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Upcoming women’s representative matches

September 26, 2013 By: Penny Category: Competitions, State Teams and Programmes

This years Premier State League Champions, the Northern Redbacks, are off to Adelaide October 26, to play South Australia’s State Champions.

Each year the State League men’s and women’s champions play against Adelaide’s best.  Last year Adelaide City edged out Beckenham Angels 1-0 at Perth SC.

Jason Washington-King will coach a women’s squad that will play Jamie Harnwell’s Perth Glory women’s team October 18 and November 1 as prep for the Glory’s upcoming W League season.

Womens Football Update

September 25, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, State Teams and Programmes, Women's Standing Committee

Hi everyone (this was sent out to as many womens contacts that I have on the club contact database. If you havent received any emails on football updates, please email and ask to be put on the list).

The season is almost over.

For some its a celebration of the annual trip down south to the Bunbury Carnival for this long weekend. Hope you have all catered for any missing players in the round of local fixtures Sunday!

I have attached the Standing Committee Minutes for September and the Womens National Competition Review paper (the process for reform or change here in WA has not yet been initiated by Football West and there are no changes planned under the WNCR banner for 2014).

It has been a long gap from the last meeting back in April. Thats simply because the election and endorsement process through the AEC and Football West took a very long time.

Welcome on board to everyone
myself Penny TannerHoath (Chair/Melville)
Steve Ireland (Beckenham)
Emma Smith (Subiaco)
Conrad McKelvie (UWA Nedlands)
Tim Hodgson (Redbacks)
Tras Young (North Beach)
Jess Bonzas (NTC)
Elisa DOvidio (Football West)

Contact details are up on

The things to look forward to are

1. A club workshop coming up- Football West will be in touch with your club
It is to voice your airs on any concerns and will allow Football West to talk through NTC restructure, masters football ideas, state league transition for clubs, junior football and the like
Please send a representative and talk directly with Football West!

2. A more strategic meeting for development of players and growing the game is in the pipeline prior to commencement of 2014 season

3. NTC restructure that will see different age groups competing in the boys and womens state league plus early skills development programmes to identify more girls at an early age and facilitate more competitive squads at national level.

4. The Cup Final between premier state league sides Beckenham Angels and UWA Nedlands is Sunday October 6 at 9am at Inglewoods Intiga Stadium

5. The W League starts at home with Perth Glory taking on Brisbane Roar Saturday November 16 at Intiga Stadium Inglewood at 3pm. Download fixtures here

6. Tables leading into the last round of fixtures look like this:

Premier State League
POS    TEAM    P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    Northern Redbacks SC    20    19    1    0    98    12    86    58
2    Beckenham Angels SC    20    15    1    4    88    22    66    46
Last fixture this weekend
Relegation: East Fremantle
Promotion and relegation from Premier to Division 1 in the state league is 1 up and 1 down. The NTC is unable to be relegated.

First Division State League Promotion contenders
POS    TEAM    P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    Cockburn City SC    20    16    1    3    79    36    43    49
2    Quinns FC    20    15    2    3    74    24    50    47
Relegation positions : Kelmscott and Bunbury Forum Force
Final round this Sunday
Relegation from the state league is possible where a club from Metro Division 1 presents good grounds for inclusion to the State League and an existing State League side is not able to fulfil their commitments or requests to leave.

Metro Division 1 Ladder After Final Round 21 last Sunday
POS    TEAM    P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    Mandurah City FC    21    16    2    3    63    17    46    50
2    Fremantle United SC    21    14    3    4    80    30    50    45

Metro Division 2
POS    TEAM    P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    Sorrento FC    21    16    4    1    125    36    89    52
2    Hamersley Rovers SC    21    17    1    3    81    19    62    52
3    Port Kennedy SC    21    14    3    4    55    22    33    45
This weeks final fixtures will determine the league winner.
East Fremantle and Floreat are relegation contenders

Metro Division 3
POS    TEAM    P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    Wembley Downs SC    21    16    2    3    85    37    48    50
2    Perth Hills Utd FC    21    15    4    2    61    20    41    49
3    Sutherlands Park SC     21    14    4    3    54    28    26    46
This weeks final fixtures will determine the league winner.
Sporting Warriors and Perth Royals are relegation contenders

Metro Division 4
POS    TEAM    P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    Rockingham Womens & Girls    19    17    2    0    88    31    57    53
2    North Lake SC    19    13    2    4    73    22    51    41
Rockingham are league winners with this weekends fixture still to play.
Curtin and East Fremantle are relegation contenders

Metro Division 5
POS    TEAM    P    W    D    L    F    A    GD    PTS
1    East Fremantle SC    19    15    3    1    85    14    71    48
2    Bayswater City SC    19    14    2    3    109    30    79    44
3    Olympic Kingsway SC    19    14    2    3    68    24    44    44
4    Hamersley Rovers SC    19    11    3    5    65    34    31    36

With one round left this weekend, East Fremantle are league winners
Ballajura and Rockingham and relegation contenders

7. The Football West presentation night is Saturday October 12 at the Crown Burswood. Tickets through your club or direct from Football West 9422 6900.

