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Nominating for Your Football West Womens Standing Committee or as a Zone Rep

April 30, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Women's Standing Committee

Hi Football West Family,

This is just a reminder that the Nominations for the Football West Elections (Zone Representatives/Standing Committees) which previously were due to close Friday 3 May 2013 (12.00 NOON) have been extended. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a say in the running of Football in this state.



The Nomination Form is on Page 17 for the Womens Standing Committee.

If you have any questions, feel free to ring Max at Football Weston 9422 6900 or email him Max Meikle <>.

Dear Football West Family,

As there has been a slow response to the invitation for nominations for the up-coming Zone Representatives/Standing Committee Election, the close off date for nominations has been extended to Noon Wednesday, 8th May 2013.

Please send the completed nomination forms to:

Womens News Update 2013

April 21, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Women's Standing Committee

Hi everyone

(this is sent out to all club contacts that I know of- if you would like to be on that list please email me)

Welcome to season 2013! Here is a wrap of all the significant things to remember for womens football.

Your current Standing Committee Group is
PennyTannerHoath Chair (thats me)
Steve Ireland (Perth Hills)
Tras Young (North Beach)
Lee Waterman (Quinns)
Tim Hodgson (Redbacks)
Conrad McKelvie (UWA)
Elisa D’Ovidio (Football West)
CEO Football West and Competitions manager
If you need contacts for anyone either reply here or go to Football West for information 94226900 or

Nominations are open for the next WSC.  This is an unbiased process through the AEC. Nominations close May 3. The WSC is important for making reviews and recommendations direct to Football West (FBW). Your club committee will have a Club Pack forwarded by FBW. Nomination forms are in that and need endorsement by your Club President and Secretary.

Standing Committees are so vital to have your thoughts heard! Sometimes FBW just dont have the time to deal with the ground issues and thats where the WSC come in.

There is a Junior Standing Committee up and running now and the contacts are on the Corporate section of website. Nominations are also open for that Committee.

Here’s an update on whats happened over the summer and whats upcoming.

The Girls Day Out was held at NIB Stadium with 150 young girls attending this year compared to 100 last year. Thanks to Bankwest and Football West for providing a free event for the girls! They all went away with a bad, water bottle shirt and lots of Glory signatures.

The competition this year will consist of State League and Metropolitan Competition plus Junior competition. The State league consists of Premier and Reserves and Division One and reserves and has 8 teams in each division. It includes Cockburn and Bunbury as new entrants The Girls NTC programme participates as 17s in the Premier competition and 15s in the Premier reserves competition. They cannot be relegated. It is one up and one down within the state league. Metropolitan divisions this year start at Division One not Division two! A team from the Metro League can apply to enter the State league. Note that girls can play in boys competitions and you should request an assessment or info from FBW in this instance regards to duty of care and safety. The womens NTC programme squad play in the boys 14s Premier competition and is age capped at 19. This squad is for players that WA feels will progress into National teams in the near future or are already participating in them. You will also see the likes of our local Matildas Collette MacCallum and Katy Gill training and playing with the mens NTC 18s in the mens State League.

The Night Series was held at Noranda and Coker Park again this year through March and April.
New trophies were introduced- Player of the Grand Final- Carla Bennett (Northern Redbacks) and Player of the Series- Evie Gooch (Melville). The POS trophy was voted for by the Coaches and is an inaugural trophy that will be continued every year.
Night Series Winners Premier Group Northern Redbacks over Queens Park
First Division Group Leeming Strikers over Bunbury Forum Force
Both the new State league entrants Cockburn and Bunbury participated in the Series this year.

The Cup Round starts Anzac day April 25. Premier teams are not in the first round. Go to > outdoor > metro competition for the draw or>facebook. Your club can opt out of competiting if squad numbers are low.  Note once played you are cup tied.

Match officials.  There has been some talk amongst the State League to instigate 3 officials for every premier match ie a centre ref and two linesman.  Football West have advised there is not enough referees to attend to this this year.  If you want to lobby for this, I suggest you ask your club to put forward comments to the womens registrar at FBW

WA Manray Masters. There are two Australian teams playing in the World Masters games in Turin Italy this August.  One of those teams is from WA. Masters is over 30. This World Games happens only every four years. There will be 50,000 competitors from all sports participating. Its the second largest competition in the world to the Olympics. The WA ladies won gold at the Gold Coast Pan Pacifics last year and have won more medals than any other WA sport team that I know of. Some names you may know in the squad are myself, Penny Tanner, Di Reeves, Mhairi Glover, Mandy Laing, Lorraine Connop, Deb Farrell, Tina Glasson, Sandra Szopski. Watch out on 107.9FM for some promotion on the ladies as they fundraise their way to Italy. The squad needs to raise $120,000 to get there. Thanks to Football West and Manray Builders for their huge support. If you want to help, please be in contact with Penny via email.

