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Redbacks find their sting against East Freo

July 19, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Football West News

The Northern Redbacks have lived up to their namesake with a convincing 5-0 victory over East Fremantle FC on Sunday.

Redbacks’ Demi Vance set the tone for the match with a skilful goal in the 5th minute.

East Fremantle responded with some close attempts by McKayla Lyons and Kate Thayer in 19th and 26th minutes, but Redbacks’ keeper Kathleen Waycott was quick on the ball.

Renee Leota managed to extend the Redbacks’ lead by scrambling the ball through a crowded square in the 29th minute.

East Fremantle came out strong in the second, but shots from Evie Marchetti and Sarah Kenny in the 52nd and 55th minutes weren’t enough to close the gap.

Jessica Wheatman, Vance and Leota were able to capitalise on their opponents’ mistakes and add three goals to their tally.

Coming into round six the Redbacks were placed 5th on the ladder with one win and two loses, but the result has lifted them to 3rd place, behind their next formidable opponent NTC.

Redbacks coach Tim Hodgson said his team had missed a number of games this season but he is pleased to see them progress on the scoreboard.

“We haven’t really had enough games for us to get things gelling properly, but when we did start combining things, we are not too bad,” he said.

Hodgson said his team’s line-up included three international-level players, which was the key to their success.

“We’ve got experienced players, we play it simple if we can,” he said.

Leota played for New Zealand in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Vance played for Northern Island in the UEFA Championship in 2007 and Kim Carroll has played for the Matildas in the 2011 World Cup.

Having won 14 Premier League Championships, Hodgson said the team had let themselves down in a couple of games this year, but it was all forward from here.

East Fremantle assistant coach Gary Thayer commended his team for their gutsy performance against a more experienced side.

“We are a young team and it is a little bit erratic at times, some are still learning about the game,” he said.

“We have just come off NTC which was a big loss, which wasn’t deserved, but in this game we had our chances.

“When we put pressure on them, they didn’t play as well, but as soon as we slacked off they just walked all over us.”

Northern Redbacks 5 (Vance 5min, 8, Leota 14, Wheatman 2)

East Fremantle SC 0

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wauhop Park

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Referee: John Westmerland

Northern Redbacks: 1. Kathleen WAYCOTT, 2. Jessica WHEATMAN, 3. Larissa WALSH, 5. Eleanor BLACKMORE, 6. Carla BENNETT, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Demi VANCE, 9. Megan MILLER, 11. Katie MOTH, 12. Shawn BILLAM, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14. Renee LEOTA, 15. Piper BOOBYER, 17. Lauren RILEY

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

East Fremantle SC: 1. Leniana MASIBAKA, 2. Brook MARICIE, 3. Issabelle BRIDGES, 4. Zoe YAO, 5. Karissa LEAR, 6. Lauren WALTMAN, 7. Lea VOLKMER, 8. McKayla LYONS, 9. Evie MARCHETTI, 10. Emma GAUTREY, 11. Sarah KENNY, 13. Kate THAYER, 14. Rachael OLIVE, 15. Zoe ANDRIJICH, 16. Sammi CARBON, 17. Raphaella WALTMAN

East Fremantle SC:

Yellow cards: nil

Red cards: nil

NTC win big over East Fremantle

July 19, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Football West Report by Kane Sutton

NTC Women have produced their second emphatic win in two weeks, defeating East Fremantle SC 5-1 on Sunday afternoon.

NTC carried a 2-0 lead into half time and were able to capitalise on the few mistakes their opponents made during the last half an hour of play, to three goals to their tally.

NTC coach Jessine Bonzas praised her team’s ability to come out firing in the first half while setting up tough attacking structures that kept them on the front foot.

“Going into the half at two-nil is a dangerous score, they get one, and get themselves back into the game,” she said.

“Our girls are preparing for the national championship. We’re really pleased with how they’re going, and to come our and show that maturity today was a really good thing.”