8. Information is posted to women about girls and womens programmes, competitions and players here in WA, the associated Facebook page and Saturday mornings on 107.9fm. If you want news posted, your club profiled or activities promoted, please be in touch with Penny 0408921832

If you would like to discuss any matters or float ideas, the WSC are here to hear it. We encourage you to attend the club workshop and have your club’s thoughts on how we can grow this great game some more.

See you at the Presentation night and good luck to all the teams this weekend plus players up for awards!

Penny TannerHoath 0408 921 832 Local women’s football website
Football West Women’s Standing Committee Chairperson 2005-2013

Womens Standing Committee Minutes September 2013

September 25, 2013 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee


Perth Glorys first home game of the 2013/14 W League

September 25, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Perth Glory take on Brisbane Roar Saturday November 16 at Inglewoods Intiga Stadium at 3pm. Perths first fixture is an away game to Newcastle Jets November 9.

Full fixtures here:



NTC Trials for 2014

September 19, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, State Teams and Programmes


The World Football Programme September 21, 2013

September 19, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

This week’s World Football Programme on 107.9fm is full on from 9am.

Penny Tanner and Jason Washington-King tag team with Chris Adams in the studio.

The team engage with Jamie Harnwell on NTC, W League and Football West programmes, Chris Adams, the new Cockburn Technical Director, talks on their NPL rollout and club success in 2013 and Aussie Mags Andrew McTernan on the Victorian Football Federation fiasco. Natalie Harrison gets passionate as always about Adelaide United and the A League and Newcastle Jets talk up their preseason and start of the upcoming A League season without Emile Heskey.

WA’s only Mini Matilda is Emily Henderson. Her Mum Kaye Weldon, chats with us about Emily’s China tour where Australia are hoping to qualify for the U17 World Cup. Emily has a twin sister who is just as talented in another sport.

Send us your club news and questions for the guests via our World Football Programme Facebook page, E or Text 0408 921 832.

Womens Standing Committee Minutes April 29, 2013

September 16, 2013 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee


The next meeting of the WSC is proposed for October Monday 7, 2013

Club workshop- coming soon

September 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee

What agenda items would you like to see on the upcoming club workshop planned by Football West and the Women’s Standing Committee?

Some suggested topics include

the new NTC restructure and how it will affect the women’s competition (there may be a bye in the premier league),

Overcoming low numbers in the state league and how we can help clubs overcome overplaying players and adhere to a duty of care, better club management and the like, to make the state league solid and stable. One suggestion is to put reserves games as lead up to the first team games in state league to align with the NPL and encourage clubs to build their numbers, especially with junior teams,

how will the men’s NPL structure affect women’s football next year,

what is happening with the women’s competition review (will clubs have to affiliate with men’s clubs, will there be club mergers and league restructures?),

how Football West and the WSC can help clubs prepare for state league entry or plan for entry in future years,



night series structures,


Email or your local Women’s Standing Committee representative via the Football West web page or Elisa Dovidio, who is working with the WSC to put your suggestions into the workshop so we can make 2013 an even more progressive year for women’s football.

Football West will be conducting a strategic planning forum before next season with longer term challenges on the agenda. This is a separate meeting to the club workshop above. More information on this shortly.

These are some of the outcomes from the Women’s Standing Committee meeting this week.

The World Football Programme Saturday September 7, 2013

September 06, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media


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WFINTRO: SATURDAY 7th September, 2013

    1. 9.00 Studio host and guests: Penny Tanner, Mark Abro, Rob Clements.

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

9.10-10am National Premier League and local football discussion with Mark (Maccabiah), Rob Clements (Subiaco) and Lee Bamber (Armadale). Coaching courses, Technical Directors, clubs first NPL steps, catering for regional football, State League and Perth Glory

10.00-10.30 Laura Waltman, Melville City FC. Maccabiah Games wrap with Mark, local womens football review and comments, competition review, WSC

Audio grabs: A League intro, WSW promos

10.30-11.00 Lyall Gorman, Western Sydney Wanderers CEO. Club preseason, Japan and China tour, coaching and squad rosters, membership drive, community engagement programmes, FFA Cup AEST 12.30pm

Audio grabs: Sydney promos

11.00-11.30 Tony Pignata, Sydney FC CEO. Club preseason and tours, squad, membership drive, in the community, WLeague title defense, squad roster AEST 1pm

Audio grabs: Hope Powell

11.30-12.00 Ann Odong US NWSL wrap, W League fixtures and news, Morace and Powell, WNCR AEST 1.30pm

11.58 Thank you and OUTRO.

New York State of Mind- WA’s Sam Kerr on the world stage

September 05, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Sam Kerr's was a standout in her first professional season | (Credit: Cailtin Murray)

Sam Kerr’s was a standout in her first professional season | (Credit: Cailtin Murray)

With all she has done in her football career, it’s easy to forget that it’s only been six years since forward Sam Kerr kicked her first football in earnest.

