The Cootamundra Blues women made club history on Sunday with the first victory of their inaugural year.
The stage was set between the evenly matched teams.
The Cootamundra girls had the home turf advantage playing on Clarke Oval against ADFA/RMC, a team which had won two matches this year.
In the end, the day belonged to the Blues with the final scoreline 5-5-35 to 0-2-2.
Captain Michaela Perceval was so proud of her girls she had tears at the end of the game.
“We just clicked as a team,” Perceval said.
After losing Hayley Ormond to an ankle injury early in the first quarter, the girls played with 17 on the field all game, but that did not hold them back.
Having seen the improvement in the girls over the course of this season, both in terms of ball skills and on-field teamwork, Perceval said she went into Sunday’s game with a thought in the back of her mind they may win.
With a lead at the end of each term, Perceval was confident of victory by halftime but did not want to get ahead of herself.
She encouraged her girls to enter each quarter as if it was a nil-all scoreline and keep fighting.
With a different game plan, Perceval started the game in the midfield rather than the traditional backline position she usually fills.
Because of this, she was able to snag a rare goal, which was a personal highlight.
Perceval saw the goals open up in front of her and put boot to ball, not watching it go through the sticks; when she heard her teammates cheer she knew it was six points.
Megan Mayoh, in her first match of the season, booted three of the Blues’ five goals.
Other standout players were Brittany Ormond, Emily Poulton, Abbey Watson, Grace Silk, Harley Whatman and Eliza Hetherington, however Perceval said choosing a top six was incredibly difficult as each and ever player stood up to do their bit.
The girls have one more game this year before their season draws to a close.
Perceval is encouraging her troops to maintain the excitement and momentum from last weekend’s victory throughout training and into game day this Saturday.
The girls host Tuggeranong at 12noon at Clarke Oval prior to the boys game.
Playing in Canberra last weekend, the boys also secured a victory in what was a top of the table clash.
Cootamundra (first place) booted 18-11-119 to the Woden Blues’ (second place) 5-4-34.
This victory means the Blues will finish the season as minor premiers.
After the halftime break Cootamundra was able to keep Woden to just one goal and one behind for the remainder of the match.