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The World Football Programme

August 29, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media


This week the Kelly Boys run with 3 hours from 9am through to 12 on 107.9fm The World Football Programme. Sean leads us into competition reviews and restructure with Football West’s NPL Manager, Chris Beech, Glory’s impending WLeague season at Ashfield Sports Club September 14, with Jamie Harnwell, Curtin State League Division Two President Campbell Ballantyne, Stirling Lions (WA NPL) and Ashfield’s Phil Kelly (State League Division One). Text Sean on 0449 254 221 with your news and comments or post to The World Football Programme facebook page.


August 29, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

From Elisa D’Ovidio at Football West

That time has come again where Football West will be holding another Women’s forum.

This will be the 3rd forum for this year and each time has been very successful. We will be holding the Women’s forum in conjunction with our Bankwest Female Football Week (Attached below)

There will be plenty of discussions again with Janette Spencer facilitating.

Details are below:
Where- Gibbney Reserve
Time- 9am-12pm
When- Saturday 6th September

Please send your expression of interest to

Kind Regards,

Elisa D’Ovidio
Football West | Women’s, Girls & Indigenous Development Officer
PO Box 214, Maylands WA 6931 | Gibbney Reserve, Ferguson St, Maylands WA 6051
D | 08 9422 6922 | F | 08 9271 7299 | M | 0416 649 320


Home of Football Workshop

August 29, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Football in the Media

The next workshop is Monday September Monday 1 at the Football West Education Centre, Gibbney Reserve Maylands 630-830pm.

This is the second workshop and brings us news on possible sites and next step.


Western Spirit looking for players

August 29, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Masters News

2013 Masters Squad. Photo: Penny TannerHoath

Masters Gold Coast call out

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Have you thought of representing WA at the experienced age of 35-45? It is the perfect age to blend your knowledge and skill set with other unique qualities the age brings.

Last year the WA Manray Masters women’s team travelled to Torino Italy for the World Masters Games and finished winners in their group. The squad had the opportunity to visit the home of Alessandro Del Piero’s club, Juventus and walk the Champions walk down the Piazza Vitorio Veneto, where the Serie A Champions parade their trophy to the city.

Join an energetic and social, growing group, lobbying for destination Gold Coast at the Pan Pacific Masters, November 1-9, 2014.

For the opportunity to be selected, please contact Sylvia Jenkins 0427 477 961.

WA State womens team v Perth Glory

August 29, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Competitions, W League

State Team v Perth Glory Wednesday September 3

The team is selected after trials in the past month.

Venue and KO TBA

Coach- Jason Washington-King (Beckenham Coach)

Assistant- Chris Adams (Cockburn Coach)

Women’s Standing Committee Minutes August 2014

August 28, 2014 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee



August 27, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Masters News, State Teams and Programmes

Have you thought of representing WA at the experienced age of 35-45? Its the perfect age to blend your knowledge and skill set with other unique qualities that age brings!

Last year the WA Manray Masters women’s team, travelled to Torino Italy for the World Masters Games and finished winners in their group. The squad had the opportunity to visit the home of Alessandro Del Piero’s club, Juventus and walk the Champions walk down the Piazza Vitorio Veneto, where the Serie A Champions parade their trophy to the city.

Join an energetic and social, growing group, lobbying for destination Gold Coast at the Pan Pacific Masters,November 1-9, 2014.

For the opportunity to be selected, please contact Sylvia Jenkins 0427 477 961.


Photos of the World Masters Torina 2013

Team Member Penny Tanner and team mascot Rose Maree Hoath with the Australian flag draped over her shoulders, at the Closing Ceremony

Masters squad before their first game in Torino, Italy

The search is on

August 21, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League, World Football

‘We need the right person to take the Matildas to the next level’: Highwood

‘We need the right person to take the Matildas to the next level’: Highwood

From grassroots and the elite pathway to coaching education and W-League sustainability, there are many concerns in women’s football awaiting the attention of the newly appointed Head of Women’s Football Emma Highwood.

Arguably the most high profile, and immediately pressing, of these is the appointment of the next Matildas coach.

The position has been vacant since 26 May 2014 when interim head coach Alen Stajcic guided the Matildas to silver at the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Just over two months on there has been minimal information, save for an advertisement on the FFA website, regarding the search leading to pointed criticism levelled at the governing body on the time taken.

The delay is brought into sharp focus when contrasted with the decidedly more swift appointment of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou following the dismissal of Holger Osieck in late 2013.

“For us it has taken longer because with Ange it was different,” said Highwood when question about the timeframe.

“We [the FFA] approached Ange whereas this process has been much more of an open process.”

