EP women debut at SA footy championships

EP'S BEST: Joint best and fairest winners Kendell and Sheridan Howell with EP patron Tom Tierney.
EP'S BEST: Joint best and fairest winners Kendell and Sheridan Howell with EP patron Tom Tierney.

Eyre Peninsula had a senior women's team compete in the 2019 SANFL State Championships for the first time at the weekend.

The team played in Port Pirie under foundation coach Brett Howell and captain Georgie Shirley.

The girls were more than competitive and managed to win their final game in what was a memorable victory and a history making moment.

They kicked off their campaign on Saturday morning against a strong Southern Districts side.

Southern Districts proved too polished in the first half to take a commanding five-goal lead at half time.

To the EP girls' credit, they fought back strongly in the second half to kick two goals through Winnie Hill and Shae Partington to match their stronger opponents, ending up going down by 32 points.

Their afternoon game was against Murray South East who were off to a fast start to lead by 13 points at half time.

Eyre Peninsula produced a spirited second half comeback through Shirley, Gerber and the Howell twins and produced some great footy to work themselves back in to the game but could not quite bridge the gap, losing by just six points.

Eyre Peninsula produced their best performance in the final game on Sunday against Eastern and from the opening bounce they looked on top of their game playing with some genuine spirit.

The Eyre Peninsula women's team.

The Eyre Peninsula women's team.

Sheridan and Kendall Howell led from the front with their experience showing.

Captain Shirley and Gia Thomson were tough in the contest and the talented Ari Schlink, Partington and Hill were providing their side with some outside run.

They went from strength to strength as the game progressed taking a game-winning 34-point margin into the final break.

Demi Clements provided a great target up forward, booting three goals in a dominant display, while Hill, Thomson and Neindorf all hit the scoreboard.

Eyre Peninsula ran out eventual winners by 23 points to complete a great team victory and create a piece of history recording their first recognized win as a team.

Given the Eyre Peninsula does not have a recognised women's competition at this stage, the women did a fantastic job coming together as a team with support from coach Howell and assistants David Doudle and Steve Thomson.

The best and fairest medals were taken out jointly by Sheridan and Kendell Howell who produced some great football over the weekend, and along with captain Georgie Shirley were rewarded with selection in the team of the carnival.