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Women’s Masters Manray’s Fundraiser for Italy 2013

March 29, 2013 By: Penny Category: Masters News

The women’s Masters team is travelling to Turin Italy for the World Masters Games in August- the WA Manrays. Go WA. Players in the squad are from all around Western Australia.

The ladies are doing major fundraising to meet their initial $100,000 budget. That’s just for flights and accommodation that is being booked as we speak. Kit, registration and meals will add another $20,000.

A huge thanks to Football West and Manray Builders for their support!

You can support the ladies this Easter Saturday all day at Belmont Bunnings for a sausage sizzle, Easter chocolates and raffle with a whole sheep up for grabs (as in chops and not as a pet), a handmade wine rack made by one of the players, amongst other great prizes.

The squad is an Australian representative team and one of two Aussie teams competing in the World Masters Games from Australia. Over 50,000 participants will be involved from all sports from all around the world. That makes this event as big as the Olympics. It is held every four years.

The squad won gold at the Pan Pacific masters at the Gold Coast last year. The WA masters have an impressive success story. They are the most successful representative team of any sport from WA, having won a medal in almost every Australian competition they have competed in over the past 20 years. Masters is an over 30 age competition.

Names in the squad that you may recognise are

Mandy Laing

Mhairi Glover (Angus )

Di Reeves

Penny TannerHoath

Deb Farrell (Eve)

Lorraine Connop (Jones)

There are some great stories the players can tell from their earlier state team representations and now with daughters playing!

For more information and if you would like to help the squad, phone Penny 0408921832.

Night Series Grand Finals 2013

March 29, 2013 By: Penny Category: Competitions, Night Series

Grand finals for the womens night series at Coker Park Sunday April 7

Division 1 Group

5pm Bunbury Forum Force v Leeming Strikers

bunbury are new entries to the Perth competition and State League Division 1 this year

Premier Group
7.30pm Northern Redbacks v Queens Park

Queens Park drew Beckenham Angels in the semi final and won through on penalties

You can comment on Football Wests Facebook and twitter sites now and throughout the season

The World Games Italy

March 15, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

A WA women’s team is travelling to Italy in August this year.  It will be one of 2 teams representing Australia.

Masters is over 35’s and The World Games are about equal to the Olympic Games in terms of size. The Games are held once every four years and bring together over 50,000 participants from many different sports.

Stay tuned for the women’s football squad. It comprises women from all over WA including the basis of the WA Gold Medal squad from the Pan Pacific Masters in the Gold Coast 2012.

If you want to help the ladies in their amazing journey please be in contact with It will cost the squad of 20 approximately $100,000 in air fares and accommodation alone.

Aussies overseas

March 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

The Aussie off-season exodus

Thursday, 14 March 2013 3:42 PM

With the Westfield W-League in its interminably long off-season, the exodus of Australian players has begun, as the women seek competitive football overseas to keep them match fit ahead of a new Westfield Matildas campaign.

While many will continue to play domestically, those who have the opportunity will move their football focus off-shore.

A large contingent head to Europe where, particularly the Scandinavian leagues, are now well-used to seeing Australians in their club sides, but four of the Matildas stars have elected to take their chances with the brand new National Women’s Soccer League in the US.

Caitlin Foord and Lisa De Vanna have signed for New Jersey side, Sky Blue FC; Sam Kerr is headed to Western New York Flash; while Kyah Simon is set to re-join Boston Breakers, who move into the new league from the WPSL Elite League.

The new product, named the US National Women’s Soccer League is the third incarnation of top tier women’s football in the States this century.

The Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) folded in 2003, with reported losses of $100 million, while its successor, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), bowed out in May last year, after failing to gain a foothold in the national sporting psyche and suffering a myriad of administrative problems. Neither league lasted more than three seasons.

While that may suggest that the wisdom of choosing to play women’s club football in America is debatable, the fresh approach to this new league could provide the four Australian stars with a valuable opportunity to play alongside, and against, some of the best players in the world.

