Seagulls flying high as Hamilton Kangaroos fall short

TOP FORM: Port Fairy wing defence Chelsea McMahon was one of the Seagulls' best against Hamilton Kangaroos. Picture: Christine Ansorge
TOP FORM: Port Fairy wing defence Chelsea McMahon was one of the Seagulls' best against Hamilton Kangaroos. Picture: Christine Ansorge

WHEN injuries and illness strikes, Port Fairy’s depth finds a way to cover its losses.

On Saturday, it did just that.

Seagulls mentor Sarah McCorkell called upon both junior and division one players to fill several voids in the club’s open grade outfit.

And they didn’t miss a beat. Port Fairy romped to a 20-goal triumph over Hamilton Kangaroos.

McCorkell said a holistic squad approach had her side brimming with confidence after five rounds.

“I thought it was a great team effort by the girls. We were able to try a few different combinations,” McCorkell said.

“We had a few injuries and some girls stepped up from division one and our junior grades to play different roles.

“We also had Emily Forrest and Carly Watson back in which was fantastic. We promoted Eloise Swarbrick and Ava Pierce as juniors for a half each and they held down wing defence really well.”

McCorkell, who replaced Megan Titmus at the helm in the summer, said the looming interleague bye “couldn't have come at a better time” as players continued injury rehabilitation.

“It couldn’t have been better. We see ourselves as a squad who works together. We’ve been short at times, but we’ve had people step up and drop back to help for numbers,” she said.

“We’re just working together as a unit. If we’ve got our injuries or niggles, we’ve got players who are able to step up for us.”

Port Fairy, currently second, has a bye before facing South Warrnambool.

RAPT: Sarah McCorkell

RAPT: Sarah McCorkell