Goal kicking efficiency looms as the main obstacle standing in the way of Kalgoorlie’s bid for the Goldfields Football League’s women’s flag after they chalked up an eighth victory at Boulder’s expense on Saturday night.
With just 14 players available, Boulder struggled against the first-placed Roos who grabbed a 38-point win, 5.10 (40) to 0.2 (2).
Kalgoorlie, whose lone defeat was against Boulder in round four, are on a six-game winning sequence to surge four matches clear in the standings.
Roos coach Shane Coysh, however, was quick to put the result into perspective against an opposition squad without 11 frontliners for the clash at Digger Daws Oval.
Despite the relative ease of their wins, the black-and-whites’ past two matches have yielded a wasteful 12.24.
“I’d love to see us straighten up a bit,” Coysh said.
“But obviously the wind played havoc on the game and the overall skills from both sides.
“It died off later on, but Boulder only had the 14 players.
“That worked out in our favour, in the sense we had quite a few coming back from illness and injury and we were able to do that without running them too hard.
“All you can do as a coach is give the girls a challenge each weekend — whether it’s against a team with depleted numbers or opposition at their absolute best on the field.
“The challenge is seeing how we adapt to whatever we’re facing and running with it.
“So far, so good.”
Boulder coach Danny Hayes led the Tigers to last season’s inaugural GFLW flag, but he said it was frustrating trying to build a game plan around limited numbers.
“The upside is that by the time our August 12 game rolls around, we’ll roughly have all of those 11 players available,” he said.
“But so much hinges on training nights because you have to train a game plan.
“If you’re not getting the girls to training to specifically work on those plans, it makes it very difficult to execute them on game day.
“In saying that, we have a brand of football … now and it doesn’t change much from week-to-week, regardless of who is in the side.
“Even though we only played with 14, the girls played exactly how I asked them to, within reason.
“With what we had and the rotations available to us, I wouldn’t say we held our own as such but we played some respectable footy.”
Kalgoorlie and Boulder clash again on Thursday night at Sir Richard Moore Sports Centre in a make-up fixture from earlier in the season.