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October 31, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media


Matildas coach excited about W-League season

October 30, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Hesterine de Reus and Kate Gill at Gibbney Reserve. Photo: Football West

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Westfield W-League season cannot come quickly enough for Australia’s national women’s team coach Hesterine de Reus, who made a whirlwind visit to WA this week.

While de Reus shares the excitement generated amongst fans of the women’s game as the season approaches, she also has other motives for willing the start of a new campaign.

The W-League season, which kicks off for Perth Glory away to Newcastle Jets on November 9, will give de Reus the luxury of seeing Matildas players in a single competition on a weekly basis for around four months.

By her own admission, the season is all too brief but the growing stature of the W-League ensures Australia’s biggest stars return home to take part.

De Reus today met with Matildas co-captain Kate Gill and Glory Women coach Jamie Harnwell to discuss the upcoming W-League season.

“I will try to visit all the club coaches before the W-League season starts, so it was good to have a chat with Jamie,” de Reus said.

“We are also trying to create the best training environment for the national team players. When the W-League is running, it’s not too hard to have a good training environment but when the W-League is finished it’s really hard.

“Players who don’t want to go overseas also need to have a good training environment, so we had a chat about options with playing with the boys and what’s the best for Katie, and maybe Collette (McCallum), Marianna (Tabain) and the young players.”

De Reus said the W-League offered a good standard of football for the international players and was vital to the success of the Matildas. But she also acknowledged a 14-week competition, including finals, meant that what players did outside of the domestic season was also crucial to the continued improvement of the Australian game.

“Building working relations with the coaches is really important,” she said. “In the end, we work with the same players and it will be to the players’ benefit to have good cooperation.”

De Reus took the Matildas reins following last year’s departure of Tom Sermanni, who was in the opposite corner during Australia’s recent trip to the United States.

Despite losing 4-0 and 3-2 to the US, the Matildas showed some good signs in the second match before conceding late to lose the game.

“The message is if we can play international matches regularly the performances will be more consistent,” de Reus said.


WA State Coaching Conference

October 30, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

The next State Coaching Conference will provide Community and Advanced coaches with the tools to create a quality training environment using the new Football Federation Australia National Curriculum.

Football West, in conjunction with FFA, will conduct the conference over two days on November 23 and 24 (9am to 5pm) at Perth Soccer Club’s Dorrien Gardens in North Perth.

The cost is $90, including GST, for coaches wishing to take part in the one-day Community course only, and $220 for two days.

The course will bring to life the Skill Acquisition and Game Training building blocks. Day one will start with a keynote address before delegates attend either Community or Advanced theoretical and practical workshops.

Although the second day will focus entirely on Advanced coaching, Community coaches can pay the additional fee and attend both days.

Advanced coaches will be required to attend both days to earn 50 points towards re-accreditation. There are no advanced re-accreditation points accrued for attending only one day.

Football West technical director Cris Ola said the WA State Coaching Conference was suitable coaches of all levels of experience and accreditation.

The conference will be presented by accredited FFA and Football West personnel. It will incorporate both theory and practical sessions with a focus on the recently launched Version 2 of the FFA National Curriculum.

Initiates file downloadClick here to register.

For further information contact

Singa Cup Squads

October 30, 2013 By: Penny Category: Competitions, State Teams and Programmes

Last year’s triumphant Under-17 State Regional squad. Photo: Jupiter Futbol

State Regional squads off to Singa Cup

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Six State Regional squads will represent Western Australia at next week’s Singa Cup in Singapore.

Last year saw the Under-17 Girls squad claim the title, becoming the second Football West team to win an international tournament after the Under-14 Boys did it in 2011.

The squads will fly out of Perth today before the training camp runs from Thursday until the tournament start on Monday.

Everyone at Football West would like to wish all competing teams the very best of luck.