NTC found themselves a goal ahead within minutes of kick-off, as a perfectly weighted through-ball allowed Liana Cook enough space to dribble ahead and casually slot the ball past the keeper in the fifth minute.

The home team were able to double their lead less than fifteen minutes later. A corner kick that spilled out of the box was attacked by Leticia McKenna, who lobbed the ball over the keeper into the back left corner.

After comfortably controlling the first half, NTC struggled to keep momentum in the second.

East Fremantle applied the attacking pressure early, and a parried keeper save allowed Sarah Kenny to roll the ball into goal.

Now only down by one, Fremantle continued to press forward and gave themselves a number of chances to level the score.

A shot across the face of goal by Zoe Yao was centimetres wide of the post, and a headed effort by Issabelle Bridges skimmed over the crossbar.

NTC were able to wrestle back control of the match and secure the win after a goal in the 73rd minute by substitute Georgia Cawley was followed by a second goal just two minutes later from Abbey Meakins, who was also brought into the game late.

Bonzas praised her team’s resilience in halting the attacking pressure and picking their moments to get forward after a lot of defending.

“It’s a massive credit to them for holding out, and to hit back,” she said.

“We made two subs, and I asked them to make an impact, and they scored two goals in five minutes.”

The home team continued to press forward late in the game as the rain began to fall, and Cook took advantage, easing the ball past the keeper in the 87th minute.

East Fremantle official Gary was proud of his team’s fighting spirit, but conceded it was a tough loss to take and that rallying for next week’s game against fifth placed Northern Redbacks next week was now a priority.

“We put pressure on them, we told the girls it was only two goals, and we managed to put pressure on [NTC],” he said.

“We had a few mistakes, and it cost us dearly. We had our chances on goal, and I think that was the difference, really.

“We’ve got a few disappointed girls here, who were a bit emotional – they really wanted to do well in this game. But next week’s another game.

“It’s not going to get any easier, so we’ll train hard this week, and go from there.”

The win keeps NTC in clear second place behind Queens Park, the only team they’ve lost to so far this season.

Meanwhile, East Fremantle drop from third to fourth on goal difference, and widen the gap on second place to six points.

FW NTC Women 5 (Cook 5min, 87, McKenna 18, Cawley 73, Meakins 75)

East Fremantle SC 1 (Kenny 49min)

Sunday, May 5, 2017

Celebration Park

Kick-off: 12:00pm

Referee: Alex Best

FW NTC Women – 1. Morgan AQUINO, 2. Alyssa VAN HEURCK, 3. Cheyenne WISE-JARVIS, 4. Sofie OSBORNE, 5. Rosie LEHANE, 6. Georgia IRELAND, 7. Liana COOK, 8. Abbey MEAKINS, 9. Biana WEBB, 10. Lexie MORENO, 11. Izzy FOLETTA, 12. Leticia MCKENNA, 13. Tessa DE LEO, 14. Georgia CAWLEY, 15. Ashling DEVITT, 17. Jenna ONIONS

Yellow cards: Nil

Red Cards: Nil

East Fremantle SC – 3. Issabelle BRIDGES, 4. Jaqueline MCLERNON, 5. Shannen PINK CRUSTANCHO, 6. Laura WALTMAN, 8. McKayla LYONS, 9. Evie MARCHETTI, 11. Taylor MAGUIRE, 14. Rachael OLIVER, 15. Zoe ANDRIJICH, 16. Kate THAYER, 17. Leniana MASIBAKA, 18. Lea VOLKMER, 19. Sarah KENNY, 20. Zoe YAO, 26. Kaylin GEELHOED

Yellow cards: Oliver 84min, Yao 85

Red cards: Nil

USA crowned World Champions after thrilling win over Aussies

July 19, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions, World Football

May 21, 2017

Kieran Green

It all came down to this. The Final of the 2017 IFA Women’s Futsal World Cup in Lloret De Mar was contested by the USA and Australia. In their last meeting in the Pacific Cup, USA overcame their Aussie counterparts, who were on a revenge mission. Both sides overall were the outstanding teams at this World Cup and deservedly reached the final. It really was set up to be an incredible match.

