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Womens Standing Committee Minutes

November 28, 2012 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Women's Standing Committee


Hi All

Attached are the WSC minutes from November

Significant reading: Cockburn and Bunbury have been accepted into the State League Division 1 making the League a 10 team League and with Melville’s promotion, the Premier League will be an 8 team league.
The Night Series will again be held at Noranda for Division One State League and Coker Park Queens Park for the Premier competition

The Football West AGM is upcoming Wednesday December 12 at Perth SC Dorien Gardens, where finances and life memberships will be reviewed. Your club should have received these documents by now.  Note the deadline of November 28 has been extended to this Friday.

The Standing Committee encourages you to nominate worthy club members for life membership. There is no cap on recipients.

Congratulations to the Singa Cup girls and Perth Strikers Masters team that both won gold in their respective tournaments.

Perth Glory Womens team support Breast Cancer and all the pink and purple strips sold out at the last home game! There is more on order.  Monitor for more stock. The next game is at Intiga Stadium Inglewood this Saturday at 4pm v Western Sydney Wanderers.

Documents and information is also loaded onto

If you have any feedback or want to discuss anything football feel free to email, text or ring me.

Penny TannerHoath

Melville City FC Ladies State League Trials Season 2013

November 28, 2012 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Following two hugely successful seasons in Ladies Div 1 MCFC Ladies have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history. Current squad members have played since Junior under 13’s and the State League squad now looks to season 2013 for more success.

Trials will be held on Sunday 9th Dec and Sunday 16th Dec with follow up trials in January. A squad of 32 players will be selected for season 2013 by the end of January 2013 and will form part of the squad for the night series competition.

Trials will be conducted by Tony Carvajal and Jonny Gibson at Len Shearer Reserve, Booragoon – 9.00 am to 10.30 am.

Brings boots, lots of water and a Premier League attitude.

Any questions  call Tony Carvajal on 0450-742-636  OR Jonny Gibson on 0404 365 285.

Life Member Nominations

November 23, 2012 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Women's Standing Committee

You can nominate a member for life membership by November 28, 2012 direct to Football West and the attached form:life-member-form-football-west-2012

Football West AGM agenda

November 23, 2012 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Women's Standing Committee


Venue- Perth Soccer Club

Date- Wednesday 12th December 7pm

All members welcome

Voting through your Womens Standing Committee Members

Penny TannerHoath 0408921832

Steve Ireland 0408183742

Leo Coppens 0448121234

Lee Waterman 0412994785

Western Australia’s Perth Strikers Masters win gold, again

November 23, 2012 By: Penny Category: Masters News, W League

The recent Pan Pacific tournament on the Gold Coast was one of many successful trips the over 30s women have made in the past 20 years. The team, varying in age and faces, has won more medals than any other WA sporting team. The last competition the ladies competed in was the Australian Masters in 2005 when they won bronze. The South West Stingers from the Bunbury area have also competed in the Masters competitions and individual players have competed as part of other state teams. Its all about participation not qualification.

Pan Pacifics are held every two years. The next Masters tournament is in Italy next year.

The squad included Sandra Szopski, Ali Butler, Mhairi Glover, Coach Robbie Glover, Mandy Laing, Di Reeves, Michelle Colebrook to name a few of the legends of Western Australian football.

Some of the ladies at the Perth Glory game. Mhairi proudly displaying her Pan Pacific Gold Medal.


A message from the Football West CEO

November 23, 2012 By: Penny Category: W League

Dear all

I thought I would share with you some of the photos taken last weekend at the Perth Glory Women’s match.

In front of a crowd of 1327 spectators, and playing in the special commemorative pink and purple shirt the team won 3-1 to go 3 points clear at the top of the table (12 points from a possible 15).

More than $3,500 was raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation including $500 for each of the goals that were scored by PGW. To top all of that, it was recorded and broadcast later that same afternoon on the ABC. Special guest for the afternoon was Damien deBohun – FFA Head of the A-League/W-League and representatives of the Perth Glory. If that wasn’t enough, Perth Glory were kind enough to donate five pages within plus the cover of their match day program which was sold at both the men’s and women’s games on Saturday and Sunday.

Just when it couldn’t get better – Perth Glory bought all of the Pink and Purple shirts from our kit supplier Kelme (some 60-70 or so), included it in their range of merchandise that they sold from their vans, and they sold out – with spectators wearing them on Sunday at the men’s match. On Monday morning we were fielding questions from fans asking when are we getting more – fyi, there are more on order. The first of the attached photos shows all the PGW team gathered in a ‘team’ shot on the field with all the spectators who had purchased one of the tops.

