Com­pe­ti­tion set to heat up for women

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - BULLS SEASON PREVIEW - David Charlesworth

AF­TER a grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance in the first ever sea­son of the South West Foot­ball League women’s com­pe­ti­tion, the Har­vey Bulls are ea­ger to get back there.

Women’s coach Bernie Mur­nane said the side was off to a good start with its per­for­mance at the Brooke Fiore for Hair and Beauty Day Spa Women’s Knock-Out Pre-Sea­son Car­ni­val, tak­ing one win and one loss.

In their first match on April 7, the Bulls lost to South Bun­bury in a low-scor­ing game, fin­ish­ing 0.2 (2) to South Bun­bury 1.3 (9).

In their next match against the Col­lie Ea­gles, the Bulls took the match by a good mar­gin, Har­vey 6.3 (39) to Col­lie 0.1 (1).

Goal kick­ers were Fleur Parker with three goals and Lisa Wors­fold, Jade Smith and Zoe Wors­fold each with one.

Mur­nane said good num­bers had at­tended train­ing with a fo­cus on ball skills.

“More time with a footy in their hands, the bet­ter they will get,” he said. “I ex­pect the ones from last year will im­prove and the new ones will come along with them.”

Lead­ing the side will be co­cap­tains Michelle Mullins and Re­becca Fry, with deputy cap­tains Fleur Parker and Tia Triscari and as­sis­tant coach Todd Wil­son.

Af­ter their grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance last year, Mur­nane said the side was de­ter­mined to get back there with the rest of the league just as ea­ger.

“They’ll be hunt­ing for us,” he said.

“You’re al­ways aim­ing to get back there that’s for sure.”

Af­ter its first sea­son last year, Mur­nane said he ex­pected to see im­proved skills across the whole league in the com­ing sea­son.

He said it would be a bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion with the clubs field­ing new women’s teams this sea­son.

“They will all im­prove and the two new ones will make for a bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

Pic­ture: Zach Relph

Bulls player Bec Fry puts pres­sure on Lions op­po­nent Mon­tana Tate last sea­son.

Michelle Mullins.

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