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SWFLW 2023: Eaton women’s team outlast depleted South Bunbury in challenging conditions

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Justin FrisBunbury Herald
Heidi Green attempts to tackle Jada Scott.
Camera IconHeidi Green attempts to tackle Jada Scott. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

The Eaton women’s team secured their first victory under the guidance of coach Kristy Jetta on Saturday at Glen Huon Reserve.

In challenging conditions, Eaton defeated a depleted South Bunbury 3.1 (19) to 2.3 (15), with Chloe Seaman booting two goals for the home side.

Jetta, a former premiership player with South Bunbury’s women’s team, was dealt a handy bonus prior to the clash, with Jessica Ruland — who was named as one of four emergencies for Peel Thunder’s WAFLW clash against East Fremantle in Mandurah — a late inclusion on the morning of the game.

The match up was also a homecoming of sorts for Tigers coach Berend Kaaks, who coached against his old club for the first time.

Hamstrung by player points and availability issues prior to the bounce, the visitors incurred further injuries throughout the afternoon, finishing with 13 players on the ground.

One of these injuries was suffered by Katelyn Towie, who was stretchered off in the second half after suffering a significant concussion.

Towie spent Saturday night in Bunbury Hospital’s emergency department, however has been cleared of serious injury.

Eaton’s victory was their first in the women’s competition since September 3 last year.

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