In that time frame the 19 year old has already played 25 times for the Matildas (Australian WNT), won an Asian Cup (including scoring Australia’s goal in the final), played in World Cup and won a W-League Championship with Sydney FC.

This W-League off season the West Australian born footballer travelled another path in her football odyssey with a stint at the Western New York Flash in the newly formed American National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Playing 19 of the 22 games, finishing third in Flash scoring and second in assists, the “rookie” Kerr has had a stellar season to help them to the regular season title and runners up in the Championship.

We caught up with Sam in New York as she reflected on a season of firsts.

Upon your move to the USA, what were your expectations of the WNY Flash and the NWSL?

I hadn’t played overseas before so it was all new to me. Once I got over here the organisation was as professional as it can be.

It was a good first overseas league for me and I think it is a league they are going to try and build on. I have been enjoying my time here and the Flash have been nothing but good to me.

You had come off a championship winning W-League season with Sydney FC, how well prepared did you feel going into the NWSL?

Obviously it was good to have a strong season in the W-League but coming over here it was a whole different game.

I didn’t really expect to play much and was just hoping to come over and get a bit of experience and hopefully a little bit of game time. After the pre-season things kind of changed and I am very grateful for the opportunity I got to play and I have loved it.

To be able to come over here and have just come off a hard W-League season, that is perfect for us as it just gives us that little bit of an edge in fitness level and game sharpness.

When did you start to feel comfortable with your role within the team and up to the pace of the NWSL?

Probably the fourth game I really felt I was up to the same match fitness as the team.

I think the first game I only played 45 [mins] and I was a bit tired and came off, and then the next game I played 65. By the third game I was playing a little bit longer and then I kind of kept my spot at playing around 75 to 80 minutes throughout the year.

They play a different type of game. It’s a bit quicker and a little bit more running but nothing that I couldn’t adapt to.

How do you feel you progressed during the season and what changes have been wrought on your game?

I guess I have just grown as a player. It’s obviously a plus for me playing with people like Carli [Lloyd] and Abby [Wambach] and every one of the girls in the team. They are just willing to help you learn.

I have only been playing the game [football] a very short time, this is my sixth year, so it’s still very new to me and I am just learning more tactically. I think I have learned a lot of things off the ball this season.

USWNT veterans Lloyd and Wambach had an impact on Kerr's game | (Credit: Mark Novak)

USWNT veterans Lloyd and Wambach had an impact on Kerr’s game | (Credit: Mark Novak)

You mentioned Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd, what are you learning from them, and others in the team, about what it is required to be a professional footballer?

They are all very different. Abby is more of a laid back, “gets the job done” professional. Carli is a very full on professional and McCall [Zerboni} is just a pure leader. So I have learned a little bit from every one of them, along with my other 20 teammates.

They have been great and obviously they are people I look up to so it is great to able to play with them and have such good bonds with them on and off the field is really helpful to me.

There were a number of Australians in the NWSL and you all adapted quickly. What is it about the W-League and the Australian system that helped you all become key components of your teams?

I think the standard of the W-League is just increasing every year. The first year there were two good teams and the rest were average. Last season, as we all saw, there were six teams fighting it out for the Top Four positions.

I think the league is setting a higher standard each year which is perfect for us because that is something we need. We need hard 90 minute games week in and week out.

To be able to come over here and have just come off a hard W-League season, that is perfect for us as it just gives us that little bit of an edge in fitness level and game sharpness.

You spoke about learning from seasoned professionals, what are you going to bring back with you to W-League?

I think the biggest thing for me is that I have learned how to take care of my body; how to prepare. So it’s more off the field things. There are obviously a few on the field things but I have really learned a lot about preparing, pre-hab and rehab and doing the extras that you need to be able to perform to your highest level each week.

Your first long stint away from home overseas, how have you enjoyed the experience off the field?

It’s been good. I have a great bunch of girls in my team and I couldn’t have asked for a better group.

Not only have I got to see the US but I have got to see Canada being so close to there. Having other [Australian] girls in the league means I have stayed in New Jersey with Caitlin [Foord], gone and travelled around Boston with Kyah [Simon] so I have got to see a bit off the field.

But also when we play in different cities like Portland, that was amazing. All the cities we play are really cool and it’s been great to see other parts of America that I would never think to go to other than New York or LA.

What have you enjoyed the most the last 6 months?

My favourite thing has been the friends I have made. That is the biggest thing for me; just having good teammate and good friends around you. It has been so much fun and all the girls here are awesome and that is the saddest thing for me; to leave the girls.