CVFLW ready for inter-league tussle as part of QEO gala day

OPPORTUNITY: CVFLW representatives Shaniah Clarke, Heidi Erasmus, Donna Slevin and Taylor Bellesini. Picture: GLENN DANIELS
OPPORTUNITY: CVFLW representatives Shaniah Clarke, Heidi Erasmus, Donna Slevin and Taylor Bellesini. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

DEFENDER Rochelle Daley will have the honour of captaining the Central Victorian Football League Women’s team in its first representative match on Sunday.

The CVFLW will play the Northern Country Women’s League at the QEO as part of a women’s gala day.

Both competitions are in their first seasons as stand-alone senior women leagues.

All five CVFLW teams have representatives in Sunday’s team of 23, with the undefeated Bendigo Thunder leading the way with 12.

Miliana Naicori would have been a 13th Thunder player in the team, but she has been ruled out with injury.

The team will be coached by Hamish Morcom.

“We want some versatility in the team, but probably the biggest thing we’ve looked at in picking the team is players with the skill level for this sort of footy,” Morcom said on Friday.

“We’re really fortunate with the talent we’ve got and there’s obviously a strong contingent of players from the Bendigo Thunder.”

Skipper Daley is one of the Thunder players in the team.

“Rochelle is predominantly a backline player who is a really good user of the ball,” Morcom said.

“We expect she’ll be a bit of a general down back and will be able to guide and instruct the team really well. She’s going to be a huge asset for us on Sunday.”

Sunday’s inter-league game will be played at 4.30pm and will cap a big day of women’s football at the QEO, which also includes the Bendigo Thunder senior team playing and a VFLW match, with the action beginning at noon.

• CVFLW TEAM:

Bendigo Thunder – Rochelle Daley (c), Tiffany Bradley, Carly Isaac, Kate Hare, Ebony Whiley, Beppina Marshall, Jacqueline Radnell, Molly Metcalf, Carly McRae, Taylor Bellesini, Sarah Moerke, Emma Windridge.

Kangaroo Flat – Heidi Erasmus, Corrine Harris, Christa Lingen.

Kyneton – Teagan Ainslie, Natalie Korinfsky.

North Bendigo – Alisha Lourie, Hannah Kenny, Shaniah Clarke.

Strathfieldsaye – Rhian Moresi, Carli Eaton, Donna Slevin.