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Assertive Angels overpower Balcatta

July 29, 2014 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beckenham Angels were too strong for Balcatta in a Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division match on Sunday, beating the hosts 2-0 in a solid team performance bolstered by a versatile starting 11.

The victory at Grindleford Reserve was no mean feat, according to Beckenham coach Jason Washington-King.

“Balcatta are a very good team who are well coached, so to come here and win with a clean sheet is a really good result for us and a huge improvement on our performances in the last few weeks,” he said.

Beckenham put pressure on from the start with Katarina Jukic and Emma Leaning dictating the midfield. After creating a few chances in the first five minutes, the combination of Jamie-Lee Gale and Danielle Calautti on the right wing fed Andrea Preiato who lobbed over Balcatta keeper Kirsti Grover to give Beckenham an early lead.

Leaning continued to create problems for the Balcatta defence, while Jukic was left to run amok in the centre with plenty of time and space. Luckily for the hosts, she was plagued by inaccuracy.

Carol Howes was outstanding for Balcatta, showing strength and confidence as she single-handedly drove her team forward and created numerous chances.

The Balcatta defence seemed lacklustre and overwhelmed by persistent Angels’ pressure.

Beckenham battled for every ball and won the majority. This pressure allowed Gale to fire a shot from the right wing which was blocked by Grover but deflected to the feet of Lindsey Jobling, who tapped it home.

Beckenham continued to create chances, while Balcatta failed to respond with very limited attacking forays.

Beckenham’s pressure continued into the second half with a level of intensity that went unmatched by their opponents.

Annique Keisler, Jukic and Gale proved more than a handful for Balcatta’s Katie Moth and Amber Hoffman who, along with Grover, did well to prevent further Angels’ goals.

While Balcatta started to look more convincing, their first genuine chance did not come until the 68th minute when a shot from Gabrielle Walker tested the concentration of Teschinksy. This sparked a flurry of goalmouth action for the hosts but Caitlyn Broomehead and Kathryn Conroy did well to keep at bay the likes of Howes and Walker.

“While I thought Balcatta played pretty well today, we created more than enough chances to win, even though there were probably plenty of chances we didn’t take,” Washington-King said.

“It was a whole-team performance from us. We used the bench a lot which gave us some fresh legs as well as the chance to refocus and get going when we needed a boost and I think that’s what gave us the edge today.”

Balcatta 0
Beckenham Angels 2 (Andrea PREIATO 7’, Lindsey JOBLING 18’)
Sunday 27th July, 2014
Grindleford Reserve, Balcatta
approx. 70
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Referee: Sahr Musa

BALCATTA: 1. Kirsti GROVER, 2. Lauren DAVIDS, 3. Tahlia D’OPERA, 8. Chelsea EVANS, 5. Amber HOFFMAN, 20. Carol HOWES, 7. Sadie LAWRENCE, 13. Katie MOTH, 14. Ashleigh PANAIA, 12. Tiahna SCANDRETT, 6. Chelsea WINCHCOMBE, 11. Gabrielle WALKER, 10. Hayley MAMMET, 4. Michelle JOHNSTON, 9. Monique D’OPERA, 16. Sophie HOBSON
Yellow cards: Nil?
Red cards: Nil??

BECKENHAM ANGELS: 1. Kristy TESCHINSKY, 4. Lindsey JOBLING, 5. Jessica FERGUSON, 6. Jessica LINDQUIST, 7. Annique KEISLER, 8. Jamie-Lee GALE, 9. Danielle CALAUTTI, 10. Kathryn CONROY, 11. Emma LEANING, 12. Stephanie CAIN, 13. Lindsey KENYON, 14. Caitlyn BROOMHEAD, 15. Andrea PREIATO, 16. Katarina JUKIC
Yellow cards: Nil?
Red cards: Nil??

Perth Glory W League fixtures Starting in September at Ashfield SC

July 29, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Round 1
Sunday, September 14
Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar
Ashfield Sports Club
Round 2
Saturday, September 20
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory
Magic Park, Broadmeadow
Round 3
Saturday, September 27
Perth Glory v Adelaide
Ashfield Sports Club
Round 4
Sunday, October 5
WS Wanderers v Perth Glory
Marconi Stadium
Round 5
Saturday, October 11
Perth Glory v Canberra
Ashfield Sports Club
Round 6
Saturday, October 18
Perth Glory v Sydney FC
Ashfield Sports Club
Round 7
Saturday, October 25
Adelaide v Perth Glory
Adelaide Shores Centre
Round 8
Sunday, November 2
Melbourne Vic v Perth Glory
Lakeside Stadium
Round 9
Saturday, November 8
Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Ashfield Sports Club
Round 10
Saturday, November 15
Perth Glory v WS Wanderers
Ashfield Sports Club
Round 11
Sunday, November 30
Sydney FC v Perth Glory
Leichhardt Oval
Round 12
Saturday, December 6
Canberra v Perth Glory
Vikings Park, Erindale
December 13
Team 1 v Team 4
December 14
Team 2 v Team 3
Grand Final
December 21

FFA Head of Womens Football anounced

July 25, 2014 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, Women's Standing Committee

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today announced that Emma Highwood has been appointed as the Head of Women’s Football.

