Women’s football all set to fire up
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.