The Women Show Off Their Football Skills

High school girls enjoying their day of football as Sophira Buaneye tackles Tia Sampi

High school girls enjoying their day of football as Sophira Buaneye tackles Tia Sampi

High school girls from Broome and the surrounding region had the opportunity to show off their football skills at the Smarter than Smoking High School Girls Football Carnival that was held at St Mary’s College Oval in Broome on Wednesday the 5th of August. Garnduwa hosts two events throughout the year that give young women an opportunity to compete in football against other young ladies from different schools in the region.

Unfortunately, Derby, Fitzroy and La Grange were unable to send full squads to the event but they were able to combine forces for some healthy competition against the two Broome Schools, St Mary’s College and Broome Senior High School. It was great to see how much the girls have improved over the years and become more confident on the field since the introduction of women’s football.

After the day’s competition some of the students were then chosen to participate in Broome’s first all-women’s football game that was held on Saturday the 8th of August as part of a curtain raiser for the Cable Beach and Saints league game. The women of Broome trained tirelessly leading up to the exhibition match and were coached by two of Broome’s football royalty, Michael Farmer (Saints) and Brett Claudius (Cable Beach). Both coaches brought a wealth of football knowledge and experience which really assisted the women with their football skills and game play.

On the day Cable Beach proved to be too strong and took the game away from the Saints women with a final score of Cable Beach 4.3 (27) defeating the Saints 3.4 (22). The best on ground for the match went to Katherine Martin who played an exceptional game! Well done to everyone involved with the event and we look forward to more women’s football competitions in the future.