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Gill elected to PFA Executive Committee

October 10, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Perth Glory striker Kate Gill has made history by becoming the first female to be elected to the Executive Committee of the Professional Footballers Association in the players union’s 21-year history.

Gill, who is also Football West’s Sponsorship Executive, has served on the PFA’s Matildas Committee for the past two years and was keen to take on extra responsibility.

“The game as a whole, and in particular women’s football, has made great strides in this country and the players have played a huge role in this,” Gill said.

“Whilst this is hugely encouraging there remains much work to be done if football is to fulfil its full potential and I am eager to confront this challenge.

“There is great strength and experience within the current PFA Executive Committee and I hope to be able to supplement that with my own perspective of the game and the skills I’ve gained through playing and education.”

Gill’s history-making commitment to the PFA has coincided with Glory’s record-breaking start to a Westfield W-League season.

Last weekend she became the first W-League player to score five goals in a match as league-leading

Glory extended to four matches their record opening to a campaign with a 10-1 thrashing of Western Sydney Wanderers.

Gill will look to add to her season tally of eight goals this season when she lines up against Canberra United at Ashfield Sports Club on Saturday, October 11. The match kicks off at 3pm.

Gold Medal Awards being presented in 2014

October 10, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Trophy winners

Bankwest Referee Encouragement Award
Bankwest Assistant Referee of the Year
Bankwest Golden Whistle Award
Bankwest Women’s State League Division One winners
Bankwest Women’s State League Division One Golden Boot
Bankwest Women’s State League Division One Coach of the Year
Bankwest Women’s State League Division One Player of the Year
Acknowledge Women’s Premier Division Night Series
Bankwest Women’s State Premier League winners
Women’s Cup winners
Bankwest Women’s State Premier League Golden Boot
Bankwest Women’s State Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year
Bankwest Women’s State Premier League Coach of the Year
Bankwest Women’s State Premier League Gold Medal
David Schrandt Administrator of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Disabilities in Football Player Achievement Award
MySolar Sunday Premier League winners
Sunday Cup winners
MySolar Sunday Premier League Golden Boot
MySolar Sunday Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year
MySolar Sunday Premier League Coach of the Year
MySolar Sunday Premier League Gold Medal
All Flags State League Division Two winners
All Flags State League Division Two Golden Boot
All Flags State League Division Two Coach of the Year
All Flags State League Division Two Player of the Year
All Flags State League Division One winners
All Flags State League Division One Golden Boot
All Flags State League Division One Coach of the Year
All Flags State League Division One Player of the Year
NPL WA League winners
Cool Ridge Cup winners
NPL WA Finals Series winners
NPL WA Golden Boot
NPL WA Goalkeeper of the Year
Ron Tindall Coach of the Year
Dylan Tombides Youth Player of the Year
The West Australian Goal of the Season
The West Australian Player of the Season
McInerney Ford Gold Medal winner

Wanneroo City enter Women’s State League

October 10, 2014 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Congratulations Wanneroo City ‘The Roos’ on their successful application into the Women’s State League Division One 1 for 2015.

The club holds a strong geographical position in the northern suburbs, comes from a season with their top team finishing first in Metro Division Two by ten points and no losses, with over 500 members and growing, committed individuals on the committee to support growth in the women’s game, terrific pitches and intentions to expand its facilities, it was considered an exciting prospect to draw players to it for growth of the women’s game.

This will enable the Division One WSL competition to have an even number of teams for the new season.

The Women’s Standing Committee reviewed the club’s application to the WSL for 2015 at their meeting this week after putting out the request for applications to the football community more than two months ago.

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The World Football Programme 107.9fm Saturday October 11

October 09, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media


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News: North Perth United win Cup Final, Perth Glory WLeague at Ashfield Saturday, local awards presentations, Perth Glory KO the ALeague season, Western Sydney secure home final Leg1



Elisa D’Ovidio, Perth Glory, Rachel Collier, Football West Match Reporter

Perth Glory results, home fixture Saturday, table position, squad profile

General womens football news, Mini Matildas, World Club Championship, local league review

10.25-10.45 WA TIME

Chris Beech, Football West NPL Manager

Review consultation process, outcomes and changes expected

10.50-11.05 WA TIME

Dean Bell, Wanneroo City SC President

Club profile and season review, comments on Sunday league competitions review

11.10-11.25 WA TIME

Peter Rowe, Mandurah City FC President

Club season review, coaching appointments, comments on State League competitions review

11.25-11.35 WA TIME

Peter Kapsanis, Perth Glory Media

Review Club Fun Day, Club Launch and Captains anouncement, Memberships, AL eague fixture


Simon Hill, Fox Sports

NPL grand final, ACL final, ALeague R1 review, Qatar v Australia




Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory fight out tough W-League draw, Perth Glory stay top

October 09, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

A late equaliser from substitute Gema Simon saw champions Melbourne Victory secure a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Sydney FC on Monday, ending the Sky Blues’ perfect start to the season.

