THE Peel Cavaliers got off to a great start in the 2017 Landmark Country Championships, defeating the South West by nine points 10.13 (73) to 10.4 (64) at Rushton Park on Saturday.
The Cavaliers played well early, and kept the South West goalless in the first half.
But the South West came back strongly in the second half, kicking five goals in both quarters to set the stage for an exciting and close win for Peel.
And in an historic occasion, the first Peel women’s side took to the field to play against the South West in an exhibition match.
But it was a baptism of fire for the new team, losing by 134 points, 0.1 to 21.9 (135).
In Kulin, the Cavaliers’ colts side had to play in thick fog, with scores relayed to goal umpires by players yelling out during the Great Southern colts carnival.
The Cavaliers won their first game against the Goldfields 15. 17 (109) to 11.7 (73) on Saturday.
In the second game on Sunday, Peel lost to the Upper Great Southern, 12.12 (84) to 15.10 (100).