Under-12s Boys: Angus Dowding (Margaret River), Jake Lambert (Dunsborough), Sam Leigh (Margaret River), Keldon Wain (Coogee), Harrison Parsons (Newman), Nicholas Fox (Newman), Jason Shipway (Eaton), Marley Mardon (Geraldton), Harrison George (Kalgoorlie), Jake Maughan (Binningup), Wylie Scott (Karratha), William Cooney (Karratha), Isaiah Reuben (Newman), Sheehan Howie (Mandurah), Sebastiaan Karl Gawideh Oranje (Woodvale), Luke Richards (Port Kennedy).

Coach: Salv Todaro
Team Manager: Leanne Stinton

Under-13s Boys: Jake Stewart (Denmark), Ethan Dennis (Albany), Finn Pirrottina (Geraldton), Lochlan Bentley (Geraldton), Jacob Richards (Esperance), Taylor Miragliotta (Geraldton), Tanatswa Mudzamba (Kalgoorlie), Simbarashe Makotsa (Kalgoorlie), Gyles Davies (Bunbury), Callum Balch (Dampier), Ben Steele (Bunbury), Richard Shaw (Karratha), Kenton Smiler (Karratha), Mathew Middleton (Karratha), Matthew Leary (Albany), Matthew Durmanich (Carnarvon).

Coach: Rod Bentley
Team Manager: William Hunter

Under-14s Boys: Callum Garland (Denmark), Alessandro Pietropaolo (Albany), Liam McDonald (Albany), Brayden Johnson (Australind), Elijah Dodds (Eaton), Callum Miragliotta (Geraldton), Flynn Davies (Bunbury), Luc Shepard (Geraldton), Jack Hall (Busselton), Kaidyn Price (Busselton), Jonty Gray (Dampier), Zacharee Laws (Kambalda), Cody Dack (Leschenault), William Creed (Esperance), Connor Murison (Kalgoorlie), O’Shaye Morrison (Albany).

Coach: Peter Bliss
Team Manager: Martin Hall

Under-15 Boys: Corey Barclay (Bunbury), Connor Bentley (Geraldton), Brock Reilly (Kalgoorlie), Conor Regan (Lower Kalgan), Ross Delport (Dalyellup), Thomas Carr (College Grove), Hafiz Izzul Islam Razlan (South Headland), Thomas Balch (Dampier), Joseph Deluca (Wandina), Kobi Pratt (Deepdale), Samuel Cutler (Albany), Tristan Kinkella (Gelorup), Damien Perrella (Australind), Brayden Fleay (Geraldton), Fraser Healy (Donneybrook), Alexander Torley (Albany).

Coach: Carlo Licastro
Team Manager: Chris Kinkella

Under-16 Boys: Thomas Leighton (Bunbury), Mathew Grey (East Bunbury), Jayden Licastro (Rangeway), Lachlan Kipling (Esperance), Robert Pattison (Port Denison), Daniel Walsh (Geraldton), Malte Bergmann (Kalgoorlie), James Sorgiovanni (Dunsborough), Nathan Snitch (Busselton), Jacob Dodd (Ocean Beach), Sam Curtis (Esperance), Ryner Koster (Margaret River), Josh Brown (Margaret River), Jai Quigley (Kalgoorlie), Bastien Auna (Karratha), Takudzwa Muteedzi (Kalgoorlie).

Coach: Paul Brown
Team Manager: Mark Snitch

Under-16 Girls: Shaan Wood (Albany), Liana Cook (Esperance), Abbey Licastro (Rangeway), Alice Muller (Wandina), Amelia Sherry (Boddington), Katrina Breen (Boddington), Katelyn Slee (Wandina), Jaclyn Muscio (Drummond Cove), Taylah Horsham (Wandina), McKenzie Parsons (Newman), Shona Handford (Broome), Amanda Irene Bell (Esperance), Sian Loveridge (Albany), Casey Hughes (Pinjarra), Kailey Farrell (Geraldton), Jacome Willemse (Halls Head).

