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Sam Kerr does the business with Sydney FC

January 27, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Sydney claim W-League crown

27/1/2013 2:39 pm
Sydney claim W-League crown

Photograph Copyright : Getty Images

Sydney FC have won their second W-League championship, prevailing in a 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Sunday.

A horrendous defensive error gifted Nicola Bolger the opener for Sydney before Petra Larsson’s superb free-kick levelled the game before half-time.

But Sam Kerr’s header and a penalty from Player of the Match Kyah Simon sewed up the title as Maika Ruyter-Hooley was given a straight red for the foul which resulted in the spot-kick being awarded.

Right from the outset, Sydney showed their attacking intent as the Sky Blues had a pair of golden chances in the 12th and 16th minutes when Matildas right-back Caitlin Foord skipped around two challenges but was denied by a Danielle Johnson block before Victory defender Gulcan Koca made a last-ditch tackle as Kerr was about to tap home.

Victory keeper Brianna Davey then made a superb full-stretch save on 23 minutes as Renee Rollason tried to spear a shot into the far corner.

Davey was put in the firing line two minutes later when Rebekah Stott left her back pass short of the Victory stopper and Davey’s clearance rebounded off Sydney midfielder Bolger and trickled into the net.

Melbourne’s first clear chance was created by American striker Jessica McDonald on 38 minutes as she turned into space in the penalty area and forced a superb save from Sky Blues keeper Shamiran Khamis from a tight angle.

After a near repeat of Sydney’s first goal when Stott again left a back pass short of Davey, the Victory equalised with a sublime free-kick from Larsson in the 41st minute that struck the left upright and went in.

Three minutes after half-time, the Sky Blues retook the lead when Kerr placed her diving header past Davey after a well-weighted cross from Simon.

Khamis made several excellent saves throughout the match and her block on 59 minutes to deny Victory striker Enza Barilla from close range kept Sydney in front.

Some brilliant control by Simon opened up space for the Sky Blues in the 65th minute and her goal-bound effort was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Davey.

As the game opened up, Sydney substitute Larissa Crummer found herself through on goal on 84 minutes and Ruyter-Hooley brought down the attacker, conceding a penalty as the towering Victory defender was sent off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Simon sent Davey the wrong way and she celebrated by making a silencing motion to the Victory supporters.

Sydney had finished the regular season in fourth position and celebrated wildly at the final whistle with their travelling fans.

Melbourne Victory 1 (Larsson 41)
Sydney FC 3 (Bolger 25, Kerr 48, Simon 85pen)

17s Girls Singa Cup Tournament- Winners

January 19, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Held in Singapore in November 2012
Name Area AGE
Jaclyn Muscio Geraldton 16 Tournament
Dayna Cassidy-Smith Albany 15 Golden Boot
Keeley Milner Leeuwin 15 Siobhan Longmore
Jessica Thomas Albany 15
Liah Cassidy-Smith Albany 13 Tournament
Siobhan Longmore Leeuwin 14 Most Valuable Player
Kimberley Clegget CCJSA 16 Siobhan Longmore
Jamie-Lee James CCJSA 15
Rhianna Tunks Geraldton 16
Ariana Longmore Leeuwin 15
Indiana Lysaght Leeuwin 15
Hannah Merritt Leeuwin 15
Baxter Thew Leeuwin 14
Katelyn Slee Geraldton 15
Kasey Clancy-Taylor Geraldton 13
Logan Walton CCJSA 14
Dan Evans – Coach
– Head Coach – Melville City State League Division 2 
–  Academy Director
Lea Stinton – Team Manager