The game began at a ferocious pace, both sides playing Futsal exactly how Futsal should be played. The USA had the better of the chances in the opening stages. Jessika Cowart coming close with a strike that flew past the post.

Shortly after Veronica Cashman was baring down on goal, Melissa Khoury raced from her goal grabbed the loose before just before Cashman could get any sort of effort on goal.

Australia grew into the game as the half went on. Pollicina battled well to keep the ball in midfield before feeding the ball wide to Chelsie Winchcombe. She opened her body and fooled Gabriella Batmani in the USA goal as she went for the near post, and she hit the outside of the upright and out for a goal kick. The closest the Aussies have come in the match.

You couldn’t separate these sides as half time approached. Pollicina struck one from distance for the Aussies that flew just wide of Batmani’s post. Maricela Padilla also tried her luck from distance but Khoury had it covered.

With less than three minutes remaining before half time, the USA almost broke the deadlock, twice. Raylene Larot fired a terrific strike towards the top corner, but Khoury tremendously tipped it over the ball. Padilla then tried her luck, but Khoury produced another stunning save to keep the scores level.

Half Time: Australia 0-0 USA

The first chance of the second half fell to the USA. Padilla chipped the ball into Katelyn Nebesnick, who laid the ball off to Raleigh Loughman but her shot was deflected wide. A good move by the USA at the beginning of the second half.USA were looking the more likely team to score. Loughman again played in Erika Lum with a fantastically weighted pass, Lum took one touch and tried to stab the ball between the legs of Khoury, but again the big keeper was equal to it and blocked the shot with her body.

Khoury was again called into action when Lum launched the ball forward to the unmarked Cashman. She spun and fired a shot towards goal but Khoury blocked it again. She was having an excellent game.

The stalemate was soon no longer as the USA took the lead. Australia were pushing forward and left a huge gap at the back. Padilla won the ball back, nutmegged Shannon Day, drove forward towards goal and stabbed the ball with her toe through the legs of Khoury who couldn’t get down quick. The large USA support were sent into raptures, as were the players. Maricela Padilla gave the USA the lead.

Australia almost immediately equalised less than a minute later. Shannon Day found space and struck towards goal but Batmani stood up to the task and palmed the ball away, top save!

Moments later Batmani was called into action again when Chelsie Winchcombe drove through on goal, squared the ball to Day, she cut in on her left foot and shot low but Batmani got down to her right very quickly to beat the ball away.

The Aussies hit the post for the second time in the game midway through the second half. Jasmin Kent played it into the box, it bobbled around with Hargreaves trying to get something on it. Pollicina ghosted in at the back post and got a strike on at goal, it beat Batmani but not the post as it crashed off the upright and away to safety.

The USA goal lead a charmed life a few times in the game, but it did no longer as the Aussies levelled the scores. Winchcombe received the ball on the left, switched the ball to Pollicina on the right, and Batmani was left with no chance as Pollicina, famous for her long range strikes in this world cup, hit a venomous strike that nestled sweetly in the top corner. With only five minutes remaining, who would prevail victorious?

The score wasn’t level for long as the USA got themselves back in front. Jessica Cowart from the kick in played the ball back to Loughman. She then squared it to Jessica Sanchez, who in turn played in Raylene Larot in space, and the little number one for the USA struck low and the ball crept in under the arms of Britt Hargreaves in the Aussies goal. Every member of the USA team and coaching staff joined in the jubilant celebrations.

The literally seconds remaining, Australia came within an inch of equalising. Pollicina cut inside from the left and curled her effort towards the top corner, but Batmani through herself through the air and tipped the ball over the bar, and that was that, the USA had won the 2017 IFA Women’s Futsal World Cup in Lloret De Mar.

