Several young Eyre Peninsula female footballers, including Ceduna’s Ria Sleep, represented Norwood at the SANFL Statewide Super League competition.
Matches were played between August 27 and September 17 with teams representing each of the SANFL teams except Adelaide and Port Adelaide.
Six players were listed from Eyre Peninsula in the under 17 team. They were Ria Sleep, Brooklyn George, Demi Clements, Bella Smith, Julie Gerber and Yahna Chynoweth,
For the under 14s listed were Electra Cain, Lacey Murnane, Mardi Masson, Tanisha Lambadgee and Taylah Walladge.
In the under 17 competition Norwood played valiantly but lost its division games to South Adelaide by 57 points, West Adelaide by 20 points and Woodville West Torrens by 25 points.
The team did end on a high note with a 23-point win against Central District.
Coach Bek McMahon said Sleep had limited time in the first game after an unfortunate incident but showed talent and speed in the second game.
“(She has) ability to break through packs and just run all day,” she said.
“A balanced bundle of talent and pace has Ria’s future very bright in the AFL world.”
McMahon also said George gave 100 per cent effort in all four games played, Smith showed natural ability to be one of the best utilities in women’s football and Clements showed versatility in attack and defence.
In the under 14 competition Norwood did score a one goal win against West Adelaide.
However, they had an unfortunate, 22-point loss to South Adelaide and by 26 points to Woodville West Torrens.
Coach Aajiah Jericho said all Eyre Peninsula girls slotted into the side with ease.
She said Murnane had strong possessions in the midfield and found the ball in contests, Walladge worked to save multiple goals and Lambadgee did lots of work up and down the field.
“Electra, Lacey, Mardi and Tanisha came back for a second game and demonstrated great skill and work ethic again,” she said. “Each of the five girls gave 100 per cent out on the field and made the most of their opportunities.
“It was a pleasure to have them in the team.”