Coach: Daniel Evans
Team Manager: Stephanie Grant


National Coach in Perth for evening Tuesday October 29

October 29, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, State Teams and Programmes, W League

National Matildas Coach Hesterine De Reus will be on looking Jamie Harnwell’s training session tonight at Inglewood.

Public are welcome to visit Intiga Stadium (Inglewood Oval) for the 5pm session and join Hesterine to ask questions after the session at 6.30pm.

The Glory team have finalised their W League roster for the upcoming season opener away to the Newcastle Jets at Wanderers Oval, November 9.

Catch the Glory squad in their second game against the WA State Team this Friday.

Watch out for live ABC TV coverage every week of the W League season.

Glory’s Canadian Defender, Sasha Andrews will be chatting to 107.9fm this Saturday between 9-10am.

Girls Skills Aquisition Programme

October 28, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, State Teams and Programmes

Girls Skill Acquisition Program

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The 2014 Smarter Than Smoking Girls Skill Acquisition Program will provide young players with age-appropriate training to progress through Football Federation Australia’s recognised talented player pathway.

It is a year-round program, which aims to teach players, aged 8 to 12, functional game skills and give them the necessary technical tools to play the game at the highest level.

It is anticipated the SAP squads will train twice a week, from February next year, and have games organised monthly against relevant opposition.

Trials will be held on:

Monday, November 25 – 5:00pm, Gibbney Reserve, Maylands

Saturday, November 30 – 9:00am, Gibbney Reserve, Maylands

Age groups are:

8-10-year-olds ( Head Coach- Jessine Bonzas)

11-12-year-olds (Head Coach – Salv Todaro)

To register your interest, please complete an Expression of Interest form by clicking on this link

Players will receive an email confirming details of the trials soon after registrations close on November 18.

For further information please contact Elisa D’Ovidio at


Redbacks storm home in interstate win

October 28, 2013 By: Penny Category: Competitions, State Teams and Programmes

The Redbacks celebrate. Photos: Adam Butler.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ash Bager held her nerve to earn Northern Redbacks a 5-4 Women’s Interstate Club Challenge penalty shoot-out victory over Adelaide City at Burton Park yesterday.

Bager completed a remarkable fight back for the Bankwest Women’s State Premier League champions, who had trailed to Daniela Di Bartolo’s double midway through the first half.

Goals from Aleisha Dyer and Ellie Blackmore brought the Redbacks level at 2-2 and the teams could not be separated during a tense extra-time. But the visitors made the most of their opportunities in the shoot-out to seal a remarkable victory.

In the Amateur Men’s Interstate Club Challenge, North Perth United found themselves in a similar predicament to the Redbacks when Sam Bueti scored twice for Inter with just 25 minutes gone.

But just as their female counterparts had rallied against Adelaide City, North Perth United fought back and were level at the break through goals from Nicola Pozzobon and captain Patrick Montgomery.

Christian Cella scored from the penalty spot to put Inter ahead again before Pozzobon scored his second for North Perth.

The home side seized control of the match in the latter stages and goals from Matthew Bueti and Matthew Weistra sealed a 5-3 win.

The match between respective State League champions Bayswater City and Campbelltown City is expected to be rescheduled for early next year.


Northern Redbacks: Renee Leota; Katie Moth; Aleisha Dyer; Jacqueline Nellany; Lauren Riley; Charlotte Farrell; Nicola Williams; Larissa Walsh; Rita Mankowska; Carla Bennett (c); Clare Dunn; Kathleen Waycott; Emily Dunn; Ashlee Bager; Eleanor Blackmore; Haylee Richards. Coach: Neil Bennett. Team officials: Jessica Nuess; Dave Whiteside; Tim Hodgson.

