• Jayden J Bartlett

History is set to be made, as GSFL Women’s footy heads to KI for the inaugural KI Challenge Cup

History is set to be made, as GSFL Women’s footy heads to Kangaroo Island for the inaugural KI Challenge Cup.

The opening round of the Great Southern Football League Women’s competition will see history made, as women’s footy heads to Kangaroo Island for the inaugural KI Challenge Cup.

The match, which will be played between the Yankalilla and the Goolwa/Port Elliot Open Women’s teams, is set to be held at Dudley Oval (Penneshaw, KI) on Saturday, March 14 from 12 pm.

The Captains of both the sides have expressed the significance of this match, which will also be used to support mental health awareness.

“Both clubs will be wearing purple armbands and bootlaces to acknowledge and show our support for the mental health of everyone, but particularly the Kangaroo Island people who have had a tough time following the recent bushfires” said Yankalilla Women’s Captain, Melissa Biddle.

“Playing on KI is a great way of exposing the locals to women’s football and showing what women are capable of in a predominantly male dominated game” she said.

And “we have been fortunate to have some Kangaroo Island women playing for us since the league’s inception a few years ago, so it is important to the Yankalilla Football Club that we can continue to develop our relationship with the KI community and give its women the opportunity to play games of football” she said.

Likewise, the Captain of the Goolwa/Port Elliot women’s team, Kerrie-Ann Moon, has said that the match “is a great opportunity for Goolwa FC to travel to Kangaroo Island for the first round of the GSFLW season”.

“It means a lot for our girls to share our passion of football with the people on Kangaroo Island against Yankalilla for the first game of the round” she said.

“As a club, we cannot wait to share our love for football with others and help Kangaroo Island evolve their league and support the locals after the bushfire tragedy” she said.

Before the match begins, there will also be AusKick and coaching clinics available from 10 am, which will be run by both teams as well as the SANFL.

They are hoping to make the KI Challenge Cup an annual event, so make sure you get to Dudley Oval on Saturday, March 14 from 12 pm, to support both women’s football and the Kangaroo Island community.

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Written by Jayden Bartlett

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