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Ann Odongs wrap on the FFA Awards

November 22, 2012 By: Penny Category: W League

We Are Football Too

The Australian Football Awards.  Football’s “Night of Nights” where we come together to celebrate the achievements of the football family from grassroots to the national teams. There were junior football clubs, senior recreational teams, referees, administrators, A-League marquee stars, Socceroos….but no Matildas.

Not the captain Melissa Barbieri (who found out about the event on Twitter), not the recently retired Sarah Walsh (a long time servant of football and FFA employee) and not even last year’s Female Footballer of the Year Elise Kellond-Knight.


Once it was realised, the proverbial hit the fan on social media.  PFA President Simon Colosimo said “Disappointed to hear invitations weren’t extended to the Matildas for the AFA 2012 last night.  Thought it would have been a priority/courtesy”.

That’s it in a nutshell Simon.

The reason for the omission has so far been stated that an outside events agency complied the invitation list and it appears to have been communicated that the Matildas are away at the moment attempting to qualify for the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.

Granted a large majority of the Matildas playing group are currently in China but there is a good spread of players in country due to injury, pregnancy or recent retirement.  Players that have represented Australia in the last 12 months; Barbieri, Walsh, Kellond-Knight, Garriock, Slatyer, Perry, Carroll, Brogan, Williams, just to name a few.

Even if it was an outside agency compiling the list, a quick scan of should have shown that “hang on, there are no Matildas representatives here”.

In this case the many members of football family at large has judged that the reasons irrelevant. At best it was an oversight, at worst a dismissal. Intentional or not, the message their snub has sent out clearly is that the Matildas are an afterthought.

That women’s football doesn’t matter.  Just check out this collation of reactions from a vast spectrum of the community.

It was also raised that that the Avalon FC U16 women’s side represented women’s football with aplomb last night and they did.  The work of the team in Vanuatu is inspirational.

As has the work of Barbieri, Walsh and Matildas past to make the team what it is on and off the field. To improve conditions, to push and argue for player welfare and rights.  Walsh in particular is a recent retiree who has given so much and sacrificed plenty (including her knees!) for the game deserved better.  They all deserved better.

I also bet that the Avalon girls would have loved to have mingled with their heroes.

David Galliop spoke eloquently and passionately about the game last night.  He spoke about the uniqueness of football and including the fact that we have a strong women’s game unlike the other football codes.  But what last night demonstrates is that you can give all the Obama like speeches but if it is not backed up by action, then all it  becomes irrelevant.

I am the first to acknowledge and highlight with the FFA get things right in terms of women’s football but on this occassion they got it wrong.  Badly.

All that’s left is an acknowledgement of this fact and an apology.  It’s the least that can happen.

From 442

Ann Odongs comments on WLeague Round 5

November 22, 2012 By: Penny Category: W League

Talking Points: Round 5

For the first time in W-League history the Big Three, Brisbane Roar, Canberra United and Sydney FC, all lost in the same round.  The Round 5 results have seen Perth Glory extend their lead to four points at the top of the table while Melbourne Victory bounded into second position.

Here are the talking points.

1. How deep is your squad? (in the tune of the BeeGees): That is the question to be answered over two weeks in the W-League.  While all the clubs knew the Matildas EAFF East Asian Cup qualification was coming, the reality of the impact was more than some anticipated.  All squads were affected, some more than others regarding numbers, but in the end the old football adage applied; you can only play what you got and beat what’s in front of you.  The squads who could cover their losses the better won the battle on the day but who wins the war remains to be seen.

2.  Glory rising: What a difference 12 months makes.  In the corresponding fixture last season Perth Glory were completely and utterly dismantled by Sydney FC 11-0.  Yep, 11 goals to 0. It was a dark day for the club and ultimately put the Glory Women in jeopardy with the men’s team pulling their funding support at the conclusion of the season.

However, the state federation, Football West worked hard to gain funding and build a team.  The end result is almost half way through and they are top of the table, 4 points clear, with one of the best squads in the league. There is still a ways to go in the season but Jamie Harnwell’s squad have set the foundation for them to make their first ever finals series.  From there….who knows.

3.  Is the Big Three domination over?: One by one they fell on Saturday.  Sydney, toppled by Perth; Canberra, overrun by Melbourne; Brisbane, stung by Western Sydney.  If ever there was a sign that this year’s competition is more even than ever before, then the loses of the “big guns” all in one weekend was it.