Emma will assume the responsibilities in addition to her current role as FFA’s Head of Community Football and a member of the Senior Management Team.

Emma was instrumental in the development and launch of FFA’s Women’s Football Strategy last year, which sets out to establish football as the most appealing and successful women’s sport in Australia.

FFA CEO David Gallop said combining the senior management responsibilities for women’s and community football was part of FFA’s strategic approach to game development and participation growth.

“FFA wants women’s football development to be at the heart of the game, not as a separate stream, that’s why including women’s football in Emma’s portfolio makes strategic sense,” said Gallop.

“The growth in women’s football at junior and senior levels has been one of the major drivers of participation in Australian football over the past decade and we want to maximise the potential.

“Emma has proven herself as a dynamic and innovative executive and I’m delighted she’s accepted this new challenge.”

As part of the new structure, Gallop has confirmed that FFA will recruit a new Marketing Manager for Women’s Football. The process of appointing a new Head Coach of the Westfield Matildas is underway.

Emma Highwood has risen through the ranks at FFA over the past four years, working in game and club development roles, and co-ordinating FFA’s key game development partnerships with State and Territory Member Federations, including the implementation of the National Premier Leagues model.

She was the project leader of the MyFootballClub web portal, which is now the biggest sports registration database in Australia.

“These are exciting times for women’s football and we have wonderful opportunities from the grassroots to the elite level,” said Highwood.

“Participation in women’s football is growing rapidly and we have incredible role models in the Westfield Matildas.

“The team’s success in Asia, next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and the increasing profile of the Westfield W-League will help us tell the great story of women’s football in Australia.”

W League fixtures released

July 25, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Westfield W-League 2014/15 season draw released

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today released the official draw for the Westfield W-League 2014/15 Season.

For the full fixture schedule please visit

Due to Australia hosting the AFC Asian Cup 2015 in January, the upcoming edition of Westfield W-League season will kick-off earlier with the opening round to be played on the weekend of the 13/14 September 2014.

Once again the eight (8) Westfield W-League Clubs (Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Canberra United, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers) will play over 12 rounds with the top four teams advancing to the Westfield W-League 2015 Finals Series, which will be played over two weekends.

The Westfield W-League 2015 Grand Final will be played on Sunday 21 December 2014.

The Head of Westfield W-League, Damien de Bohun was excited to release the draw for the upcoming season.

“The last season of the Westfield W-League was arguably the most exciting season to date with truly world class players competing, included the presence of the 2013 FIFA Women’s player of the year Nadine Angerer at Brisbane Roar,” said De Bohun.

“Following the success of the Westfield Matildas at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in May, the competition for places in the final squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year will be intense and this Westfield W-League season will be the place for these players to stake their claims.

De Bohun also acknowledged that there was an anomaly with the naming of the upcoming season due to a unique set of circumstances.

“We do acknowledge that there is an anomaly with the name of the upcoming Westfield W-League season considering that the competition culminates on 21 December 2014,” said de Bohun.

“The reason we had to move the Westfield W-League season window to start in September and finish in December is that a number of the Westfield W-League venues will be used as training venues for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 and thus unavailable throughout January.”

“In the interests of the Westfield W-League clubs and players, we decided that it was more important to have continuity throughout the season rather than including a 4 week break.

“From my discussions with the Westfield W-League clubs they are all comfortable with the draw and I am confident that we are well on the way for another epic Westfield W-League season,”

A formal announcement regarding ABC TV’s broadcast of the Westfield W-League is expected shortly.

Westfield W-League 2014/15 Snapshot:

• Westfield W-League 2014/15 Season to kick off on Saturday 13 September when the Newcastle Jets host Melbourne Victory at Magic Park, Broadmeadow
• Westfield W-League season window moved due to venue availability in relation to the AFC Asian Cup 2015
• 51 matches in total = 48 regular season matches + 2 Semi-Finals + Westfield W-League Grand Final
• Four (4) new venues to be used: Ashfield Sports Club (Perth Glory), Lambert Park (Sydney FC), Broadmeadows Valley (Melbourne Victory) and Vikings Park (Canberra United)
• Sydney Derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC in Round 3
• Grand Final rematch between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory in Round 6
• Three (3) Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double headers involving Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Rounds 5, 9 & 11
• Round 11 is a split round to accommodate Melbourne Victory’s participation at the International Women’s Club Championship in Japan. Melbourne Victory’s round 12 match against Newcastle Jets will also be brought forward and played midweek on Wednesday 29 October.
• Ten (10) matches scheduled on artificial surfaces (Ashfield Sports Club and Lambert Park) to compliment the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where all matches will be played on artificial surfaces.
• Westfield W-League 2015 Finals Series will see the first placed team host the fourth placed team, and the second placed team host the third placed team. The winner of the each Westfield W-League 2015 Semi-Final will advance to the Westfield W-League 2015 Grand Final which will be hosted by the higher ranked of the two teams.

