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ALEAGUE OFF SEASON INTERNATIONALS

May 14, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

FOOTBALL OFF-SEASON FROM HEAVEN IN AUSTRALIA

May 21: Matildas v Vietnam, Jubilee Oval, NSW
May 29: Adelaide United v Villarreal, Coopers Stadium

May 30, Sydney FC v Tottenham, ANZ Stadium

June 2: Sydney FC v Chelsea, ANZ Stadium

June 3: Brisbane Roar v Villarreal, Suncorp Stadium

July 17: Brisbane Roar v Liverpool, Suncorp Stadium

July 18: Real Madrid v Roma, MCG

July 20: Adelaide United v Liverpool, Adelaide Oval

July 21: Roma v Manchester City, MCG

July 24: Manchester City v Real Madrid, MCG

September 3: Socceroos v Bangladesh, NIB Perth

Melbourne City join W League

May 14, 2015 By: Penny Category: W League

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive Officer David Gallop has today welcomed news that Melbourne City Football Club will join the Westfield W-League competition from the 2015/16 season.

The continued growth of the Westfield W-League was a strategic pillar of the FFA’s Whole of Football Plan launched last week, which pointed towards a future model where all A-League clubs also had W-League teams.

“Melbourne City’s commitment to join the Westfield W-League for the 2015/16 season is a good step forward for the development of Women’s Football, which was identified as a key priority for the future of our game,” Gallop said.

“It is one of the first practical measures in improving elite women’s football in Australia and offers another group of talented female footballers the opportunity to develop their games and strive towards a career as a football player.

“It is also a strong commitment from one of our Hyundai A-League clubs to the Whole of Football Plan’s One Club model with the aim of one day having clubs competing in the A-League and W-League to establish strong links between men’s and women’s football.”

Melbourne City FC CEO Scott Munn said that the Club had been in consultation with FFA over the past 12 months regarding the introduction of a W-League side.

“This is a very exciting moment for Melbourne City FC,” Munn said. “It has always been our ambition to have a women’s team and our acceptance into the W-League for next season is the culmination of a lot of hard work.

“Increasing women’s participation in football is vital for the game’s growth in the future and we are looking forward to our season commencing later this year.”

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Matildas omit top scorer Kate Gill from Women’s World Cup squad

May 14, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

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Omitted … Kate Gill has been left out of the Matilda’s World Cup squad.

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Kate Gill has scored more goals for Australia than Tim Cahill but she will not be going to next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Gill’s exclusion was the biggest shock when Matildas coach Alen Stajcic named his 23-player squad on Tuesday for the showpiece tournament in Canada.

Gill has scored 40 goals in her 83 matches for Australia since 2005, one more than Socceroos great Cahill’s tally, and her omission comes just a day after the 30-year-old collected the W-League Golden Boot award for her 12 goals last season.

While Gill had been a valuable member of the side for so long, Stajcic said the selected strikers had the edge over her during the intensive training camp the Matildas underwent since January.

“I don’t think it’s the equivalent to Tim Cahill at all, they’re separate teams,” said Stajcic.

“The Socceroos don’t get a four-month preparation time and we did and players were picked on form during that period.

“She’s performed really well. The problem is the other players have as well.

“When you look at our striker force, you’ve got people like Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord and Lisa De Vanna, Michelle Heyman and Kyah Simon.

“You can only pick so many and we had to make a decision on who was going to be more effective for us at the World Cup.

“Kate missed out by a small inch but they’re the decisions that have to be made at this level. It’s very hard. It’s heartbreaking for those players. It’s the end of their dream.”

Hudson heading to fourth World Cup

Stajcic’s squad features veteran goalkeeper Melissa Hudson (nee Barbieri) who will be heading to her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup and 10 first-timers.

After missing last year’s Asian Cup, Hudson, 35, forced her way back into the squad at the expense of Brianna Davey, who was another surprising omission.

Stajcic said he was yet to select a number one shotstopper, with Hudson competing with Lydia Williams and Mackenzie Arnold for the role.

“Melissa’s consistency, her organisation and her communication is probably the best in the team,” Stajcic said.

