SUCCESSFUL: The Lucas Girls from Ballarat’s Lucas Factory defeated the opposition by 16 points after what was a hotly contested match. Picture: SuppliedWhile the country celebratesthe end of the second AFL Women’s season, come September there will be another reason to celebrate.
September 28 will markthe100thanniversary of the first women’s football match in Victoria, which was at Ballarat’s Eastern Oval.
According to aBallarat Stararticle at the time, about 120women from the Khaki Clothing Factory in Melbourne travelled to Ballarat for the game against the Lucas Girls, which was also a fundraiser to go towards a“suitable entrance” to the Avenue of Honour.
The paper reportedhundreds of people at the train station and even more lining the streets to welcome the opposition team’s arrival.
The match attracted more than 7000 spectatorsand raised £330, and according to areport inThe Courier, the displaydid not disappoint.
Both teams are said to have thrownthemselves into the game from the moment the whistle sounded withthe Lucas Girls “showing more dash”, but the Khaki Girls havingthe upper hand in terms of experience.
VISITORS: The Khaki Girls from the Khaki Clothing Factory were greeted in Ballarat with much fanfare including a march and reception. Picture: Supplied
The match report said some of the players displayed considerable aptitude and pace, with the visitors more inclined to kick the ball along the ground.
The Khaki Girls had the advantage of a strong wind in the first quarter, with play largely directed to the south wing, and led with just apoint scored at the first break.
In the second term, Lucas registered a goal and a behind before the visiting side scored its first goal just before the halftime siren to again lead by a point.
In the third quarter, the Lucas Girls levelled the scores with a behindand prevented their opponents, with awindadvantage, from scoring.
HISTORIC DAY: On September 28, 1918, Ballarat’s Eastern Oval became the first ground in Victoria to host a women’s football match. Picture: Kate Healy
And in the final quarterthe Lucas Girls overwhelmedthe opposition with two goals and four points while keeping the Khaki Girls scoreless.
The home team defeated the visitors by 16 points with the final score, Lucas Girls 3.6. 24 d Khaki Girls 1.2. 8.
Melbourne-based historian Belinda Ensor is working with filmmaker Joel Checkley to make a short documentary on the game andhopes to complete the projectbeforethe 100thanniversary.
Anyone with connections to the historic game can contact Belinda Ensor on 0400 231 772 or email [email protected]苏州楼凤
Lucas Girls: L Rayworth (captain), C Ware (vice captain), M Rogers, P White, L Jacoby, E Todd, E Jones, A Thornton, D Williams, D Jones, D Harris, E Price, D Thompson, A Halfpenny, D Scarlett, B Bastin, C Lynch, R Mounsey, C Stewart and A Bussett.
Khaki Girls: E Morgan (captain), F Storr (vice captain), M McIntosh, V Mansfield, S Whittock, H Peacock, M Woodford, N Burton, V Hagblom, D Proctor, R Wadeson, C Lack, R Noak, E Ruffin, C Parry, B Smith.