Is the domination of the Big Three over? In short, no.  All had significant absentees with Matildas duties but what it does highlight is if you lose a couple of key players, you can very quickly come back to the pack. While no longer the lay down misères of previous seasons, the Big Three will still have a large say in who takes out this year’s title.

Top 5 Players of the Week (no particular order)

1.  Jessica Fishlock (Melbourne Victory) was the dominant figure of the Melbourne v Canberra game.  With her flashing blonde hair, Fishlock has was everywhere.  Controlling the midfield, with fellow international Petra Larsson, scoring goals, providing assists and generally living up to the captain’s armband she wore for club as well as she does for her country Wales.

2.  Catherine Cannuli (Western Sydney) seems to be finally returning to top form after injuries curtailed her start to the season.  On the weekend Cannuli reminded all on hand of her skill. One a first time strike and the other an audacious 30 yard chip.  As she achieves full match fitness, the talented striker will only get better.

3.  Tori Huster (Newcastle Jets) controlled the match for the Newcastle Jets from the first to the final whistle.  With Emily van Egmond on international duty, the flame haired midfielder pulled the strings and was involved in three of the Jets’ goals and scored one herself.

4.  Ella Mastrantonio (Perth Glory) never missed a beat in slotting into the Glory central midfield role in the absence of Glory captain Collette McCallum.  Mastrantonio has had to take a back seat to McCallum this season but her performance Saturday demonstrated just what quality she possesses.  That through ball for Sutton’s third goal?  Delightful.

5.  Emma Kete (Sydney FC) was a spark for a Sydney team missing five of their first 11. Dangerous all day, the only thing the Kiwi was unable to do was score (despite an enticing one-on-one).  But in terms of intelligent runs, holding up the ball and playing in teammates, Kete was first class in leading the Sydney line.

Honourable mentions: Rosie Sutton (Glory), Angela Salem (Jets), Rebekah Stott (Victory)

From 442

Football West AGM

November 22, 2012 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

The Football West AGM is upcoming Wednesday 12th December.

Nominations for life memberships should be forwarded by November 28 to Peter Hugg at Football West.

An agenda and notes from the last Womens standing committee meeting will go up to this website over the weekend.

Football the most popular sport for children

November 16, 2012 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Monday, November 12, 2012

Swimming and soccer (football) top the list of most popular sports participated in by Australian children, according to survey results released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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ABS Assistant Director of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics, Paul Pamment said the Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities survey collects information on participation in sport, cultural activities and use of technology for children aged between five and 14 years.

Pamment explained “the survey showed that 60% of Australian kids participated in organised sport in the 12 months to April 2012.

“Nearly one in five girls (19%) participated in swimming and almost a quarter of all boys (22%) played soccer.

“Children aged between nine and eleven years were the most active, with two thirds participating in at least one organised sport.

“More boys participated in sport than girls, with two thirds of boys (66%) involved in at least one organised sport compared with just over half of all girls (54%).

“The highest participation rate amongst the states and territories was in the ACT where nearly three quarters (73%) of kids participated in organised sport.”

The data shows that football numbers increased by 37,000 in the three years to 2012, with most of the increase coming from 32,000 boys playing the sport – taking their participation rate to 21.7% and the combined boys and girls total to 14.7%.

This reverses the downward trend in boys participation over the two previous surveys and puts the level of boys’ participation within reach of the benchmark figure of 22.2% of the 5-14 year population nine years ago in 2003.

However, in a worrying trend for the nation, while football has enjoyed an increase, participation in many other sports has declined.

Swimming, which has the highest combined participation rate of 17.7%, has 10,000 fewer swimmers than the last count in 2009; Australian rules football has lost 8,600 players with boys participation falling from a high of 16% in 2009, where it was in a position to challenge swimming and football, to 14.9%. Netball has 6,000 fewer players and cricket has 12,000 less.

The other sports which have seen their numbers increase include basketball (up 18,000 to 7.9%), martial arts (up 6,000 to 7.3%) and gymnastics (up 9,500 to 4.8%).

The survey also looked at children’s use of technology and the internet.

ABS Assistant Director of Innovation and Technology National Statistics Centre, David Taylor, highlighted an increase in the number of children accessing the internet.

Taylor added “the data shows that 90% of children had accessed the internet in 2012. This is up from 79% in 2009 and 65% in 2006.

