Westie women win
Monday, 22nd September, 2014
By Ethan James
Some crisp striking and desperate goalkeeping saw West take out the women's grand final in convincing fashion over St. Joseph's.
Elle Gepp was the star up forward with a two-goal performance, while almost nothing got past the gloves of goalkeeper Taylor McAvaney.
West overcame a strong start from the Joeys to post two unanswered second half goals for a 4-1 victory.
The side earned a direct passage to the final after claiming the minor premiership and entered the game as firm favourites.
But an extra week's rest is not always the best lead up to a big game.
West captain Jasmine Mitchell said she was slightly jittery with the fourteen day break before the match.
"It probably just made me a bit more nervous and we had a bit too much time to over think," she said.
Although there may have been some early nerves, West found inroads into the St. Joseph's line the further the match progressed.
"It was an awesome win really, St Joseph's are a very good team."
West opened the scoring but St. Joseph's were quick to hit back through Nicole Winely, who made no mistake in front of an open goal.
Dominating field position, West went ahead 2-1 at the break.
The Joey's continued to push but couldn't find a way past McAvaney at the back, who pulled off a number of strong saves.
West then made the most of their chances, with Gepp slotting the goal to give her side a 3-1 break.
"She been a key forward over the season," Mitchell said.
"She had a year off and was with Celtic before that, so it's great to have her as part of the team."
The fourth goal was the icing on the cake for a jubilant West side.
"We just work really well together considering we don't train," Mitchell said.
"I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to say that but it's hard to get everyone together at the same time.
"But when we do, we play pretty well together."
West 4 (Elle Gepp 2, Caitlyn Bloomfield, Isabella Stephens) def. St. Joseph's 1 (Nicole Winely)