“She’s just got so much drive and determination. She’s a winner.”

Asian player of the year Katrina Gorry headlines the squad which contains 18 members of the group that finished runners-up at last year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Gorry is set to make her World Cup debut, along with Arnold, Nicola Bolger, Steph Catley, Larissa Crummer, Heyman, Alanna Kennedy, Teresa Polias, Hayley Raso and Ashleigh Sykes.

The Matildas kick off their campaign against world number two side USA before facing fifth-ranked Sweden as well as African champions Nigeria.

Stajcic vowed they would give a good account of themselves in such a tough group but is solely focused on the opening clash.

“I’m not worried about the rest of the tournament at the moment, I’m only worried about that game against America,” he said.

“We’re not in there for a draw or to get a satisfactory 1-0 loss, we’re going to go in there to get a win.”

Matildas squad: Lydia Williams (GK, Washington Spirit), Melissa Hudson (GK, Adelaide United), Mackenzie Arnold (GK, Perth Glory); Clare Polkinghorne (D, Brisbane Roar), Laura Alleway (D, Brisbane Roar), Servet Uzunlar (D, Sydney FC), Steph Catley (D, Melbourne Victory), Elise Kellond-Knight (D, Brisbane Roar); Emily van Egmond (M, Newcastle Jets), Katrina Gorry (M, Brisbane Roar), Nicola Bolger (M, Sydney FC), Ashleigh Sykes (M, Canberra United), Leena Khamis (M, Sydney FC), Tameka Butt (M, Brisbane Roar), Alanna Kennedy (M, Perth Glory), Teresa Polias (M, Sydney FC), Hayley Raso (M, Brisbane Roar); Lisa de Vanna (F, Melbourne Victory), Caitlin Foord (F, Perth Glory), Kyah Simon (F, Sydney FC), Michelle Heyman (F, Canberra United), Larissa Crummer (F, Brisbane Roar).

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Matildas Squad for the Womens World Cup

May 14, 2015 By: Penny Category: World Football

Media Release
May 12, 2015

Kerr and company in World Cup squad

Four Perth Glory Women players and WA’s Lisa De Vanna have been included in the Westfield Matildas squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 6 to July 5.

The Glory quartet of star striker Samantha Kerr, goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, defender Alanna Kennedy and midfielder Caitlin Foord, as well as Melbourne Victory forward De Vanna, are in the 23-player squad selected by coach Alen Stajcic.

The squad announcement followed an intense four-month preparation in Australia and Europe as the Westfield Matildas look toward their opening match against world number two ranked USA on Tuesday, June 8 (Wednesday, June 9 in WA).

The squad comprises:
· 18 members of the Westfield Matildas squad that finished runners-up at last year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2014 (Alleway, Bolger, Butt, Catley, De Vanna, Foord, Gorry, Heyman, Kellond-Knight, Kennedy, Kerr, Khamis, Polias, Polkinghorne, Raso, Sykes, van Egmond, Williams)
· 1 player heading to her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup (Hudson (nee Barbieri)
· 2 players heading to their third FIFA Women’s World Cup (De Vanna, Polkinghorne)
· 9 players heading to their first FIFA Women’s World Cup (Arnold, Bolger, Catley, Crummer, Gorry, Heyman, Kennedy, Raso, Sykes)
· The squad has an average age of 23

Stajcic believes the team is capable of producing an attacking style of football on the biggest stage in women’s football.

“We have selected a positive squad with players that have a strong belief that they can go into any game and win,” Stajcic said.

“The emphasis since we came together in January has been on expressing our Australian culture and the things this country is renowned to bring to any sporting contest, things like positivity, backing yourself and really taking it up to the opposition.”

The Westfield Matildas showed during their recent European tour the wealth of creative and attacking options Stajcic has at his disposal, which includes recently crowned Julie Dolan Medallist Emily van Egmond and Asian Female Player of the Year Katrina Gorry.

Stajcic believes the squad is more than capable of progressing from a tough group consisting of the USA, fifth-ranked Sweden, and the 2014 African Women’s Champions (Nigeria).

