A crowd of 40 supporters packed into the Mooroopna rooms to hear the song sung as the women’s side claimed a huge victory in its inaugural game.
The Cats defeated Kyneton by 71 points in the first round of the Northern Country Women’s League as players and fans celebrated the win at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.
After creating the side to enter into the new league during the pre-season, playing coach Britt Tancred said it was good to see the team finally take the field on Sunday.
‘‘It was pretty great. It was a really exciting day,’’ she said.
‘‘A lot of girls were nervous. It’s a bit of an unknown. You don’t know what you’re coming up against, but once the girls got out there we were fine.’’
After coaching Shepparton in the Victorian Women’s Football League last year, Tancred was satisfied to be back at the club where she played youth girls.
‘‘It’s been really good, it pretty much feels like home,’’ she said.
‘‘To walk straight back in there, it’s pretty special to go back and coach a women’s team. I never thought that would happen.’’
Tancred bagged five goals in just two quarters as she eased back from injury, with Allie Johns also slotting four majors.
Tancred’s former side Shepparton also opened its season with a win, easily accounting for Kerang.
The ball rarely exited the Bears’ forward line, with last year’s best and fairest Bree Davison piling on five goals, as did Jessie Barassi in a best-on-ground performance.
Jorden Knowles and Emily McClure were also outstanding as Shepparton kept Kerang scoreless until the final quarter.
Echuca was tipped to be one of the sides likely to impress in the new league and the Murray Bombers lived up to expectation.
Having won both of its pre-season practise matches, Echuca entered its match against North Bendigo quietly confident in its ability.
The Murray Bombers produced a stirling effort first up with Kate Dixon and Sophie Douglas combining for eight goals as Jessica Pitts starred for the winning side.
Benalla and Bendigo Thunder played off in the tightest game of the round.
The Thunder got the jump on their opponent, leading by 20 points ahead at half-time, but the Saints began to gel in the second half and increased scoring chances.
Kelsie Piscioneri and Kylie Relf were Benalla’s goal kickers with Natalie Pritchard important, despite the 21-point loss.