Lions impressive start

Kaitlyn Portelli. (Ljubica Vrankovic) 406467_16

Tara Murray

Taylors Lakes coach Joseph Antonetti hasn’t been surprised by his side’s start to the Essendon District Football League women’s division 2 season.

The Lions are fielding a standalone women’s side for the first time this season and have three wins from their opening four matches.

Antonetti said they had always been confident about the group that they had put together.

“I’m really happy,” he said. “It’s a great bunch of women and they’re starting to put things into place.

“It’s good to see the results as well.

“We knew that we had the pieces of the puzzle, it was about the best fit for the team. There haven’t really been any surprises.”

Antonetti said the camaraderie of the group had been a key to the way they’ve been playing. He said there was a really good culture and it was transitioning onto the field.

On field, Antonetti said defender Rebecca Foggie had probably been their standout player so far.

“I dare say she has been pretty much our best in every game,” he said.

“She’s been strong out in defence and she has been our break wall down there.”

Antonetti said they’ll continue to focus on taking it week by week and see where the season takes them.

“I don’t want to let up,” he said. “Finals are definitely the aim and we’ll see how it goes for us.

“We are improving no matter whether we are winning or losing.

“We are never complacent.”

The Lions face their biggest test of the season on Saturday, facing an undefeated Sunbury Lions.

Antonetti said before the match they were ready for that challenge.

“We’ve played a different group of teams,” he said. “We’ve got to test ourselves against the best.

“We are excited to see where we are against the best. We think it’ll be a pure game of football.”