Turin Masters website:

There is a Masters Games in August this year at Cairns near the Great Barrier Reef: plus the usual biannual games at the Gold Coast next year: Have fun you over 30s and dont forget you do not need to be playing at a high level or even registered and playing football to play Masters.  Its all about participation. The Pan Pacific Masters is the worlds biggest Masters competition!

I have been on the WSC since its inception in 2005 and am happy to keep going as I love football. I do these email outs to keep you all informed plus run the website and its facebook site so you can comment quickly and be informed directly. Jason Washington King and I host The World Football Programme show on 107.9FM Saturday mornings 9-12noon. Its all about local football mens and womens and national and international programmes.  We’d love your input by way of a chat on air to view your thoughts and tell us about your club or personalities.

Have a great season everyone and feel free to comment by email or phone.

Love to have you on board on the WSC or as part of a club in the womens competition for 2013.

Penny TannerHoath 0408 921 832 Local women’s football website
Football West Women’s Standing Committee Chairperson 2005-2012

Redbacks bite to claim Night Series

April 12, 2013 By: Penny Category: Night Series

Monday, April 08, 2013

Northern Redbacks were crowned 2013 Premier Division Night Series champions at Coker Park last night in what manager Neil Bennett described as a good advert for women’s football in Western Australia.

Report by Kelechi Osunwa

The Redbacks dominated a very spirited Queens Park side who left nothing in the tank but failed to produce any goals in a first half where both defences made important tackles.

“It was very close the first half,” Bennett said.

“We had to work really, really hard – Queens Park defended really well and made us work for every single ball.

“We realised that was always going to be the case and we instructed the girls to keep the ball moving and to make them work as hard as we possibly could.”

Despite the growing influence of Leigh Kelly and Sadie Murphy, the Redbacks couldn’t find a way past the immense pairing of Brittany Woodfin and Monique Gordon in defence for Queens Park.

After Bennett spoke to his team at half time about being more composed and patient with ball, the Redbacks pressure finally paid off.

From a half-cleared corner, the ball fell to the feet of Carla Bennett.

The Tracey Wheeler Medal winner volleyed past a crowd of bodies into the bottom corner to give the Redbacks the lead.

Queens Park coach Steve Woodfin felt the pressure from the Redbacks took its toll on his side that had been competitive for the entire game.

“We conceded one too many corners,” Woodfin said.

“We’ve got a few things to learn but we’ll get there.

“I’m very happy with the way we’ve gone and we’re still improving, that’s what I want.

“I thought we did (match them), but we lacked that little bit of composure in the middle of the field, but other than that I think we’ll get there.”

The Redbacks victory was finally sealed when Amy Knight broke away from the Queens Park defence, before unleashing a shot from outside the box that any player would have been proud of.

At the end of the game Neil Bennett was full of praise both sides.

“They’re a quality side Queens Park so it’s a great win over a very good team, but our back four today was magnificent.

“Our midfield worked their socks off and it was just a great team performance all round.”

Queens Park 0
Northern Redbacks 2 (Carla Bennett 62’, Amy Knight 80’)

Sunday 7th April 2013
Venue – Coker Park
Kick off – 7:30pm
Attendance – 500 (Approx)
Referee – J. Wood
Assistant Referees – J. Washington – Wing, G. Laval

Northern Redbacks: 1. Kathleen Waycott, 5. Amy KNIGHTS, 7. Lauren RILEY, 8. Leigh KELLY, 12. Sadie MURPHY, 3. Aleisha DYER, 9. Jackie NELLANY, 14. Larissa WALSH, 10. Rebecca DAVIES, 6. Carla BENNETT, 13. Charlotte FARROLL, 11. Emily DUNN, 16. Rita MANKOWSKA, 4. Nicola, WILLIAMS, 2. Ashlee BAGER, 15. Clare DUNN
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil

Queens Park: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN, 3. Temira ROWATT, 2. Helene BORDAS, 5. Michelle KENT, 6. Monique GORDON, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8. Stacy LEARMONT, 10. Nikki CAMPBELL, 17. Lesley ZMURCHUK, 14. Jess BYRNE, 15. Jessica DARMAGO, 11. Ashley KANE, 16. Emily DEAN, 20. Leanne WEBB, 21. Penelope CLAYON, 12. Jessica BACKSHALL
Yellow Cards: Byrne 54’
Red Cards: Nil

Standing Committee and Zone Rep Positions Open

April 12, 2013 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee

Standing Committee and Zone Rep nominations open

Friday, April 12, 2013

Football West is pleased to commence the process of electing our many representatives from the Zones and various Leagues that make up the voting membership of the company.