“Nearly one third (29%) of children had a mobile phone in April 2012 and the likelihood of having a phone increased with age, with nearly three quarters (73%) of 12 to 14 year olds having one.”

Information collected on recreational activities showed that more children are spending time on the internet, computers and games consoles than three years ago. However more children are also riding bikes, skateboarding and riding scooters.

On average, children spent 15 hours watching TV outside of school hours in the last two school weeks prior to the survey period.

Participation in cultural activities were also captured in the survey such as playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing, drama and art and craft; and attendance at various cultural venues and events.

The survey reported that more than half of all children (53%) visited a public library with an average of 15 visits in the 12 months leading up to April 2012. In the same period two in five children (43%) visited a museum or art gallery.
The most popular cultural activity among girls was dancing with almost a quarter (27%) participating, whilst for boys it was playing a musical instrument with one in six (16%) participating.

Further information is provided in 4901.0 Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, Australia, available for free download from 

Top of the table Perth aiming for Glory on Saturday

November 16, 2012 By: Penny Category: W League

Perth Glory Women coach Jamie Harnwell. Photo: Getty

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Following last weekend’s 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory Women is ready to put on another strong performance in front of their home fans this Saturday against Sydney FC at nib Stadium.

This time around will see the Glory have to compete without the goal scoring trio of captain Collette McCallum, Lisa De Vanna and hat-trick hero Kate Gill, who will all be out of action due to national call-ups with the Westfield Matildas.

The top-of-the-table Glory take on a Sydney FC side that will be without Ellyse Perry, Kyah Simon, Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord and former Perth star Sam Kerr, who are also taking part in the Matildas’ three-match qualifying tournament for the 2013 EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup.

Coach Jamie Harnwell is hungry to overturn last year’s embarrassing 11-0 loss with the then very young and inexperienced Glory outfit.

“It’s going to be a massive game, it’s the broadcast match and obviously our National Breast Cancer Foundation match to try and raise funds so we’re expecting a bumper crowd,” said Harnwell.

“It’s going to be in interesting game, we’ve got three Matildas out, Sydney have got five out so it’s going to be up to those girls who come in and show that they’ve got what it takes to be there and want to stay in the team.

“If we can go out with the same attitude and intensity we did last weekend, then I think that will keep us in good stead (to win the match).

“I think it will be a much closer game this week, but it’s tough to say with so many players missing. We’ll work on how we’re going to try and break Sydney down and hopefully they’ll be worried about us for the game and not the other way around.”

The much-anticipated release of the special pink and purple playing kit that Perth Glory will wear will take place tomorrow.

Part proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales will all go towards NBCF. Volunteers will also be collecting donations at the venue, while Football West will also donate $500 for each Perth Glory Women goal scored.

The first 100 paying customers through the gate will also receive a complimentary ticket to Sunday’s Hyundai A-League clash between Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Any fan with a physical ticket to the A-League match will also receive free entry to Saturday’s W-League clash by presenting it at the gate, so two matches for the price of one.

Kick-off against Sydney FC will be at 11.00am.

Perth Glory Women v Sydney FC Women
Saturday 17 November, 2012
nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 11.00am
Catch the action on ABC1 from 5pm Perth time

Adults: $10
Concession: $5
12 and Under: Free
Perth Glory A-League members and ticket holders to Perth Glory v Western Sydney: Free

Perth Glory squad: 1. Carly TELFORD (gk), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Sasha ANDREWS (c), 7. Aivi LUIK, 8. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 10. Jaymee GIBBONS, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 15. Liz MILNE, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Kirri BOLTON, 19. Shawn BILLAM, 20. Zoe PALANDRI (gk)
Two to be omitted
Ins: 5. Shannon MAY (promoted), 10. Jaymee GIBBONS (test), 16. Thia EASTMAN (promoted), 18. Kirri BOLTON (test), 19. Shawn BILLAM (promoted)
Outs: 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Kate GILL, 14. Collette MCCALLUM (all international duty)
Unavailable: Nil.

State Regional Girls win Singa Cup

November 16, 2012 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

The State Regional Under 17 Girls squad. Photo: Junpiter Futbol

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Football West’s State Regional Under 17 Girls squad has returned from last week’s Singa Cup as champions, becoming the first female Football West team to win an international tournament.

The Singa Cup Final held in Singapore saw the WA team defeat Singapore Arsenal 4-1, with Siobhan Longmore scoring a hat-trick and Keeley Milner chimed in with the other.

