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December 23, 2014 By: Penny Category: Competitions, State Teams and Programmes

Two Fremantle players are playing for the Australian team early next year in an International Tournament.

The WA State Schoolgirls team that won silver this year at the National Championships

Emma Neville (18), is a product of the East Fremantle Soccer system. Along with Zoe Andrijic, 17, from Fremantle United (Women’s Metro Division 1 Champions), the pair are travelling to the UK with the Australian School Girls Team in January.

A long history of selection in development programmes since the age of 10, has honed Emma’s technical ability into the silky skilled young player she is today. In the Football West programmes, Emma has been part of the Girls Soccer Academy, National Training Centre squad, and National NTC Challenge. She has worked with Perth Glory players and under Glory Coach Jamie Harnwell.

In the School system, Emma has been part of the John Curtin Soccer School with Peter Rickers and played State Team in the National Championships. This year the School Team won silver. Other regular faces in the WA School Team include Evie Marchetti (also All Australian AFL player), Steph Simmonds (former Australian player), Manon Gabauer (all rounder and goalkeeper).

Emma has played Premier League football from an early age and also represented the State Indoor Football Team. Last year Emma was playing with East Fremantle, who won the State league Division One Night Series.

Zoe (17) is also a student of the John Curtin High School soccer programme. A strong, balanced footballer, Zoe started as a filler in her older brothers Beeliar team at 6 years of age. Ten years later we can add Fremantle Spirit, Cockburn women’s Metropolitan Division One Champions Fremantle United to her portfolio. With the joint venture between East Fremantle SC and Fremantle United to become Fremantle City, Zoe could be playing Women’s State league football in 2015 at the age of 17.

The Night Series fixtures for the womens State League are up on Football West:

Besides Fremantle City, two new clubs enter the Series: Bassendean and Wanneroo.

If anyone would like to help with fundraising for the girls, the families are working hard to get the budget supported for the big trip. Contact Emma’s Mum Leanne on 0407 109 052.

Good luck to the girls and the Australian Team!

2015 Womens Night Series up on Football West web page

December 23, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Competitions

New teams Wanneroo and Bassendean enter the Womens State League Division One whilst Fremantle United and East Fremantle have invested in a new joint venture to become Fremantle City.

From Football West:

Please click on the links below to sight Premier and Division One night series fixtures for BankWest Women’s Night Series 2015.

Group A
Group B

Division One:
Group A
Group B

Fremantle City FC has taken over the position in Division 1 where East Fremantle were in accordance with the joint venture between East Fremantle and Fremantle United.

Group A in Division One shows the venue as TBA.  Venue to be confirmed in the new year.

Hall Of Fame Inductees on the Women’s World Cup

December 23, 2014 By: Penny Category: Hall of Fame–tom-sermanni/1078435–sandra-brentnall/1078382


Westfield Matildas’ World Cup draw revealed

December 23, 2014 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

The Matildas pose for a photo prior to the Asian Cup Final against Japan in May.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 draw has taken place in Ottawa, Canada in the early hours of Sunday (AEDT).

In a fascinating draw, the Westfield Matildas are set to face USA, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D next year.

The draw was a lavish ceremony held at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa attended by Australia’s coach Alen Stajcic.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 will take place between June 6 and July 5.

The Westfield Matildas 2015 FIFA World Cup matches:

8 June:                  USA v Australia at Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg

12 June:               Australia v Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg

16 June:               Australia v Sweden at Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton


Heartache for Glory players eased with selection in Matildas squad

December 23, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League, WA on the world stage

Stajcic names Matildas squad for January training camp

Stajcic has named a 32-player squad for a January training camp.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Staff writer
Westfield Matildas Head Coach Alen Stajcic today named a 32-player squad for a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra which will be held next year from 12 – 15 January.

The training camp will be the first in a very important year for the Westfield Matildas that will feature the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be held in Canada from 6 June to 5 July.

This will be the first opportunity for the players to impress Stajcic following the completion of the recent Westfield W-League season.

Stajcic is in the process of confirming the details of the Westfield Matildas preparation program for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and is excited to start off the new year with an intense training camp.

“I’ve had a good look at all the players throughout the Westfield W-League season and I am happy with the group of players that I have selected for this camp,” said Stajcic.

“There is a balance of youth and experience in the squad and it will be a good starting point for our intense preparation period.”

“This is by no means a final squad as there are number of players returning from injury that are still in contention for selection.

“It’s now up to the players to make the step up and show the coaching staff why they deserve to go to the World Cup,” concluded Stajcic.

The Westfield Matildas have been drawn in Group D of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 alongside USA, Sweden and Nigeria.

