The mighty Frankston Dolphins have done it!
As coach Greg Hilton said after the match, 90 days ago the Dolphins women’s side did not exist.
Now they have their first win.
And after a long preseason, they gelled well beyond a team in their first game.
Football manager Nat Furlong had to explain to people who came down to watch daughter Molly: “That was the first game in 100 years of women’s football playing for Frankston and we won!” she said, overcome with joy.
“History has been made by these girls. It’s so exciting!”
Frankston defeated Mornington 4.11 35 to 3.8 26, with Jas Rolland awarded the ANZAC Medal on a perfect night for football at Alexandra Park.
After a nervous start, Zali Mayall got goal-side of her opponent and ran in to an open goal to register Frankston’s first ever major late in the first quarter.
Thereafter, the Dolphins looked cleaner and more desperate, applying immense tackling and smothering pressure, yet entered the last break with a one-point deficit.
The tension rose in the last stanza and so did the Dolphins.
They had most of the territory and one last quarter goal gave them a winning lead.
It was the perfect way to christen their entrance to footy and their excitement was palpable in the post-game celebrations.
Hilton was delighted.
“I’ve been involved in footy for a long time, but I’ve probably never been so excited for a bunch of girls,” he said.
“We just kept going. It was an exciting night for women’s footy and I hope it really helps the men, because it’s one club.”
Speaking about the celebration he laughingly said: “We’re singing the song but didn’t really know the words.”
With such a close culture and on-field performances like Friday night, there is cause for optimism that there will be more choruses to join this season.
And with that, the first page of Frankston’s women’s footballing story has played out.
The journey continues next Saturday at 10.30am at SkyBus Stadium against Coburg.
– By Jonty Ralphsmith