Strathalbyn claimed the inaugural Adelaide Women's Football League divsion five premiership against Salisbury

In what was always going to be a tough and physical encounter against Salisbury, Strathalbyn claimed the inaugural Adelaide Women's Football League division five premiership in their inaugural season.

After completing the minor rounds with nine wins from 10 games, the Lady Roosters battled through injuries to key players to recover from a narrow loss in their first final against Salisbury. 

The first few minutes of the were played on an even field, with neither side gaining the upperhand.  

The see-sawing affair eventually resulted in Salisbury drawing first blood from a long bomb goal from the boundary.

The Roosters then took control, kicking four points before finally kicking a major after strong work from Leibhardt. 

Beaumont was dominant in ruck giving the likes of Ballard, Millard and Tucker first use, despite this ascendancy the Lady Roosters failed to convert on the score board and held a four-point lead at the first break.

The second quarter was an arm wrestle, neither side managed a score, both teams defended desperately, with Skinner, Eatts, Thomas and Summerill not allowing Salisbury an inside 50 for the term.

The Roosters lifted after half-time, crucial outside run from Bell and Isaacson saw them transition the ball with ease from one end to the other.

Salisbury’s defence was tough to crack, before Leibhardt worked herself into front spot and goaled again. 

Millard, Ballard, Beaumont and Bell were finding plenty of the football, Hammond, Purcell and Stevens were applying great pressure up forward and not allowing Salisbury easy exits.

Big tackles from Leibhardt, Ballard and Summerill made it difficult for the Magpies to gain any momentum and it looked like the Roosters were going to kick away.

The final term was fast paced and ferocious, as Salisbury played their trademark hard-hitting football.

However, the Lady Roosters had focus on the ball and dominated proceedings and kept Salisbury scoreless for a third straight term gifting the Roosters the inaugural division five flag in the girls inaugural season. 

The culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication and support from the greater football club enabled the result to become a reality. 

The final scores were Strathalbyn 2.7 defeated Salisbury 1.0 in a game of intense football.

Strathalbyn’s best players were Amy Beaumont, Abbie Ballard, Bree Leibhardt, Lisa Millard, Chloe Isaacson and Nicky Bell. 

Bree Leibhardt kicked the Roosters’ two goals.

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