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Matildas playing against China this month

November 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, WA on the world stage

Matildas name squad for China PR internationals

Thursday, 14 November 2013 5:20 PM
Matildas name squad for China PR internationals

Westfield Matildas Head Coach Hesterine de Reus today named a strong squad that will meet China PR in two matches later this month at WIN Stadium, Wollongong (Sunday 24 November (kick-off 3pm), and at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta (Wednesday 27 November (kick-off 7pm)).

de Reus is looking forward to the opportunity of testing her side against a traditional powerhouse of Asian women’s football.

“This is a great opportunity to get the girls in camp and get some consistency going,” said de Reus.

“We have some new players to look at as well, so a different dynamic and a new perspective added.

“We would like to work on pro-active defending, more so than in the US game. In an attacking sense we want to have more control of possession so that is the technical areas we wish to primarily work on.

“Playing an Asian opponent is a good challenge for us. We lost to China last November which adds just a little bit of extra incentive for the players.”

The squad features many of the players that travelled to USA last month for a meeting with the world No1.

The only uncapped player in the squad is Canberra United’s Nicole Sykes. There is also a recall for twin sister Ashleigh who made four international appearances in 2008.

Other players returning to the squad are Nicola Bolger – who has made just one appearance for the Westfield Matildas in 2012 – Hayley Raso, Amy Chapman and Vedrana Popovic.

Chapman and Popovic will come into the squad for the second match only. Bolger and Sam Kerr will be released after the first match due to Sydney FC’s commitments at the Women’s World Club Championship in Japan.

The Westfield Matildas, who are currently ranked 8th in the world, last faced the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup runners-up, who are ranked 16th, in an EAFF Women’s East Asian Cup qualifier in November 2012 with Australia suffering a 2-1 defeat in Shenzhen.

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Westfield Matildas Squad

First Name Surname Club
Teigen Allen Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Laura Alleway Brisbane Roar FC
Nicola Bolger * Sydney FC
Tameka Butt Brisbane Roar FC
Kim Carroll Brisbane Roar FC
Stephanie Catley Melbourne Victory FC
Brianna Davey Melbourne Victory
Lisa De Vanna Melbourne Victory FC
Kathryn Gill Perth Glory FC
Katrina Gorry Brisbane Roar FC
Michelle Heyman Canberra United
Elise Kellond-Knight Brisbane Roar FC
Samantha Kerr * Sydney FC
Clare Polkinghorne Brisbane Roar FC
Hayley Raso Brisbane Roar FC
Ashleigh Sykes Canberra United
Nicole Sykes Canberra United
Emily Van Egmond Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Lydia Williams Canberra United
Vedrana Popovic ** Brisbane Roar FC
Amy Chapman ** Brisbane Roar FC

* First match only
** Second match only

Match Details

Westfield Matildas v China PR
24 November 2013
Kick-off: 3pm
WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Westfield Matildas v China PR
27 November 2013
Kick-off: 7pm
Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta

Tickets for the two matches can be purchased at


Perth Glory W League game venue changed Saturday Nov 16

November 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, W League

Perth Glory Women star Elisa D’Ovidio. Photo: Getty

Match venue moved to Sorrento

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Perth Glory Women’s Round 2 Westfield W-League fixture against Brisbane Roar has been moved to Percy Doyle Reserve in Duncraig.

Football Federation Australia has approved the club’s request for a change of venue because the field of play at Intiga Stadium is unsuitable.

Due to the late change, fans will not be charged to catch their first glimpse of the Perth Glory Women in the 2013/14 season.

Glory are coming off an opening round 5-2 victory away to Newcastle Jets and are looking forward to continuing their strong form at home, where they have not lost a league match since January 2012.

All Perth Glory Hyundai A-League fans are encouraged to attend the men’s match against Adelaide United at nib Stadium at 2.30pm before making their way to Percy Doyle Reserve for the 6pm W-League kick-off.

Westfield W-League Fixture

Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
Saturday 16 November 2013
Percy Doyle Reserve, Duncraig
Street Address: 46 Warwick Road
Admission: FREE ENTRY

DeVanna and Kerr Cap off stellar seasons with FFA awards

November 14, 2013 By: Penny Category: Trophy winners, WA on the world stage

Lisa De Vanna in action during her Glory days. Photo: Getty Images

De Vanna and Kerr claim top prizes

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Perth-born striker Lisa De Vanna has been named Female Footballer of the Year at the fifth annual Australian Football Awards held at the Sydney Convention Centre last night.

And in more good news for WA football, Sam Kerr was named Professional Footballers Australia women’s player of the year after starring for Grand Final winners Sydney last season.

De Vanna, who had two spells in the Westfield W-League for Perth Glory but currently plays for Melbourne Victory, has become a key figure in Australia’s national women’s team since making her debut in 2004.

She had a stellar season in the United States recently where she played for Sky Blue FC, scoring a memorable bicycle kick against Boston Breakers which became a YouTube sensation.

That global attention was given a boost this week when the stunning strike was nominated as a contender for FIFA’s goal of the year.

It is one of only 10 goals selected by FIFA with a public vote to determine the winner, which will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or on January 13 next year.

But it was De Vanna’s all-round on-field contribution this year, which earned her the top individual prize in Australian women’s football.

Socceroos and Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak was named Male Football of the Year, while

Newcastle Jets midfielder Josh Brillante took out Male U20 Footballer of the Year and the Female U20 Footballer of the Year went to Westfield Matilda Stephanie Catley for the second year in a row.


