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.