North Perth United: Rorie Cowan; Kevin Flavin; Clayton Stone; Mark Curran; Gregg O’Flanagan; Ryan Fitzgerald; Aaron O’Neill; Davy Lyttleton; Richard Dendle; Nicola Pozzobon; Steven McGrath; Patrick Montgomery (c); Darragh Cullen; Keith Donegan; Adrian Rockett; Scott Stephens. Coach: Alex Carter. Team officials: Mark Rockett; Mark Reid; Paul Reid.



October 24, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

OCTOBER 24, 2013

Coach Jamie Harnwell says Perth Glory Women are “driven to succeed” in this season’s Westfield W-League after a history-making 2012/13 campaign in which they reached the finals for the first time.

Harnwell has finalised his squad for 2013/14 and is confident he has the right mix to reach the finals again.

A USA youth international is the latest overseas star to put pen to paper, with 25-year-old goalkeeper Chantel Jones joining the club.

Harnwell has also continued the trend of giving WA talent a chance in Australia’s top flight, by including 13 Sandgropers.

Westfield Matildas captain Kate Gill and star midfielder Collette McCallum, who will skipper Glory for the second successive season, headline the squad.

“Last year was a breakout year for us and now the pressure is on us to maintain that level,” said Harnwell, whose team was beaten in a controversial semi-final against Melbourne Victory last season.

“It has been great to welcome back so many familiar faces again. We have built a good culture in the club now, with a group of girls driven to succeed.

“Chantel Jones has come highly recommended from (US coach) Tommy Sermanni and will provide a great presence behind our back four after her recent season with Washington Spirit.

“It is also pleasing to continue our focus on WA talent with the signing of Amy Knights and Kathleen Waycott and bringing over Jess Dillon who grew up in Perth.”

Canada’s Sasha Andrews and Christina Julien, as well as Denmark defender Cecilie Sandvej add further international flavour to the Glory squad.

Last week’s 8-0 win over the WA Women’s State team was a great start to the pre-season with Julien bagging four goals on debut.

Harnwell says the team cannot wait for the first whistle to sound.

“Already during the pre-season the new players have gelled well with the existing squad and I have been encouraged by some strong performances,” he said.

“With the mix of youth and experience we possess, we are really looking to make the finals, and then, as we know, anything can happen.”

Last season’s Most Glorious Player Aivi Luik has been included in the roster, but the timeframe on her return to playing is still to be determined due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Glory will begin their season away to Newcastle Jets at Wanderers Oval in Broadmeadow on November 9.

The kick-off time to the club’s opening home fixture at Inglewood’s Intiga Stadium on November 16 has also been pushed back to 6pm.

Perth Glory 2013/14 Westfield W-League squad: (GK) 1. Chantel JONES, 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Cecilie SANDVEJ, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Sasha ANDREWS, 7. Aivi LUIK, 8. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO. 14. (c) Collette McCALLUM, 15. Jess DILLON, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Amy KNIGHTS, 19. Shawn BILLAM, (GK) 20. Kathleen WAYCOTT, 21. Christina JULIEN


October 24, 2013 By: Penny Category: Competitions

OCTOBER 24, 2013

Two of the State’s top teams will travel to South Australia this weekend aiming to add Interstate Challenge trophies to their respective collections of silverware.

MySolar Sunday Premier League champions North Perth United and the Bankwest Women’s State Premier League’s best team, Northern Redbacks, will put pride on the line in their respective clashes against Mount Gambier’s International and Adelaide City at Burton Park on Sunday.

All Flags State Premier League champions Bayswater City will not travel this weekend after their prospective opponents, Campbelltown City, sought postponement due to their recent heavy schedule, which included National Premier Leagues’ commitments. Football West and Football Federation South Australia will aim to reschedule the match early next year.

North Perth will be without star trio Alex Brain, Steven Henry and Eamonn Kelly, who are part of the MySolar State Amateur Team travelling to Malaysia this weekend.

