The New Holland WA Country Football League side lost in a thriller to the Perth League in the women’s State match on Friday night.
WA Country were unable to defend their crown as an inaccurate Perth side won 2.17 (29) to 4.3 (27) at Inglewood Park.
Slippery conditions made it difficult to get clean use of the ball as the first quarter was typified by congested play to get the ball forward, which Perth made the most of.
However they kicked six straight behinds, which allowed Jacinta Bourne, from Goldfields Railways, to tap the ball forward and eventually soccer through the opening goal before Bethany Bond (South Bunbury) to kick a lovely goal around the body to take a 2.0 (12) to 0.6 (6) lead into the break.
Perth eventually goaled after eight behinds to take the lead before Lily Minter, from North Albany, kicked a lovely snap to regain the lead for Country who took a 3.0 (18) to 1.8 (14) into half-time.
Perth continued to press and eventually hit the front through a rare set shot and could have killed the game but still found it hard to convert leading 2.15 (27) 3.1 (19).
Bourne kicked her second of the night after soccering home from a tight angle to close within two points. The teams traded behinds before McHenry Chanti, from Dampier Sharks, missed an open shot on the run.
Olivia Bidwell, from Towns, and Jasmine Johansen, from Railways, ran hard all night but ultimately Perth overcame both the Country side and their own goal shooting to run out winners.