“The replacement we put is not that familiar in the position. We manage to continue playing and fall short to score goals. We will focus on our centre-line and improve in our forward line to face Gerehu Magpies,” said Lamana Dockers coach Stanis Ponda.

He said the efforts of Monica Simon, Susan Savere and Janet Mong was again outstanding against Eagles.

“They tried their best but we just fell short…our ruckman Winnie Gai should be back for our next match,” said Ponda.

Meanwhile in the other women’s fixture, Gerehu Magpies sent Port Powers home packing in a scoreless finish with the fulltime score of 3. 2 (20).