THE Stawell Warriors girls football side showed plenty of promise in its first competitive hit out against the Horsham Demons, despite a loss at Horsham City Oval on Sunday.
The game finished 6.0.36 to 3.4.22, but the scoreboard was far from the focus of the game.
Warriors’ coach Andrew Bach said everyone involved was happy with how thing went. “The girls have been excited since day one when we started training a couple of months ago,” he said. “Now they have the opportunity to go out and put everything we have been working on into practice.”
Although the side was outplayed by the Horsham Demons on the scoreboard the side showed plenty of promise.
Bach said it was most pleasing to see the side implement what the group had practised. “Everyone listened to what we asked them to do and went out there to do it,” he said. “It’s all new to them.”
The side will continue to work on positioning. “That’s something that only comes with playing more and more football,” Bach said. “That takes at least 12 months so hopefully by next season the side will know better.”
Bach said Alicia Myers, Tayla Portelli and Hannah Blight did very well for his side. “I was pleased with everyone really, the way some of our defenders attacked the ball was great as well,” he said.
Bach pointed towards how well the side tacked and moved as something that surprised even him. When Horsham player Chloe Kalms had to be stretchered off after a hard hip and shoulder the Warriors could have easily backed off.
“At first they might have been a little bit taken back but then they took it in their stride,” Bach said. “We just had to tell them that’s football and you don’t want to see anyone hurt but it was just unfortunate.”
Wimmera-Mallee football development manager Jason Muldoon said the games in Horsham were a success and the start of something bigger.
“Ultimately the plan is to have a Wimmera-Mallee competition,” he said.“We don’t know how far we are from that point.”
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