Westfield Matildas Squad – AIS Training camp – 12 to 15 January 2015



Teigen Allen Sydney FC
Laura Alleway Brisbane Roar FC
Melissa Barberi (gk) Adelaide United
Nicola Bolger Sydney FC
Danielle Brogan Adelaide United
Ellie Brush Canberra United
Tameka Butt Brisbane Roar FC
Kim Carroll Brisbane Roar FC
Steph Catley Melbourne Victory
Emma Checker Melbourne Victory
Alex Chidiac Adelaide United
Hayley Crawford Newcastle Jets
Larissa Crummer Brisbane Roar FC
Brianna Davey (gk) Melbourne Victory
Lisa De Vanna Melbourne Victory
Casey Dumont (gk) Sydney FC
Caitlin Foord Perth Glory
Kate Gill Perth Glory
Katrina Gorry Brisbane Roar FC
Amy Harrison Sydney FC
Michelle Heyman Canberra United
Elise Kellond-Knight Brisbane Roar FC
Alanna Kennedy Perth Glory
Teresa Polias Sydney FC
Clare Polkinghore Brisbane Roar FC
Hayley Raso Brisbane Roar FC
Gema Simon Melbourne Victory
Kyah Simon Sydney FC
Ashleigh Sykes Canberra United
Marianna Tabain Perth Glory
Emily van-Egmond Newcastle Jets
Servet Uzunlar Sydney FC

As at Monday 22 December 2014



December 23, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Marianna Tabain can’t hide her disappointment. Photo: Getty Images

Coach praises gallant Glory

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Coach Jamie Harnwell has praised Perth Glory Women players for their record-breaking season in the wake of today’s disappointing Westfield W-League Grand Final defeat to Canberra United at nib Stadium.

Football West News

Glory’s season of highs came unstuck at the final hurdle as two goals in three minutes from Ashleigh Sykes sealed a 3-1 win for Canberra.

After making the best start to a W-League season, Glory wrapped up the league title with a record number of goals and points before sweeping past Sydney FC 3-0 in last weekend’s semi-final.

But Canberra were on song today and wrapped up their second title despite Glory goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold saving Grace Gill’s late penalty.

Harnwell felt the score flattered Canberra but conceded his side had not performed at the best.

After former Glory goalkeeper Chantel Jones saved Kate Gill’s penalty in the second half with the score at 2-1, Sykes bagged her second of the game to effectively finish the contest.

“It wasn’t our best performance by any means,” he said. “I don’t think it was a 3-1 game and we had the opportunity to go back 2-all and I think it would’ve broken their backs.”

“We played about 30 minutes of real football, which wasn’t enough for a good Canberra side.”

But Harnwell was full of praise for the entire squad.

“They’ve had an incredible season,” he said. “They’ve been the best team in the league all season by far but on the day we were beaten. That can happen on any day in football.

“I’m so proud of the girls. We’ve broken records and no-one can deny who the best team is, we just couldn’t be the best team in the Grand Final.”

With the scores locked at 1-1 for the majority of the second half, Sykes scored her first of the game to put Canberra in front.

Glory fluffed their chance to find the equaliser after Marianna Tabain was taken down in the box and Kate Gill’s penalty was saved by former Glory keeper Chantel Jones.

Sykes sealed the game with her second goal.

Canberra had taken the lead on 21 minutes as Stephanie Ochs stepped inside and curled a brilliantly placed shot off the post and into the bottom corner of the net.

Glory had the first big chance of the game as McCallum knocked a great ball over the top for Caitlin Foord whose shot was brilliantly saved by Jones.

Glory found their equaliser early in the second half through a wonder free-kick from Glory captain McCallum, which flew into the top corner.

Canberra dominated the first half and were deserving of their half-time lead, which could have been even more if not for good defending from Shelina Zadorksy and some great saves from goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.

Glory started the second half stronger and looked capable of going on to win it after their equalizer until Sykes seized the initiative.

After twice finding the net, Sykes was brought down in the box by Zadorsky to give Canberra another opportunity. But substitute Grace Gill’s spot-kick was saved by Arnold in the last play of the game.

Perth Glory 1 (McCallum 63′)
Canberra United 3 (Ochs 21′, Sykes 75′, 78′)
Sunday 21st December 2014
nib Stadium
Kick -off:
Referee: Kate Jacewicz
Assistant referees: Tanya De Boer, Renae Coghill
4th official: Casey Reibelt

Perth Glory: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2. Sarah CARROLL (3. Carys HAWKINS 60′), 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Alanna KENNEDY, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO (7. Gabrielle MARZANO 78′) 14. Collette McCALLUM, 15. Shelina ZADORSKY, 17. Marianna TABAIN
Substitutes not used: 8. Shawn BILLAM, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 18. Gabrielle DAL BUSCO
Yellow cards: Foord 64′, Carroll 49′, Zadorsky 90′
Red cards: nil

Canberra United: 1. Chantel JONES, 2. Catherine BROWN, 6. Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 10. Grace MAHER (3. Julia DE ANGELIS 55′), 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 12. Sally ROJHAN, 13. Nicole BEGG, 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 16. Lori LINDSEY (9. Grace GILL 90′), 22. Stephanie OCHS
Substitutes not used: 5. Grace FIELD, 15. Tegan RIDING, 20. Melissa MAIZELS
Yellow cards: Brown 62′, Munoz 85′
Red cards: nil

Tanya Oxtoby School Holiday Programme

December 21, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard


Glory set for first Grand Final: Perth Glory Women Release

December 19, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

DECEMBER 19, 2014

Assistant coach Tanya Oxtoby will urge Perth Glory Women players to make the most of the club’s historic first Westfield W-League Grand Final appearance when they take on Canberra United at nib Stadium on Sunday.