WL2014/15 Click here to download the Westfield W-League draw.

Former Glory Keeper Jones Signs for Canberra United

July 25, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

9:22AM, Jul 24 2014
Jones Signs for Canberra United

Canberra United have announced the signing of United States U23 international and former Perth Glory goalkeeper Chantel Jones.

Jones joins the green family following the recent news that Matildas’ number one custodian Lydia Williams will miss the entirety of the Westfield W-League Season 7 as she recovers from a second knee injury.
Jones, 26, is no stranger to the Australian national competition having played twelve times for Perth Glory last season as the Glory finished fifth, just missing out on finals football.

Jones currently plays with Washington Spirit in the NWSL in the US alongside fellow Canberra United player Lori Lindsey. Prior to her spell with Perth, Jones spent a season with Por Akureyri in Iceland to gain much needed experience.

“We are delighted that Chantel has agreed to join Canberra United for Season 7 of the Westfield W-League,” CEO Heather Reid said. “Following the unfortunate injury to Lydia [Williams] we needed to move rapidly to ensure that we obtained a goalkeeper of high quality and Chantel is that kind of person.

“It’s also useful that she understands the competition having played for Perth Glory last season and will settle into the Australian culture easily because of that experience.”

Jones’ international caps have seen her participate in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile and the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Jones holds the notable achievement of most career shut-outs in the NCAA with forty-seven to her name during her career with the University of Virginia.

Meanwhile United’s goalkeeping ranks have been replenished with the signing of young talent Melissa Maizels. Maizels joins United having been third choice goalkeeper at Melbourne Victory last season sitting on the bench on four occasions as injury cover.

The youngster was also third choice at Adelaide United prior to her stint with Victory being part of their training squad before returning to her home city to take up the number one spot with FC Bulleen Lions in the Victorian WPL.

“I am really excited about the prospect of joining a great team like Canberra United,” Maizels commented. “I am looking forward to training hard and starting the season as reserve so I can continue my development and work even harder to gain the starting spot if the opportunity arises.” Maizels will be in Canberra from early August whilst Jones is expected early September.


Chantel Jones
Position: Goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 20/07/88
Place of Birth: Brookhaven. NY, USA
Clubs: Clover Hill High School, Virginia Cavaliers, Richmond Kickers Destiny, Por Akureyri (ICE), Washington Spirit, Perth Glory
Representative Honours: USA U16, USA U17, USA U20, USA U23

Melissa Maizels
Position: Goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 10/05/93
Place of Birth: Melbourne, VIC
Clubs: Doncaster Rovers SC, FC Bulleen Lions, Adelaide United (train-on squad), Melbourne Victory
Representative Honours: Victoria Schoolgirls (2009), Victoria FFA Futsal National Championships
(2009, 2011, 2012)

Where is Gavin Wilkinson now? Hard work pays off for his U.S. club

July 24, 2014 By: Penny Category: World Football

Portland Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson’s hard work, perseverance pay off for him and his teams

Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson (right) greets Gaston Fernandez during the team’s jersey unveiling event Monday. Fernandez is one of two new Argentine players Wilkinson signed this offseason. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)

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on March 06, 2014 at 6:00 AM, updated March 07, 2014 at 4:01 PM


The words still ring in Gavin Wilkinson‘s ears.

“You’ll never be a professional soccer player.”

The words from his father lit a fire under the 12-year-old Wilkinson, igniting a hardworking motor that runs as strong now as it did during his childhood in New Zealand.

Hard work and success have been traveling companions throughout his life.

“For me it was always about the grind, the hard work and perseverance,” Wilkinson said. “I see it as a point to prove. That I can do it. That I can be successful.”

That work ethic drives Wilkinson as general manager of the Portland Timbers. The wheeling and seemingly always dealing Wilkinson works long hours, many of them on the phone or traveling around the world to scout and sign players in the constant effort to improve the Timbers and the Portland Thorns.

Wilkinson, 40, might not receive much credit from outside the organization, but his tireless pace helped the Timbers surprisingly reach the Western Conference championship series and the Portland Thorns win the National Women’s Soccer League championship in 2013.

“We’ve got a hardworking culture here as a team and he personifies that,” Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said. “This guy lives it. He eats it. He breathes it. He drinks it.”

Wilkinson and coach Caleb Porter scouted and signed two newcomers — forward Gaston Fernandez and defender Norberto Paparatto — that have the league buzzing about the Timbers taking the next step toward winning a championship. Both players are from Argentina, where Wilkinson unearthed midfielder Diego Valeri before the 2013 season. And it was Wilkinson’s action that put the Timbers in position to select Steve Zakuani in the re-entry draft.

