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Women’s football news update

March 27, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Hi everyone

Its been a gun season so far with lots of clubs telling me they filled up most teams pretty fast post Asian Cup, World Cup, Aleague, Youth League and W League success, not forgetting WWC Canada lead in for the Matildas in June this year.
Heres some things to remember for the preseason…
1. The Night Series is drawing to a close.
Final games this weekend:

Premier Group 3rd v 4th place
Melville v Balcatta 630pm Coker Park Friday March 27
Quinns v UWAN Coker Park Friday March 27, 830pm

Premier Group Final

Northern Redbacks v Beckenham Angels
Sunday March 29 Coker Park 7.15pm

First Division (no place finals or semifinals other than grand final)
Fremantle City v Stirling Panthers Sunday March 29 at 5pm

Semi Finals from Premier Group Sunday March 22
Queens Park 0 Northern Redbacks 1
Beckenham Angels 3 NTC 2

Football West will be making presentations, video taping the games and a Match Programme will be available after games Sunday.

Well done Stirling Panthers for competing with the big guns and welcome on board new 2015 State League additions Fremantle City, Bassendean and Wanneroo.
The Woodfin family encourage you to get along to the games at Coker Park this weekend and catch up with old friends. Bring your memorabilia and have a chat to Lynda at the club.
2. The Referees Standing Committee is encouraging you to upscale as a lines person or junior referee.
Sam Musca is the Chair of the Committee Ph He is very helpful and happy to visit clubs and answer any questions.
At Football West the man in charge is Eddie Lennie.
There are some great deals offered for you as members- free courses and scholarships particularly for girls and women.
To be a lines person you have to become a full referee first. You can indicate that you only want to official at juniors and womens games once you have qualified. So if refereeing a full blooded mens state league match concerns you, then simply tick the required box!
With the growth this year, you can expect not all games will be covered by our referees. You can help by encouraging your club to nominate 1 or 2 people to upscale themselves. Just by having a person your club can ring on a weekend if you fall short of a referee is a life saver!
When we think we would like 3 match officials in our top end football, we have to start helping ourselves along, like encouraging our young ones to take up the education as they are learning about the game.
3. Coaching courses
Community courses this month
These change month by month and are usually free or low cost.
Advanced courses are run on demand and clubs usually subsidise their coaches and offset coach payments to them.
4. Womens NPL
The National Premier League is coming to WA in the next 12 months or so via consultations and criteria introductions. If you have been observing the introduction of the mens NPL, don’t think the same criteria! Minimums would be coaching licenses and benchmarks already introduced in the Womens State League competitions. Expect Emma Highwood from the FFA (Head of Women’s Football) will be instigating interaction with WA.
5. The Matildas
The squad will compete in the Womens World Cup in Canada in June and are in full time training.
Glory player Sam Kerr and former Matildas Goalkeeper Lydia Williams are returning from surgery.
The Matildas on Austria and Scotland
The squad will return to Australia before continuing their World Cup Campaign in North America to finish their lead in to the tournament.
Lady Reds Coach Ross Aloisi joins the National set up as 17s Coach.
As an aside- Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is coming to Perth April 16.
6. Womens Standing Committee Nominations will be open again in May
You should keep an eye on the page for nomination forms next month (sometimes Football West club emails don’t get through to the right person)
Your current committee is-
Penny TannerHoath
Emma Smith
Helen Lumley (Geraldton)
Conrad McKelvie
Alexis Pelham
Dave Scragg
Tras Young
Football West Representatives-
Jessine Bonzas
Elisa D’Ovidio
Keith Wood
7. Girls Day Out
Former Glory player Elisa D’Ovidio is the organiser again this year
Venue: NIB
Date: Sunday 29th March(preregistrations closed)
Time: 9-11am
This event attracts several hundred girls and is testament to the growth in our game.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Enjoy your football this year!

Penny TannerHoath 0408 921 832 Local women’s football website
Football West Life Member and Women’s Standing Committee Chairperson 2005-2015

Angels defend title in Night Series final

March 27, 2015 By: Penny Category: Night Series

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beckenham Angels are hoping to win a second successive Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division Night Series title when they face Northern Redbacks at Coker Park on Sunday.

Football West News

The Angels, who beat Queens Park in last year’s final, are unbeaten in this year’s Night Series. But they will have to be at their best against a Redbacks side they have not beaten since 2013.

Redbacks, who have a 100 percent Night Series record, will head into the final full of confidence after overcoming Bankwest Women State League Premier Division Champions Queens Park 1-0 in the semi-final.

Newly appointed Redbacks coach Conrad McKelvie said the pre-season competition was a great way to experiment with his players.

“It was about finding the best combination of those players and implementing a system that would allow the player’s abilities to best complement each other,” McKelvie said.

“On this count the team has done well, they’ve adapted to different approaches by ourselves and other teams each week and done it fairly successfully.”

Former UWA-Nedlands coach McKelvie said the Angels were a close-knit group of players who have had great success in the past.

“Beckenham have technically sound players all over the pitch and some match winners who have shown their worth through the Night Series,” he said.

“We will play to our strengths, and I think that this will result in a great exhibition between two excellent teams in the final.”

