Asha guides WA to historic win

Leading goalkicker Asha Price. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d419873
Leading goalkicker Asha Price. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d419873

WA’s State 18 Youth Girls became the first team in female football history to defeat Victoria at any level when they took out the nailbiting Grand Final, held in Canberra this month, by 25 points.

Inspiring performances from 17-year-old Asha and Hayley Miller in the second quarter set up the 7.8 (50) to 4.1 (25) win.

Having lost to Vic Metro in last year’s decider by 15 points, the WA girls played their hearts out to make sure history did not repeat itself.

Both sides were playing some determined football in the first term, but it was all WA in the second quarter.

Two goals from Asha contributed to a 13-point lead midway through the term, but the Victorians came out firing in the third quarter. With a five-point advantage at three-quarter time, the crowd were ready for a thrilling final term.

Asha assisted Kellie Gibson with the first major and kicked her third a minute later to seal the win.

Six WA players made the All-Australian side, including Asha and Caitlyn Edwards, of Thornlie.