Centrals clean up in debut season

Champion Central Augusta Football Club women's team.
Champion Central Augusta Football Club women's team.

Central Augusta Football Club's womens team celebrated a bitter-sweet premiership win, after the season was cut short amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The girls finished the season as minor premiers in an impressive undefeated debut in the Mid North Women's Football League.

With knokcout finals scrapped and the Grand Final brought forward, Centrals looked a shoo-in for ultimate glory.

Following continuing developments surrounding Covid-19 restrictions, the league made the difficult decision to cancel all finals and award the shield to top-placed Central Augusta.

Although the season ended in disappointment, Centrals showed themselves to be worthy winners after dominating the competition week in and week out.

Mid North Women's Football League R/Up Best and Fairest Ellie Packard with team captain Sam Boully and the premiership shield.

Mid North Women's Football League R/Up Best and Fairest Ellie Packard with team captain Sam Boully and the premiership shield.

Ellie Packard proved silky skills run in the family, claiming the league's Runner Up Best and Fairest trophy.

"It was really exciting to be rewarded for the time and effort that we put in," Packard said.

"Playing in the AFLW was a completely new experience and lots of fun, especially with the group of girls that were involved."

Packard played junior football with West Augusta, where her brother Joe currently captains the A Grade side.

"After seeing the competition for the last two years, Sam pushed for a Port Augusta team to join and I was eager to play since then," she said.

"Joining a new competition was really fun, especially having a big footy background, and it was really exciting to see all the talent we have in the area in a completely new womens sport in Port Augusta."