Our rollercoaster season ended against an impressive Sturt team in wet and muddy conditions on Saturday afternoon at Wigan Oval.
While our Round 12 performance did not reflect what we are capable of, we understand this year has been a huge season of growth for our young team. Across our season we have proven to be a proud and resilient group, and we have developed a real team first culture which will only improve with time.
On a quieter day for many, we were beaten in the first half by uncontested possession, with Sturt coming out getting the ball forward at any opportunity. One of our strengths, when we have success, has been our ability to pressure the ball, and this was missing for the first quarter as well. Poppy Scholz finished her strong season well, creating intercept and drive at half back with 10 kicks and four marks – a great sign of the capabilities she will bring with another season under her belt.
We refocussed in the second half and managed to get some momentum back, although struggling to get our contested game back on our terms in the second half. Ellen Tyminski played a team role at both ends of the ground and provided some pressure in the forward line to set a goal up for Chelsea Packer and Lucy Armitage. The final term was a reflection of our best, as we moved the ball with a bit of freedom, reverting back to the systems we have been working on all season.
We proudly chaired off two proud stalwarts of our team in Chelsea Packer and Caitlyn Swanson. We wish both all the best in their SANFLW retirement and thank them for their contributions to our football club.
Sincere thanks to all our volunteers, families, supporters, staff, and our tireless coaching group for your passion and time with at our club. Personally, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to return home to the Bay and I’m excited for what we can achieve as a team in the future.
Goal kickers: Chelsea Packer, Lucy Armitage