WITH the female football season drawing to a close in Bendigo, I would like to say what a successful year 2013 has been.
So many fantastic achievements have occurred this year and I hope 2014 is even better.
Congratulations to all involved in the Castlemaine youth girls team, pictured above, for their courageous grand final win on September 15 over a gallant Huntly Hawks.
In their inaugural year, the young Magpies capped off a fine season by taking out the 2013 Bendigo Junior Football League youth girls premiership.
In an epic contest, Castlemaine got the first score of the game to set up a nine-point margin at quarter time.
Huntly hit back in the second quarter, slamming on two early goals before the Magpies pegged one back to take a 10-point into the long break.
The premiership quarter saw Huntly peg the margin back to four points before Castlemaine steadied the ship with the last three goals of the term.
But Huntly did not give up without a fight, slotting two goals to before the 'Maine girls showed why they were the league's powerhouse this year, scoring the final five goals of the game to run away with a 38-point victory.
It was a fantastic, hard-fought contest with some great skills and sportsmanship on display.
The match showed just how far female football has come in Bendigo in recent years.
I look forward to looking back over the highlights of the 2013 season in my final column for the year, in a fortnight.
Emma Grant is the AFL Victoria-Bendigo Advertiser Female Football Ambassador for this region.