Angels coach Jason Washington-King said Redbacks had a well-balanced team with lots of depth.

“The way Redbacks have played to date they have had a lot of players in the middle of the park and it will be a challenge for us to negate this numerical advantage,” he said.

“However if we effectively execute our game plan and play to our full potential, we will give ourselves an excellent shot at winning the game.”

Washington-King said his side has played well at times but had been very inconsistent.

“In order to give ourselves the best chance in the final we need to be more consistent with our effort and application and reduce our errors,” he said.

“We are still settling in and working on structures and roles and responsibilities.

“I’m happy with the resilience and application shown by the team when we have got behind in games and I think we have fought hard to get a result in every match.”

Sunday, March 29 – Coker Park
Women’s Premier Division Night Series Final
Northern Redbacks v Beckenham Angels (7.15pm kick off)

Women’s Division One Night Series Final
Stirling Panthers v Fremantle City (5pm kick off)

Panthers ready to pounce in final

March 27, 2015 By: Penny Category: Night Series

Friday, March 27, 2015

Stirling Panthers coach Frank DiCosta has been surprised by his side’s progression to the final of the Bankwest Women’s State League Division One Night Series final against Fremantle City at Coker Park on Sunday.

Football West News

DiCosta’s Metropolitan Division One side were invited to take part in the State League Night Series with remarkable results.

“They’ve been nothing short of outstanding,” he said of the Panthers’ performances. “The girls have met every challenge and have shown unbelievable character.”

Fremantle City’s coach Felim Rugel said the Night Series was a great way to have a look at the players and prepare for their first season in the Division One Women’s State League.

“Because we are a new club the important thing for myself and the coaching staff was to see all the players and work towards the season,” he said.

“I think every girl that got the chance to play in the Night Series gave their best and that is what I asked for.

“I think the performance was good and I’m happy the way everything is going.”

Having coached against the Panthers last season, Rugel knows his side have to be at their best on Sunday.

“I think we have the team to win it,” he said. “But having coached against Stirling Panthers last year we know that they are a really good team and only a great performance on the night will get us over the line.”

The match will be played as a curtain raiser to the Women’s State League Premier Division Night Series final between Northern Redbacks and Beckenham Angels.

Sunday, March 29 – Coker Park
Women’s Division One Night Series Final
Stirling Panthers v Fremantle City (5pm kick off)

Women’s Premier Division Night Series Final
Northern Redbacks v Beckenham Angels (7.15pm kick off)

Matildas to take on Austria and Scotland

March 27, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Samantha Kerr in action. Photo: Getty Images

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Westfield Matildas will continue their preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup when they play two international friendlies against Austria and Scotland on April 7 and April 9.

Football Federation Australia

The Westfield Matildas will travel to Stadion Villach Lind in Villach to take on Austria before heading to the Scottish town of Falkirk for a match against Scotland.

The squad have been undertaking an intensive training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport training centre in Italy following the recent Cyprus Cup. The matches against Austria and Scotland will mean they have played six full internationals during their time away, providing ideal preparation for the World Cup.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic stated these two hit outs will offer more invaluable game time against quality opposition as he aims to have his squad primed for their opening FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 match against the USA on 8 June 2015.

“We’re delighted to be able to arrange these two matches at the tail end of what has been an integral and really beneficial time away in Europe as we lead up to the World Cup,” Stajcic said.

“Every hit out we get is crucial as we continue to work on the way we want to play in Canada and there is also the element of giving players the opportunity to really stake their claim to be in the squad.”

Stajcic signalled he may also look at using the hit outs to get some match fitness into the likes of Samantha Kerr, Tameka Butt and goalkeeper Lydia Williams, who are all coming back from injury and joined the squad in Italy.

The Westfield Matildas are yet to meet Austria in an international, while they have faced Scotland three times previously for a win, a draw and a loss which came at the 2014 Cyprus Cup.

FFA has also officially announced the appointments of former Socceroo Ross Aloisi and Vicki Linton as Assistant Coaches to Stajcic.

Aloisi has also assumed the Head Coach role of Australia’s U17 girls team. The former Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix captain started his coaching career with PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues South Australia club West Adelaide before most recently fulfilling the Head of Women’s Football position at Football Federation South Australia and Head Coach of Adelaide United’s Westfield W-League team.

“The appointment of Ross and Vicki as assistants to Alen is a great step going forward not only for the Matildas but our broader women’s football strategy,” Casserly said.

“Ross had a long and distinguished playing career and has shown since he took on the head coaching role of Adelaide United’s Women’s team his ability, knowledge and skill in discovering, developing and improving the quality of talented young female footballers in this country.

“Vicki brings vast coaching experience having been around women’s football for a long time. She is ambitious and passionate about coaching and is also currently in the process of completing her Pro Licence.”

Both Aloisi and Linton are currently with the Westfield Matildas squad in Italy.

