The Kimberley’s best female football players travelled all the way down to Mandurah to take on the Country Women’s Football Championships last week with the side narrowly missing out on the grand final win. Featuring eight sides from the Kimberley to Esperance, the competition was split into two divisions for the first time with more than 200 players taking to the field. Playing in division one over two days of competition from October 5 to 6 at Lane Group Stadium in Mandurah, the Kimberley side emerged as the runners-up after making it all the way to the grand final. After a rocky start in their first game against last year’s premiers the South West Football League, the Kimberley side went on to claim two more victories against Great Southern and Great Northern to cement their place in the grand final. The South West side quickly pushed themselves into the lead, kicking five goals in quick succession while the Kimberley struggled to get a goal on the board. The Kimberley tightened their defence in the second half, slowing the South West down significantly but it wasn’t enough to bring the Kimberley side back into the lead with South West claiming the win by 16 points, 6.0 (36) to 2.3 (20). The win makes it the fourth consecutive Country Women’s Football Championship grand final win for the South West Football League. WA Football Commission country football development manager Brent Sheridan said the championships were a great pathway for players. “The women’s championship aims to provide a great avenue for senior female participants to showcase their talents at a representation level with an against the best players from country WA,” he said. “With the recent expansion of the AFLW and WAFLW, this championship plays a key role in providing our country players with an opportunity to put their names up in lights.” The competition marks the second time in a row the Kimberley women’s team has made it to the grand final, with the side also just falling short last year.