Diorites hold on in tight last term to inflict Railways’ first GFLW defeat of season

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
Mines Rovers’ Shelby Dickhart kicks during her team’s Goldfields Football League women’s clash against Railways at Digger Daws Oval last Saturday.
Camera IconMines Rovers’ Shelby Dickhart kicks during her team’s Goldfields Football League women’s clash against Railways at Digger Daws Oval last Saturday. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

Mines Rovers ramped-up an already keen battle for the minor premiership in the Goldfields Football League’s women’s competition last Saturday by handing Railways their first defeat of 2024 by eight points, 6.6 (42) to 5.4 (34).

The Diorites set the tone with a four-goal-to-one first half, but they were forced to defend grimly in the run home when the 2023 grand finalists surged.

After the sides kicked a goal apiece in the third term, Mines Rovers conceded three last-quarter majors before holding on to record a sixth win.

Chanelle Halligan led the blue-and-whites’ forwards with two goals that capped-off the squad’s best performance of the season.

“I was more than impressed (because) everything we’d been working on at training came together,” Mines Rovers coach Quinny Matla said.,

“For the first three quarters, our game plan worked out phenomenally.

“To their (Railways’) credit, they came out strongly in the last quarter and it got a bit scary there.

“But we managed to get out a few messages and held it together.

“Our backline is very good and having Shelby Dickhart back there directing the girls, I couldn’t ask for a better full-back.”

Last weekend’s tight score line followed a round-five draw between the two clubs, who continue to build a keen rivalry.

Since losing the season-opener against Boulder by eight points, Matla said his group was gradually building in form and confidence.

“We’re gelling nicely across each of the lines and have a few big targets in our forward line now which I felt we’d always been lacking,” he said.

“Having those tall targets has turned our overall game on its head.

“The confidence that we take away from beating the top side hopefully keeps flowing through the group now.”

Drew Epis was Railways’ leading forward with two goals.

Despite the loss, Railways retained first place over Mines Rovers by percentage, 530.77 compared to 450.96.

Also last weekend, Paris Ulijn and Maddie Haymes each kicked four goals in Boulder’s win against Kambalda, 14.17 (101) to 1.0 (6).

Tiana Jones and Renee Worsley contributed two goals each while Shevon Taylor was the Eagles’ goal kicker.

In this Saturday’s round, Railways play Kalgoorlie at Sir Richard Moore Sports Centre at 9am and Boulder clash with Mines Rovers from 11am at Digger Daws Oval.


Railways 26 points; Mines Rovers 26 points; Boulder 20; Kalgoorlie 8; Kambalda 0.

Leading goal kickers:

M. Kelman (Railways) 14 goals; W. Piringer (Kalgoorlie) 13; C. Halligan (Mines Rovers) 10; A. Reid (Railways) 9; P. Ulijn (Boulder) 9; D. Epis (Railways) 9; M. Bam (Railways) 9; T. Revell (Mines Rovers) 7.

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