Perth Strikers Gold Coast Masters Team 2012

January 19, 2013 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

Perth Strikers- meet the team at the Glory Semi Final Sunday January 20, 2013
Gold Coast Pan Pacific Masters Games November 2012
Over 40s
Gold Medal winners beating Bronzed Aussies (NSW Northern Beaches side) 3-1 (after penalty shoot out following 0-0 result after extra time)
Team for 11aside- won Gold!
Shari Dixon (GK)            Mandurah
Ali Butler                       Subiaco AFC
Di Reeves                      Leeming
Dora Altintas                 Adelaide
Kerry Henry                   Subiaco AFC
Tina Glasson                 Mandurah
Tina Ewan                     Newman
Sandra Szopski             Subiaco AFC
Lucia Grant                   Gold Coast
Many Laing                   Subiaco AFC
Branwen Morgan            East Fremantle
Michelle Colebrook         East Fremantle
Jayne Spalding              Hay Park Bunbury
Mhairi Glover                 Subiaco AFC
Masters Squad Members for futsal
Mhairi (Vari) Flay           Melville
Helga Lucas                  Melville
Sharlene Dixon
Robbie Glover

Celebration of womens football Sunday January 20

January 18, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

At the Glory W League semifinal Sunday at NIB we will all celebrate just how successful our game is here in WA. Lets be clear about this.  Its the women’s part that I am talking about.

1. Singa Cup girls won Gold in Singapore this year

2. Perth Strikers won Gold at the Pan Pacific Masters at the Gold Coast

3. Perth Glory make it to the finals for the first time in their history

From the young ones, open age and our senior players, we have created a successful pathway that Football Federation Australia’s Mike Cockerill may not yet be aware of (refer Western Australia’s Golden Generation article) but we can be very proud of. FIFA recognise it as the biggest part of the world games growth.

Refer the Football Federation Australia’s Stephanie Brantz article with that great pic of Lisa DeVanna. The look in the photo is priceless!

Which Perth Glory team are you supporting this weekend?

With some of the biggest crowds across the W League this season, its clear the FootballWest management group has got the dynamics spot on for not only the Glory team, but also by providing the right opportunities for that very large growing part of our game to EXCEL.

The local State League Night Series starts soon at Noranda Sport Complex and Coker Park. Our best players on show from Quinns to Bunbury.

The Singa Cup girls and the Masters squad will be presented to the crowd at half time in a wonderful Celebration of Womens Football. Matildas caps will be presented to Tracey Wheeler, Denise Lofthouse, Julie Clayton, Sharon Mateljan, Sandra Brentnall and more…. The new National Coach will be there, ABC will be there, will you be there?

Watch out World Masters in Italy 2013!

Watch out Melbourne Victory!

Support the growing part of our game this Sunday at NIB from 1pm.

Tickets available at the gate.

Which Glory team will be on the back page this Monday?

Time to show your support for womens football

January 18, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Time to show your support for women's football

Show your colours at the Westfield W-League Semi Finals this weekend. Get down to QSAC to see Premiers Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC. Then on Sunday the action is at nib Stadium where Perth Glory host Melbourne Victory.

You can also watch both games live on ABC1 at 4pm.

With two mouth-watering clashes in store for the Westfield W-League Semi Finals this weekend, there is every reason for fans to watch.
Football competitions don’t come any tighter than this W-League season and the league as a whole has moved to a new level.

However, one thing is still missing – support in numbers from the public. Many speak of the importance of female engagement in football, as both players and as fans, but to really make a mark, the league needs more. More promotion and more coverage, absolutely, but to give the game a voice in the fight for those commodities requires more bums on seats and more eyeballs watching.

The coverage will be live on ABC TV this weekend, with both semi-final matches broadcast in full, along with the Grand Final, the following Sunday.

Equally important, the matches scheduled this weekend offer a perfect opportunity for clubs to promote the women’s game, and for fans to vote for the league with their feet, by turning up to watch.

For a club that once distanced itself from their female counterparts, Perth Glory are now showing plenty of support. Coach Jamie Harnwell is full of praise for the initiative being shown.

“We are planning a ‘Purple Sunday’ in the hope that nib stadium will be full of fans going for Glory. Perth Glory members will be admitted free, while anyone purchasing a ticket to the A-League game coincidentally also between Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium on saturday
night, can use that ticket to access the women’s match the day after”.