Valeri produced a scintillating 2013 season, leading the team with 10 goals and adding an MLS-leading 13 assists on his way to being selected to the MLS Best XI squad and named league newcomer of the year.

Wilkinson also engineered the deals to acquire center midfielder Will Johnson, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, forward Ryan Johnson, center back Pa Modou Kah and left back Michael Harrington. All were key components in the Timbers’ rise in 2013.

“Gavin and I work hand in hand — every day on every thing,” Porter said. “There’s a lot of overlap. We work very well together, because we see the game similarly.”

Wilkinson and Paulson surprised the soccer world again when they signed goalkeeper Nadine Angerer to the Thorns roster for 2014. Angerer won the Ballon d’Or award as world’s top women’s soccer player for 2013.

Through a keen eye for talent, shrewd negotiating and nearly nonstop hard work, Wilkinson has helped guide two teams to the top level of professional soccer in the United States.

“I think Gavin has a tremendous work ethic. I believe that oftentimes, not enough credit is given to that characteristic,” said Richard Motzkin, executive vice president at Wasserman Media Group and agent for, among others, Porter, Ricketts and Darlington Nagbe. “Gavin is passionate about the Timbers and that contributes to the hard work.”

• • •

The younger of Brian and Rose Wilkinson’s two boys, Gavin learned the value of hard work while growing up in the diverse South Auckland, New Zealand. He describes his neighborhood as lower middle class, but a tough area of town.

“Our place was broken into three times, one of which was by a kid in my classroom,” Wilkinson said. “I only figured it was one of them when they started wearing our clothes to school.”

Brian Wilkinson was a baker who worked long hours, and Rose worked three jobs, cleaning and catering, to help make ends meet. Rose said the hard work was a value she learned as a child and passed down to Gavin and older brother Andrew.

“On one of the cleaning jobs, Gavin would often come with me at 5 o’clock in the morning and help me for two or three hours before he went off to school,” Rose Wilkinson said by phone from Wellington, New Zealand.

Gavin landed his first job delivering discount coupon books at age 8, followed by a stint as a newspaper delivery boy. He was cleaning bathrooms at age 13.

“We didn’t have a lot of money when Gavin and his brother were little,” Rose Wilkinson said. “So the boys had jobs and that meant they could do a little bit more with their own money. With Andrew, he wouldn’t mind buying the cheapest pair of soccer boots. With Gavin, he’d want the best boots available.”

Gavin loved soccer, which he started playing at age 4, but the sport is very low on the “coolness” scale in New Zealand, where rugby is considered the national sport and the All Blacks are one of the world’s dominant teams.

“Soccer was a sissy sport where I grew up,” Wilkinson said. “Rugby is a blue-collar sport, so I played rugby to show that I could play. But I wasn’t motivated to play rugby.”

Instead, Wilkinson always dreamed of playing pro soccer.

“My dad would say, ‘You’re too slow. You’re never going to be good enough,’ ” Wilkinson said. “I saw what he said as an obstacle.”

• • •

Wilkinson was a member of New Zealand’s U-19 and U-23 national teams before signing his first pro contract with Perth Glory in Australia. After bouncing around and playing in Ireland, Portugal and Hong Kong, Wilkinson joined the new Portland Timbers squad in 2001.

The center back played for the team for six seasons, one of the longest consecutive tenures in franchise history. Anchoring the defense, Wilkinson finished his Timbers career ranked fourth all-time in games played, minutes and fouls.

“Gavin would be the first to admit he wasn’t overly blessed with pace,” said Bobby Howe, Timbers coach from 2001-05. “So if you’re a defender and you’re not quick, you have to be right. Gavin was right most of the times. Above all was his ability to communicate with those around him. He was like a coach on the field.”

Many of those fouls were a result of Wilkinson’s playing style, which could be generously described as hard-nosed and physical, though some opponents might use a darker term.

“Some people would say I was dirty,” Wilkinson said. “I would say I was slow to arrive and a little bit late to most challenges. But I enjoyed the physical element to the game.”

Regardless of how Wilkinson’s on-field play is characterized, one aspect was nearly indisputable: Wilkinson, similar to his days in South Auckland, didn’t back down from a challenge.

“He didn’t take any nonsense from either side,” Howe said. “Ours or the opposition.”

Wilkinson’s first two games with the Timbers were against archrival Seattle and he quickly immersed himself in the rivalry. He needed six stitches to close a gash above his eye after absorbing an elbow to the face. The next night, apparently unfazed, he slammed into a Sounders player and required more stitches, to close a cut on his chin.

“I had to man up going against him, because he was definitely a man and I was a boy,” said San Jose forward Alan Gordon, a teammate of Wilkinson’s in 2004 and 2006. “He made me grow up and toughened me up a little bit.”