 Both players are from Leeuwin Naturaliste JSA and Longmore won the tournament’s prestigious Player of the Tournament and Golden Boot with 10 goals, including three hat-tricks.

 Coach Dan Evans was understandably thrilled with how his side performed.

 “Winning the tournament is obviously fantastic but more important was the brand of football that we played,” said Evans.

“It’s a credit to the existing Football West programs in place and especially to the regional coaches who are obviously working on the right things. All of them to a player are still young enough to compete at this level next year and I expect some of them to push for state selection or even beyond.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic for the regions if we could produce another Perth Glory Women player or even a Matilda? 

Whilst the game continues to grow, I am sure this would speed up the process somewhat. I’m grateful for the opportunity in coaching this group and it was pleasing to see them grow on and off the field throughout the tournament. I will be watching their progress with interest.”

Friendly game:

vs Singapore schools X1

6-0 win (2 Merrit, 1 S Longmore, 1 Cleggett, 1 A Longmore)


Singa Cup:

vs Singapore Arsenal 

1-0 win (S Longmore)


vs Kirkwell Academy (Singapore)

4-0 win (3 S Longmore, 1 Thew)

vs Queensway Academy (Singapore)

6-0 win (3 S Longmore, 1 Thew, 1 Muscio, 1 James)


Final vs Singapore Arsenal

4-1 win (3 S Longmore, 1 Milner)

Player of the Tournament: S Longmore

Golden Boot: S Longmore

Friendly game: 

vs National Singapore University (Women’s team)

4-1 win (2 Walton, 1 James, 1 A Longmore)

State Regional Under 17 Girls Squad 

 Katelyn    Slee    GERALDTON 

 Kimberley    Clegget    CCJSA 

 Jamie-Lee    James    CCJSA 

 Jaclyn    Muscio    GERALDTON 

 Rhianna    Tunks    GERALDTON 

 Dayna    Cassidy-Smith    ALBANY 

 Ariana    Longmore    LNJSA 

 Indiana    Lysaght    LNJSA 

 Hannah    Merritt    CCJSA

 Keeley    Milner    LNJSA 

 Jessica    Thomas    ALBANY 

 Siobhan    Longmore    LNJSA 

Baxter    Thew    LNJSA 

 Logan     Walton    CCJSA 

Liah    Cassidy-Smith    ALBANY 

Kasey     Clancy Taylor    GERALDTON 

Coach: Dan Evans

Team Manager: Lea Stinton

Saturday morning on The World Football Programme

November 16, 2012 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tune into The World Football Programme from 9am Saturday on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM!

9.00    Studio hosts: Jason Washington-King and Don Evans

Listeners invited to text your club news to 0408 921 832 or go to facebook

Intro and FBW promo
9.10     Carly Telford, Perth Glory Ladies, W-League news

9.30    Heather Reid, Captital Football CEO, women’s football and APL

Intro and Audio grabs
10.00     Mark Lee, Pro Football Training, WA state coaching conference

10.30    Rafa Capasso, Football West State Futsal coach

Intro and Audio grabs
11.00    Colin Sharland, Glory Shed, Glory news

Intro and Audio grabs
11.30    Andy Jackson, 442 magazine, EPL

Thank you to our sponsors and partners, BBC, ABC, FFA, SBS, Fox Sports, 442, TWG, all of our guests.
11.58    WFOUTRO.

Glory women to support breast cancer research against Sydney FC

November 16, 2012 By: Penny Category: W League

Marianna Tabain in the new pink and purple kit. Photo: Julian Masters

Monday, November 12, 2012

Perth Glory Women will hold their fifth annual National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) fundraiser match against Sydney FC this Saturday 17 November at nib Stadium.

A unique touch for the 2012 match will see Perth Glory play in a special commemorative pink and purple playing kit, which will be officially released later this week. An added feature of the game is that this match has been chosen by ABC television to be shown nationally later that day.  

The match has been staged each Westfield W-League season since the mother of inaugural Glory player Danielle Calautti sadly passed away from her battle with breast cancer.

NBCF is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Perth Glory Women has teamed up with NBCF to raise awareness of the importance of breast cancer research.  

Carole Renouf, Chief Executive Officer of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, encourages fans to support the initiative to help bring NBCF closer to their goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. 

“The money raised by Perth Glory Women will help fund research across every state and territory to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians affected by breast cancer,” she said.

