This weekend saw the Canterbury Pride National Women’s League football team travel to Dunedin for the first round of the competition. Included in the Pride wider squad this year, are North Canterbury’s Tahlia Herman-Watt, and Gabi Rennie, along with Waimak’s Freya Lodge-Whitham, Annie Foote, and Charlotte Roche. Starting for Southern were two further North Canterbury players, in Macey Fraser, and Blair Currie. Herman-Watt and Rennie were both starters for the match, which began with a fairly even first half, although the Pride dominated possession, and an own goal gave them a first half lead. However, the second half saw the Pride dominate the scoreboard, with Britney-Lee Nicholson scoring two goals, and Lara Wall another. Southern did manage a late consolation goal through Sammy Murrell. They almost picked up a second, when Southern’s Amy Hislop was denied by Foote, who made her debut in goal late in the match. The final score 4-1, was a convincing start for the defending champions. The main game was also followed by a friendly between the wider squads, and Foote, Whitham-Lodge, and Roche all got plenty of game time representing the Pride.