Female Country Football Championships: Peel women claim top-three finish at inaugural event

Dominant displays against the Pilbara and Goldfields helped the Peel Cavaliers women to a top-three finish at the inaugural Female Country Football Championships in Cockburn over the weekend.

The Cavs finished in third place with a 2-2 record after four games of footy held across the two-day carnival, while also having five of their players named to the all-star team.

They opened their campaign with a stunning win over the Pilbara in the first match of the tournament.

Skye Roberts nailed three majors to lead Peel to a crushing 7.5 (47) to nil victory, while Andrea Kelly and April McPherson both dominated around the ground.

Luck was unfortunately against the Cavs women in their second encounter against a strong Great Northern Football League team, as they went down in the final two minutes of the match after overcoming a two-goal deficit.

Peel ended the match with a 2.2 (14) to 3.0 (18) loss.

McPherson was again prolific in that outing, and carried her form into the next clash against the Goldfields to find herself among Peel's best players for the third game running.

Game three was again a strong showing for the Cavaliers, with Lisa Dubberlin (three goals) leading the way on the scoreboard as they rallied for a 6.3 (39) to 0.1 (1) victory.

A top-two spot was on the line as Peel headed into their final game, but running into a powerful South West side was a tall order.

The South West, who would finish the carnival undefeated in first place, took a 5.11 (41) to 1.0 (6) victory with Dubberlin kicking the Cavs' only major.

Peel stars McPherson, Dubberlin, Skipper Van Peer, Emily Sharp and Brooke Davey were all named to the all-star squad of 20, which recognises the top talent from across the carnival.

Peel head coach Jamie McGillivray praised his side's effort across the four games.

"I was really pleased with how the girls worked together, given they'd only had a month to train as a team," he said.

"Initially we were disappointed not to come away with at least three wins, but we were really competitive in both our losses and just to see how far we've come from the last few times we played the South West is huge.

"To have five players picked to the all-star team is a massive achievement for those individuals, too."

McGillivray expects a more competitive Peel team in the coming years, as female football continues to grow in the local sector.

"In 2015, we had three junior girls teams playing women's footy in the region," he said.

"This year, we have 27 junior teams and six sides in the senior competition.

"So long as that continues to grow and more clubs jump on board, we'll see massive improvement in our representative side."

Players will now return to their local clubs as they gear up for the back end of the season.