The inaugural Women's South Australian Country Football Championship was held at the Renmark Football Club last Saturday, July 7, with a Grand Final played and presentations on Sunday, July 8.
Four Central Zone girls from the Barossa Light and Gawler competition were rewarded with team of the championships honours.
Angaston midfielder Emma Keys, Tanunda back pocket Katja Boese, who is from German heritage and a handball background, along with Gawler Central utility Lauren Smith and Kapunda half-forward/half back Ella Mickan – each received this accolade at the presentations.
Boese also received the further accolade as the Central Zone player of the championships, while fellow Tanunda Magpies Zoe Healy collected the Zones’ best Under 21 player acknowledgement.
“Firstly of all the girls loved the experience,” Central Zone and Angaston BLGW coach Keith Ward shared.
“We were certainly caught out a bit playing on the bigger ovals for a first time and the weather was tough.
“The wind played ‘merry hell’ and the girls really needed to run the ball into the wind.
“It was really among the toughest conditions the girls had encountered playing footy. The Renmark Oval is big as well - nearly as long as it is wide. It was a big learning experience for the whole group.
“Our four girls who made the team of the champs are all in their first year of football which is a great positive for the growth of the game locally.”
The Central Zone played eventual title winners, Eastern in the opening game of the tournament and Tanunda’s Sophie Watson has written herself into the history books being first Central player to kick a goal.
In their fourth and final game, the Central Zone went down to eventual grand final team the Southern Districts by Zone, the smallest of margin in a game that could have gone either way. The first SA Country Women's championship has been seen as a unbridled success by all involved.
- Eastern 1.1, 3.4 (22)
- Central 0.0, 1.0 (6)
- Goal, Central: Sophie Watson
- Best, Central: Lauren Smith, Nicola Biagi, Katja Boese, Taryn Wills
- South East 1.5, 3.6 (24)
- Central 1.0, 1.0 (6)
- Goal, Central : Sarah Jane Jameson
- Central : Kate Harris, Charlotte Spence, Emma Keys, Nicola Biagi
- Northern 2.6, 2.8 (20)
- Central 1.0, 1.2 (8)
- Goal, Central : Nicola Biagi 1
- Best, Central : Nicola Biagi, Kate Harris, Bonnie Holdsworth, Ella Mickan
- Game 4
- Southern Districts 0.0, 1.2 (8)
- Central 0.0, 1.1 (7)
- Goals, Central : Bonnie Holdsworth
- Best Central : Katja Boese, Ella Mickan, Georgia Madigan, Emma Keys