Victory over Victoria

Ashleigh Gomes (15) of Melville, Evie Marchetti (16) of Byford and Rebecca Lu (16) of Willetton. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d406846
Ashleigh Gomes (15) of Melville, Evie Marchetti (16) of Byford and Rebecca Lu (16) of Willetton. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d406846

WA’s State 16 Schoolgirls team claimed the National Championship last month after defeating Victoria by five points in the grand final 6.3 (39) to 5.4 (34).

Team coach, All Saints College teacher Oliver Beath, said the win represented the first ever female team (at a 16s, 18s or Women’s Open level) to defeat Victoria in an official game of AFL football.

The School Sport Australia Championships were held in Darwin and the win was the first time any state outside Victoria had won a female football championships since their inception.

WA won the thrilling grand final, after leading for most of the game before Victoria claimed the lead late in the last quarter. But a quick rebound resulted in a saving goal from All Saints student Evie Marchetti in the game’s dying minutes.

‘The WA backline was superb repelling attack after attack with smart football decisions, while the mid field ran all day and the forward line kicked accurately, many times under immense pressure,’ said Beath.