Sydney seemed set to collect a measure of revenge for defeat in last year’s semi-final thanks to Jasmyne Spencer’s goal on the hour mark until Simon’s late intervention.

The match was well-balanced although Victory goalkeeper Brianna Davey was kept busy at times, notably finger-tipping a Servet Uzunlar header wide and blocking Spencer on several occasions.

However, Spencer would not be denied and the diminutive American coolly converted Amy Harrison’s pinpoint cross to put her side in the ascendency.

The Sky Blues looked set to retain their share of top spot on the ladder until Simon swept home from close range with three minutes remaining, following a fine run and cross from Christine Nairn.

The Victory could even have won it in injury time but Sky Blues midfielder Teresa Polias was on hand to clear a goalbound shot off the line.

The result leaves Perth Glory in sole control of top spot following their remarkable 10-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

Australia captain Kate Gill was the major beneficiary with a competition record five-goal haul, including an 11-minute hat-trick. There were also doubles for fellow Matildas representatives Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord in a bizarre match that remained scoreless until the final moments of the first half.

The scoreline fell narrowly shy of the 11-0 W-League record set by Sydney FC against the Glory three seasons ago.

Canberra United returned to the winner’s circle outlasting Brisbane Roar with a 2-0 win and inflicting more pain on the two-time champions.

A goal in each half from Grace Field and Michelle Heyman lifted United to victory, while the star-studded Roar stumbled to their third loss in four outings.

Last season’s wooden-spooners Newcastle Jets again showed their quality with a sparkling 4-0 victory against the winless Adelaide United.

The Jets were rarely troubled after opening the scoring through Tori Huster in the first half, with the margin extended after the break through a Rhali Dobson double and a goal from Emily van Egmond.



Womens Standing Committee Meeting

October 02, 2014 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee

The next Womens Standing Committee Meeting is aproaching Wednesday October 8.

On the agenda is

constructing a calendar with all relevant and critical football dates to allow clubs and Football west to plan ahead without conflicting with other events and organisations (school sports, npl etc)

assessing new State League Entries

reconstructing the State League regards numbers of teams

re-assessing the Night Series and introducing a Top Four competition

the length of the season

how to guage your thoughts and feedback on these things in the absence of a forum (maybe survey monkey)

If you have any thoughts or feedback you would like to input, please email or contact your WSC member


Representative Mobile No Email Address
Penny Tanner-Hoath 0408 921 832
Treasa Young
Emma Smith
Conrad McKelvie
Alexis Pelham
Dave Scragg
Helen Lumley
Jessine Bonzas 0400 228 121
Elisa D’Ovidio 9422 6922

2015 World Cup: Players sue over synthetic pitches in Canada

October 02, 2014 By: Penny Category: World Football

Abby Wambach of the United States

1 October 2014 Last updated at 21:18 GMT

A group of leading players have filed a lawsuit claiming sex discrimination over the decision to use synthetic pitches at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Legal proceedings have begun against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and football’s world governing body Fifa at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Attorney Hampton Dellinger told BBC Sport he represented nearly 50 players involved in the action from 12 countries.

These include previous Fifa Women’s Player of the Year winners – German Nadine Angerer and American Abby Wambach.

“Men’s World Cup tournament matches are played on natural grass while CSA and Fifa are relegating female players to artificial turf,” said Dellinger.

“The difference matters – plastic pitches alter how the game is played, pose unique safety risks and are considered inferior for international competition.”

No-one from the CSA or Fifa was available for comment. A Fifa executive has previously insisted Canada was the best choice to host the tournament.

Artificial pitches: Pros & cons

Pros: Cost-effective. Artificial pitches keep in condition longer, and can be used for training and matches
Cons: Fears over increased injuries and contrast in playing surfaces. For the World Cup, women believe they are being treated differently to men
World Cup venues: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton, Montreal

But Dellinger said: “The gifted athletes we represent are determined not to have the sport they love belittled on their watch.

“Getting an equal playing field at the World Cup is a fight female players should not have to wage but one from which they do not shrink. In the end, we trust that fairness and equality will prevail over sexism and stubbornness.”

Players from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea and Spain are also involved in the action.

England have qualified for the tournament, but no English player has signed the petition.

England manager Mark Sampson has indicated the pitches could suit his side as several members of his squad are used to playing on synthetic turf.

The World Cup finals for men and women, contested every four years, have always been played on natural grass.

Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany

Japan won the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany

The legal action comes a day after Fifa representatives began site inspections of the six venues that will host the women’s competition between 6 June and 5 July next year.

