Thun­der pre­vail over Gi­ants in first women’s match

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

The newly formed Pil­bara Women’s Foot­ball League held its first re­gional ex­hi­bi­tion match last week­end, where the Ash­bur­ton Thun­der de­feated the Kar­ratha Gi­ants in a close con­test.

Both teams as­sem­bled 15 play­ers each and trav­elled to Tom Price for the match on Sun­day, March 13, to pro­mote the league at a re­gional level.

It proved to be an even game with a high level of skills on show, which the Thun­der won 4.3.27 to the Gi­ants’ 3.5.23.

The Thun­der fired off sev­eral goals in the first quar­ter to es­tab­lish an early lead, while the Gi­ants took some time to set­tle into the game.

Af­ter a quar­ter-time pep talk, the Gi­ants ral­lied and went on to win the next three quar­ters on the score­board.

But though they came close to equal­is­ing in the fi­nal term, their ef­fort was not quite enough to over­take Thun­der’s lead and the home side won by four points.

The teams’ ded­i­ca­tion showed in the long trek they took to reach to the oval — the Gi­ants left Kar­ratha at 6am and re­turned at 8pm to make the fix­ture — and their will­ing­ness to play in 40C heat.

Pil­bara women’s foot­ball teams are plan­ning more ex­hi­bi­tion matches and to train and play lo­cally.

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing can con­tact WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vicki Agnew on 9182 2125 or email vagnew@wafc.com.au.

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