OLD BRIGHTON: 5.3.33
OLD SCOTCH STARS: 6.2.38
In a historic day for the Old Scotch Football Club, the Old Scotch Stars ran out onto Brighton Beach Oval through a guard of honour formed by the vanquished men’s first XVIII. In amazing scenes the support the girls received was colossal, and they played like women possessed!
A nervous start saw us fail to score in the first quarter kicking into a slight breeze. Some reassuring words and strategic advice form coach Ryan Duke saw the girls settle and start to assert themselves on the game. Captain Anna Hayes stood tall and clunked some terrific marks, and the girls lifted around her. Sassa Christian was the first woman to kick a goal for the Old Scotch Football Club early in the second term. This gave the girls great confidence and we went into the main break behind by a small margin. Our third quarter was emphatic, as the girls hunted the footy hard and ran the ball with great fluency to kick four goals. The instruction at three quarter was clear: Don’t look at the scoreboard and take the game on. The girls followed this instruction to a tee, and with five minutes to go we held a 17 point lead.
To Old Brighton’s credit they managed to fight back with two late goals, and the girls were forced to defend valiantly for the final two minutes of the game with the ball locked in Old Brighton’s forward line. Some heroic efforts saw us thwart Old Brighton’s attempts to score and the excitement when the final siren rang with us five points to the good was palpable.
The smiles on the faces of the girls will not be forgotten by their president, and I thank them so much for what they have added to our club in the short time they have been with us, and share how excited I am about the club’s future they are helping to shape.