First GSWFL flag up for grabs

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North Albany’s Hannah Felton and Royals’ Jos Pass are ready to lock horns in Friday night’s Great Southern Women’s Football League grand final.
Camera IconNorth Albany’s Hannah Felton and Royals’ Jos Pass are ready to lock horns in Friday night’s Great Southern Women’s Football League grand final. Credit: Laurie Benson

Royals and North Albany will create further history tomorrow night when they clash in the grand final to cap off a highly successful inaugural Great Southern Women’s Football League competition.

The Lions and Kangas both won through to the decider after victories in last Friday’s semifinals at Centennial Stadium and will clash under lights tomorrow at Collingwood Park in front of another expected bumper crowd.

In their sole encounter during the regular season, just a point separated the pair, with the Lions prevailing in a low-scoring contest.

The Lions remained unbeaten after taking care of Albany in the semifinals, while the Kangas were convincing winners over Railways to book their spot in the grand final.

The competition has been held on Friday nights under lights and that will continue in the decider, which will begin at 6.15pm tomorrow, preceded by the round 3 Great Southern Football League men’s fixture between the Kangas and Sharks.

Lions captain Jos Pass previously played soccer, touch rugby and netball before joining the inaugural women’s football pitch and said her side were ready for another big challenge against the Kangas.

North Albany’s Hannah Felton and Royals’ Jos Pass.
Camera IconNorth Albany’s Hannah Felton and Royals’ Jos Pass. Credit: Albany Advertiser

“We are very excited and if we all bring our A-game we can beat anyone,” Pass said.

“I’ve been amazed by the amount of women that have joined each team. Footy is great. It has an amazing culture and all of us have been so welcomed by the clubs.

“I can see why the guys play footy now.”

Kangas vice-captain Hannah Felton believes her side are capable of reversing the earlier result against the Lions.

“We have the belief that we can beat anyone,” she said.

“They just got away from us the last game.

“From a youth girls’ competition to this, it has grown very quickly and I think it’s a good idea to have the grand final before a men’s league game.”

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