Pride of falcons

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
In game four, Ashburton Thunder versed the Karratha Falcons.
Camera IconIn game four, Ashburton Thunder versed the Karratha Falcons.

More than 100 female football players from across the Pilbara gathered on Saturday for a one-day carnival.

The Pride Carnival event was an opportunity to celebrate women’s football in the Pilbara and allow players to compete against different teams from across the region.

There were five teams who travelled to Windy Ridge Oval in Dampier to compete in the event: Karratha Falcons, Karratha Jets, Ashburton Thunder, and two Hedland Blazers teams.

A football State talent manager also travelled to the carnival for talent identification, providing an opportunity for players to showcase their skills, with 36 selected for the ongoing Pilbara Female Talent Development Program.

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The day consisted of a round-robin competition, with each team playing each other before a grand final event to conclude the night.

An injury during game four caused the schedule to be disrupted slightly.

However, players and officials maintained their spirit.

Hedland Blazers and Karratha Falcons made the grand final and battled it out for the win.

Both teams fought hard for the winning spot and showcased their strong skills despite the hot Pilbara climate beating down on the oval.

In the end, it was the Karratha Falcons who emerged as carnival winners.

While both teams put up a solid fight, the Falcons were on fire and dominated the scoreboard, with the final score, 1.0 (6) to 4.2 (26).

Kat Shrewsberry, Lilli Morgan, Jess Pitches, Renae Tucker and Beth Denney were voted best and fairest for their respective teams, while Lilli Morgan, from Karratha Falcons, was best on ground in the grand final.

WA Football Commission regional development manager Vicki Agnew said it was a tight competition and everyone showed a high level of community support and sportsmanship.

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