Our women’s program copped our COVID whack over this last week and a bit, which meant our resources were stretched beyond capacity. But despite 17 players being unavailable, we were still able to field two teams – although with no preparation for the week. I am so proud of our players, who attacked this challenge head on and never backed down.
Thanks to Shae Partington for getting the ball rolling and to her brother Luke, who rallied the troops from the men’s program. A massive thanks goes to senior men’s players Matt Allen, Neil Vea Vea and Brad McCarthy for answering the call in our time of need to run water for our senior women. This is culture in action! What a great club, what an amazing culture! I am so proud to be a part of the Glenelg family!
What our circumstances provided us with was a great opportunity to expose some players who we believe have the potential to play a lot of football for our club for many years to come. Demi McCarthy, who has put a lot of time into developing her game outside of our program, was rewarded with a league debut, while Madison Bennett and Kayla McInerney made their Glenelg debuts.
In addition to this, many players made their club debuts in our Development team. We also had a very special guest appearance in our Development team from development coach Emily Woods, who had her ‘last dance’ in a Glenelg guernsey.
As for the game itself, we hung in tough for the first half, where we managed to restrict North Adelaide somewhat on the scoreboard, to only be down by two goals.
By three quarter time we were 20 points down, but we felt like if we were able to miraculously get going, we could still mount a charge. As much as we wanted it, we didn’t have the capability to challenge a fast finishing North Adelaide in the last quarter.
Whilst we had some obstacles to overcome this week, we hold ourselves to full account for our performance and have not sugar coated anything along the way. That said, we really don’t want to take any gloss away from how well our opponents played, who have now emerged as the main contender this season.
Humble is how we want to be, whether we win, lose or draw.
This week we finally get to play a home game at ACH Group Stadium against a much-improved Norwood team. We’ll play at 5:50pm Saturday 2nd April immediately after the men’s game. We are really looking forward to this exciting opportunity and can’t wait to hear the roar of our Tigers supporters giving us a boost.
We are also excited to have the historic unfurling of the 2021 SANFLW Premiership flag just before our game commences. A huge milestone for our program and the club.
– Jason Fairall, Senior Coach
Goal kickers: Madi Freeman (1), Ellie Kellock (1)
Best: Jess Bates, Sarah Goodwin, Ellie Kellock, Madisyn Freeman, Matilda Scholz
Final score: NAFC 13.8-86 def GFC 1.2-8
Goal kicker: Mykaela Walker (1)