Perth Glory Women Chief Executive Peter Hugg said: “Over the past five years this game in aid of the National Breast Cancer Foundation has grown in stature and given its place in the team’s history, has special meaning for the team and all women involved in our sport.” 

“Over time the team has gone from pink ribbons to pink laces, and this season through the assistance of our kit supplier, Kelme, we have developed a great bright pink and purple strip that I am sure will be worn proudly by the players. In time, hopefully this particular shirt will grow in popularity and we will see more of them at Glory matches in the future.

“I encourage everyone to come down to nib Stadium this Saturday to support both the team but more importantly this very worthy cause. Given it will be broadcast on ABC, we want to show the rest of the nation the level of support for the team.”

Part proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales will all go towards NBCF. Volunteers will also be collecting donations at the venue, while Football West will also donate $500 for each Perth Glory Women goal scored.

Kick-off against Sydney FC will be at 11.00am.

Perth Glory Women v Sydney FC Women

Saturday 17 November, 2012

nib Stadium, Perth

Kick-off: 11.00am

Catch the action on ABC1 from 5pm Perth time



Adults: $10

Concession: $5

12 and Under: Free

Perth Glory A-League members: Free


November 16, 2012 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

The Beckenham Angels Women’s Soccer Club are coming of a very successful 2012 season , where we took home the Women’s Premier Night Series and  Women’s Premier League Champions titles .We are now looking to add two new coaches for the 2013 season .


Women’s Premier Reserves;

The successful applicant will be required to work closely with our Head coach to ensure the development of our entire premier squad continues. 

You must be able to conduct training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and coach the team on Sunday afternoons during the Football season.

Previous coaching experience is required.

Division 4 women’s,

The successful applicant will be required to conduct training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and coach the team on Sundays during the Football season. 

This position is suitable for either an experienced coach or someone looking to further develop their coaching career.

 Interested applicant for either of these positions should apply in writing and email your applications to; Mr Kelsey Ferguson at

Applications close 31/1/2013.

Luik ready for Perth Glory debut

November 09, 2012 By: Penny Category: W League

Perth Glory and Westfield Matilda star Aivi Luik. Photo: Getty

Friday, November 09, 2012

Westfield Matilda Aivi Luik is poised to make her Perth Glory debut tomorrow against Newcastle Jets at Wanderers Oval in Broadmeadow.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been plagued with hamstring tendonosis since mid-2012 and has been in full training with the team for the last five sessions.

“It’s (the injury) because I’ve been travelling from the last Westfield W-League season straight off to Europe, straight back into America and just the last few years without taking a proper break,” said Luik.

“It’s been a long time coming, my last game was on the 12th of June, so about five months since I’ve actually played a game, so I’m excited.

“I’m hoping to get through a half, but we’ll see how it goes. The energy is definitely there and I’ve been sick and tired of sitting in the change room doing nothing, so hopefully we can get a win, goals will be amazing of course, but yes definitely very excited.”

Tomorrow’s match will also mark the return of Lisa De Vanna to the Perth Glory team after joining from Swedish giants Linköpings FC. De Vanna played the first two W-League seasons with the Glory before spending time with Brisbane Roar and tomorrow’s opponents, Newcastle Jets.

Luik knows De Vanna well from the Matildas set-up and during their spell as teammates at Brisbane.

“We definitely have a lot to prove,” said Luik.

“She’s (De Vanna) coming her Swedish season straight into this season so she’ll be fit and raring to go, but hopefully overall the team morale will be high.

“I’m excited to be playing with her again and hopefully I can get her some goals this weekend.”
The Glory is looking to get back to winnings ways after slipping to a shock 2-0 loss to new side Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday.

Kick-off tomorrow is at 4.30pm local time (1.30pm Perth time).

Newcastle Jets Women v Perth Glory Women
Saturday 10 November, 2012
Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow
Kick-off: 4.30pm local time (1.30pm Perth time)

Perth Glory squad: 1. Carly TELFORD (gk), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Sasha ANDREWS, 7. Aivi LUIK, 8. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14. Collette MCCALLUM (c), 15. Liz MILNE, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 19. Shawn BILLAM, 20. Zoe PALANDRI (gk)

(Three to be omitted)
Ins: 7. Aivi LUIK (Return from injury), 11. Lisa DE VANNA (Signed from Linköpings FC), Thia Eastman (promoted).
Outs: None.
Unavailable: Kirri Bolton – Hip – 1 week, Jaymee Gibbons – Knee – 2 weeks.