The first matches in Rockhampton

In 1932, The Evening News reported that the failure of soccer to appeal to the Rockhampton community was due to its image as a “lady’s and old man’s game.” But given the successful history of women’s soccer in Rockhampton we’re positive that soccer in Rockhampton should be seen as a lady’s game!

The earliest evidence of a women’s game we can find in Rockhampton is a match played in aid of the Rockhampton Ambulance at Lakes Creek Ground in October 1947 between a ladies team and a minor boy’s team. The match was organised in part by Nerimbera FC (one of Australia’s longest running football clubs) and was described as thrilling, though we do not have the final scores.

A week or so after the match between the minor boys team and ladies team, another reportedly exciting match took place at a Nerimbera Soccer Club picnic. Over 200 people attended and this time the match was between two ladies teams.