AN Elise Gullifer goal from a tight angle on the sideline proved decisive for the Bathurst Giants on Saturday when beating Central West AFL women’s rivals Parkes 3-8-26 to 2-7-19.
Playing at Northparkes Oval, the Giants led by just two points heading into the final term – the contest markedly closer than the previous clashes between the pair which saw the Bathurst outfit win by 83 then 89-point margins.
But Gullifer, who has now booted six goals in her maiden season with the Giants, kept her composure to kick the decisive major.
“A fluky little goal she got and it was a great win,” Giants coach Liz Kennedy said.
“It was a hard win. It really came down to that last term, but the girls just ground it out.
“It was a great battle, Parkes have picked up a couple of new players, which is really good for them. Especially because it is such a big field up there, having the extra numbers really helps them.”
With Kennedy missing a number of regulars for the round 12 match, including leading goal scorer Danita Lane, Youth Girls talents Sophie Dixon and Isabel Hamer stepped up to play seniors.
Erica Traves and Melinda Mann also made their debuts for the Giants, the latter booting one of the Bathurst side’s three majors.
Kennedy was pleased with the way those four performed, but praised her team as a whole after what was not just a tough game physically, but mentally as well.
“It was a very emotional game for us this week as TT’s [Tamara Thompson] Mum passed away on Thursday morning,” the coach said.
“So the girls put their black armbands on and we had minute silence beforehand and it was really quite emotional.
“But the girls played really well and they ground it out.”
Meanwhile, the Bathurst Lady Bushrangers were handed a forfeit win over the Cowra Blues on Saturday.
The forfeit is registered as a 100-0 victory, a result which has them now eight points clear on top of the ladder.