All great exciting stuff and thanks to all for their wonderful support of the team. I know the girls really do appreciate it.

Perth Glory Women | Chief Executive Officer

Local legends enjoying the Glory Breast Cancer Awareness Match, Kelmscott Roos Director of Coaching Ann Gourley and (WA Masters gold medallist) Michelle Colebrook

Final farewell for Matildas mentor

November 22, 2012 By: Penny Category: World Football

Thursday, 22 November 2012 4:54 PM

When the final whistle sounds at Shenzhen Stadium in China on Sunday night, it won’t just signal full-time in the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup Qualifier between China and Australia.

More poignantly, it will bring the curtain down on Tom Sermanni’s time in charge of the Australian national women’s team.

While the New Year – and the challenge it holds for the much-loved Matilda’s mentor is exciting, Sermanni is in a reflective mood – sad to leave the football family he has spent the last eight years nurturing, but with a paternal pride in how they have grown.

In his trademark humble manner, he deflects any credit for the progress of the women’s football program and points to the integrity, generosity and increasing maturity of the playing group as key to their ongoing success.

Though top of the tree in the female football hierarchy, Sermanni sees himself as just one part of the organisation and the structure.

“The whole set-up has an inclusive feeling about it, a cohesion between staff and players which has been a joy to be part of.”

“The best thing about where the game is now is the inclusiveness and the importance now attached to being a Matilda. There is a real unity, players feel part of the group, young players want to be part of it and there’s a feeling of pride in what it means.”

He goes on to explain that while in the past, the players would retire then many would disappear “never to be seen again”, there is now more of an attachment to the team.

Sermanni too will always feel an attachment for the Matildas – a side he leaves at an exciting stage of their development.

He believes that if the young guns in the national team picture now, fulfil their potential, then the Australian women’s team will be an even more dominant force on the world stage in years to come.

Refusing once more to take the kudos for the development of the youth, Sermanni highlights the importance of the Talent Identification Programs and the NTC coaches, who discover the players in the first place and send them along when the time is right.

“I have the ability to bring them into the team and put them on the park, but the development is done with the training centres and while they operate on finite resources, they really do an outstanding job of earmarking the players with potential, and helping them to realise that potential. Fortunately we have been on the same page as to the types of players we are after.”

If selection is the first step, it is merely the beginning of an international team journey, and Sermanni also has immense pride in the players with a wealth of first team experience, who make the transition so much easier for the new faces in the squad.

“It is quite intimidating for these youngsters – they get a call up and have to join a squad of experienced and established players who have been part of the mix for years.

“Yet this group have done a magnificent job in welcoming, nurturing and encouraging the new girls and that has allowed the evolution of the squad over time, to flow quite effortlessly.”

It’s important to him that the culture is recognised, as the maturity of a player can take many years.

Kyah Simon he says is a good example, she has been with the Matildas for five years now, and though there have been peaks and troughs, she is now maturing into a true international player. All this he notes, at an age where no player would be anywhere near the US national side whose average age is some seven or eight years older.

Sermanni noted that difference when the Matildas travelled to the States earlier in the year. There was a preparation difference (the US had played 25 competitive matches that year compared to the Matildas four) but there was also a difference in football maturity. And that gap, the new US boss observes thoughtfully, is narrowing rapidly.

However, before he trades Brighton-Le-Sands for Beverly Hills, Sermanni is focused on the job at hand, and is confident of success.

A 7-0 drubbing of Chinese Taipei in the opening fixture was satisfying, but unlike previous defensive encounters, the game was open and positive which Sermanni says made it easier for the Australians.

“We expected them to come out and defend with nine players, but they came out in a 4-4-2 and really tried to play and we were happy with way the game was allowed to play and were able to take advantage of that.

“Hong Kong may prove more difficult, but if they park all the girls in the 18 yard box, we have a plan to counter that.”

The Matildas play Hong Kong on Thursday and then round out their qualification campaign on Sunday against hosts China.

The views in this articles are solely those of the author and do not reflect those of FFA.


The World Football Programme 107.9fm Saturday 24th November

November 22, 2012 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media


Guests this week on 107.9FM Saturday from 9am include Rob and Mhairi Glover regards the Pan Pacific Masters Tournement where the ladies won gold and young Queenslander Rosie Sutton from Perth Glory. Chris Coyne joins us as the new Bayswater Coach, Tony Sage sums up the Beckham saga, FFA’s Damien Debohun talks awards and media deals and SBS’s Vitor Sobral banters football on the world stage.