The decision has been taken to spread the talents of 24 players from the World No.1 ranked US National squad between the eight clubs, with US Soccer to subsidise their salaries.

The Canadian Soccer Association (ranked no.7) has chipped in, funding 16 of their internationals to join the league, as has the Federation of Mexican Football for the same number of national team players.

The league will feature four WPSL Elite league teams as well as four expansion franchises and it is hoped that this new economic model, which has been used with success in Europe, will prove more sustainable than its predecessors.

Tom Sermanni – the new, and thus far, highly successful US national women’s team coach – will traverse the country watching the new league unfold and says that it has great potential for his former charges.

“It will be a hugely beneficial experience for them to play in this league, particularly if the vast majority of the US national team are staying to play in it.

“The standard will be raised, and the players will be exposed to a different style of coaching, different attitudes, and will also see first-hand, the work ethic of the women that make up the US national team. They’ll also likely have different expectations placed on them, compared to what they are used to back home.”

“Off the field,” he noted, “it’s obviously an easier place to settle into culturally, particularly from a language, food and social environment perspective”.

Matildas star Kyah Simon agrees, and returns to Boston Breakers where she enjoyed her first experience playing in an overseas league last year.

“A lot of my success in football relates to my lifestyle, my environment and how happy I am in my surroundings. I found it easy to adapt culturally in the US as there are so many similarities to life here in Australia.

“I originally decided to go there after they made an enthusiastic approach following the World Cup – it was great to have a team so keen to sign me, and while I want to experience other leagues at some point, this suits me well for this stage in my career.”

After living through the breakdown of the WPS on her last visit, Simon is positive about the energy around the new set-up.

“It’s great, there is a lot of interest and attention surrounding the new league, especially having those big names playing – like Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, they are huge – not just in the US, but worldwide.

“As a result the competitive level will rise and it will be a challenge for me, which I’m pleased about. It will take me out of my comfort zone and I can’t wait to get over there and start training in that environment”.

Heather Garriock who returns to football this year after giving birth to her baby daughter just five months ago, has experience playing in the States with both Adirondack Lynx in the WPSL and Chicago Red Stars in the WPS and thinks the US has taken a much wiser approach this time round.

“Not only has it got three different international federations supporting the league, the salaries are slightly lower so it will be more sustainable than past efforts.

“It will be a great experience for the four Australians heading over – any player that goes overseas, gets to experience different philosophies and different cultures. It broadens them as players and that is always a benefit to our national team.”

Foord and de Vanna will line up alongside US captain Christie Rampone in a Sky Blue FC side that includes US goalkeeper Jill Loyden (who had a stint Down Under with Central Coast Mariners in 2009).

Their season kicks off with a match against Western New York Flash, with Matilda Sam Kerr, as well as two-time US Olympic Gold medallist and 2012 FIFA Women’s player of the Year Abby Wambach.

Wambach, who has seen the rise and fall of two American-based leagues, remains cautious regarding the prospects of the new model, but hopes that the popularity of this current US national side, who gained many supporters during the World Cup and Olympic campaigns, can drive this new league to success.

“I think this is a team that has become bigger, the biggest women’s soccer team this country has ever had. These players are known as a team, but also as individuals, so I think this is the best chance they’re going to have.”

Matildas Camp number 2- only 2 Perth reps

March 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Westfield Matildas squad for AIS Training Camp – Canberra – 7-10 March 2013