Wilkinson moved into coaching as a player/assistant coach under Howe in 2005. After Howe was fired that year, Wilkinson was under consideration to be the head coach, but he decided to remain as a player/assistant coach to Chris Agnello in 2006. Agnello resigned after one disastrous season, and then-team president John Cunningham approached Wilkinson again about becoming the team’s coach and general manager.

“He was well respected and he had good integrity,” Cunningham said. “He was smart and had good instincts. I will say he was well respected by his peers and his fellow players, the coaching staff and the soccer community.”

This time, Wikinson agreed.

• • •

The new coach/general manager faced a challenge off the field soon after he took the job.

As an alternative to the sometimes boisterous and unruly Timbers Army section of the stadium — some fans had complained about excessive drinking and profanity — the Portland Timbers Official Supporters Club was created to represent a more family-oriented atmosphere.

“We were trying to find a balance,” Wilkinson said. “It wasn’t about eliminating any one or two things. It was a matter of trying to create a place for everyone. I think that was taken out of context, where one was meant to overshadow the other. That was never the concept.”

GAVIN-WILKINSON-071412.JPGView full sizeGavin Wilkinson has dealt with controversies and endured criticism during his tenure as coach, general manager and interim coach of the Portland Timbers.

Some in the Timbers Army took offense to the creation of the new group, and things escalated into a war of words between management and the Timbers Army.

“There were some pretty hard feelings in the very early stages,” said Maggie Cleary, a 33-year-old local schoolteacher who has been a Timbers Army member since 2003. “I think some people thought management was trying to get rid of the Army. They had made it pretty clear, calling us things like hooligans. It was kind of ridiculous, because they didn’t know the type of people that were coming to the games.”

The row was largely resolved after management met with members of the Timbers Army, with Wilkinson coming away with a greater appreciation for the passion of the fans. However, another move by Wilkinson prompted a fresh round of complaints from some fans following the 2008 season.

As part of his never-ending search to improve the roster, Wilkinson invited forward Roger Levesque to play in an exhibition game as a trialist. Just one problem: Levesque had been playing for the archrival Seattle Sounders and was widely considered Public Enemy No. 1 for numerous transgressions — real and rumored — by Timbers supporters.

When word that Levesque would wear a Timbers uniform reached the hardcore supporters, they were apoplectic. As Levesque stepped on the field for the friendly against Toronto, one sign hanging inside the stadium read, “Real fans hate Levesque.”

“At that stage, I didn’t know the level of resentment for the player,” Wilkinson said. “That’s one of the learning curve situations and there should have been greater communication. Ultimately, the fans are a lifeblood of the organization. You don’t want to do something that disengages them or makes them feel they are being disrespected. I probably wouldn’t do it again.”

The controversies created hard feelings among a segment of fans, some of whom were quick to display their antipathy toward Wilkinson years later, after the team joined Major League Soccer in 2011.

• • •

Never has Wilkinson’s perseverance been tested more than it was in the summer of 2012 after Paulson fired coach John Spencer and named Wilkinson interim coach.

The criticism surfaced after Wilkinson traded popular goalkeeper Troy Perkins to Montreal for Ricketts on Aug. 7, 2012. Porter, the incoming coach, was the catalyst behind the decision, but Wilkinson took tremendous heat for calling Ricketts “an upgrade,” words he now regrets using.

Some fans, still fuming over the incidents from years before, directed a fusillade of criticism toward Wilkinson, also calling him out for the acquisition of Kris Boyd, a million-dollar flop. Boyd hasn’t been the only miss by Wilkinson and the coaching staff. Forwards Kenny Cooper and Jorge Perlaza were high-profile failures, while midfielder Franck Songo’o, outside back Kosuke Kimura and center back Mikael Silvestre all came and went after brief tenures.

“He doesn’t make the same mistake twice,” Paulson said. “When he makes mistakes, he acknowledges it. That’s a quality I look for in leaders. A willingness to acknowledge mistakes and correct them.”

GWOUT-082512.JPGView full size“That was lowest point since I’ve been here, without a doubt,” Wilkinson said of August 2012, when fan criticism led to a Twitter hashtag and stadium signs that said “GWOUT.”

The Timbers were winless in their first seven games under Wilkinson, including a 5-0 loss at Dallas, arguably the worst loss in their MLS franchise history. A 3-2 loss at New York in mid-August — in a game the Timbers had led 2-0 — propelled the fans to a new level of vitriol.

Fans created the Twitter hashtag “#GWOUT”, which started trending after the loss at New York. Paulson rushed to Wilkinson’s defense, lashing out at some fans on Twitter. The exchange heightened tensions, with #GWOUT signs popping up in the Timbers Army section of the stadium before the Timbers’ home game against Vancouver the next weekend.

Wilkinson ignored the signs as he walked off the field at halftime and into the tunnel under the north section of the stadium, where the most passionate critics were located. But he admitted that the signs hurt.

