Calder United retained the Football Victoria Women's Community Shield with a convincing 3-1 win against FC Bulleen Lions to open the state women's football season.
The Community Shield theme of #SaveHakeem was updated to #HakeemSaved in celebration of the safe return of Pascoe Vale footballer Hakeem al-Araibi to Australia after his detention in Thailand.
Reigning NPL Victoria Women's gold medalist Catherine Zimmerman scored two goals while new Calder signing Adriana Taranto was selected as player of the match by the referees.
The showpiece game at Green Gully was a prelude to the NPLW season kick-off on Saturday February 23.
Football Victoria 2019 Women's Community Shield
FC Bulleen Lions 1 (Kayla Morrison 87') Calder United 3 (Catherine Zimmerman 30' 58', Polly Doran 32')
Player of the Match: Adriana Taranto (Calder United)
Picture: Rachel Bach, ByTheWhiteLine