“We wanted to ensure we had a really competitive application process and that therefore meant we had to take more time to find the right candidate.”

The new coach will indeed have to survive a lengthy and competitive procedure that includes submitting an expression of interest, shortlisting and interviews by three different panels that comprising of inquisitors from within, and independent, of the FFA.

Two notable members of the panels are former Matildas captain Julie Murray and current Brisbane Roar A-League championship and premiership winning coach Mike Mulvey.

Murray amassed over 60 caps for the Matildas in a 13 year career that included two World Cups and the 2000 Sydney Olympic games. Meanwhile Mulvey has spent 11 years (cumulatively) in women’s football including a stint with the Melbourne Victory that earned him the 2012/13 W-League Coach of the Year.

Several sources suggest that the expanded recruitment process is a reaction to the very public parting of ways with former coach Hesterine de Reus.

What is clear is that less than 12 months out from the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and just over 12 months from the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, there is little margin for error.

“I am of the view that in the next 10 years we could win the World Cup and we are very ambitious for the Matildas,” continued Highwood.

“What is critical for us is that we have a young squad and we really need the right person that is going to come in and take it to the next level.”

Over 50 applications were received with a handful shortlisted for the interview process. On what attributes the “right person” needs to possess and who or how many have moved through to the interview phase, Highwood was loath to elaborate.

However The Women’s Game have been able to ascertain that there have been a number of high profile submissions from Australia and abroad, including the UK, France, Italy and the USA.

As per the advertisement criteria, they all possess UEFA, AFC (or equivalent) Pro Licences and have international experience either with youth representative or senior national women’s teams.

One name absent in the murmurs is former Matildas coach Tom Sermanni. All indications are that Sermanni will not partake in the process to earn a third tenure.

The next couple of weeks will see a the shortlisted applicants commence the interview process.  As to the date of an announcement?

“We are hopeful by the W-League commencement that we will have a Matildas coach in place and we want them to be on the ground around the W-League season.”

So for now the wait continues.

Draw ends Beckenham hopes

August 21, 2014 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Match action from Beckenham v Queens Park. Photo: Rachel Collier

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beckenham coach Jason Washington-King conceded the Bankwest Women’s State League Premier title was out of reach after his side drew 1-1 with Queens Park at a blustery Mills Park yesterday.

Report by Rachel Collier

In a game which both teams needed three points in their pursuit of league-leading Northern Redbacks, neither did enough to claim victory.

Both goals came in a lively first half in which both teams had clear chances. It was a 24th minute header from Andrea Preiato that broke the deadlock for the home side. Brooke Johnstone replied for Queens in the 38th minute with a diving header to level the scores.

Washington-King rued his team’s lack of clinical finishing.

“We just didn’t capitalise on the chances that we had today,” he said. “It was a hard game, we played well and so did they. We just needed to take our chances.

“I’m not disappointed in the girl’s performance, but it is always disappointing to be ruled out of winning the league. We have had a lack of consistency this season, and this is something we need to improve on.”

The game got off to a frantic start with Queens having a clear cut opportunity in the first minute of an action-packed half. Nikki Campbell drifted away from her marker to have a free header at the back post, which went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock.

From then on, Beckenham grew in confidence and began to dominate the play. Danielle Calautti had the best chance for the Angels in the early exchanges, with a header that inched over the bar, leaving the Queens defence looking bemused.

On the break, Queens Park looked dangerous and had the best chance to take the lead in the 10th minute. Jamie Gibbons hit a post after keeper Kirsty Teschinsky misjudged a long ball into the Beckenham box.

The breakthrough came for Beckenham with a well worked goal, which saw Jamie Lee Gale whip in a perfectly weighted cross for Preiato to head home at the far post.

The Angels looked threating and came close to adding a second in the 33rd minute when good link up play between Lindsey Jobling and Jessica Lindquist, resulted in the latter dragging a good chance just wide.

However, it was Queens Park who scored the second goal of the game. Amy Thorpe floated in a free-kick from just inside the Beckenham half, which leading scorer Johnstone got herself on to the end of. Her diving header beat the outstretched glove of Teschinsky into the bottom corner.

Beckenham were close to restoring their lead in the 44th minute. A fantastic one-handed save from Maya Diederichsen denied Calautti‘s powerful header and kept the scores level at half-time.

The second half was a cagey affair, with neither team being able to sustain long periods of effective possession. Queens Park upped their pressing game, limiting Beckenham’s time on the ball and ability to create chances.

