Demons, Saints and Warriors start girls football season

ROUND ONE: Stawell Warriors coach Rod Summers addressing his team during the side's loss to South Warrnambool Roosters. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
ROUND ONE: Stawell Warriors coach Rod Summers addressing his team during the side's loss to South Warrnambool Roosters. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

THERE were differing results in the opening round of the Deakin University Female Football League for the region’s teams. 

The Horsham Saints started its campaign with a close loss to Old Collegians.

The Saints only managed two behinds in the first half but fought back in the third quarter to lead 16-13 heading into the final term. 

The Saints could not hold on, going down by a goal – 22-16. 

Coach Mat Taylor said it was a good first hit out.

“It all went well and we had an even game across the whole team,” he said.

“First game is always hard and there was quite a bit of training. They surprised themselves and were able to run out the whole game they played together really well. There were quite a few girls who all had a good game. We don’t have the luxury of changing and moving people into the midfield a lot so I think they all played well.”

It was a better day for the Horsham Demons, with a big first quarter setting up a 43-16 win against Warrnambool Blues. 

The Demons scored 3.4 22 in the first quarter, with the Blues unable to score a point. 

Nekaela Butler kicked four goals for the Demons and was one of the best on ground.

Meanwhile, it was a tough opening game for the Stawell Warriors, who were no match for the South Warrnambool Roosters.

The Warriors went down 72-14 away from home.

The league’s fixture will be changing with Port Fairy unable to field a team for the competition. The side is the second to leave the competition after Harrow-Balmoral also folded its team.