THE first Women’s AFL match in Bass Coast on Sunday was a great success, with the Bass Coast Breakers defeating Gippsland Maroons by 28 points at Dalyston.
The Breakers led from the beginning with the first goal scored by captain Sophie Bolding, followed by another two Breakers goals from Tayla Stahl-Smith and Emma Volard.
The Maroons kept themselves well and truly in the game with Amy Harrison kicking two to trail by seven points at half time.
A relentless third quarter saw no score by either team and it looked like it could go either way.
Bass Coast broke away in the final quarter thanks to goal kickers Kate Edney (two) and Sheryl Palmer.
In the process of making history, these women have also provided a pathway and platform for future generations.
The most powerful element was not watching the game, but watching the players at the breaks with their young ones on their hip or by their leg.
For these little ones, women playing all kinds of sport will be the norm.
There were many people involved in making Sunday happen.
As Breakers coach Steve Kenny would say, “it’s the one percenters that win the game in the end”.
For every individual who led the pack, there were many more in the background who did their one per cent to help pave the way.
The team thanks and congratulates clubs who encouraged and believed in women’s football and shared their resources and facilities, the babysitters who enable mum to do her thing, the volunteers who cut oranges, referee, assist and time keep, the supporters who came out on the day to cheer and watch it all happen and the sponsors who provided financial support.
History made in women’s footy