“That was lowest point since I’ve been here, without a doubt,” Wilkinson said. “You never want to be the one people are criticizing.”

Paulson, incensed by the criticism, engaged in a now-legendary argument with a small group of fans on Twitter, calling those fans “morons” and “idiots.”

Paulson left no doubt that Wilkinson was firmly entrenched as general manager.

“I always had a faith that it would all work out and knew the ship would get righted and Gavin would play a big role in righting the ship,” Paulson said.

In the face of criticism, ridicule and people questioning his competency as a general manager, Wilkinson kept plugging away. He said he fell back on what he always does when he is challenged: Work harder and prove the doubters wrong.

“I was in the office very early in the morning and leaving very late at night,” he said. “I wasn’t sleeping that much. It was like, ‘Let me show you. I’m going to work twice as hard.’ My family was coming down and having dinner with me in the office. Their understanding was key, because if I didn’t have that, I’m not sure if I could’ve gotten through it.”

• • •

No matter what type of soccer event he’s involved in, Wilkinson admittedly can’t prevent the competitive juices from flowing. He’s been seen on the field engaging in juggling and “head tennis” competitions with the players. He usually wins, but that’s because he’s been known to change, fudge and outright ignore the rules on the fly for an advantage.

“I play a couple of games indoor each year,” he said. “I’m physically not capable of being competitive. That doesn’t mean I won’t try occasionally, but I have to be careful. I have to look after a brand, and the last thing you want is a general manager kicking somebody out on the field at some remote park and causing a problem.”

Flip Wilkinson’s personality script, and a doting husband to Heather and father to Kienan and Brooke surfaces, one who will go to great lengths to accommodate family, friends, staff, players and fans.

Gavin met Heather, an elite college sprinter, at an event celebrating top athletes in New Zealand. Gavin said Heather asked him on a date in 1996, and the two were married in 2002.

Wilkinson says his wife’s perseverance over the years has helped him through tough times. As he played in a number of different countries, she remained at home. She left her family in New Zealand to join him when he came to the U.S. and now is raising the kids in Portland.

The Timbers have created a “family” atmosphere inside the home locker room at Providence Park, thanks in part to Wilkinson’s willingness to go the extra mile. He knows that a happy player usually results in a hardworking and productive player.

“You treat people the way you want to be treated,” Wilkinson said. “I’ve been that player that’s gone to a different country and had experiences that were phenomenal and had experiences that were dreadful. Some of it is feeding off our own experiences in the game.

“We brought in a player that didn’t speak any English who felt more comfortable playing Xbox with my kids than talking to me. The common language was the Xbox. Here they are, having dinner at my place and sleeping over. I didn’t want the kid to come and stay at a hotel and not know anything. So he spent hours playing Xbox with my kids.”

• • •

Most of Wilkinson’s critics are silent now, after the Timbers’ success in 2013. The hard work and global travel — he spent time in a half-dozen countries in the past 18 months — paid off.

Porter was named coach of the year, Valeri was selected as newcomer of the year and Ricketts was named goalkeeper of the year. Ricketts and Will Johnson joined Valeri on the MLS Best XI squad. Harrington was called up to the U.S. men’s national team in January.

The Timbers’ success was a breakthrough and 2014 looks bright, but for Wilkinson, the search for players and improving the team goes on.

“I understand that I’m part of a growing sport and part of a learning process within the sport. The moment you think you know everything, the moment that you think you’ve arrived is the moment that you’ll be flat on your ass,” Wilkinson said. “I try to teach my kids, there’s no such word as can’t. Everyone knows it’s a parenting technique. But I believe in that saying.”

— Geoffrey C. Arnold

Football Federation Victoria documents to help support your club endeavours

July 20, 2014 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee

Here are some supportive documents to help with recruitment, participation and retention of females in soccer. Also how to make your facility female friendly.

1. ffv-player-retention

FFV Retention & Recruitment Information Guide
FFV has created this document to assist clubs with some strategies to primarily retain their current players, and secondarily present some recruitment strategies. The document addresses the key findings from
the recent national member growth program conducted by FFA.

2. ffv-increasing-female-participation

Brief introduction to document:
Section 1:
Club Checklist– how does your club “actively” support the inclusion of females?
Section 2:
Key Facts and Strategies for Engaging Young Females
Section 3:
Club Action Plan

3. active-women-female-friendly-facility

Women’s and girls’ involvement in sport and active recreation is influenced by the
environment where they participate. If the facility where they participate is safe and meets
their needs, they are more likely to continue their involvement.While your organisation may
not be able to implement all the ideas below, it may help you consider the needs of women
and girls and identify some areas to improve your facility.