Full Time: Australia 1-2 USA

Australia: 1- Britt Hargreaves (GK), 2- Lindsey Jobling, 3- Lori Depczynski, 4- Jasmin Kent (Captain), 5- Chelsie Winchcombe, 6- Sophie Jones, 7- Shannon Day, 8- Andrea Preiato, 9- Caitlin Jarvie, 10- Rhianna Pollicina, 11- Melissa Khoury (GK), 16- Jessica Lindquist.

MVP: Rihanna Pollicina – Scored a wonderful goal, and influential in the game as a whole. Unlucky to be on the losing side, but being the youngest player in the Aussie squad she has a very bright future ahead.

USA: 1- Raylene Larot, 2- Veronica Cashman, 3- Gabriella Batmani – GK, 5- Julie Meurer, 6- Emily Kuo, 7- Katelyn Nebesnick, 8- Maricela Padilla, 9- Erika Lum, 10- Jessica Cowart, 11- Alejandra Palominos Maldonado – GK, 12- Raleigh Loughman, 13- Ellie Pope, 17- Jessica Sanchez, 18- Jillian Jordan.

MVP: Raleigh Loughman – As she has been for the whole tournament, she was tremendous both going forward and defending. A real team player and a joy to watch playing Futsal.

IFA World Cup Futsal Final 2017

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions, WA on the world stage, World Football


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Jukic double sinks East Fremantle

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Report by Tristan Wheeler

Katarina Jukic scored a double as Queens Park recorded a dominant victory against East Fremantle, continuing their unbeaten start to the season.

Queens Park coach Ben Anderton was pleased that his side had used their pre-season momentum in the fixture.

“We were in the right places at the right times, unfortunately we weren’t as clinical as we had been in the past.

“All I ask from the girls is to run non-stop, 90 minutes, just keep running and put them under pressure.”

Queens Park got off to a fast start early, utilising the wings to put East Fremantle under pressure.

East Fremantle goalkeeper Leniana Masibaka missed a chance to clear a Tia Stevehill cross in the 8th minute, allowing Jukic to open the scoring.

Jukic went close again in the 36th minute, but her shot was saved by Masibaka. Stevehill gathered the rebound, but only managed to hit the side netting with the follow up shot.

East Fremantle’s troubles with the aerial ball continued. A Queen’s park free kick bounced awkwardly and landed at the feet of Jukic who rattled her shot against the bar.

Five minutes into the second half, Jukic took her season tally to five goals, latching onto a corner at the back post to double Queens Park’s advantage.

Queens Park continued to dominate and won a free kick in a promising position as Stevehill went close, her curling effort tipped over the bar by Masibaka.

Despite the loss, East Fremantle assistant coach Luke Nezi was proud of his side’s performance.

“Today we played really well, we’re playing the top side in the league, a very organised team.

“Our players were getting a little bit tired towards the end, we need to work on our fitness, but it’s early in the season.”

The victory takes Queens Park to the top of the table with six points from two games while East Fremantle remains winless.


Queens Park 2 (Jukic 8min, 50)

East Fremantle 0

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Coker Park

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Referee: Godfrey Mamiam


Queens Park: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN, 2. Angelique STANNETT, 3. Bec DICARLO, 5.Courtney OWEN, 6. Jamie-Lee GALE, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8.Sadie LAWRENCE, 9. Tia STONEHILL, 10.Nikki CAMPBELL, 11. Bec BENNETT, 17.Breanne ALEXANDER, 20. Katie SCHUBERT, 21. Jamie DUNCANSON, 23. Katarina JUKIC, 16. Grace SMITH, 14. Shannon MAY.