W-League champions take on world’s best

November 22, 2012 By: Penny Category: World Football

Thursday, 22 November 2012 3:44 PM
W-League champions take on world's best

Canberra United may have achieved a monumental feat in winning last season’s Westfield W-League without suffering a single defeat, but Jitka Klimkova’s side face a task of herculean proportions this week as they rub shoulders with the world’s best at the inaugural International Women’s Club Championship in Japan.

The team from the nation’s capital open up their campaign tonight against Japanese champions INAC Kobe Leonessa.

Japanese women’s football is riding an enormous high on the back of last year’s breakthrough FIFA Women’s World Cup win in Germany, with the national team impressing not only with their results, but notably, with their individual technical skills and possession-based brand of football.

And, to provide further context of the task facing Canberra, Leonessa’s status in the Nadeshiko League is comparable to that of Japan in the international arena.

Canberra’s record in their all-conquering campaign, impressive that it was, is dwarfed somewhat by Leonessa’s domestic form.

The team, led by national team skipper and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa, are undefeated across 38 league matches dating back over two years.

Their only defeat in that time came during in the Nadeshiko League Cup in August, at the hands of NTV Beleza, though Leonessa were missing a handful of their young stars on duty at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Tokyo-based Beleza eventually won the cup to earn passage to this week’s tournament, where they will meet European champions Lyon in tonight’s late match.

Suffice to say Leonessa’s latest league title win earlier this month, came in a canter with a 15-point margin to second placed Beleza.

They did so, in part, due to a star-studded roster full of national team players, complemented by some of Japan’s finest young talent.

Aside from Sawa the list of world champions include goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori, full-back Yukari Kinga, midfielder Asuna Tanaka and plus forwards Shinobu Ohno, Megumi Takase and Nahomi Kawasumi.

The ranks of the two-time national champions also feature some of the finest young players in the world such as Korea Republic attacking midfielder Ji So-Yun, winner of the 2010 adidas Golden Ball at the FIFA -20 Women’s World Cup.

Such is Leonessa’s depth that Yoko Tanaka, another star-in-waiting, who was the second-top goalscorer at this year’s U-20 World Cup, only rarely features in the starting line-up.

This week’s action will take place on the outskirts of Tokyo at Saitama’s Komaba Stadium, former home to J.League superclub Urawa Red Diamonds, and indeed Socceroo coach Holger Osieck,

A victory for Canberra in Saitama tonight, means what will be arguably an even tougher challenge in Sunday’s final, with European champions Lyon expected to cruise into the decider past an out-of-form Beleza.

Lyon can lay claim to even stronger track record than Leonessa over recent years. Described by Canberra’s Michelle Heyman, who played against Lyon for Danish Brondby recently in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, as “the best side I have ever seen”, the French side may well indeed be the best women’s club team of all time.

Patrice Lair’s side are currently 59 matches without defeat, having won the last six French titles, and, perhaps more notably, the last two European crowns, breaking Germany’s long-held domination of the continent.

With the financial support of the highly successful men’s club, Olympique Lyonnais, to use their correct title, can field a starting XI entirely comprised of French internationals, supplemented by highly regarded Swedish striker Lotta Schelin.

Results aside, history will likely view Canberra United’s class of 2012 as landmark pioneers. 32 years ago the Intercontinental Cup began in Tokyo featuring a one-off match between the men’s champions of Europe and South America.

The annual contest eventually morphed into the FIFA Club World Cup, and the hope is that the coming few days in Japan will signify another watershed moment in women’s football.

Regardless of the eventual outcome this week in Japan, the benefit to Canberra United and to Australian women’s football will be significant.


Matildas’ strong form continues

November 22, 2012 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

22 November 2012

Strong unit … the Matildas are in impressive form (Getty Images)

Australia has continued its impressive form at the EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup 2013 Preliminary Competition, outclassing Hong Kong 4-0 in Shenzhen, southern China.

Tameka Butt opened the scoring after 33 minutes, with the Matildas hanging on to their 1-0 lead at the half-time break.

In an impressive second half for Australia, Kyah Simon (64′), Katie Gill (79′) and Steph Cately (90 +1′) found the net as the Matildas stormed home.

With only one team qualifying for next year’s tournament, Australia must beat China on Saturday to make it through.

Both teams have accounted for Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong but China’s for-and-against is presently one better than the Matildas’.