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Willunga make it three in-a-row in both GSFLW Grand Finals

Aug 19, 2023

What a season. The minor rounds and the lead into Grand Final day showcased the growth, versatility and above all else, the hunger to play footy. Grand Final day was all it promised to be.

 

The U17s Grand Final kicked off the day with some impressive skills. However Willunga’s experienced players were too strong for Victor kicking away in the last to win by six goals.

Willunga’s top players included Emma Charlton with her skill and speed, Bella Rigby with her ball reading ability and kicking skills and Emily Steele who was best-on-ground after a dominant performance and kicking two goals.

Victor Harbor’s best included Jemma Liddell with her attack on the ball, Chloe Colman working tirelessly in defence and Halle Crowe who was in every contest and playing clean smart football.

Midday brought our U14 Exhibition Match showcasing the young guns of our League – excited, ready, and passionate. All clubs represented should be proud of not only their players but their coaches and volunteers too. Every kick, handpass and action were met with positive reinforcement, great communication and team work.

The A-Grade Grand Final didn’t disappoint early. As predicted, the newly merged Yankalilla-Encounter Bay Stingrays brought a vibrancy and excitement to the David vs Goliath battle against Willunga.

The pressure in the first quarter was immense but could the Stingrays sustain it across four quarters? Alas no, with Willunga establishing the status-quo with three goals in the second. The Stingrays responded after half-time but again Willunga reinforced their premiership credentials to make it three-from-three since 2021.

Willunga’s Lauren Clifton remained cool and calm throughout, Kiara Upitis dominated down back while Cleo Guilfoyle reinforced her quality with a best-on-ground performance.

Yankalilla-Encounter Bays’ best included Jaimi Griffen – her best game of the season, Georgia Weatherspoon and Chloe Howlett – their communication and team work at ball ups was a delight to watch.

It was an exciting introduction by a new team with everything to gain… but Willunga FC again proved victorious and continue to set the standard for women’s footy on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

MEGAN SHERRY

GSFLW Coordinator & GSFL Asst. Secretary

Photos courtesy of Jesse Ehlers Fleurieu Sun; Travis Crawford.

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