Tatjana Haenni, Fifa’s head of women’s competitions, told reporters after a tour of one of the stadiums that there is no Plan B and the event will go ahead as planned on artificial turf.

Last month Fifa executive committee member Moya Dodd, a former Australian international, said artificial surfaces could have benefits.

“In some countries, synthetic turf is the best or only viable option in order to host a World Cup, so I don’t think you can exclude it on that basis,” she said.

“I’ve played on synthetic turf and it’s been better than a lot of the grass pitches I’ve played on.”

Glory for Perth as their winning run continues

October 02, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Glory for Perth as their winning run continues

Perth Glory extended their winning start to the W-League season to three matches after a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Adelaide United at Ashfield Reserve.

In a game which Glory dominated from kick off, Elisa D’Ovidio, Sam Kerr and Kate Gill got their names on the score sheet. It was Kerr’s first goal back in Glory colours, and in truth, she could have had more.

Speaking after the game, goal scorer Kerr said “I could have had 3, I missed a few open goals today but we’re just really happy with the win.”

Coach Jamie Harnwell was thrilled with Kerr’s performance. “I was giving Sammy a bit of stick during the week about getting herself a goal. She keeps creating them for everyone else, so it was about time she stuck one in herself.”

In spite of the three points and three goals, Harnwell believes that there is room for improvement. “We scored three goals today but it could have been more. The performance wasn’t ideal but the three points are the most important thing.”

He said “We need to be a bit more ruthless and take some more of our chances in order to finish teams off. Missed chances have been a feature for us over the last three weeks and we know that when we get further into the season- and into the finals- that we need to take those chances.”

The west coast side have scored seven goals so far this season and have conceded one goal per game thus far.

The coach highlighted the importance of keeping a clean sheet in his programme notes saying “We haven’t yet been able to keep a clean sheet, which will be a real focus in today’s game.”

Unfortunately for the Glory coach, his back five -who were solid throughout the game- had a 46th minute glitch allowing Adelaide to draw level.

Lisa Marie Woods’s strike caught Glory off guard moments into the second half, in a game which they otherwise created little.

Harnwell said “It’s disappointing (to concede) but it was a great goal. It was very opportunistic and sometimes there’s not much you can do about those sorts of things.” He said “Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say fantastic strike. Our response after that was fantastic. For the next 44 minutes we we’re quality.”

With Glory sitting pretty, joint top of the W League, it is a different story for Adelaide United. The Lady Reds linger pointless at the wrong end of the table. It is not all doom and gloom though, as there are positives to be taken from their performance.

The away side put up a solid defensive display with goal keeper Melissa Barbieri putting in an outstanding performance. She kept Kerr at bay until the 56th minute, which is no easy feat.

Barbieri made some fantastic saves to deny the star studded Glory team throughout the game and looked comfortable and composed between the sticks. Captain Kirsty Moore also produced an impressive display. Her commitment and desire was evident, as she looked to drag her team back into the contest.

Adelaide produced very little in terms of attacking threat, however, everything they did produce was quickly sniffed out by the new look Glory defensive. Mackenzie Arnold, Alanna Kennedy and Shelina Zadorsky have exceeded expectations so far this season. They have quickly struck up a solid understanding and partnership that looked unbreakable in this game.

The away side may have looked lacklustre going forward, but they put on a good defensive display as they broke up the Glory play well.

Perth were unable to produce the fast free flowing football we saw against Brisbane Roar, due to the defensive approach of Adelaide. This tactic fragmented Perth attacking flare at times. The away side sat back to soak up pressure throughout the game, but Glory’s firepower and class eventually shone through.

The new signings for Perth have taken this team to the next level and the Perth Glory side will be hoping to make it twelve points out twelve, as they face the Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 4.

Adelaide United will be hoping to get their first points on the board against the Newcastle Jets at Adelaide Shores Football Centre.


October 02, 2014 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media






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Country Week, North Perth United Cup Final, Perth Glory in FFA Cup, local awards presentations, Western Sydney progress in the ACL

10.05-10.25 WA TIME

Monica Beazley, Perth Glory Women’s Manager, Football West Event Manager

Local women’s football round up, Perth Glory women and W League, Football West Gold Medal Dinner and WA Museum Awards Day

10.30-10.50 WA TIME

Mike Garland, Albany and Denmark Coach

Denmark ladies win the League and Cup double, Country Week

10.55-11.15 WA TIME

Mark Reid, North Perth United

Season review, Cup Final, club profile

11.20-11.35 WA TIME

Jason Brewer, Perth Glory CEO

Preseason calendar, launch, FFA Cup, squad profile, A League fixtures

11.40-12.00 WA TIME PLUS 2HRS AEST

Mitch Grima, Sports Journalist

NPL finals, A League, FFA Cup, Asian Champions League, Futsal competitions

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