After defeating host side Queensland and the highly-rated Victorian team in the opening rounds of the championship, WA was confident or repeating their results when they met both sides again to decide the overall winner.
Despite a narrow two-point loss to Victoria in the re-match, WA defeated Queensland by 22 points yesterday to secure top spot on the championship ladder and take out the inaugural schoolgirls’ title.
Despite flu ripping through the WA team and a late night doctor’s visit before the final game, the WA girls started strongly, taking a one-point lead into the half time break before hitting their straps in the third quarter.
Through good midfield running and teamwork, WA kicked three unanswered goals to go into the final quarter in a commanding position. They added another goal in the last quarter to put the icing on the cake, coming away with a solid win as champions of the inaugural Interstate Schoolgirls carnival.
The win was highlighted by a strong team performance featuring captain Lauren Osborne, who was particularly inspiring in the third quarter, Levi McCulloch, Alex Williams, Philipa Seth and Shanelle Carn.
Western Australia’s opening round win against Victoria was also WA’s first ever female football victory over Victoria.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6.4. 40 defeated VICTORIA 2.4. 16
Goals – WA: J. Hearle 2, E. Wilson, J. Cooper, C.S. Dimer, C.R. Dimer 1. VIC: E. Smith, M. Tracey 1. Best – WA: G. Dempster, L. Osborne, T. Duff, S. Carn, A. Williams. VIC: R. Drenen, R. McLachlan, G. Punton, N. Hildelbrand, E. Paterno.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 5.9. 39 defeated QUEENSLAND 2.2. 14
Goals – WA: M. Baird, L. Osborne, J. Hearle, E. Johnstone, E. Wilson 1. QLD: S. Purantatameri 2. Best – WA: L. Osborne, E. Johnstone, T. Haynes, J. Hearle, T. Duff. QLD: M. Hunt, C. DeWest, R. Pyke, J. Latu, M. Barnett.
VICTORIA 2.7. 19 drew QUEENSLAND 2.7. 19
Goals – VIC: E. Whitfield, J. DalPos, E. Bates 1. QLD: S. Purantatameri 2. Best – VIC: G. Punton, J. DalPos, E. Paterno, S. DelBertoli, S. Punton. QLD: E. James, B. Koren, M. Hunt, J. Latu, M. Thompson.
VICTORIA 1.5. 11 defeated WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1.3. 9
Goals – VIC: R. Drennen 1. WA: J. Hearle 1. Best – VIC: S. Wilson, M. Tracey, R. McLauchlan, S. Punton, G. Punton. WA: J. Hearle, G. Dempster, A. Williams, S. Carn, R. Williams.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 4.5. 29 defeated QUEENSLAND 1.1. 7
Goals – WA: P. Seth 2, C.S. Dimer, J. Hearle 1. QLD: S. Purantatameri 2. Best – WA: L. Osborne, M. McCulloch, A. Williams, P. Seth, S. Cain.QLD: J. Johanson, K. Hendy, M. Hunt, H. McClennan, L. James.
QUEENSLAND V VICTORIA
VICTORIA 4.7. 31 defeated QUEENSLAND 0.3. 3
Goals – Not provided. Best – VIC: M. Hunt, B. Koenen, L. James, J. Johanson, M. Barnett. QLD: Not provided.
LADDER & PLACINGS
Team P W L D Pts Place
WA 4 3 1 0 10 1 ST
VIC 4 2 1 1 9 2 ND
QLD 4 0 3 1 5 3 RD
WA State Schoolgirls Squad
No., First name, Family name, School, District
20, Megan, Boddington, Governor Stirling SHS, Swans
11, Monique, Briard, John Septimus Roe ACS, East Perth
9, Shanelle , Carn, Manea Senior College, East Perth/Peel/Swans
15, Jenna, Cooper, Willetton SHS, East Fremantle
13, Grace, Dempster, PLC, Claremont
7, Caitlyn, Dimer, Wanneroo SHS, Subiaco
6, Carly, Dimer, Wanneroo SHS, Subiaco
2, Tayla, Duff, Swan View SHS, Swans
3, Chantel, Dyball, Kolbe Catholic College, Peel
10, Tiah, Haynes, Willetton SHS, East Fremantle
22, Jaime, Hearle, St Stephen’s Carramar, West Perth
17, Emily, Johnston, St Mary’s AGS, Claremont
19, Emma, King, Peter Moyes ACS, West Perth
21, Levi, McCulloch, Mandurah Senior College, Peel
5, Ebony, Mills, Katanning SHS, South Fremantle
14, Lauren, Osborne, John Forrest SHS, East Perth
12, Philipa, Seth, All Saints College, East Fremantle
8, Belinda, Smith, St Mary’s AGS, Claremont
16, Anastasia, Vlahos, John Septimus Roe ACS, East Perth
18, Alexandra, Williams, Willetton SHS, East Fremantle
1, Rhonda, Williams, Swan View SHS, Swans
4, Emily, Watson, Morley SHS, East Perth
Coach: Oliver Beath (All Saints College)
Manager: Bronwyn Wright (Mandurah Senior College)
Tour Leader: Geoff Hayes (Mandurah Senior College)
Head Trainer: Louise McKenry (South Fremantle FC)