Pictures by Ted May
Dynamos Premier Ladies (back row) coach Dave Goldsmith, Kloe Bassett, Savannah Olsthoorn, Danielle Durrant, Kimberley Cleggett, Michelle Lauren, Tia Warritow, Joeley Goldsmith, Alessia Novello, (front row) Sarah Geare, Madison Sherratt, Elissa Preedy, Kiarni Stevens, Lisa Ward, Courtney Butlion and Danielle Durrant.
The Dynamos Premier Ladies made a triumphant and historic debut in the Perth Metro Division 1 to announce their arrival in comprehensive style.
This is the first season in the Dynamos’ 49 year history the club has a team entered the Perth Metro Comp.
The Dynamos were up 2-0 at half time over Perth team Backpackers FC before running away to win 6-1 at the Forrest Park match on Sunday.
Coach Dave Goldsmith said the players were thrilled by the win over last year’s winner of the Metropolitan Cup (knock out competition across all six divisions).
“When the siren went they were over the moon, I think they were a bit relieved at the same time,” Dave said.
“As a coach I could not have asked any more of the girls.”
The club hopes that Bunbury will become a fortress for visitors and it was very appreciative of players and members who turned out to cheer on the home team.
Dave said they were also delighted to see players from other clubs who had played before or nearby wandered over to give their support too.
“If we are going to achieve anything this year we will have to win all our home games and make it a place Perth teams don’t want to come to,” he said.
The average age of the players is 19 years old with a blend of youth and experience, the captain is 23 year old Joeley Goldsmith.
Dave has previously coached Dynamos men’s teams and is club vice president. After considering a season away from coaching duties he took the reins of the women’s team at the start of preseason.
His original plan with the backing of the club was to attempt a women’s team in the Perth league within two years, but when the opportunity presented itself to go earlier it quickly became a two month plan to be organised in time for this season.
Key was ensuring the players gave their commitment to the season ahead and the club has provided strong support.
Dave said the talented squad would take the next 20 home and away matches a week at a time but he had no doubt the players had enough potential to be a real contender in their first year.
They have a bye this week with a friendly organised to keep them match fit before playing at home again to top team Melville.
Dynamos have long been one of the dominant clubs in the South West Soccer Association with the women’s teams being no exception.
The club’s depth and strength can be seen in massive amount of junior players. About 350 juniors play for the club and it is actively developing its young female players with dedicated teams and development coaching clinics to help make the senior teams ranks sustainable in the longer term.
The team thanked their sponsors Bunbury Batteries and Radiators, Shaddick’s Lawyers and BGC Construction who are all helping keep the team on the road and on the many parks they will play at this season.