Harnwell is thrilled with the performance of his side this season, but after the frustrating draw with Newcastle in Round 11, which saw the Glory relinquish their hold on the Premiership, he was expecting to travel to Melbourne this weekend. That was before Victory stumbled at the same hurdle in Round 12.

“We would have loved to finish top – every club would like to know that they’ve been the best over the regular season, but that was a good wake-up call for our side, and the big one is still up for grabs”.

“We’ve got Lisa De Vanna back from suspension this week, she’s one of the best in the league and probably the world. She is raring to go, and getting a home final has given the side a big boost ahead of Sunday.”

It’s now Victory ruing the missed opportunity to bring the game to their fans at home. After a season of trials and tribulations, culminating in the departure of coach, Mike Mulvey, to the A-League after Round 10, the Victory have responded in spectacular style.

New coach Fabrizio Soncin says the season has been a triumph over adversity.

”Firstly, we’re pleased that we’ve been able to overcome all those difficulties. This is the highest we’ve ever finished in a season, and while we are disappointed that we didn’t get a home final, we are in the finals so that’s another tick. Also, our football continues to improve – even though we’ve lost strong players, we’ve continued to play great football.”

“It’s said there is no gain without pain, and we’ve been through the pain, so now it’s all gain”

Either way, the winner of this match will have the chance to put a brand new name on the W-League Trophy.

Their Grand Final opposition though, is guaranteed to be tough. Both Brisbane and Sydney have a plethora of finals experience and if the corresponding fixture last season is anything to go by, this one will be a doozy.

Each side boasts a number of Matildas in their ranks, though it was Brisbane’s win over Melbourne in Round 6 – with six internationals missing – that marked a turning point for the side, according to Roar coach Belinda Wilson.

“That win gave us the belief in ourselves which had been missing since the beginning of the season. Since then we have grown in confidence, and we’ve been tweaking a few things with our combinations which have really paid off.”

“I’m expecting it to be a physical encounter on Saturday and have no doubt that the likes of Tameka Butt, Katrina Gorry, Vedrana Popovic and Amy Chapman will be targeted. We really want a home Grand Final, so hopefully everyone keeps a cool head…and stays on the park”.

Meantime, with every Brisbane Roar side at home this weekend, the men are getting behind their W-League team. The National Youth League match has been moved to an earlier kick off, and fans there will be offered transport to the W-League game. The A-League lads are also supporting the Roar ladies, with rumours that a few might even be on water duty.

Sydney FC coach Alen Stajcic acknowledges that playing an away final is always difficult, but he is expecting anyone in Sky Blue at QSAC to make plenty of noise.

“Most of the stand will be orange, and rightly so, but we will have fans there, and you’ll definitely be able to hear them.”

Sydney FC have appeared in every finals series since the league began, but there were nervous moments this time as they took qualification right down to the wire. With all the pre-season changes to his side, Stajcic says he’s extremely proud of what the team has achieved.

“We had 12 new players brought into the squad this season, and a lot of our players are very young, so for this group to have qualified is an outstanding effort.”

“It’s always a good contest when we play Brisbane, but if we play to our potential, we’ll give them a good fight and I’m confident we can win it.”

The World Football Programme Saturday 19 January

January 18, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media


9.00 Studio hosts: Penny Tanner and Jason Washington-King

Listeners invited to text your club news to 0408 921 832 or go to facebook WPF/107.9FM

9.00-9.30 Jonathon Cook, Football West Manager, Media and Special Projects

Local football news

9.30-10.00 Peter Wilkins, ABC W League Match Commentator. Plus 3 hours E.S.T.

W League Semi Finals- Glory v Victory at NIB, Sydney v Brisbane Roar

10.00-10.30 Jamie Harnwell, Perth Glory W League Coach. . Plus 3 hours E.S.T.