Name (Club) Name (Club)
Teigen ALLEN (Western Sydney Wanderers) Michelle HEYMAN (Canberra United)
Laura ALLEWAY (Brisbane Roar) Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT (Brisbane Roar)
Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk) (Canberra United) Alanna KENNEDY (Sydney FC)
Stephanie CATLEY (Melbourne Victory) Samantha KERR (Sydney FC / WNY Flash)
Amy CHAPMAN (Brisbane Roar) Shamiran KHAMIS (gk) (Sydney FC)
Brianna DAVEY (gk)* (Melbourne Victory) Teresa POLIAS (Sydney FC)
Lisa DE VANNA (Perth Glory / Sky Blue FC) Clare POLKINGHORNE (Brisbane Roar)
Caitlin FOORD (Sydney FC / Sky Blue FC) Vedrana POPOVIC (Brisbane Roar)
Emily GIELNIK (Brisbane Roar) Kyah SIMON (Sydney FC / Boston Breakers)
Kathryn GILL* (Perth Glory) Brooke SPENCE (Brisbane Roar)
Katrina GORRY (Brisbane Roar) Emily VAN EGMOND (Newcastle Jets)

School sports trials on now

March 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

State Schoolboy and Schoolgirl trials

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Interested in playing for the WA State Schoolgirls or State Schoolboy teams for 2013?

What is it?
It is a state representative team that will compete in Canberra in August 2013.  A WA boys and girls team will compete against six other states [NSW, Qld, Vic etc] at a national event.  From this event players are selected with the chance to wear the Australian colours as part of an Australian Schoolgirls & Schoolboys teams and usually travel to international fixtures in January of the following year

Am I eligible?
•    A full time student at a recognised DoE educational institution (State or Private school or at  TAFE)
•    Under the age of 20 as of 31 December

Then you are eligible to trial.  Boys selected are predominately between 16 & 19 years of age but girls can be selected between 13 – 19 years.

How do you Nominate?
Please go to for more details or directly to the nomination forms below:

Boys Nomination form [Opens external link in new window]

Girls Nomination form [Opens external link in new window]

Any Queries or can’t make trials?
Feel free to contact the following coaches with any queries or details of trials.
?    Boys  Coach [Alf Debono]          0488 253 699
?    Girls  Coach [Wayne Baseden]  0416 211 961


South Trial
South of River players only need attend
13th March 4.00pm – 5.30pm
20th March 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Lynwood Senior High School, Metcalfe Rd, Parkwood

North Trial
North of River players only need attend
13th March 4.00pm – 5.30pm
20th March 4.00m – 5.30pm
Venue:    Sacred Heart College
Hocking Parade, Sorrento

Country Boys unable to attend will need to notify the coach so that alternative arrangements can be made.

South Trial
South of River players only need attend
Date:    Wednesday 13th March
Venue:    John Curtin College of Arts
Ellen St, Fremantle
Time:     4:30pm – 6pm

Both North and South Players
Date:    Saturday 16th March
Saturday 23rd March
Venue:    John Curtin College of Arts,
Ellen St, Fremantle
Time:     4:30pm – 6.30pm

North Trial
North of River players only need attend
Date:    Wednesday 20th March
Venue:    Timberlane Reserve, Althaea Way, Woodvale
Time:     4:30pm – 6pm

Country Girls only need to attend Saturday trials until further notice or contact the coach if they are unable to attend these dates.

NTC Players and other selected players will not be required at all trials. These will be confirmed upon nomination.


March 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Competitions

Too much football is never enough

Friday, February 22, 2013

Backpackers FC has launched a new initiative to give WA footballers more opportunities to get a kick out of the game.

The organisation’s casual 11-a-side concept, which will run each Saturday at Gibbney Reserve in Maylands, is open to all players, including those already registered with clubs.

Backpackers FC managing director Neil Hookway said Hub Football would combine the ease of access normally associated with a social indoor kick-about with the full-sized game.

“Our Casual five-a-side sessions at indoor venues have been extremely successful, and now we’ve responded to the demand for an 11-a-side version,” Hookway said.

Individual players can register their interest by sending an email to Players are invited to attend casual sessions prior to the start of the season where they will be organised into teams ahead of the first round of games.

Hookway said he expected to have 12 teams in place for the start of the inaugural season given the response to the project through social media. The Hub Football League Facebook page has  registered 650 likes since its launch three weeks ago.

