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Glory Women into Grand Final

December 15, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Players join Gabe Marzano in celebrating her first Glory goal. Photo: Football West News

Monday, December 15, 2014

Perth Glory Women have booked a place in their first Westfield W-League Grand Final after a 3-0

win against Sydney FC at nib Stadium today.

Report by Chris Andrawes

Goals from Elisa D’Ovidio, Kate Gill and Gabe Marzano set-up Glory for a Grand Final clash with Canberra United on Sunday, December 21, at the same venue.

“I’m really proud of the way the players played today,” Harnwell said. “It’s not easy playing at midday in Perth in the summer but the energy and ability in the first half and the goals were top drawer.

Despite missing star striker Samantha Kerr through injury, Glory started strongly against Sydney and were rewarded after only 15 minutes with a brilliant finish from D’Ovidio. The Glory no.13, who announced this week her intention to retire at the end of the season, struggled to keep her emotions in check as she celebrated scoring the opener.

Glory dominated the play throughout the opening period but Sydney still managed to threaten occasionally.

Amy Harrison was stopped by a brilliant piece of goalkeeping from Mackenzie Arnold as she ran in on goal.

Harrison was unlucky on several occasions as Arnold pulled off a wonder save to stop her shot from nestling into the top corner.

Glory capitalised on their dominance with a wonderful goal from Gill, who chipped goalkeeper Casey Dumont from the edge of the box.

The second half began as the first had ended with Glory dominating possession and attacking opportunities.

Sydney briefly looked dangerous through striker Jasmyne Spencer, who was unlucky not to win a penalty as she chose to stay on her feet, before firing a shot straight at Arnold.

Glory sealed the victory with a third goal that was more a result of calamitous defending than brilliant football from Glory.

Sydney keeper Dumont cleared the ball straight into defender Renee Rollason, who attempted to control, but only ended up spilling the ball to Gill in the penalty area. Gill laid the ball off to substitute Gabe Marzano, who slotted her first Glory goal.

The heat took its toll and as players tired a series of half chances were created.

Harrison saw her effort from distance roll just wide, following Arnold’s clearance which left her stranded a long way off of her line.

While at the other end Dumont pulled off a brilliant save following a goal mouth scramble.


Perth Glory 3 (D’Ovidio 10′, Gill, 37′, Marzano 70′)
Sydney FC 0
Sunday 14th December 2014
nib Stadium
Kick-off: 12:00pm
Referee: Casey Reibelt
Assistant referees: Renae Coghill, Joanna Charaktis
4th official: Matthew Southern

Perth Glory: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2. Sarah CARROLL, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Alanna KENNEDY, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO (8. Gabrille MARZANO) 14. Collette McCALLUM, 15. Shelina ZADORSKY, 17. Marianna TABAIN (8. Shawn BILLAM 80′)
Substitutes not used: 16. Thia EASTMAN, 18. Gabby Dal BUSCO
Yellow cards: 3. Carys HAWKINS (77’)
Red cards: nil.

Sydney FC: 1. Casey DUMONT, 2. Teresa POLIAS, 5. Jasmyne SPENCER, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 7. Nicola BOLGER, 8. Amy HARRISON, 10. Renee ROLLASON, 12. Chloe LOGARZO (13. Trudy CAMILLERI 77′), 15. Tiegen ALLEN 16. Samantha JOHNSON, 17. Kyah SIMON,
Substitutes not used: 3 Elizabeth RALSTON, 11, Natalie TOBIN, 21. Sian McLAREN
Yellow cards: 16. Samantha JOHNSON (82’), 5. Jasmyne SPENCER (90+2’)
Red cards: nil


December 14, 2014 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard


Pre-season training commences on Thursday, 15th January 2015, 6.00pm, Winthrop Reserve, Winthrop. Looking forward to seeing all players back for our third and even better season after 2 seasons that has helped establish the club in the top Women’s League.

Melville has a young, talented squad with great potential. Players with a positive attitude are very welcome to join a club striving to become the best it can be. If you are up to the challenge, we will see you on the 15th of January.