Match Details

Austria v Westfield Matildas
Stadion Villach Lind, Villach
Tuesday 7 April 2015
Kick-Off: 6:00pm local time (3:00am AEST, Wednesday 8 April)

Scotland v Westfield Matildas
Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
Thursday 9 April 2015
Kick-Off: 2:30pm local time (12:30am AEST, Friday 10 April)

WA Women’s Night Series Finals Update

March 25, 2015 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Premier Group 3rd v 4th place
Melville v Balcatta 630pm Coker Park Friday March 27
Quinns v UWAN Coker Park Friday March 27, 830pm

Semi Finals from Premier Group Sunday March 22
Queens Park 0 Northern Redbacks 1
Beckenham Angels 3 NTC 2

Premier Group Final
Northern Redbacks v Beckenham Angels
Sunday March 29 Coker Park 7.15pm

First Division (no place finals or semifinals other than grand final)
Fremantle City v Stirling Panthers Sunday March 29 at 5pm

Football West will be making presentations, video taping the games and a Match Programme will be available

Claire Fells speech after she helped get the ParaRoos back in action

March 20, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

Claire Fells Inspires FFA to revive the Pararoos programme

March 20, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

Football kid’s heartfelt fight to save the Pararoos

A partially blind 12-year-old has launched a brave campaign to save the Pararoos after the elite disabled football team was stripped of its entire funding.

Claire Falls, a lifetime soccer player, penned a heartfelt letter in the hope of having Commonwealth support reinstated.

The Canberra youngster also started an online petition urging people to pledge one dollar to the cause.

Her Eyes of a Dreamer site has touched a chord with the football family and the wider Australian public who have jumped on board her inspirational campaign.

But football and government organisations have been slow to respond.

Claire wrote: “When I read about the Pararoos funding being cut off completely, I couldn’t help but be angry and sad and disappointed.”

She added: “If the Football Federation and the Australian Sports Commission are taking away the money for our county’s only Paralympics football team that allows athletes with a disability to play, what hope is there for us kids?

“What do we have to aim for? What happens to our heroes? How is that promoting encouragement, respect or inclusion?”

Australia’s Winning Edge policy focuses on funding sports most likely to earn medals. The Australian Sports Commission deemed the 10th ranked Pararoos not worthy enough.


“It makes me feel angry to think that football should ever be about winning medals or to read that funding was cut off because of the Pararoos ranking,” Claire wrote.

“The Socceroos world ranking is at 62nd the Matildas are 9th, are they going to have their funding axed too? Of course they aren’t – there would be a huge outcry!

“Since when is sport meant to be about how many medals a team wins? What would happen if every Mum or Dad said to their kid ‘I’m not going to pay your football fees unless you win’?”

Claire sent her letter to the FFA, the Australian Sports Commission, Human Rights Commission, Minister for Sport Peter Dutton, and Shadow Minister of Sport Bernie Ripoll and many others.

And the young footballer has put out the challenge: “My question and challenge for you is, if I can get 175,000 supporters to pledge and provide $1 each, will you match it dollar for dollar?”

The Paralympic team enables players with brain injuries and Cerebral Palsy to compete, and although Claire cannot play for the squad, she is still determined to right the wrong.

To date her letter has received just one reply – a Twitter response from the Australian Sports Commission with a link explaining what is happening.

“Now that I have had time to adjust to my low vision, it is not so bad but I still have to work 10 times as hard as my new teammates to get the same results,” she wrote.

“For me, there is no other option in football that suits my needs other than to play in a mainstream league. But the thing is there are some kids out there that have much bigger limitations than me.”

Pararoos Head Coach Paul Brown also spoke out about the axed funding.

Since signing on in 2006, Brown has steered the team to notable success.

The team has won numerous silver medals and at one point were ranked third in the world.

“It’s taken me coming out and voicing my opinions on the issue to get it into the public forum and it’s basically gone viral with social media,” Brown said.

“I’m not usually the sort of person who makes waves, but this is just pure discrimination.”

The funding will be sorely missed for the next Paralympics, where it was just assumed Australia would not qualify even with their high-ranking.

Now, the team’s very existence is at risk.

“I’ve put my job in jeopardy going public with this, but I’ve been coaching a long time, and sometime things are just unfair and you need to speak up” Brown added.

You can head over to to sign the petition and see Claire’s letter at .


Images and

Football West Competitions Calendar 2015

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Draft Junior Girls Team allocations for Football West 2015

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The World Football Programme 107.9FM

March 20, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media


This week on WA’s The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9fm, Penny Tanner is hosting with Premier State League Coach, Tony Carvajal. Guests on the show this week include Football West Inclusive Development Officer, Gordon Duus, Stirling Lions Technical Director Dan Evans, Regional Development Officer for Peel and South West Football, Tim Slack and FFA Head of Community and Women’s Football, Emma Highwood. If we can squeeze it in, Jason Brewer, CEO from Perth Glory will join us. We cover Night Series Finals, A League, growth of football in the Peel and South West region and whats happening at FFA level in the community and with women’s football.  Join the conversation by texting us Saturday from 10am on 0408921832, sharing your comments and news on our Facebook Group or listening in live via the stream. The World Football Programme, 107.9fm Saturdays from 10 through midday Perth time.

Guest list:

Dan Evans
Gordon Duus
Tim Slack
Emma Highwood