The WA Country Football League women’s team has gone down in a thriller, losing to the Perth Football League by two points in Friday night’s State game at Inglewood Oval. Five players from the Great Southern pulled on the State jumper for the WACFL after Katanning product Sheridan Kowald received a late call-up. Initially Royals’ Taylah Orzel and North Albany’s Lily Minter were named in the team alongside Mt Barker duo Kaitlin Eades and Georgia Kowald. However, Sheridan Kowald also featured in the State match, the third Bulls player and fifth from the Great Southern Football League women’s competition to play. In a hard-fought contest, the WACFL fell agonisingly short despite kicking more goals than their metro rivals. The WACFL started strongly with two goals in the first term to lead an inaccurate PFL side by six points. Both sides kicked a goal in the second as the WACFL held a four-point advantage going into the second half. PFL kicked their second major in the third term and held their country rivals to just one behind, to pinch an eight-point lead. The WACFL kicked the only goal of a pulsating final term but it was not enough to reel in the PFL who won 2.17 (29) to 4.3 (27). The successful PFL team was coached by recently retired West Coast Eagles star and Great Southern women’s football trailblazer Parris Laurie. Denmark-raised Sharni Kittow, who plays for Ellenbrook, was part of the winning side. Orzel was named the WACFL captain for the State women’s clash and ran hard on the wing. Minter was used across half forward, Georgia Kowald was outstanding in the ruck, Sheridan Kowald was solid at full-back and Eades was also reliable in defence.