Read back, Tolland even stronger

With the inclusion of Lizzie Read, back from suspension in round six, Tolland’s Leonard Cup team easily downed South Wagga 6-1 at the Showgrounds on Sunday.

Read played at centre back, shoring-up the win for competition leader Tolland, now with a five-point gap over runner up South Wagga, confirming statements from rival coaches that Tolland is the team to beat this season.

Games against Cootamundra and Young allowed Tolland forwards the freedom to polish their attack.

“Our ball movement was really good on Sunday,” Tolland coach and goalkeeper Annette Parkinson said.

“We’ve been moving the ball wide, attacking that way and having patience on goal.”

She’s equally pleased with results and team morale.

“The great thing to see is the way the girls have connected as a team,” she said.

“They’re a really good bunch of girls.”

Read is one of a few women who also play in the men’s reserve grade competition.

“It’s fantastic to have her back,” Parkinson said.

“She’s strong at the back, wins the ball constantly.”

Henwood Park’s Brooke Gaylor and Bronte Buik have also been playing in the Gardiner Shield.

On Sunday Henwood defeated Young 7-0, Junee drew with Wagga United 1-1 at Burns Park, and Leeton and Cootamundra’s match-up was postponed to July 8.

Round seven: Young v South Wagga, Tolland v Leeton, Coota v Junee, Wagga United v Henwood Park.

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