Vik­ings get first win

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A new and more fo­cused sea­son of Pil­bara women’s foot­ball has of­fi­cially started af­ter teams in Kar­ratha and Ash­bur­ton played the first of what will be­come reg­u­lar matches last month, with Hed­land and New­man ex­pected to join them soon.

Some 28 players from the Kar­ratha Jets fe­male foot­ball club split into two sides — Kar­ratha Knights and Vik­ings, and faced off on Satur­day, May 27 for their first reg­u­lar lo­cal game.

The in­au­gu­ral match proved to be a close con­test, with the Vik­ings only get­ting the edge on their op­po­nents by nine points, 7.7 (49) to 6.4 (40).

Mean­while in Ash­bur­ton, four teams — three from Tom Price and one from Parabur­doo — made up of players from the com­bined Ash­bur­ton Thun­der side com­peted in their first games of the sea­son at a Fortes­cue Na­tional Foot­ball League lightning car­ni­val on Sun­day, May 7.

The games mark the start of a for­mal league com­pe­ti­tion for Pil­bara women’s foot­ball in 2017, com­plete with a re­gional premier­ship tro­phy on the line, in a move largely helped by the for­ma­tion of new or­gan­i­sa­tional com­mit­tees in Kar­ratha, Tom Price and Parabur­doo, Hed­land and New­man.

Teams are still be­ing formed in Hed­land and New­man, with lo­cal matches ex­pected to be held in com­ing months.

Game or­gan­is­ers in both ar­eas said the com­pe­ti­tion was fast­grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity.

Kar­ratha fe­male foot­ball com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Greg Woulfe said the first game had been a suc­cess and showed en­thu­si­asm for play­ing and sup­port­ing lo­cal women’s foot­ball was strong.

“It was fan­tas­tic and we had a bit of a crowd there,” he said of the match. “It’s go­ing to take a bit to get off the ground, but once it does, it’s go­ing to be good.”

Woulfe said train­ing num­bers had been high in re­cent weeks, with about 30 reg­u­larly at­tend­ing each ses­sion at this stage.

He said the com­mit­tee’s longterm aim was to get enough num­bers across a range of ages to be able to split the Jets into two ju­nior and two se­nior sides.

Fel­low Kar­ratha fe­male foot­ball com­mit­tee mem­ber and Knights player Mel Green said like many part of the two sides, the match had been her first game of foot­ball.

“It was def­i­nitely ex­cit­ing,” she said.

“It was the first game I’ve ac­tu­ally ever played. I’ve only ever watched it on the TV be­fore . . . I’d never ac­tu­ally played in a team, so it was re­ally en­joy­able.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get in­volved in the com­pe­ti­tion, con­tact WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion Pil­bara re­gional de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vicki Agnew on vagnew@wafc.com.au.

Kar­ratha Knights and Vik­ings line up for the in­au­gu­ral Kar­ratha women's foot­ball match last month.

Players con­test the ruck. Pic­tures: Re­nae Wann/Kar­ratha Jets

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