Oxtoby experienced some lean times as a Glory player having spent the first four W-League seasons with the club before heading overseas to pursue her coaching career.

Her return as an assistant to Jamie Harnwell has coincided with the club’s most successful period, Glory having been transformed from easy beats to the competition benchmark.

“I’m just really excited for the players because when I was playing I would’ve given absolutely everything to have experienced a Grand Final,” Oxtoby said.

“It’s been a great season and hopefully we can keep the squad together and progress again next year but the girls will approach this game like it’s their last.

“We really don’t know when we’re going to get a home Grand Final in Perth again, so they’ll be going out there to give everything they’ve got.

“Without disrespecting the other clubs, I think the two best teams have reached the Grand Final and it’s going to be a cracker.”

The match will be the last for Glory midfielder Elisa D’Ovidio, who will hang up her boots having played in all seven seasons for the club.

“It feels surreal to be in the Grand Final in my last game and it would be a dream to win it,” D’Ovidio said. “We’ve got a strong squad and we’ll have to make sure we’re all switched on and we don’t make mistakes.”

D’Ovidio replaced the injured Samantha Kerr in the starting line-up for last weekend’s semi-final win over Sydney FC and marked her appearance with a goal.

She is expected to start again against Canberra, who beat Glory 2-1 in the final regular game of the season.


Perth Glory coach Jamie Harnwell and captain Collette McCallum will be available for interview tomorrow (Saturday, December 20). Canberra coach Elisabeth Migchelsen and captain Nicole Begg will also attend.

What: Grand Final interview

Where: nib Stadium (entry via Gate 2)

When: Saturday, December 20

Time: 12.15pm

There will be a photo opportunity with the captains, coaches and Westfield W-League trophy immediately after interview opportunity.


Westfield W-League Grand Final
Perth Glory v Canberra United
Sunday 21 December 2014
nib Stadium, Perth

Local kick-off: 12 midday (3pm AEDT)
(Gates open: 11am)
Referee: Kate Jacewicz

Join the conversation on Twitter using match hashtag #PERvCBR #WLeagueGF

* Catch all the action Live at 3.00pm nationally (midday WA time) on ABC TV. Or from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay at 3.30am on Tuesday.

Perth Glory squad: 1. Mackenzie Arnold (gk), 2. Sarah Carroll, 3. Carys Hawkins, 4. Bronwyn Studman, 5. Shannon May, 6. Alanna Kennedy, 7. Gabrielle Marzano, 8. Shawn Billam, 9. Caitlin Foord, 12. Kate Gill, 13. Elisa D’Ovidio, 14. Collette McCallum, 15. Shelina Zadorsky, 16. Thia Eastman, 17. Marianna Tabain, 18. Gabrielle Dal Busco (gk)
Ins: None
Outs: None
Unavailable: Sam Kerr (knee – season)

Canberra United squad: 1. Chantel Jones, 2. Catherine Brown, 3. Julia De Angelis, 5. Grace Field, 6. Caitlin Munoz, 7. Ellie Brush, 9. Grace Gill, 10. Grace Maher, 11. Michelle Heyman, 12. Sally Rojahn, 13. Nicole Begg, 14. Ashleigh Sykes, 15. Tegan Riding, 16. Lori Lindsey, 20. Melissa Maizels (gk), 22. Stephanie Ochs
Ins: Grace Maher (promoted)
Outs: Kendall Fletcher (end of contract)
Unavailable: Meg McLaughlin (knee – season)

Football West

Women’s Standing Committee Minutes December 2014

December 17, 2014 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee


Tickets to history on sale now

December 16, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Football West News

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tickets are on sale now for Perth Glory Women’s historic first Westfield W-League Grand Final.

Football West News

And Football Family members can take advantage of a special discount on pre-purchased tickets. Details are below.

Glory take on Canberra United at nib Stadium on Sunday, December 21. Kick-off is 12pm.

Perth Glory v Canberra United
Sunday 21 December, 2014
Kick-off 12.00pm (AWST)
Gates Open 11.00am
nib Stadium, Perth

Special Member Ticket Offer
$15 Adult
$5 Concession/Child (4-16)
$30 Family

As a special offer, Football Family members should enter the password Gill12 to receive a discount on pre-purchased tickets.

General Public and Match Day Box Office

$20 Adult
$10 Concession/Child (4-16)
$40 Family

Credit card and transaction fees apply.