Echuca’s Alyx Glanville had an impressive game for Bendigo Thunder colours.LUKE MCMANUS July 10, 2014 3:22am
Echuca’s Alyx Glanville took her football career to the next level on Sunday, lining up for Bendigo Thunder in the Victorian Women’s Football League.
Glanville debuted for Bendigo after impressing coach Russell Jeffrey during training last week, earning a call up to the division one team to play reigning premier Darebin at Preston’s AH Capp Reserve.
Bendigo copped a 230-point hiding against the far-superior Falcons, but Glanville, judged among the team’s best players for the afternoon, relished the chance with open arms.
‘‘It was a lot faster than the competition back home,’’ Glanville said.
‘‘I had to think a lot more about my disposal and what I did with the ball, instead of just kicking it.’’
‘‘I had a lot of support from teammates everytime I got the ball.’’
Glanville played through the middle of the ground and down forward, using her foot skills and eagerness for the contest with great effect.
Jeffrey said the Echuca-based recruit never looked out of place among some of the competition’s best.
‘‘We were delighted with Alyx,’’ the coach said.
‘‘Not long after the game started, she was well and truly into the fray.
‘‘She looked quite comfortable from what we could see from the boundary.’’
Bendigo could not register a point against Darebin, with the scoreboard reading 35.20
Darebin, undefeated after seven rounds, boasted about 10 players who featured in the televised Western Bulldogs v Melbourne women’s exhibition game at Etihad Stadium on June 29.
‘‘It wasn’t just a trip down to Melbourne for a picnic,’’ Jeffrey said.
‘‘We were playing the best and Alyx was able to match her opponent.
‘‘Given it was her first outing at that level she showed plenty of promise and we’re hoping she’ll feature in a few more games before the end of the season.’’
That prospect will be open to some of Glanville’s Murray Bomber teammates after Kelly Shotton, Kiara Cooper, Sophie Douglas and Aisha Kirchhofer were also invited down to last week’s training session.
‘‘To have those girls down from Echuca was fantastic,’’ the coach said.
‘‘From what I saw they’ll all be putting their hands up.’’
The Thunder return to Bendigo’s Queens Elizabeth Oval for a home game against St Alban’s on Saturday, which will serve as a curtain raiser to Bendigo Gold’s VFL clash.
Jeffrey said with some regular senior players away during the school holidays, the Thunder will look for the Murray Bombers to fill the void.
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