Ter­ri­tory girls fall to SA out­fit

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

IN­DI­VID­UAL Ter­ri­to­ri­ans shone, but South Aus­tralia won the night in the first clash yes­ter­day since their bud­ding foot­ball part­ner­ship was an­nounced last month.

The Ter­ri­tory — co­coached by An­drew McLeod and Wally Gal­lio — led by a point at quar­ter-time in the 16a-side for­mat, but failed to add to its goal tally as it lost 6.5 (41) to 2.2 (14) at Ade­laide Oval.

“The girls held their own and it was a good in­sight for them to see what’s re­quired,” McLeod said.

“The SA girls have been to­gether for a fair while, so they’re prob­a­bly a bit more ex­pe­ri­enced in that re­gard, but the Ter­ri­tory girls could walk away with their heads high.”

AFLNT and Ade­laide Foot­ball Club have lodged a com­bined bid for one li­cence in next year’s in­au­gu­ral women’s na­tional league.

They are likely to find out in mid-June if they were suc­cess­ful. That meant there was more than just state pride on the line, with play­ers also fight­ing for limited spots.

Abbey Holmes, An­gela Fo­ley — fresh from rep­re­sent­ing Mel­bourne against Bris­bane in an AFL ex­hi­bi­tion match last week­end — teenage star Tayla Thorn and Sue Nalder all im­pressed. Jay­lene Che­va­lier kicked the Ter­ri­tory’s two goals, with Danielle Pon­ter set­ting up both.

“There’s enough talent there and that’s what’s ex­cit­ing for Ter­ri­tory women’s footy,” McLeod said.

“They are around the mark and it’s im­por­tant we recog­nise that. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, but it’s a good start­ing point.

“I’m re­ally glad to be a part of it and it was re­ally ex­cit­ing to be able to work with Wally and it was a re­ally en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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