Ravens soar as women’s gridiron newcomers impress


Ravens' offense takes off during the clash of competition newcomers. Source: Tegan Clarke
Ravens’ offense takes off during the clash of competition newcomers. Source: Tegan Clarke

The Bayside Ravens and South Brisbane Wildcats women’s gridiron teams kicked off their inaugural seasons in Bulimba at the weekend and they didn’t disappoint.

The Ravens took the lead early and continued to dominate play throughout the game, eventually winning 43-6.

Disciplined offensive plays were Ravens’ strength as the Wildcats struggled to simultaneously shut down a talented quarterback and contain wide receivers.

It was clear the Ravens were out to put on a show for their home fans, laying on big hits that earned audible praise from an enthusiastic crowd on the sidelines.

To the Wildcats’ credit, they never gave up and their style of play was enjoyable to watch. They hit their stride in the second half with powerful offensive running through the middle, dragging Ravens’ players along with them.

While the game didn’t lack passion, a genuine sense of camaraderie shone through as opposing players congratulated each other on good plays and helped each other up when down.

Wildcats staff member, Mick Bailey, enjoyed his day with family and wasn’t too disappointed with the result, saying basic errors hurt the Wildcats most.

“A lot of them are new at the game and what’s needed is more game time – just decision making and things like that… Obviously the Ravens are a pretty well-drilled side too,” Bailey said.

He emphasised results aren’t the most important part, but nonetheless has high hopes for the Wildcats’ season.

“They’ll do it tough against the Stingrays next week but we’ll be playing for a place in the finals at the end of the year,” Bailey said.

“The girls enjoy it and that’s what’s good about this sport… Everyone enjoys it, there’s no animosity from anyone on the sidelines.”

Ravens men’s player, Jacob Eaton, was there to support the women and predicted the convincing win, knowing four months of collective hard work and dedication at training would pay off.

“They formed a bond that is closer than friendship, which gave me confidence that they would play their heart out and play for the person next to them,” Eaton said.

Gridiron game days are something special; the atmosphere is fantastic and being witness to the nuances of a highly technical game is refreshing. These are just two of many reasons to support these women and this league.

Other results from the opening round: Jets def. Panthers 38-0, Stingrays def. Spartans 50-0.

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