The wait for Women’s Football finally come to an end with day one of the Bonnie Lassie Cup entering its 44th year at Ian McLennan Park in warm and sunny conditions on Sunday 20 March 2022.
All teams were ready and excited to get onto the pitch after football had been on hold due to the Covid Pandemic and the unfortunate NSW Floods. Dona D’Amico was especially excited for her Russel Vale side to kickstart their year off with the Bonnie Lassie Cup.
“It’s been so great to finally be able to get out and go for a run after a long 9 months off season, especially in a Cup that really recognises Women’s football”, she said.
The opening game of the tournament saw a goalless match between neighbours Bulli and Thirroul from Pool A resulting in a 0-0 draw, following a Pool B match with UOWFC defeating Cringila 1-0.
Both Thirroul and Tarrawanna finished on equal points and are currently sitting top two for Pool A. Meanwhile, Fernhill defeated Berkeley 2-0 after losing 3-0 to UOWFC. UOWFC now sit top of Pool B following Fernhill in second place.
The afternoon games saw an eager Helensburgh side in Pool C warm and ready to head onto the pitch before an unexpected forfeit from their opponents Wollongong United. A second game was re-arranged for the Helensburgh side against Gerringong before they too, forfeited from the tournament. It wasn’t until 3pm that Helensburgh were able to finally step onto the pitch with a well earnt victory, defeating Figtree 3-0. Both sides will proceed into the next stages of the tournament.
In Pool D, Woonona took away a 2-0 win against Moss Vale, whilst both Oak Flats and Jamberoo struggled to find the net, resulting in a 0-0 draw. Moss Vale later redeemed themselves with a 2-1 victory over Jamberoo, however, couldn’t get past a double success from Woonona as they took out first place in Pool D, following Moss Vale who currently sit in second place.
In the final matches for the day, Russell Vale proved to be a top side by defeating both APWE 2-0 and Coledale 1-0, placing them at the top of Pool E. With a 0-0 draw between UOWFC (2) and Coledale, APWE were able to snatch up second place in Pool E.
The group stages however are not yet complete, with a game at hand for each team to be played this coming Sunday morning. Once each match has been played, the top 8 teams in the tournament will then compete in the finals for the Cup whilst the other remaining teams will compete in the finals for the Plate, later that afternoon.
Review by Alison Dinh, on twitter @alisondinh_
Photo Credit: Graham Brown