Pre-season training will involve Andy Ross, Masters in Strength and Conditioning, highly respected and experienced in football circles in Western Australia and his colleague, Marianne Riley, Exercise Physiologist, to assist in preparing the squad for season 3.


There is a vacancy for a First Team goalkeeper. If you are an experienced goalkeeper looking for an opportunity to play in the Premier League, Melville will provide you with the chance to fulfill that goal.

If you have any questions please contact Coach, Tony Carvajal 0450 742 636 or Manager, Janine Waltman 0403 461 454.

Emotions run high for semi clash

December 12, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Friday, December 12, 2014

Perth Glory Women’s Westfield W-League semi-final will take on special significance for Elisa D’Ovidio after her decision to hang up her boots at the end of the season.

Table-topping Glory take on Sydney FC in Sunday’s Pink Ribbon semi-final at nib Stadium aiming for a victory that would seal the club’s first Grand Final appearance. The loser will be eliminated.

D’Ovidio has experienced the highs and lows of every Glory season since the W-League kicked off in 2008 and is determined to end her playing days as a winner.

“To be able to walk away as a winner would be amazing and obviously it would be very emotional for me,” D’Ovidio said.

“It’s been a fantastic season so far and we want to go all the way. For me to have been part of the Perth Glory journey and how great this season has been has just been incredible. But it’s not finished yet and we all known we have to be switched on

against Sydney to make it to the Grand Final.”

Glory coach Jamie Harnwell said he would have a “quiet word” with D’Ovidio, who is in the mix to start in the absence of injured striker Samantha Kerr, before the game to ensure she does not allow emotions to get the better of her.

“It can be quite emotional and you do have to settle yourself down,” said Harnwell, who made a record 256 Glory appearances before retiring in 2011.

“Vids has been a huge part of Perth Glory both on and off the field and she has given so much to the club. She’s played a few roles as a player, development officer and as a girls coach and she’s shown great professionalism to juggle all that.”

D’Ovidio and Gabe Marzano are front runners to replace Kerr, whose knee injury last weekend cruelly robbed her of a place in the finals.

Harnwell is confident the team, which won the premiership with a record number of points, can overcome Sydney.

“It’s a one-off game and you’ve got to be aware that any team can take the chocolates on the day,” he said.

“It’s about rocking up on the day and having the same level of performance that has been so successful to this point.”

*On Sunday, fans can donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which raises money for research into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Gill’s Goals Have Golden Glow

December 12, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League


Thursday, 11 December 2014

PGFC Online
Perth Glory Women striker Kate Gill is top of the charts and aiming even higher.

Gill’s 12 goals this season earned her the Westfield W-League Golden Boot for the second time in her career but she is more interested in helping the team to Grand Final success than picking up personal accolades.

“I’m happy that I’ve won it but we’ve got finals coming up and that’s the most important thing,” Gill said. “Winning the Golden Boot is great, but not just for me. It’s an achievement for the whole team and the way we’ve played all season.”

She will line-up for Glory in Sunday’s semi-final against Sydney FC at nib Stadium without her usual strike partner Samantha Kerr, who suffered a cruel knee injury that has ended her season.

Kerr, who scored 11 goals this season, will be sidelined for up to three months but is expected to be back in plenty of time to ensure her inclusion in the Australian national team for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Glory’s success this season has prompted plenty of speculation about the number of Perth players likely to feature in Alen Stajcic’s Matildas squad next year.

Scoring more goals than any other player in the league is one way to go about booking a ticket to Canada but Gill is taking nothing for granted.

“My whole career I’ve had to prove myself to get in the national team,” she said. “I’ve always had to score a lot of goals to get in there.

“There’s a lot of competition for places in the Matildas and the success of Perth Glory this season has been great for us as a club and for all the girls who want to be involved in the World Cup next year.”

With Gill and Kerr in such prolific form up front, the likes of Collette McCallum and Marianna Tabain dominating the midfield and a rock-solid defence, Glory have smashed club and league records alike.

A best-ever start, most goals in a season and highest points tally have emphasised the quality through the Glory ranks. On a personal level, Gill’s five goals in a game against Western Sydney Wanderers was the most scored by a player in a single match since the competition started in 2008.