There is no requirement for teams to be club-based but it is hoped teams will be entered by workplaces, student associations, backpacker hostels, language schools and other similar organisations.

Football West chief executive Peter Hugg said the Hub Football concept was a perfect fit with Football West’s push to promote more non-traditional forms of the game.

“The Hub Football program gives a much more flexible solution to those who have difficulty being able to commit to a full football season,” he said. “Increasingly we are being challenged to come up with activities and programs that meet the demands of community members whether they be FIFO workers, transient visitors to the state or workers who have been affected by the deregulation of shopping hours.”

The competition encourages social participation, allowing players to join Hub Football while continuing to take part in other Football West competitions, such as the My Solar Sunday and Metropolitan Leagues.

Hub Football has the support of Football West, including agreement on the rules of competition and governance model, provision of referees and fixture/league management with Sporting Pulse.

Teams will be charged $150 to compete in each fixture. This includes the cost of a qualified Football West referee and aims to deliver players 90 minutes of football for $10 each.

Hookway said he was hopeful the Hub Football competition at Gibbney Reserve would lead to the development of similar projects across the metropolitan area.

“Hopefully the Gibbney Hub will prove to be just the start of an exciting new chapter for football in WA,” Hookway said.

Teams will play each Saturday from April 6, with kick-offs at 12pm and 2pm.

Carys Hawkins plays for Wales National Team

March 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Hawkins is beaming after her Wales call-up.

Hawkins flies in for Wales debut

Monday, March 11, 2013

Carys Hawkins is the latest Perth Glory women’s team player to achieve international status after making her debut for Wales at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

Hawkins, who has been playing in Sweden after helping Glory to their best ever season recently, came off the bench in a 1-0 win over Mexico on Friday.

“I feel very lucky to have an opportunity like this in front of me,” said Hawkins, who was born in Cardiff but left Wales when she was just four years old.  “I am obviously really excited about the games ahead and how I can fit into the squad.”

Hawkins was an important member of the Glory team, which went within a whisker of reaching the Westfield W-League grand final before a controversial penalty shoot-out defeat to Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium.

After the W-League heartache, the 24-year-old defender joined Swedish club Sunnana SK before being called into the Wales set-up by their Finnish manager Jarmo Matikainen.

Glory women coach Jamie Harnwell was delighted to see another of this season’s players achieve international recognition.

“It’s a huge honour for Carys to be selected for Wales,” Harnwell said. “She is constantly looking to improve and push herself as evidenced by her club move to Sweden.

“It is fantastic to see another Perth player ply their trade at the top level and I wish her a lot of success with Wales.”

Hawkins’ call-up had been assisted by Glory’s England international goalkeeper Carly Telford, who had contacted Wales captain Jess Fishlock to let her know of Hawkins’ Welsh background.

“Jess passed on my details to the coach,” Hawkins said. “He got in contact with me and I was able to send some footage to him and he invited me to the Algarve for this camp.”

Subiaco AFC women’s teams looking for players

March 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Subiaco AFC is looking for more women players to join up for the 2013 season. We offer experienced coaches and four teams (State, State Reserves, Metro Div 2 and Metro Div 5) so we are able to cater for players with a mix of skill levels. Most importantly we’re a friendly, social group passionate about football (soccer).

Prospective players should be available to train weekly (preferably both Monday and Wednesday nights), play on Sundays and be living in Perth until the end of Sept.

Our State team is specifically after an experienced goal keeper so if you are interested please give me a call!

The club, based at Rosalie Park in Subiaco, is considered one of the best football clubs in Perth with a history that dates back over 100 years. With numerous junior and senior teams the club is well placed for the future.

If you are interested in playing and/or would like to know more please contact Andrea Ahearn, the Subiaco AFC Women’s VP via email or call 0408 152 826.


March 01, 2013 By: Penny Category: Night Series

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