A triple Dural victory over East Coast, Vics and Bayside saw Warriors wrestle second spot on the ladder, as Vipers beat both Pirates and Untouchables to claim a top-four spot.
Behind premiers South Brisbane (32), Dural (27) and Galaxy (27) are separated by a mere one-goal goal-differential; the Vics (18) overtaking Boomerangs to cement fourth place.
The Golden Boot race is tight with Vipers ace Ceyda Cambaz (19) just ahead of Galaxy’s Mariel Hecher (17) and South Brisbane duo Sarah Amorim (17) and Sofie Persson (16).
Vic Vipers 5 (Ceyda Cambaz 2, Rhianna Pollicina 2, Fabiana Perfilio) Bayside Pirates 2 (Stephanie Tanti, Liesl Woods)
East Coast Heat 0 Dural Warriors 5 (Jessica Elliot 2, Bethany Gordon 2, Tara Pender)
Vic Vipers 5 (Doris Osman 3, Rhianna Pollicina, Ceyda Cambaz) North Canberra Untouchables 4 (Rebecca Kiting 2, Ashleigh Palombi, Jennifer Bisset)
Bayside Pirates 2 (Ilona Jakab, Rebecca Niclasen) North Canberra Untouchables 7 (Brittany Palombi 2, Ashleigh Palombi 3, Grace Field, Rebecca Kiting)
Vic Vipers 0 Dural Warriors 2 (Rachel Perrins 2)
Bayside Pirates 3 (Ilona Jakab, Sienna Fogarty, Elisabeth Roberts) Dural Warriors 6 (Dominique Caridad, Samantha Nagy2, Rachel Perrins, Bethany Gordon 2)
Vics beat Bayside
Vic Vipers overcame a stubborn Bayside Pirates winning 5-2 at Hoops 24/7 Indoor Sports Centre on Friday night.
Stephanie Tanti and Liesl Woods goals gave Bayside a 2-1 edge midway through a riveting contest, but the newcomers were steamrolled in the second half with Ceyda Cambaz and Rhianna Pollicina both collecting Vipers braces.
Warriors roast Heat
Dural Warriors bulldozed East Coast Heat 5-zip at Valentine Sports Park on Friday night.
The Warriors led by two at the changeover and completed the job in the second half with Jessica Elliot and Bethany Gordon both scoring doubles.
Vipers bite Untouchables
Vic Vipers snapped up a top-four place following their 5-4 thriller against North Canberra Untouchables at Hoops 24/7 Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday morning.
Doris Osman and Rhianna Pollicina goals gave the Vics the perfect start leading 2-0 after 10 minutes before Rebecca Kiting pulled one back for North Canberra seconds out from halftime.
The second half was a free-for-all as Osman and Ceyda Cambaz goals were countered by an Ashleigh Palombi strike for Untouchables to make it a two-goal gap before Jennifer Bisset and Kiting scored to draw the sides level 4-4 with three minutes to play.
Osman was the Vics’ hero scoring in the final minute to complete her hat-trick and give Vipers the full three points needed to overtake East Coast into fourth place and their first taste of F-League finals.
North Canberra batter Bayside
North Canberra’s trip to Melbourne ended with a win as Untouchables beat Bayside Pirates 7-2 at Caroline Springs Leisure Centre on Saturday night.
The visitors got off to a flyer with four quick goals after only eight minutes of play leaving Bayside a mountain to climb to get back into the match.
It was the Palombi sister-act that did the damage, Brittany Palombi scoring in the fourth minute followed by Ashleigh’s a minute later before Brittany scored another moments later followed by a Grace Field fourth.
Two clever lobs over the Pirates defence created two of the goals as the quick Untouchables’ pivot exploited the space and their lightning attack had the home side reeling.
A timeout settled things as Bayside’s creativity escalated and they got a glimmer of hope as a tenacious young Elisabeth Roberts won the ball on halfway, dribbled forward and laid it off for Ilona Jakab to slot into goal for a 4-1 halftime deficit.
The Pirates started the second half with more drive and created several good chances but the wind was knocked out of their sails when Ashleigh Palombi scored her second goal, team-mate Rebecca Kiting making it 6-1 moments later, Bayside flanker Rebecca Niclasen scoring a superb consolation into the corner of the net before Ashleigh Palombi harnessed the last laugh when she fended off three tackles to round out her hat-trick.
Dural defeat Vics
Dural Warriors had to be at their best to hold off a confident Vic Vipers 2-0 at Hoops 24/7 Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday morning
Rachel Perrins scored in the fifth and 26th minutes to decide the affair. Dural now has more F-League cleansheets to their name with nine, while the Vics picked up the opposite award, their seventh scoreless match the most of any club.
Warriors keelhaul Pirates
Dural Warriors were given a good run for their money in an entertaining 6-3 win over Bayside Pirates at Caroline Springs Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon.
It was the third game in three days for an upbeat Pirates crew who, despite their fatigue, took a surprise third-minute lead through rising star Elisabeth Roberts.
This fired up the Warriors who replied through a Dominique Caridad effort a few minutes later, quickly followed by Samantha Nagy’s strike to make it 2-1 and put the Pirates on the back foot.
Dural were finding their rhythm with their quick flank attacks and shots on goal but it was their transitional play doing all the damage and they extended their lead to 3-1 with a Rachel Perrins goal nearing halftime. To their credit Bayside exuded some pressure and were rewarded with an Ilona Jakab goal just before the break.
Warriors coach Rob Varela gave his team a stern halftime talk and it did the trick as Nagy scored a second to make it 4-2 but, not to be outdone, the Pirates fought back courtesy of a Sienna Fogarty goal to put the pressure back on Dural to respond, which they did with two Bethany Gordon goals to make it 6-3 at fulltime.
It was one of Bayside’s best games of a challenging inaugural season, and they’ll meet Dural again next week in NSW.
This week’s games
This final 2016 Women’s PUMA F-League weekend pits South Brisbane against Vic Vipers at Eagle Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon (12.45pm), Dural Warriors versus Bayside Pirates at Valentine Sports Park on Saturday afternoon (1pm), and East Coast Heat play Bayside at Valentine on Saturday night (7pm). Galaxy FC host Vipers at Eagle Sports Complex on Sunday morning (11.30am).
Photo courtesy – Ray Moon & Ashleigh Palombi