Jets women soar over Swanettes in fierce curtain-raiser

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
A Jets player tries to get away from her opponent.
Camera IconA Jets player tries to get away from her opponent. Credit: West Australian Football Commission, Vicki Agnew

Grand final day glory was not just for the boys, with the Karratha Jets and South Hedland Swanettes women’s teams putting on quite the curtain-raiser show.

It was the third time the two teams had competed against each other, with Hedland winning the first meeting and Karratha the second, and bragging rights were well and truly at stake.

West Australian Football Commission Pilbara regional manager Vicki Agnew said there has been a massive improvement in skills, competitiveness and fierceness from both teams shown in the game, played on September 8.

“The game was really tightly fought and the pressure incredibly intense,” she said.

“The Jets had the home-ground advantage and were able to convert on the scoreboard but the strength of the game itself really wasn’t reflected in the scores.” The final score was Jets 7.6 (48) to Swanettes 1.3 (9).

A Swanettes player takes off with the ball.
Camera IconA Swanettes player takes off with the ball. Credit: Vicki Agnew/West Australian Football Commission, Vicki Agnew

Chloe Bilston was voted best-on-ground for the home side, while Molly Mitchell was the most valuable player for the Swanettes.

The teams are set to battle each other twice more this season, once at the Ashburton Carnival held in Tom Price on October 27, then again at the Hedland Twilight Carnival in November.

“The rivalry between them has well and truly been established — they want to win but it’s friendly and played in the spirit of the game,” Ms Agnew said.

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