Yellow Cards: Stonehill 75

Red Cards: nil


East Fremantle: 1.Leniana MASIBAKA, 2. Sammi CARBON, 3. Isabelle BRIDGER, 4. Jacqueline MCLERNON, 5. Shannen Pink CRISTANCHO, 6.Laura WALTMAN, 7.Stephanie SIMMONDS, 8.Mikayla LYONS, 9.Evie MARCHETTI, 10. Emma GAUTREY, 11.Taylor MAGUIRE, 12. Raphaella WALTMAN, 13. Kate THAYER, 14. Lea VOLKMER 15. Zoe ANDRIJICH, 16. Zoe YAO.

Yellow Cards: nil

Red Cards: nil

Jukic lights up the night with hat-trick

May 24, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Report by Peter Simcox

Queens Park have opened their Bankwest Women’s State Premier League campaign with a 5-1 win against Beckenham Angels at Mills Park on Thursday evening.

Former Beckenham and Perth Glory striker Katarina Jukic was the hero for Queens Park bagging a hat-trick, with Sadie Lawrence and Tia Stonehill also getting on the score sheet.

Jukic said it was good to start the season with a win and continue the momentum of winning the Night Series.

“Sadie (Lawrence) and I got some great service tonight and we managed to put them away.

“We didn’t play our best in the Night Series, but we won the final and it’s good to keep that momentum going tonight. We probably need a few more game to gel, but the signs are good.”

Queens Park Coach Ben Anderton said it was a pleasing performance, and they took their chances well.

“It was a slow start to the game but we lifted and when we introduced Shannon (May), we took control,” he said.

“She gave us some composure and we managed to re-cycle the ball better and got Katarina, Sadie and Tia into good positions up front and they took their goals well.”

The visitors dominated early and were ahead on 11 minutes. Natasha Rigby’s corner picked out Jukic who headed home from close-range.

Beckenham hit back and when Kim Thiess’ corner wasn’t dealt with, Andrea Priato’s shot was saved by Danelle Cornish.

Queens Park created the better chances and were rewarded on 37 minutes with a second goal. A great through ball sent Jukic in on goal who finished clinically.

The Beckenham shot stopper was keeping her side in the game and stood tall to deny Jukic a hat-trick moments later.

However there was nothing she could do when Queens Park added a third on the stroke of half time. A defensive mix up let in Stonehill, and the pacey striker made no mistake.

The home side made a great start to the second half and they pulled one back in the opening minute. Valenti found space on the edge of the penalty area and her long-range shot gave Cornish no chance.

Two minutes later Queens Park regained their three goal margin. Stonehill made space down the left and crossed in to the penalty area with Jukic sliding in at the back post to complete her hat-trick.

Queens Park made it 5-1 on the hour as Lawrence heading home Jamie-Lee Gale’s corner.

With Shannon May pulling the strings in the middle of the park Queens Park continued to press. Jukic’s curling shot flashed wide of the target, before Lawrence saw her shot cleared off the line by Rhian Mears.

Next week Queens Park host East Fremantle at Coker Park, while Beckenham Angels travel to Jubilee Reserve to take on Bassendean Caledonians.


Beckenham Angels 1 (Valenti 46min)

Queens Park 5 (Jukic 11min, 37, 48, Stonehill 43, Lawrence 60)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kick-off: 7:00pm

Mills Park


Beckenham Angels: GK Stacey CAVILL,  2 Annie LEYLAND, 3 Rhian MEARS, 4 Jamie LEITCH, 5 Felicity LINDQUIST, 6 Kim THIESS, 7 Bethany WORTH, 8 Jessica VALENTI, 9 Jessica CIACOTTI, 10 Jessica LEURS, 11Monja SAETERVIK, 12 Jessica LINDQUIST, 14 Shelby COCHRANE, 15 Andrea PRIATO, 16 Sabrina NEATES, 17 Laura St RUTH