Of course, Grand Final success is the ultimate accolade and Glory remain focused on the task ahead.

“We set out to do as well as possible and to see if we can win the competition but we didn’t go out to achieve all these milestones along the way,” Gill said. “It’s fantastic that we’ve made history for the club but the job isn’t finished.”

Westfield W-League semi-final
Perth Glory Women v Sydney Women
Sunday, December 14
Kick-off 12pm



December 12, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

There will be twice the fun this week for Westfield W-League fans on ABC TV with both semi-finals broadcast LIVE* on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm nationally.

Saturday sees reigning champs Melbourne Victory host Canberra United, while a day later premiers Perth Glory welcome Sydney FC with a berth in the grand final awaiting the two winners.

Melbourne will have mixed memories of facing Canberra this season. They secured a superb 4-2 away win in the nation’s capital early on, but fell to a 1-0 home defeat in October in a result which kick-started a mini slump for the Victory.

They also face the added challenge of recovering physically and mentally from their recent trip to Japan.

Canberra, conversely, are on a high after inflicting a rare defeat on Perth Glory last weekend to reach the finals in style.

Perth’s 2-1 loss in Canberra was indeed a rare stumble in an imperious season for the Glory.

However, their penultimate regular season match was a stunning 5-0 defeat of Sydney FC in Wollongong.

On the surface it seems unlikely that the Sky Blues could turn-around such a scoreline within a fortnight, but Sydney have several aces in their hand, including significant big-match experience.

Finals football is always of a high standard, and after a stunning season in the Westfield W-League, both matches are sure to be mouth-watering prospects for local fans and nationwide TV viewers alike.

The ABC TV broadcast games are hosted by Stephanie Brantz, with former Westfield Matildas and W-League star Sarah Walsh joining Peter Wilkins in commentary.

Catch all the action Live nationally at 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday on ABC TV, or catch up from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay each Tuesday at 3.30am.

*Sunday match only broadcast live into WA at 12midday AWST, 3pm local time in other regions.

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Perth Glory in the Weekend West Newspaper

December 07, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

Glory face Sydney in semi final next Sunday at NIB at 12noon KO

December 07, 2014 By: Penny Category: W League

DECEMBER 7, 2014

Perth Glory Women will face fourth-placed Sydney FC in the Westfield W-League semi-finals after going down 2-1 to Canberra United in their final regular season match at Viking Park today.

Glory, who suffered only their second defeat of the season, will host Sydney at nib Stadium on Sunday, December 14.

Coach Jamie Harnwell was pleased with the performance despite the loss.

“The best thing about it was it was a competitive game,” Harnwell said. “They were right in our face, making it hard for us, which is what we will face in the finals, so I was happy from that aspect.”

Glory suffered a double blow with injuries to goalscorer Samantha Kerr (knee) and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold (face), who will have scans tomorrow. But Harnwell is confident Glory will be prepared for the clash with Sydney.

“We’ve been preparing for this semi-final for three weeks really,” he said.

“Everyone knows their roles if they’re called upon. Hopefully Sam and Macca will be fine but I’m confident we’ve still got the team and quality even if they’re not.”

Kerr’s goal in the 52nd minute was cancelled out when Canberra’s Michelle Heyman found the back of the net in a goalmouth scramble after 68 minutes.

Ashleigh Sykes wonder-strike in the 86th minute sealed the win and booked Canberra’s semi-final place.

Kerr looked dangerous in the opening minutes creating a number of opportunities down the right-flank but Glory were unable to convert.

Both teams were evenly matched in the first half, but the premiers suffered a blow after Arnold collided with Heyman in the box just before the break.

Young Matildas’ goalkeeper Gabby Dal Busco made her first Westfield W-League appearance after being substituted for Arnold, who was unable to continue.

Kerr broke the deadlock after the break when she split the Canberra defence and finished clinically past former Glory goalkeeper Chantel Jones before Heyman’s response.

Canberra had the last laugh when Heyman crossed for Sykes, who volleyed home with a contender for goal of the season.

Canberra will travel to Simonds Stadium on Saturday to take on second-placed Melbourne Victory in the semi-finals.

Media release from Football West