Sunday the 12th of September was a history making day for the Girl Bows who played off against a young and vibrant Port Cygnet side in the 2021 SFLW Div. 2 Grand Final.
The game promised to be a tremendous display of quality women’s football and it did not disappoint.
The first quarter grand final nerves were present for both teams and it was a highly contested footy! Skipper Sam was part of the action from the first bounce, getting in and under at just about every stoppage across the ground. Jaslyn Allnut’s skills were on display with her one grab and her pace being early highlights. Our backs had to work hard as The Port drove the ball into their forward 50 several times but were unable to convert their efforts into goals. Wyllie played her role to perfection and kept her opponent goalless for the quarter, proving to herself that when given a task, she is more than capable of executing. Remie hit the scoreboard for the Bows with a ripper goal to take us into the first break up by 5 points.
The second quarter saw another even and hard-fought contest with both sides kicking 3 goals apiece. Olly was full of energy and grit and had a stellar quarter, driving the ball forward at all costs. Leah and Maisey also kicked themselves a grand final goal and celebrated in style. Johnno used her strength and style to impose herself on the game across the ground and delivered the ball to our forwards beautifully. Our backs were under the pump for the quarter but the leadership of Mik and Annie ensuring we kept our heads high was commendable. Madi fought diligently against her direct opponent and attacked with great pace and straight line running at the ball. We went into the half time break up by 3 points.
The third quarter was played the Uni way. We kicked a further 3 goals with Bec grabbing an uncontested rucking contest in front of goal and snapping a snag of her own. Eli showed her pace and poise after receiving a training drill like handball and kicked a huge 40-meter goal of her own. Bonnie had an outstanding quarter and appeared to be everywhere. Mimi was, in fact, everywhere and managed to save 3 goal attempts from The Port by punching it across the last line of defence, proving that she plays bigger than her stature would have you believe. We went into the final term 14 points up and fired up for the last 18 minutes of the season.
The last quarter was an epic battle with both sides only scoring 1 goal apiece. Ikes went down back adding a level and experienced head to the already stellar back line. Emily stood strong and played some clever defensive footy ensuring nothing got past her and attacked the ball with great pace and strength. Tarni worked into dangerous positions and gave The Port defence many a headache. Eleanor and O’Neill had ripper games also, imposing themselves from the moment they hit the ground by creating a contest and being first to the ball.
The crowd counted down the last 10 seconds of the game and when the final siren sounded, the University Rainbows became your 2021 Premiers! Skipper Sam was named Best on Ground (BOG) for her valiant game and Remie kicked her 50th season goal. Olly grabbed the last bit of spotlight off Bonnie by giving the post-match interview with Tubes, holding back tears as she beamed from ear to ear!
2021 saw 41 amazing women take the field for the Tasmanian University Football Club Women’s program and each one of them got us to where we are today! The premiership cup is in its rightful place at the Uni Rainbows clubrooms where we go down in history as being the first TUFC Women’s Premiership Team! Congratulations ladies, you all deserve this!
Written by Gerry (Coach)
Division 2 Grand Final, University vs Cygnet, Sun 12th Sept at North Hobart Oval 12:00pm
University: [1.1.7] [4.1.25] [7.1.43] [8.1.49]
Goal Kickers: R.Bampton-3, M.Fraser-Easton-2, E.Cropp-1, L.Bartlett-1, B.Boxall-1
Cygnet: [0.2.2] [3.4.22] [4.5.29] [5.7.37]
Goal Kickers: M.Eaves-1, S.Fox-1, A.Sharp-1, H.Kluga-1, L.Clifford-1