The World Football Programme 107.9fm this Saturday

July 17, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Football in the Media

Jason Washington-King hosts another two hours of football news on 107.9fm from 10am Saturday. Chris Barty (Pararoos goal keeper) talks Pararoos and football for all. Paul Trimboli (Melbourne Victory FC) talks Victory news and A-league. Studio guest Trish Merson (Perth SC) will give us the low down on the Kanga cup and happenings in junior football in WA. Mitch Grima from will review the World Cup and what is next. Text your comments to 0401 288 877 or post it to our Facebook page (the World Football Programme).

Chris Barty
Paul Trimboli AEST 12.30-1pm
Trish Merson
Mitch Grima AEST 130-2pm



Girls Kick and Try Day July 18

July 16, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard


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Girls win U15 group at nationals

July 11, 2014 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

Pictured: Football West U15 squad. Photo: Football West News

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Football West U15 girls have won their group at the Football Federation Australia National Championships, which ended in Coffs Harbour today.

The team, coached by Elisa D’Ovidio, went through the tournament undefeated, wrapping up the week with a 3-0 victory over Queensland today to seal top spot in the second-tier Group B.

Alexia Morena had the ball in the net after just six minutes and Abbey Meakins (15min) and Kizanne Mulder (18min) were also on target in a comfortable win.


Goals from Meakins, Moreno and Ellie La Monte, who scored twice, earned a 4-2 win against Capital Football yesterday.

The signs had been promising from the moment the team opened the competition with a 1-0 win over Group A’s South Australia in a ‘cross-over’ match on Monday.

Defender Alyssa Van Heurck scored the only goal after six minutes to secure the victory.

Another defender, Isabella Foletta, was the second Football West player to score in the competition with the only goal in a win against Northern Territory.

The WA team continued their winning streak with goals from Tessa De Leo, Moreno, La Monte, Meakins, Mulder and an own goal in a 7-0 victory over Tasmania.

There was success, also, for one of the U13 girls with Morgan Aquino earning the Goalkeeper of the Championship award.

The U13 girls, who were in Group A, were beaten 2-0 by Queensland in their final game today and suffered a narrow defeat to South Australia yesterday. Bianca Webb opened the scoring for WA but goals from Dani O’Donnell and Ella Tonkin secured South Australia’s 2-1 win.

Goals from Paige Zois and Stephanie Giccominato earned the Darren Young-coached U13 team a 2-1 win over Victoria Metro on Wednesday.

National selectors were at the tournament to identify players for possible future involvement with national team squads.

Pictured: Football West U13 squad. Photo: Football West News


Day 5


Victoria Metro 4 (Natile Scicluna 9′, Irene Paracki 23′, 28′, Kathryn Vlahopoulos 44′) def. South Australia 2 (Caitlin White 11′, Ella Tonkin 51′)

Queensland 2 (Leah Davidson 16′, 20′) def. Football West 0

Northern Territory 5 (Shadeene Evans 4′, 15′, 24′, 38′, 44′) def. Victoria Country 2 (Caitlin O’Brien 12′, 50′)

Northern NSW Select 3 (Hollie Constable 47′, 50′, 53′) def. NSW Country 0

Capital Football 2 (Karly Roestbakken 14′, Georja Dickie 24′) def. Tasmania 0

Northern NSW 1 (Lucy Kell 60′) drew NSW Metro 1 (Isabella Whitton 19′)


NNSW 5 (Zoe Jones 42′, Olivia Creswick 45′, 53′, Georgia Taggart 48′, 58′) def. NT 0

SA 1 (Grace Abbey 31′) def. NSW Country 0

Capital 5 (Jasmine Maguire 7′, 28′, 54′, Georgie Thomson 17′, Alexia Karrys-Stahl 44′) def. Tas 2 (Phoebe Djakic 24′, Keilin Fagan 38′)

NSW Metro 3 (Christina McGrath 5′, Danielle Bishop 52′, Ashlee Harrison 58′) def. Vic 1 (Francesca Iermano 54′)

FW 3 (Alexia Moreno 6′, Abbey Meakins 15′, Kizanne Mulder 18′) def. Qld 0

Day 4


NSW Country 1 (Alyssa Armstrong 59′) def. Capital 0

Tas 2 (Eloise Dick 24′, 43′) drew. Vic Country 2 (Kyra Cooney-Cross 32′, Annie Bissinella 56′)

SA 2 (Dani O’Donnell 26′, Ella Tonkin 45′) def. FW 1 (Bianca Webb 11′)

NSW Metro 4 (Isabella Volkanovski 19′, 23′, Tori Tumeth 32′, Amy Sayer 37′) def. Qld 1 (Leah Davidson 27′)

NNSW 2 (Lucy Kell 6′, 30′) drew Vic Metro 2 (Irene Paracki 9′, Kathryn Vlahopoulos 12′)

NNSW Select 2 (Hollie Constable 3′, 43′) def. NT 1 (Shadeene Evans 45′)


SA 1 (Georgia Bailey 55′) drew. NSW Metro 1 (Ashlee Harrison 28′)

