Women’s stars head to Bunbury

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

The two undefeated teams in the Jan Cooper Cup will face each other at Hands Oval when the second round of the West Australian Football Commission competition heads to Bunbury on Saturday.

The South team – which features a number of South West women’s footballers – will take on West after both teams won their respective matches at the weekend.

Harvey Bulls’ midfielder Larissa Versaci was South’s best in their 6.4 (40) to 5.6 (36) win over East in the first round at Subiaco Oval, while West defeated Coast 8.5 (53) to (25).

The tournament is named in honour of WA female football pioneer Jan Cooper and includes the best players in WA outside the AFL Women’s competition as part of the development program run by the commission.

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South coach Michelle Harris said she was pleased with the effort of her team at the weekend.

“It was a really hot day for our girls to play on and there is not a lot of breeze at the stadium,” she said.

Harris said Versaci, Ella Smith and Kloe Bassett had all impressed for the team.

“Chalise Lange who plays for Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault was also impressive,” she said.

Harris said the South West contingent of the team was excited to play in front of a home crowd at Hands Oval.

“We had a few miss out because of school balls and the likes, so they are keen to have a game,” he said.

Harris admitted she had not seen West play yet, but knew their team was more “mature”.

“Our side is a young one, but I am hoping that we have pace on our side as well as endeavour,” he said.

“The group is really coming together to play some good football.”

Round three will be at Bendigo Bank Stadium in Mandurah on Saturday, February 24, before the top two teams play in the final at Subiaco Oval on March 10.

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