More than six months of hard work came to fruition on Saturday, April 6, as the Batemans Bay Seahawks' women's side played their historic first-ever match.
Coached by Mick Alves, the Seahawks are playing their first season in the UNSW Canberra Community competition, and hosted Ainslie in their first hit out.
A good crowd was on hand for the historical occasion, and the girls were up for it from the first bounce, dominating Ainslie around the stoppages in the early going.
The home side held a three-point lead at quarter time, but Ainslie's experience saw them hit the front in the second quarter.
Despite equaling Ainslie around the ground, the Seahawks lacked polish going forward, as they failed to kick a goal in the first half.
Despite being down on the scoreboard, the Seahawks' girls never shied from a contest, and were well and truly in the game when Laura Thompson kicked the club's first goal in the final quarter.
However, they couldn't add to their tally, and ended up going down by 10 points.
Ainslie was full of praise for the Seahawks during the post-match huddle, commending them on joining the competition and noting the fight they'd given throughout the match.
Seahawks captain Ali Ryan said she was impressed with how her side played.
"The girls hit hard," she said. "I wasn't expecting them to come out firing like that.
"I think we've got a really good base to build from. If we can change some of those behinds in to goals, we'll be in with a really good shot."
Ryan spent last year playing in Canberra's first division, and said it was nice to be able to play footy in her hometown.
"It's good to be back, and not have to travel to Canberra so much," she said. "It's really exciting that we're building a women's side down here.
"The boys (in the club) have been so supportive, they've made us feel really welcome. We full just as much a part of the club as they are."
Coach Mick Alves said he was "honoured" to be part of the day.
"It was quite an effort the get this team on the field, and I'm so proud of the girls today," he said. "It was a really close game of footy, and you can see that we'll improve throughout the season.
"I think this team will change the dynamic of our footy club. It's brought a lot of new people to the club, and hopefully the club will continue to go forward from here."
Alves said the amount of support at the ground on Saturday was proof that people wanted to see women's footy.
"We had partners, parents, and friends here today, and it was really good to get a home game first up," he said. "Thanks to the president, committee, and everyone else who put in the effort to get this team on the field.
"Today was the reward, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the girls improve throughout the season."
The Seahawks are still looking for players. If you are interested in playing for the women's side, get in contact with the club.