Alex Carter, who was the league’s coach of the year, acknowledged the impact their absence would have on the team but was confident North Perth would put on a good show.

“The three State players have been an integral part of our team this year and will be a big loss but it gives an opportunity to guys who have been on the fringes,” Carter said.

“We’ll put together a competitive team and hope that we’re good enough on the day. It would be great to get another medal this year. Once you get a taste of what you can achieve, you want a little bit more and that’s the feeling amongst the guys. This (Interstate Challenge) is another reward for the season and I think it’s a great initiative.”

Bankwest Women’s State Premier League Coach of the Year Neil Bennett, whose Northern Redbacks were undefeated this season, will be without defender Amy Knights, who has joined Perth Glory Women.

But with so much talent in the team, which claimed the league title by 12 points, confidence is high among the Redbacks’ personnel.

“We’re looking at this as being the icing on the cake after a very good season,” Bennett said. “We are going over with the aim of winning this, not just for the club but for women’s football in WA.”

While the early kick-off (7.30am Perth time) will pose its own difficulties for the Redbacks, Bennett hopes the experience will be beneficial to the club’s ambitious players.

“We’ve not done this before as a club, so it’s difficult logistically,” he said. “And it will be an eye opener for us. This could give some of our players a heads up and show them that if they want to progress this is what they could be doing more regularly.”

INTERSTATE CHALLENGE at Burton Park, Adelaide
Sunday, October 27

Women: Adelaide City v Northern Redbacks (kick-off 7.30am, WA time)
Men: International v North Perth United (kick-off 9.30am)


Northern Redbacks: Renee Leota; Katie Moth; Aleisha Dyer; Jacqueline Nellany; Lauren Riley; Charlotte Farrell; Nicola Williams; Larissa Walsh; Rita Mankowska; Carla Bennett (c); Clare Dunn; Kathleen Waycott; Emily Dunn; Ashlee Bager; Eleanor Blackmore; Haylee Richards. Coach: Neil Bennett. Team officials: Jessica Nuess; Dave Whiteside; Tim Hodgson.

North Perth United: Rorie Cowan; Kevin Flavin; Clayton Stone; Mark Curran; Gregg O’Flanagan; Ryan Fitzgerald; Aaron O’Neill; Davy Lyttleton; Richard Dendle; Nicola Pozzobon; Steven McGrath; Patrick Montgomery (c); Darragh Cullen; Keith Donegan; Adrian Rockett; Scott Stephens. Coach: Alex Carter. Team officials: Mark Rockett; Mark Reid; Paul Reid.

Matilda’s lose to USA 4-0

October 21, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

USA too strong for Westfield Matildas

The Westfield Matildas have suffered a 4-0 defeat against world number one USA at the Alamodome in San Antonio this morning (AEDT).

Two goals in each half undid the Aussies with Lauren Holiday (6′), Carli Lloyd (14′), Abby Wambach (56′) and Christen Press (90+2’) all netting for the two-time world champions.

Australia forward Lisa De Vanna was a constant menace for the USA backline, and she forced goalkeeper Hope Solo into several saves.

Australia was put on the back foot by two exceptional early strikes but recovered their composure to turn the match into a tough contest.

Reigning FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Abby Wambach added a third after the break, while an injury-time goal further blew out the scoreline.

“The good thing is that we created four of five very good opportunities in the first half,” said Australia coach Hesterine De Reus.

“Our forward line was very dangerous in the first half and we created opportunities through our build-up which is a good thing.

“The defending part of our game was not good enough. Conceding four goals is way too much.

“In the second half we became tired and dropped a bit more defensively which created a big space in the midfield so we created some problems for ourselves.

“It is not surprising as we are out of season so there have not been so many opportunities to play tough football for most of the girls.”

Watch Australia’s match-up with two-time world champions USA in San Antonio on ABC TV on Monday 21 October at 11am (ABC 1). The one-hour programme will be replayed at 11:35pm on Monday.