Santa Monica women beat Ventura 38-11 at home this Saturday during their 4th game this season, bringing their record to 3 and 1 for the season.
Starting out strong the Santa Monica Lady Fins took to the field ready to play. Inside Center Whitney Vance scored the team’s first try finding at beautiful whole during some exceptional backline play. Thanks to very strong rucking by the forwards the Fins continued their possession of the ball for much of the next quarter half, with both Wingers, Ann Lease and Leilani Martin scoring in succession. Halfway through the first half Ventura had their first surge, pushing up field until they were successfully able to kick for points off a penalty play. Responding strongly Santa Monica came back hard, with a lot of strong scrum crashes and some truly eloquent backline plays resulting in the last try of the half, scored by Outside Center Sarah Harris.
Santa Monica started the second half strong with a scrummy try scored by Flanker Cassandra Tong. Not to be disheartened, Ventura began to apply pressure putting Santa Monica on their back foot for a lot of the second half and finally curbing their momentum. Through continued perseverance Ventura was able to once again kick for points successfully for a second time and later scored their sole try for the match after the Flyhalf managed an interception of Santa Monica’s ball. Movement up and down the field continued as the second half pushed on, with both teams defending their goals and pushing for moments of offensive success. In the last 15 minutes of the half, with fresh legs on the field from a number of strong substitutions, Santa Monica scored their last try thanks to a beautiful wing run my new team member Becky Bunz, who broke through numerous tackles. Following the try Fullback Hannah “Miley” Greene, scored her forth conversion kick. This was a particularly amazing kicking game for Miley, who manage three of the conversions from way to the side of the field. With the success of Bunz and Miley, Santa Monica ended their game in great spirits, locking up their third win for the season.
Santa Monica- 38
Tries- Whitney Vance, Leilani Martin, Ann Lease, Sarah Harris, Cassandra Tong, Becky Bunz
Conversions- Hannah “Miley” Greene- 4
Kicking for point through the uprights- 2