Women’s foot­ball all set to fire up

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Zach Relph

Har­vey Bulls’ Fleur Parker and HBL’s Mon­tana Tate are gear­ing up for the in­au­gu­ral women's South West Foot­ball League sea­son. The two teams will face off in an his­toric cross-town clash at the Har­vey Recre­ation Ground on April 23.

WHILE women foot­ballers pre­pare for the in­au­gu­ral women’s South West Foot­ball League sea­son, Au­drey Mar­shall is re­mem­ber­ing a pi­o­neer­ing game played in Har­vey more than 70 years ago.

In 1946, the Har­vey Recre­ation Ground hosted a one-off match be­tween a women’s team and men play­ers from through­out the Har­veyBrunswick area.

The game was played un­der re­vised rules, which in­cluded pro­hibit­ing men from tack­ling their fe­male op­po­nents.

Al­though it was an ex­hi­bi­tion fix­ture, Mar­shall said the women’s side was de­ter­mined to de­feat the men.

“It was a lot of fun. It was re­ally, re­ally good es­pe­cially af­ter the war years,” Mar­shall said.

“All of the fe­male sup­port­ers got to­gether and formed a team that played the Har­vey-Brunswick men.

“We had um­pires and it was a ful­lon game. The girls set out to win.”

Mar­shall, nee Ram­sey, played on a wing while her twin sis­ter Norma opted to be the team’s rover.

Mar­shall said she could not re­mem­ber the re­sult, but she was “pretty sure” the men let the women win.

The long-time Har­vey res­i­dent said she was glad both Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault and Har­vey Bulls would field teams in this year’s SWFL women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

“I love watch­ing women’s foot­ball. I’ve been in awe of the way they go in to tackle each other,” Mar­shall said.

Norma Wain­wright and twin sis­ter Au­drey Mar­shall in 1946 af­ter Har­vey women played a foot­ball match against men from Har­vey-Brunswick.

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