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory, the 50s club, half time Celebrations, Caps, Special Guests

10.30-11.00 Teo Pellizzeri, Sports Writer and Match Commentator. Plus 3 hours E.S.T.

A League news, preview fixtures, table, match of the round

11.00-11.30 Francis Awaritefe, SBS The World Game analyst. Plus 3 hours E.S.T.

African Cup, FIFA Balon D’Or Awards, Guardiola appointment, other world news

11.30-12.00 Andy Jackson, Publisher 442. Plus 3 hours E.S.T.

English Premier League, news, transfers

Thank you and everyguest!

11.58 WFOUTRO.

Perry to Play for Sydney in this weeks W League Final

January 17, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

After days of indecision, Sydney FC defender Ellyse Perry has decided that she will line up for the Sky Blues in their crucial W-League semi-final against the Brisbane Roar this Saturday.
ellyseperry semi sfc

Perry’s predicament occurred when it was made known the Women’s Twenty20 final was to be played in Perth on the same day as the W-League semi final.  It was a T20 final that was initially scheduled to be played on the Wednesday but it was later changed to be the curtain raiser to the Men’s final,

Since joining Sydney at the beginning of this fifth W-League season, the dual international had been juggling her football and cricket commitments and the decision did not come easily.

“It was a truly difficult decision to make and certainly something that took a huge amount of thought and consideration,” said Perry.

“It’s such a privilege for me to be a member of both Sydney FC and the NSW Breakers and I am truly grateful to the support given to me by both Cricket NSW and Sydney FC.”

“The opportunity to play for the team (Sydney FC) in this weekend’s semi final of the W-League is something that I am very much looking forward to.”

Perry faced a similar decision last season with 2011/13 champions Canberra United.  At that stage she went with cricket and eventually missing out on the championship win.  Sydney FC coach Alen Stajcic was pleased with the full back’s decision.

“It’s fantastic news that Ellyse will be playing for Sydney FC in Saturday’s semi final,” he said.

“I know it’s a tough situation for her as both teams face important end of season games but her presence for us is certainly a boost as we take on our arch rivals Brisbane Roar.”

“Ellyse has worked very hard this season to fulfil all of her training and playing commitments for Sydney FC and Cricket NSW and she was in a tough situation.”

Sydney FC met the W-League premiers Brisbane Roar this Saturday at QSAC with the match kicking off at 4.00pm (AEDST).

Sasha Andrews, Perth Glory

January 17, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Obviously it is great to be given this chance to make history in our city.

sandrews finals

Sometimes in football things go your way and now given home field advantage we are taking every step of the journey with appreciation.

We are hoping to show our fans what we are made of. Personally we have yet to give them the perfmance they deserve to see. Training has been sharp and focused. If we take control of the elements that are in our hands, the rest will become the result we passionately desire.

On the way to training now…so all you Glory fans make your way to the match this Sunday at nib Stadium.

To all of our men’s supporters, step out of your comfort zone and come to support our team. #mensglorysquad! 🙂 The 12th man is the stands!

– Good day mates


Golden Gill ready for finals taste

January 17, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Kate Gill celebrates a goal. Photo: Getty

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Perth Glory Women star striker Kate Gill cannot wait for this weekend’s home semi-final to get underway at nib Stadium.

The Glory will take on Melbourne Victory for a place in the 2012/13 Westfield W-League Grand Final.

It has been a remarkable W-League for 2010 Asian Player of the Year Gill, who has returned to competitive action after missing last season due to a serious knee injury.

Scoring 11 regular season goals and winning the W-League Golden Boot was the last thing Gill expected in her comeback season.

“I always knew I would be back playing, but I never really put any expectations on myself. I am just happy to be back playing and everything else that happens is a bonus.”

Sunday’s match will be Gill’s first W-League final and the 28-year-old said the team has a point to prove.