November 13, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Women's Standing Committee

Football West and the Womens Standing Committee will be conducting a Womens Football Forum

Purpose: to inform the membership, and to exchange ideas

Date: December 1, 2013

Venue: Perth Soccer Club

Time: 8.30-11.15

Topics include: increasing numbers (recruitment and retention, participation, leadership, mentoring), improving pathways (coaching, refereeing, player development programmes), promoting the game

Panel: Football West personnel from refereeing, coaching, development programmes and Executive

Structure: information exchange plus question and answer.

WSC members plus State League club members

FFA guests TBA

There will be time for general Q and A at the end of the Forum.

RSVP to Elisa D’Ovidio

Football West will be promoting the Forum to Clubs very shortly.

Women’s Standing Committee Minutes October 2013

November 13, 2013 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee


South Perth United looking to start a women’s team

November 13, 2013 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

South Perth united are looking to add a women’s metro side to the club.

South Perth are one of the oldest women’s footballing areas in our womens competition. The area supported a side that boasted the likes of Sue Heldt and Janette Spencer. South Perth amalgamated along the way into Karawara then WAIT then Curtin University.

Based on the south side of Manning Road, near Curtin Uni and Karawara shopping centre, the club is seeking a coach and players for the women’s team for the 2014 season. The club currently supports amateur mens football teams.  Preseason is expected to start in late January.

Those interested can email


November 12, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

WLeague wrap round 1

November 12, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Sydney FC sets standard in opening round of W-League

Updated Mon 11 Nov 2013, 11:34am AEDT

Champions Sydney FC set the bar high in the opening week of the W-League season, overpowering Melbourne Victory 5-1 in a clash of last season’s grand finalists.

Sydney fell behind in the opening minutes of Sunday’s match but it was one-way traffic thereafter against a Victory team which recruited strongly during the off-season.

One of those recruits, Emma Checker, opened the scoring for hosts Victory, but Sydney hit the front by the midway point of the first half and never looked back.

Nicola Bolger led the way for the Sky Blues with two goals while the others came from Jodie Taylor, Emma Kete and former Matildas striker Leena Khamis, returning after a year’s absence from injury.

It could have been even worse for Melbourne as Taylor had a goal ruled out for offside and Amy Harrison was only denied by the frame of the goal.

Canberra United also shone in the opening round with an eye-catching 3-0 away win against a star-studded Brisbane Roar.

The Roar’s marquee recruit, Germany captain and goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, was powerless to halt the visitors who were three goals to the good by the 50-minute mark.

American international Lori Lindsey put Canberra ahead early, and former golden boot winner Michelle Heyman rediscovered her goalscoring form with a double against the two-time champions.

Outsiders Adelaide United were denied a famous win as Catherine Cannuli equalised during injury time for Western Sydney Wanderers in a 1-1 draw in Sydney.

Adelaide, who have collected the wooden spoon in each of the past three seasons, went ahead through debutant Alexandra Gummer and their robust approach only narrowly failed to pay full dividends.

Perth Glory took all three points from Newcastle Jets with a 5-2 win, though they were pushed hard by a team expected to struggle this season.

The Jets twice fought back to be 2-2 at the interval before late goals blew out the scoreline in a physical contest.

Lisa DeVanna in the running for goal of the year

November 12, 2013 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football


Lisa De Vanna becomes first Australian nominated for FIFA’s goal of the year award

Updated 4 hours 24 minutes ago. You tube video link:

Matildas striker Lisa De Vanna is the first Australian to be nominated for FIFA’s goal of the year, making the 10-goal shortlist with a stunning overhead strike.

But the brilliant goal that earned De Vanna the nomination for the Puskas Award nearly did not happen.

De Vanna – back in Australia to play for Melbourne Victory in the W-League – scored the stunner playing for US professional side Sky Blue FC and said she just was hoping not to look like an idiot.

“I thought I’m going to run into space, but I didn’t expect (team-mate Katy Freels) to flick the ball up as she did,” De Vanna said.

“I ran past it and I actually thought, you know what, I’m going to swing my boot at this.

“I better make sure I get some sort of connection or I’ll look like an idiot.

“In the air – it felt like the longest second of my life.

“Then as I landed, I looked up at one of my team-mates, saw her reaction and it was a million dollars.”

The nomination puts De Vanna, 28, in elite company alongside Barcelona forward Neymar and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

She found out when her sister told her she was “nominated for some FIFA thing” but is trying to keep her feet on the ground about the prospect of winning the gong.

“I’ve got to be a little bit realistic here, I’m not Zlatan with millions of followers,” she said.

“But if I could make the top three, it’d be a big dream.”

De Vanna is the first Australian to be nominated for the award and only the third female.

It’s not her first commendation from the world football body – in 2007 she was nominated for world player of the year and placed in FIFA’s Women’s World Cup All Star team.

Online voting until December 9 will decide a short list of three finalists, with the winner to be announced on January 13 at a gala event in Zurich.

Vote here:


ABC Interview with Lisa Devanna

November 12, 2013 By: Penny Category: W League

Melbourne Victory’s new recruit and captain hoping for bright start to W-League season

Posted Thu 31 Oct 2013, 9:17am AEDT

W-League side Melbourne Victory has recruited veteran striker Lisa De Vanna and has also made Matildas teenager Stephanie Catley captain. Steve Pearce spoke to both of them at the team’s launch.

Source: ABC News | Duration: 3min 32sec