VICTORY couldn’t have tasted any sweeter for Bendigo Thunder skipper Emma Wolters on Saturday.
Not only did the livewire forward lift the VWFL north-west division trophy for the second time, but she also booted the match-sealing goal.
Even better, that goal could become the catalyst that propels women’s football in Bendigo to the next level - the VWFL’s premier division.
“It was a pretty good feeling, I saw the ball coming in pretty high and I knew it was clearing the pack,” Wolters said.
“I just thought ‘here’s my chance’, I wasn’t letting that one go and I just kicked straight and was happy to see it go through.”
The dual-premiership captain has full confidence the Thunder could compete in the premier division.
“There’s a fair old step up between this level and premier level, but I think we definitely need to go there,” she said.
“I think we’re up for the challenge, I think we’ve got the capability to compete with the best teams.”
Some never thought the Thunder could be as successful so quickly, but Wolters isn’t surprised.
“Realistically for any club it’s a big feat,” she said. “It doesn’t surprise me that we can play that good football, the standard of footy the girls can play – it’s tremendous.”
Wolters is excited by how far women’s football has come in Bendigo in the past three years.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play football, I couldn’t do it until three years ago – I played soccer to tide me over,” Wolters said.
“I’m just so stoked the girls of Bendigo have got the opportunity to play young and to play at the highest level.”