Bendigo Thunder trounce Whitehorse in NFLW clash

PACE AND STRENGTH: Andrea Walsh takes a fine leading mark during Sunday's 109 point win against Whitehorse at the QEO. Picture: NONI HYETT
PACE AND STRENGTH: Andrea Walsh takes a fine leading mark during Sunday's 109 point win against Whitehorse at the QEO. Picture: NONI HYETT

BENDIGO Thunder have warmed up for a top-of-the-ladder clash with VU Western Spurs next Sunday, with a rampaging 109 point win over Whitehorse.

Played at the Queen Elizabeth Oval on Sunday, the undefeated Thunder defeated their Northern Football League Women's competition rival 19.12 (126) to 2.5 (17).

Kerryn Harrington and Andrea Walsh led the way on the scoreboard with six and five goals respectively for the Thunder, who have now won eight straight games.

A miserly Thunder defence conceded only two goals, both of them coming in the final quarter.

That contribution was more than matched by the Thunder, who booted nine goals in the term, after leading by 68 points at the final change.

The win was highlighted by another best on ground performance from rising star Tiahna Cochrane.

The midfielder, who last season played with Castlemaine in the BJFL Youth Girls competition, has rarely been outside the best players in the Thunder's strong season.

Harrington, who has signed as a rookie player with AFLW team Carlton, Michelle Barkla, Louise Bibby, Grace Campbell, Sarah Baldwin and Walsh were among the standouts in a brilliant team performance.

Amanda Carrod joined Walsh and Harrington as multiple goal scorers with two, while skipper Leah French, Campbell, Bibby, Molly Metcalf, Yasmin Colley, Ayrlie. Bailey-McClanahan each booted one.

Meanwhile, the Thunder reserves had another huge win at Weeroona Oval, defeating NCWL rival Shepparton 14.7 (91) to 0.2 (2).