West women are winners
Monday, 15th April, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
West’s long wait for success in the women’s competition came to an end on Saturday as they took out the Lightning Cup in a fiery and hard-fought final.
The Robins and Roos progressed to the final by defeating Central and North, respectively ,in the preliminary games during the morning and both sides were easily the form sides of the day.
Each side contained a number of quality players which made for an entertaining and overall quite even matchup.
Early on though, West looked like they could run away with the final as they hit the scoreboard through Sasha Harrington and Paris Stellini before South started to peg them back.
In the second half, West’s Paige Cuy looked to have sealed the win with a goal but again South would not go away as another goal to get her side back within a single point.
South continued to push and looked like they might steal the win but West’s defence held firm as the clock ticked down. Eventually the siren sounded and the Robins had held on for a one-point victory and their first Lightning Cup title.
Cuy, Harrington, Indianna Paull and Cassie Sanderson were amongst West’s best while Mel Moldenhauer and Stellini also made handy contributions.
For South, Eliza Cumming was the standout along with defender Abbey Stevens and young forward Edgecumbe. Stevens, Edgecumbe and Bronte Johns were South’s goal kickers.
Having never won any silverware in the history of the Broken Hill women’s football competition, West were expectedly excited after the win.
“The reaction (to the win) was great, (it’s) something I haven’t felt before,” Cuy said.
“It’s been a long seven years but we were finally able to celebrate winning something and the whole club got around us. It was a great feeling.”
The win will hold the side in good stead heading into the season according to Cuy.
“The girls are full of confidence now,” she said.
“We believed we could do it with the team we had during the off season but now we know we can do it.
“We’ve put in the hard yards in the preseason to give us that confidence as well.”
Prior to the final, North and Central played off in a consolation game which saw Central kick away to a comfortable win.
Round one of women’s football gets underway in less than two weeks with West facing Central on Friday night, April 26, before South take on North the following day to complete the round.
West: 3.2 - 20 def South: 3.1 -19