Pride Cup to Magpies

Important part of the game: longevity and a love for the game was evident as guest umpire Di Phyland (centre) and Bendigo Umpires Association officials Simon Bogli and Craig Ginnivan prepared for Saturday night’s match at the Showgrounds.

The winner of the Pride Round Cup between Kyneton and Castlemaine football netball clubs went down to the ninth match – women’s senior football – on Saturday.

Locked at four wins each, the outcome was decided when the Magpies romped home by 89 points under lights in the women’s footy at the Kyneton Showgrounds.

The Cup was initially won by the Kyneton club in 2019, and also played host to special guest umpire Di Phyland, who passed an incredible 1500 games.

“We can’t wait until the next Pride Cup and are proud to be supporting diversity and inclusion in sport within our region,” a Magpies’ official said, with the Tigers echoing this sentiment.

Coming off a victory over Bendigo Thunder, the Castlemaine Magpies showed their class by defeating the Tigers 14.12 (96) to 1.1 (7).

It was a hard contest in muddy conditions.

Kyneton’s Heidi Erasmus reached her 50 career game milestone earlier this year.

After the match, the Magpies’ Tia Davidge was pleased to accept the Pride Round medallion; Bee Hately was chosen as best on ground for the Tigers. Davidge was also best against Thunder a week earlier.

Shannon Prendergast was the sole goalkicker for the Tigers, and the six special awards for individual Tigers went to Shannon White, Maddy Stott, Nikita Jamson, Jordan Savioa, Natalie Korinfsky and Neve Brissenden.

The host club expressed thanks to volunteers Wes, Tristan, Nic, Charlie and Steve for ensuing the match was staged.

Kyneton’s Heidi Erasmus … 50 games to celebrate.