NSW Country 2 (Eliza Ammendolia 23′, Claire Mahoney 29′) def. NNSW 0

Vic 2 (Whitney Knight 14′, 33′) def. Tas 0

Qld 7 (Jessica McGrath 6′, Clarece Strudwick 29′, Michelle Le Roux 30′, Tanesha Stanley 34′, Kirsty Clifford 36’59’, Khiana Shervey 57′) NT 0

FW 4 (Abbey Meakins 10′, Alexia Moreno 20′, Ellie La Monte 39′, 56′) def. Capital 2 (Georgie Thomson 32′, Alexia Karrys-Stahl 43′)

Day 3


NNSW Select 4 (Hollie Constable 22′, 30′, Kayla Steadman 27′, Esther Ting 51′) def. Vic Country 1 (Leia Varley 34′)

NNSW 2 (Lucy Kell 30′, Tyla Endemi 33′) def. Qld 1 (Georgia Harding 3′)

FW 2 (Paige Zois 4′, Stephanie Giccominato 57′) def. Vic Metro 1 (Bianca Webb 19′)

NT 2 (Taylor Gwyther 3′, Shaunie Noble 12′) def. Capital 1 (Karly Roestbakken 33′)

NSW Metro 4 (Amy Sayer 9′, Vesna Milivojevic 33′, 37′, Tori Tumeth 44′) def. SA 0

NSW Country 0 drew Tas 0


FW 7 (Alexia Moreno 4′, Ellie La Monte 7′, 14′, Tessa De Leo 25′, Abbey Meakins 38′, Kizanne Mulder 48′) def. Tas 0 (Madeline Black 41′ (OG))

NSW Metro 1 (Tyler Sparks 33′) def. Northern NSW 0

Qld 1 (Elly Caspanello 42′) def. NSW Country 0

Capital 3 (Nickoletta Flannery 4′, Jasmine Genovesi 34′, 36′) def. NT 0

SA 3 (Grace Abbey 6′, Georgia Nicola 14′, 40′) def. Vic 0

Day 2


NSW Metro 8 (Amy Sayer 7′, 27′, Georgia Usherwood 9′, Ashley Dribbus 4′, Tori Tumeth 25′, Isabella Volkanovski 33′, Holly Duncan 40′, Vesna Milivojevic 42′) def. FW 0

SA 3 (Dani O’Donnell 22′, Caitlin White 42′, 53′) def. Northern NSW 1 (Molly Arens 9′)

NSW Country 3 (Monique Lush 25′, Bronte Trew 46′, Hannah Jones 53′) def. NT 1 (Courtney Whitehead 11′)

Capital 4 (Georja Dickie 25′, Sarah Morgan 46′, 52′, 55′) def. Vic Country 0

Tas 1 (Eloise Dick 9′) def. NNSW Select 0

Qld 1 (India Kubin 28′) drew Vic Metro 1 (Irene Paracki 47′)


NSW Metro 3 (Ellie Carpenter 37, 47′, 55′) def. Capital 1 (Jasmine Genovesi 2′)

Qld 4 (Tanesha Stanley 6′, 26′, Michelle Le Roux 33′, Kirsty Clifford 53′) def. Tas 0

FW (Isabella Foletta 321′) def. NT 0

NSW Country 2 (Tahlia Vecchio 6′, Emma Butcher 22′) def. Vic 0

NNSW 3 (Georgia Little 11′, Renee Pountney 33′, Olivia Creswick 58′) def. SA 1 (Georgia Bailey 56′)

Day 1


Tas 1 (Eloise Dick 13′) def. NT 0

NSW Metro 8 (Ashley Dribbus 2′, 53′, Emily Bastow 6′, 27′, Courtney Nevin 17′, Tori Tumeth 20′, Amy Sayer 26′, 44′) def. Vic Metro 2 (Kathryn Vlahopoulos 12′, 59′)

Capital 2 (Georja Dickie 24′, Lily Dawson 56′) def. NNSW Select 1 (Holly Constable 48′)

NSW Country 1 (Andria Zanotto 32′) drew Vic Country 1 (Kyra Cooney-Cross 29′)

Northern NSW 2 (Bella-Jae Carlisle 53′, Tyla Endemi 59′) def. FW 0

Qld (Ellie Hampson 51′) 1 drew SA 1 (Caitlin White 5′)


Vic 2 (Whitney Knight 6′, Francesca Iermano 45′) def. NNSW 1 (Kobie Ferguson 19′)

NT 4 (Johanna Ezard 10′, Jade Forwood 30′, Eily Stephenson 35′, 39′) def. Tas 3 (Emily Craw 19, Goergie Carter 23′, Keilin Fagan 54′)

FW 1 (Alyssa Van Heurck 6′) def. SA 0

Capital 2 (Courtney Halse 22′, Jackie Alferink 48′) def. Qld 1 (Clarece Strudwick 16′)

NSW Country 1 (Eliza Ammendolia 58′) def. NSW Metro 0