Johnston could have doubled her tally for the day with a menacing strike from outside the area, which had the Beckenham keeper beaten in the 72nd minute. The shot clipped the cross bar and resulted in a goal kick.

The last 10 minutes saw both teams have chances to snatch the three points, with Jobling having the Angels best chance in the 84th minute. A dangerous in-swinging corner from Gale was met at the far post by Jobling, who headed just over from a tight angle.

Queens Park had the best chance of the half in the 88th minute when Woodfin’s header was cleared off the line by a rattled Beckenham defence.

Queens Park coach Grant Learmont was disappointed with his team’s first-half display but was pleased with his team’s resilience in the second half.

“I wasn’t happy with the way they started,” he said. “I gave them a stern talking to at half-time and they responded well and I was pleased with that.

“I’m slightly gutted with the result, as I thought we had it, especially with the chance we had in the final few minutes.”

Although Queens Park only picked up a point, Learmont is confident about his side’s title credentials. “I’m still positive, we have a good chance to go on and win this,” he said. “We just need results to happen for us, that’s all.”

Redbacks are four points clear of Queens Park. Beckenham are 10 points adrift of Redbacks.

Beckenham Angels 1 (PREIATO 24’)
Queens Park 1 (JOHNSTON 36’)
Sunday 17th August 2014
Venue: Mills Park
Kick-off: 3pm
Ref: Mark Williams

Beckenham Angels: 1. Kirsty TESCHINSKY (GK), 3. Kirby LARSEN, 4. Lindsey JOBLING, 5. Jessica FERGUSON, 6. Antonia JUKIC, 7. Annique KEISLER, 8. Jamie-Lee GALE, 9. Danielle CALAUTTI, 10. Kathryn CONROY, 11. Emma LEANING, 12. Stephanie CAIN, 13. Lindsey KENYON(c), 14. Caitlyn BROOMHEAD, 15. Andrea PREIATO, 16. Jessica LINDQUIST.
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Queens Park: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN(GK), 2. Helene BORDAS, 6. Monique GORDON, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8. Stacey LEARMONT, 9. Brooke JOHNSTON, 10. Nikki CAMPBELL(c), 12, Danielle CORNISH, 13. Georgina KENT, 14. Annie GEVERS, 15. Jessica DARMAGO, 16. Emily DEAN, 21. Amy THORPE, 22. Jaymee GIBBONS, 24. Adel JACKSON
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

500k boost super-charges Aussie women’s football

August 19, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, W League, World Football

Monday, 18 August 2014

John Greco
FIFA’s half a million dollar plus funding boost will ‘super-charge’ the women’s game in Australia and believes could propel the Matildas to world champions in the next decade, say women’s football official.

On a huge day for the women’s game in Australia, it was announced on Monday the FFA have received FIFA Goal Project funding of $A536k ($US500) over the next two years.

The funds will go a long way to developing the game at all levels around the country and – following a similar blueprint to Japan – Highwood has no doubt it will only benefit the national teams in the future.

“I’m very ambitious and believe in the next 10 years it’s possible to lift the World Cup in the women’s game if we do the right things and put the right structures in place,” Emma Highwood, FFA’s Head of Community and Women’s Football Emma Highwood, told

“Japan have been a great leader for us in Asia and the fact they won the World Cup is fantastic and it gives us the inspiration a team coming from Asia can do that.

“You look at Japan their technique is phenomenal. We’re developing a skill acquisition program which is all about developing technique at a young age group. The strategy today is slightly following suit with Japan which is all about ensuring we identify players younger and provide training and pathways to become future Matildas.”

FIFA Executive Committee Member and FFA Board Member Moya Dodd believes the announcement is a real turning point in women’s football in Australia.

“When I was a kid playing football you were like a circus freak, playing a boys game. These days it’s normal to go out and see a whole lot of girls playing every weekend and it’s fantastic the growth the game has seen,” Dodd said.

“I remember in my playing days we felt like Japan was on par with us and we weren’t the leading football nations back then.

“They’ve done extremely well by having a well-functioning system from the bottom to the top. This system is the way you produce a consistent, high-performing national team.”

Sydney FC star and women’s football development officer Renee Rollason added it would be perfect for the women’s game to follow the Japanese model to help them thrive.

“You look at Japan they’ve been at consecutive World Cups and Olympics and got gold medals,” she said.

“Australia, we haven’t got to that level yet but if we follow in their footsteps, that’s the stepping stone we can get to.

“We play against them in Asian Cups, seeing them play and how technically good they are is something we can aspire to for the next generation coming through.”

Tune in to 107.9fm this Saturday where Emma Highwood will be talking with Penny Tanner on the World Football Programme between 10-12noon