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Kicking off at Rovers ladies…

Blackburn Rovers ladies were on Sunday knocked out of the Women's Premier League Cup, but not before much controversy, which resulted in the referee receiving a police escort from the pitch...

Unibond side Clitheroe's ground, Shawbridge, home to Rovers ladies would be the scene of much drama on Sunday afternoon as Rovers were eventually beaten 6-3 by Chelsea in extra time after having two players sent off.

Having gone 1-0 down, Rovers fought back to lead 3-1, before Chelsea's own revival forced extra time. It was during extra time that referee Ross Joyce sent off Rovers' Amanda Barr and Linda Shepherd, which ultimately lead to the 6-3 defeat.

At the final whistle the crowd of 200 or more people were so vigorous in their protests that Rovers officials called in the police to give the referee a police escort out of the ground. A Rovers spokesman, Marek Walsh would have this to say:

"It was a right kerfuffle.

"And it wasn't only the Blackburn supporters - the Chelsea fans were just as upset with the ref's decisions."

Meanwhile, whilst on the subject of ladies football I would like to congratulate the England International ladies team on their qualification for the 2007 World Cup Finals.

Following a 1-1 draw with France over the weekend England qualified for the World Cup Finals for only the second time. The Finals take place in China next year, starting in early September.

This brings us nicely onto another poll suggestion, again from Vital Blackburn member govtpros, under the title of:

At which level do you think the England women's team would cope best if they were allowed to play against the men?

You will have six options to choose from, and I think this could prove an interesting poll, I just hope that people approach it by giving the ladies game the respect it deserves, as there are a lot of very, very good lady footballers out there, many of whom could show their better known and far better paid counterparts in the men's game how to play!

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 9 2006

Time: 5:22PM

Your Comments

I'd love to know exactly how bad those decisions were, but i doubt we'll ever find out. Our Ladies team really does seem to have been improving in leaps and bounds since Hughes and his team came in. Fair play to them, i never really paid any attention at all, but quite often check how they got on now. As for the England team, no doubt the blokes would win (don't want to sound like a chauvenist but they would) however, i reckon it'd be less of a whitewash than many would suggest - 2 goal handicap, and i reckon it'd be very close.
Head Rover Heels
A very good point well brought up! "I just hope that people approach it by giving the ladies game the respect it deserves, as there are a lot of very, very good lady footballers out there, many of whom could show their better known and far better paid counterparts in the men's game how to play"!
govtpros
Welcome to Vital Blakcburn Head Rover Heels, good to see another new name commenting. It would be closer than a lot would think, I'd agree. They really are impriving immensly. I'll try and find out exactly what happened, but details are a little sketchy.
Hughes Da Man
Thanks very much govtpros, I just know that some people won't show the women respect they deserve so if I push this point maybe they will?
Hughes Da Man
sounds like fun and games at that game then !! ... would be interesting to find out exactly whats happened but I get the feeling it was probably complete bias one way or another or maybe missing some seriously bad challenges on both side s? who knows but I hope you find out !
dazednconfuzed
I went to Clitheroe to watch Arsenal/Rovers ladies earlier this season. Some of the ladies would hold thier own even in the premiership. Kelly Smith certainly has an eye for goal, scoring a fantastic hat trick,(despite some terrific saves from our goal keeper) Faye White, Rachel Yankee and Karen Carney are also skillful. I need to watch Rovers ladies more before deciding which of our players are consistent enough to compete with the men. Usualy at International level the men would beat the ladies but what about last Saturday? I think its quite possible that had we fielded the England ladies team instead, we could have won! I would love to see a premiership team give their best lady a chance to play in the first team, Kelly Smith alongside Thiery Henry for example. Thats the way ladies could have a biger impact on the game. Which manager would be brave enough? But if a lady emerged with the talent of Tugay, Reidy or Brad, how could you not include her (under the sex discrimination laws.) Of course you might eventualy need 4 changing rooms, 2 home and 2 away, or maybe not!!!
r.waterfall
have to admit I've only seen the odd match on TV, the FA Cup Finals, altohugh I did watch a fair bit of the tournament that was held in England last year, or the year before, and a lot of the ladies were VERY good. It would be interesting to see if this could ever happen.
Hughes Da Man
well thats woman football for ye ^^
marshinrover
I don't quite now what that comment means marshinrover but I'll assume it isn't anything bad? :)
Hughes Da Man
 

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