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Kick along for women’s footy

Monday, 28th November, 2011

RUNNING SNAP: Central’s Katie Patison kicks for goal at the Jubilee Oval yesterday. RUNNING SNAP: Central’s Katie Patison kicks for goal at the Jubilee Oval yesterday.

 By Kurtis Eichler

The city is one step closer to having its very own women’s Aussie Rules competition after a successful trial game was played at the Jubilee Oval yesterday.

West defeated Central 21 points to 11 in what was billed as a preview match of a possible women’s competition in 2012.

More than 200 spectators cheered the players on and Peter Nash, the mentor to the female footballers, Nash revealed there “will be something” for the women AFL fans next year.

“I’m very happy with it,” Mr Nash said of the response to the game.

The game received the backing of the Shinglebacks club and the SA National Football League (SANFL) which sent two representatives to the match.

“They were impressed by the standard,” Mr Nash said.

“The girls did a great job and there were only minor injuries.”

West’s Tarnee Tester, Courtney Garnaut and Shae Neville along with Central’s Katie Patison, Tayla Frizell and Serena Prout were the standout players, according to Mr Nash.

But he said most of the 26 players were all still keen for a competition next year.

“I’m sure there will be a competition.

“It was a good turnout for something that wasn’t overly published and promoted.”

Meanwhile, Mr Nash said the Shinglebacks and the women would probably go head to head before Christmas.

“It’ll be a tackle and tag game. They’ll tackle us and we’ll tag them.

“We don’t want to hurt them.”

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