AFL Capricornia women run into form in Mackay
AUSSIE RULES: HANNAH Davidson shone for the Gems when they tackled their northern counterparts in the representative round robin in Mackay at the weekend.
Davidson was part of the AFL Capricornia representative women's team that finished the event with one win and one loss.
Capricornia went down to Mackay in their first match but rallied to score a convincing 57-point win over Townsville.
Coach Sam Gudgeon said he was reasonably happy with the team's performance, given they had not had a lot of time playing together.
The Gems are made up of players from Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone and Boyne Island.
Gudgeon said his team were a little slow off the mark in the first game against Mackay, going down 3.2.20 to 1.2.8.
"It was a low-scoring game," he said.
"The contest around the whole ground was pretty even and it was a very competitive, physical game.
"It didn't help that our girls had to travel that morning and basically get straight off the bus to play.
"We didn't have the best preparation heading into the event and we lacked a bit of teamwork in the first game."
Gudgeon said it was a different story in the match against Townsville.
"The girls started playing together as a team and doing what the coach asked of them and it worked well for them," he said.
"We ended up winning the match quite convincingly."
Davidson was named the Gems' best for the event, voted by the umpires and opposing teams' coaches.
Gudgeon coaches the Rockhampton Panthers in the AFL Capricornia League and this is his first year as the representative women's team coach.
He said he was impressed with how the local game was growing and producing some good young talent.