Yellow Cards: nil

Red Cards: nil


Queens Park: GK Danelle CORNISH, 2 Angelique STANNETT, 3 Rebecca DICARLO, 4 Natasha RIGBY, 5 Courtney OWEN, 6 Jamie-Lee GALE, 7 Brittany WOODFIN, 8 Sadie LAWRENCE, 9 Tia STONEHILL, 10 Nicole CAMPBELL, 11 Rebecca BENNETT, 14 Shannon MAY, 17 Breanne ALEXANDER, 20 Katie SCHUBERT, 21 Jamie DUNCANSON, 23 Katarina JUKIC

Yellow Cards: nil

Red Cards: nil

Metro Cup Dates Confirmed by Football West

May 24, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions

The next round of the women’s metro cup will be on Sunday 28 May (Round 2 cup). Round 3 will be on Sunday 25 June, Quarter Finals will be on Sunday 23 July. Semi Finals will be on Sunday 20 August and the Final will be on Sunday 3 September.

State League Preview 2017

May 24, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions


April 19, 2017

Coach Ben Anderton expects Queens Park to carry the winning feeling into the Bankwest Women’s State League season after wrapping up the Consolidated Energy Women’s Night Series as undefeated champions.

Queens Park will kick-off their season at Mills Park on Thursday night when they face a Beckenham Angels side in a development phase under new coach Greg Farrell.

“I just want the girls to keep going from where we left off in the Night Series,” Anderton said of his side’s penalty shoot-out win over the National Training Centre squad.

“We had a good finish with a win over a strong team. It was good to go three (games) unbeaten, but for the rest of the season all I’m looking for is for the girls to perform on a weekly basis.

“I always tell the girls it’s about performance over results because if they perform the result comes.”

Anderton has been impressed with Beckenham’s progress under new coach Farrell.

“I’ve heard good things and I’ve watched the way they play this year,” he said.

“They’re looking like a strong team and I am thinking it’s going to be a tough game for us. They look pretty well structured.”

Anderton expects NTC to continue to perform well this season but is prepared for a few surprises, too.

“I think there are quite a few quality teams this year so it’s hard to pick one, but we saw NTC in the Night Series and the young girls there are looking dangerous this year,” he said.

“There will also be the regulars of Beckenham and the Northern Redbacks and I’m looking out for Balcatta, who could be out there for a few upsets this year.”

Beckenham coach Farrell has overseen a number of changes to the team since last season.

“There’s been a big regeneration at the club and we have about three or four first team players that are still at the club after a big off-season,” he said.

“It’s not the goal for us at the moment to be trying to win the competition. With the group that we have, we just need to go game by game.

“Hopefully we will surprise people but the style and the system that the girls are getting used to is still going to take some time. If I’m being conservative, I think mid-table is going to be a successful first season if we are going to play the way we want to play.”

Farrell has tipped NTC, Northern Redbacks and Queens Park to perform strongly this season.

“There are massive amounts of quality in those three playing groups so anyone on any day can quite probably go and get a result against them,” he said. “But across the course of the season I’d say those three are going to be the benchmark.”

“From what I’ve seen of Queens Park during the Night Series, they’ve got very good players all around the field so I dare say it’s going to be very quick tomorrow night.

“They’re a very technical side so I would suggest it’s going to be a very hard and fast game.

“I’ve got a relatively inexperienced side so I think the Queens Park girls will try and set a tempo and dominate the game. Hopefully we can get a little bit of a foothold and get a bit of possession of the ball but it’s definitely going to be a very big introduction to the premier league for a few of our players.”

Northern Redbacks kick off their campaign against NTC on Sunday and will be looking to win the competition for the third consecutive season.

NTC finished fourth in the 2016 season but after making it to the Night Series finals this year are considered strong contenders for the title in 2017.

East Fremantle, who finished seventh on the league ladder last season, will take on Balcatta on Sunday at Wauhop Park to kick off their campaign, while newcomers Bassendean Caledonian start their season the following week when they take on Beckenham Angels on April 30.