This elections process is vital in engaging stakeholder input into the strategic direction our game takes, and also provides a great platform of the sharing of information and learning from all areas of our state.

The Western Australian Electoral Commission who will be conducting the Election must receive the nominations by 12.00 noon Friday, 3 May 2013.

As a reminder, clubs are eligible to nominate ONE candidate for each Standing Committee in which they field teams, and ONE candidate (regardless of which competitions they field teams in) for Zone Representative. Full instructions have been posted out to all clubs.

The elections process will conclude on 31 May 2013 and the WA Electoral Commission will advise Football West of the results and all successful candidates will be informed shortly after.

For more information, please contact Max Meikle on 9422 6905 or

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Women’s Night Series Finalists

April 08, 2013 By: Penny Category: Night Series

Evie Gooch and Beryl Woodfin

Photo: Beryl Woodfin and Player of the Series Evie Gooch

Northern Redbacks and Queens Park Thunder fought hard in a physical and intense game at Coker Park Sunday April 7.

The Redbacks win 2-0 over Queens Park adds to their impressive trophy tally for the past few decades.

The Series did however, highlight several significant factors. It won’t be a one horse race for the League Championship this year. With several Glory players such as Shannon May at Beckenham Angels and Elisa Dovidio at Balcatta, clubs have been strengthened across the board. Let’s not forget new premier entrant Melville City. They have their own impressive trophy tally and much youth to brag about.

Melville First team goalkeeper Evie Gooch won the Dave Woodfin Player of the Night Series for the Premier Group. The trophy, presented by Beryl Woodfin, the late Dave Woodfin’s wife, is the inaugural trophy selected by the coaches for the series.

Evie is just 17 and the Melville women’s number 1 goalkeeper. She was outstanding throughout the series, denying Perth Glory players and instrumental in keeping champion club Redbacks to a 1-0 win over Melville in their last group game.

Redbacks Captain Carla Bennett won the Tracey Wheeler Player of The Final. With Tim Hodgson stepping aside from the coaching role this year, Carla’s Dad Neil has carried forward the tough playing philosophy with his first year at the helm.

The lead up game in the First Division Grand Final was taken out by a well organised Leeming Strikers 2-1 over Bunbury Forum Force. Sandra Brentnall as always dictating play from the midfield for the Strikers and Lisa Ward leading strongly up front for the Force.

The First Division sees two new entrants this year in Bunbury and Cockburn City. This will be a strong division. The two finalists must be contenders after their performances through the Night Series.

The season proper starts April 14.


April 04, 2013 By: Penny Category: Night Series

New awards will be presented to two of the stars of the Women’s Night Series after the finals at Cannington’s Coker Park on Sunday, April 7.

The inaugural Tracey Wheeler Medal will go to the best player in the Premier Division final,  while the tournament’s top performer, as voted by coaches, will receive a trophy named in honour of the late David Woodfin.

Northern Redbacks and Queens Park lock horns in the Premier final at 7.30pm after the Division One final between Bunbury Forum Force and Leeming Strikers at 5.00pm.

The matches will give teams a final chance to prepare for the regular season, which begins next Sunday, April 14.

Wheeler is one of the State’s most decorated players, capped 49 times by the Matildas as a goalkeeper and inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame’s Hall of Champions in 2008.

“It’s an honour to have the medal named after me, not only because of my Matildas representation, but also I was proud to represent WA on many occasions and play alongside many stalwarts of the game in WA in the 1990s,” said the Beckenham Angels goalkeeper coach.

“My advice to young players with aspirations to play at a high level, is to listen to the advice of your coaches and senior players, and to persevere when things aren’t going your way.”

Woodfin started as a volunteer at Queens Park Soccer Club in 1972 and was instrumental in building the clubhouse in 1981 and the installation of the lights in 1987.

He was a valued member of the WA football family, working tireless hours for the club in various roles, including president, before his sad passing in 2009.

Understudy goalkeeper required for new entrant to Premier League.

April 03, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

If you have the eye hand coordination and athletic prowess to aspire to top level football, this is the club for you.

Melville City FC have been promoted consistently since junior competitions, to land in the most senior women’s football competition in Perth in 2013.

Training with highly qualified coach, former Australian player and current first team goalkeeper.

Melville City FC has pathways into academy and representative football and is enthusiastic in motivating and encouraging young players to reach their potential. The club is growing and needs to expand its goalkeeping stocks over the next few years to support the high level of competition it has now reached.

Ring Women’s Vice President, Melville City Football Club, Jonny Gibson 0404 365 285