“It feels deserved to make it this far, we were written off at the start of the season and there is nothing more satisfying than proving people wrong,” Gill said.

“I think what makes it so great is that we are able to repay Football West for the amount of time and effort they have invested in the team and also thank them for their belief and support, along with the great following of fans that we have.”

The Westfield Matildas star said the Glory shouldn’t underestimate the strength of Melbourne Victory, despite beating them 2-0 back in Round 1.

“I think they are a very improved side in relation to past seasons but also throughout this current season. They have recruited well and have some great local talent. Given what is at stake, I know that they will be a very competitive side.”

A massive boost for Jamie Harnwell’s side is the return of Lisa De Vanna and Gill knows how important she will be to give the Glory their best chance for success.

“It’s great to have Lisa back, she adds that spark to the team, she is a game changer,” Gill said.

“It is nice to be playing with someone whose game you know so well and who complements your style of football.

“It is always enjoyable when we are playing well together and I can’t wait for the match.”

The winner of this weekend’s semi-final will then take on the winner of the Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC clash in the Grand Final on January 27.

A massive crowd is expected and fans are encouraged to make it a ‘Purple Sunday’ by wearing the team’s colours.

Kick-off is at 1pm.

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 20 January, 2013
nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 1.00pm local time
Catch all the action on ABC1 from 4pm or listen in live on ABC 720AM. The match will also be streamed live via

Adults: $10
Concession: $5
12 and Under: Free
Perth Glory A-League members and ticket holders to Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory (A-League): Free

Perth Glory squad: 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), 26. Kaitlyn SAVAGE (gk), 30. Maja BLASCH (gk)
Three to be omitted

Ins: 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN (promoted), 11. Lisa DE VANNA (return from suspension), 30. Maja BLASCH (promoted)

Outs: None

Unavailable: Carly Telford – Hand – season
Kirri Bolton – Hip – season
Jaymee Gibbons – Study commitments – indefinite

Perth Glory Inaugural stars reach 50-game milestone

January 17, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Perth Glory Women’s Marianna Tabain (L) and Elisa D’Ovidio (R). Photo: Perth Glory Women

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Perth Glory Women stars Elisa D’Ovidio and Marianna Tabain will both play their 50th Westfield W-League match in this Sunday’s historic home semi-final against Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium.

The pair will reach the milestone just a week after defender Carys Hawkins achieved a half century of games against Adelaide United.

D’Ovidio and Tabain have been a part of the Glory squad since season one and have come through the local development pathway to reach the national league.

The young stars have been instrumental in the team’s run to the semi-finals and securing a second place finish on the table.

“There are heaps of emotions going around at the moment but the girls are pretty pumped,” D’Ovidio said.

“We’ve got a good atmosphere amongst the squad at the moment. We can’t wait to get out there on Sunday.”

Despite scoring a crucial 3-1 away win against Adelaide last weekend, Glory had not produced a complete performance, according to D’Ovidio.

“To tell you the truth we were actually a bit scrappy in the first half,” she said.

“We went in at half-time and had a chat about a few things and we knew we had to get a good result, so second half we went out and we were better.”

Tabain was pleased to have reached the milestone during Glory’s most successful W-League season.

“Obviously it’s been a really rough five years, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and hopefully getting the win,” said Tabain, who is looking forward to the return from suspension of Westfield Matilda Lisa De Vanna.

“With her pace up front we have a bit of an outlet and she also brings her experience to the team.”

D’Ovidio said the team was counting on strong support from the Perth crowd.

“It’s our first final in five years so come out support us, wear purple and bring your voices along,” she said.

Kick-off against Melbourne Victory is 1pm at nib Stadium.

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

Sunday 20 January, 2013

nib Stadium, Perth

Kick-off: 1.00pm local time

Catch all the action live and exclusive on ABC1 or listen in live on ABC 720AM.


Adults: $10

Concession: $5

12 and Under: Free

Perth Glory A-League members and ticket holders to Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory (A-League): Free