Cootamundra Blues women finish fourth in inaugural Southern NSW AFLW pre-season competition

Cootamundra Blues players during the half-time break at the Southern NSW AFLW game in Wagga last Friday. Photo: Contributed
Cootamundra Blues players during the half-time break at the Southern NSW AFLW game in Wagga last Friday. Photo: Contributed

The Cootamundra Blues secured fourth place in the first women’s pre-season AFL competition. Coach Michaela Perceval said the team were now ready to “have a crack” at the proper home and away season.

During the play-off for third and fourth place in the pre-season, the Blues went down to the Griffith Swans by 47 points. The final score was 8.9.57 to 1.4.10.

Best For Cootamundra was Sienna Bloor, Perceval, Sarah Stephens and Abbey Watson.

“The game starting time of the competition wasn’t ideal, we had a lot of girls arrive late,” Perceval said.

The play off started at 7.15pm on Friday. 

“Some of our players work out of town, they have to drive home, get ready and then drive to Wagga,” she said.

 “They virtually get there and have to run on straight away.”

Perceval herself is three hours from Wagga and said the lack of warm up time hindered the Blues performance.

Cootamundra Blues players listen to coach Michael Perceval during the half-time break at the Southern NSW AFLW game in Wagga last Friday. Photo: Contributed

Cootamundra Blues players listen to coach Michael Perceval during the half-time break at the Southern NSW AFLW game in Wagga last Friday. Photo: Contributed

“[Starting] 30 minutes later would have a huge difference,” she said.

There won’t be any such issues for Saturday at Clarke Oval, however with the girls kicking off at midday.

Perceval said she’d like to see the Blues equal and then beat their record of one win during the season, but it was important that each player enjoyed the game.

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