“Whether it’s keeping possession and playing out from the back and controlling the tempo, to the fire power we have up front, we are confident we have all of the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that go into producing the mindset we need when we take the pitch,” Stajcic said.

The announcement of the captain will be made at a special function for the Westfield Matildas being hosted by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on Monday, May 18.

Squad: Lydia Williams (Washington Spirit, USA); Larissa Crummer (Brisbane Roar); Ashleigh Sykes (Canberra United); Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar); Laura Alleyway (Brisbane Roar); Servet Uzunlar (Sydney FC); Steph Catley (Melbourne Victory); Elise Kellond-Knight (Brisbane Roar); Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory); Emily van Egmond (Newcastle Jets); Lisa De Vanna (Melbourne Victory); Leena Khamis (Sydney FC); Tameka Butt (Brisbane Roar); Alanna Kennedy (Perth Glory); Teresa Polias (Sydney FC); Hayley Raso (Brisbane Roar); Kyah Simon (Sydney FC); Melissa Hudson (Adelaide United); Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar); Samantha Kerr (Perth Glory); Mackenzie Arnold (Perth Glory); Nicola Bolger (Sydney FC); Michelle Heyman (Canberra United).

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Lyndsey Valentine
Football West

Matildas games being broadcast

May 14, 2015 By: Penny Category: World Football

SBS to televise every match of the Women’s World Cup live

SBS to televise every match of the Women’s World Cup live

With 26 days to go, SBS has announced that they will be broadcasting every match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup live.

This will see all 52 matches available live on SBS ONE, SBS HD and online, with the only exceptions on air being the concurrent group stage matches, which will be streamed live online at www.sbs.com.au/theworldgame.

“The World Cup is ingrained in SBS’s DNA and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase the best of international women’s football to Australian audiences,” said Ken Shipp, SBS’s Director of Sport.

“This year we are showing 41 matches live on air, with all 52 matches available live online, a first in Australian TV history.”

“The Matildas are a very strong team with a long history of success. In their previous two World Cup campaigns they qualified to the quarterfinals stage – so we’re really looking forward to sharing their 2015 journey with the whole of Australia.”

SBS will also provide full coverage of the Matildas campaign with all matches live with a pre-show hosted by Lucy Zelic and a panel of special guests including former Matildas. While in Canada, SBS reporter Vitor Sobral will be on hand.

A daily highlights show will be broadcast on 5:35pm* with match highlights and analysis as well as interviews, features and the latest football news.

The Women’s World Cup will kick off with the opening match between host nation, Canada and China on Sunday 7 June at 7.30am AEST LIVE on SBS ONE with the final on Monday 6 July from 8.30am AEST.

Australia’s campaign commences on Tuesday, 9 June. The 23 player squad is due to be announced tomorrow at 11am (AET).


Unite to support the Matildas starting with our Matildas Women’s World Cup wallpaper!

Produced by highly regarded graphic designer and illustrator Michael Alesich

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SBS Main Matches Schedule (AEST):
  • United States v Australia: Tuesday 9 June, SBS ONE 9am
  • Australia v Nigeria: Saturday 13 June, SBS ONE, 6.30am
  • Australia v Sweden: Wednesday 17 June. SBS ONE 9.30am
  • Semi-final 1: Wednesday 1 July, SBS ONE, 8.30am
  • Semi-final 2: Thursday 2 July, SBS ONE, 8.30am
  • Final, Monday 6 July, SBS ONE, 8.30am

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Young Matildas suffer semi-final defeat

May 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: World Football

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

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The Young Matildas have been narrowly beaten in the semi-finals of the AFF Women’s Championship, going down 1-0 to World Cup bound Myanmar.

The Australian U-20’s struggled to break down their opposition’s compact defence despite dominating possession throughout the match.

Ante Juric’s side created several chances in a tight first-half but they lacked the cutting edge that had been a hallmark of their play at the tournament in Vietnam.

Instead the Aussies were guilty of turning the ball over too easily when committing players forward leaving them vulnerable to counter attacks.

Myanmar were not able to make the most of their chances however as the sides went to the break deadlocked.

The Young Matildas continued to assert their dominance in the second-half and looked more assured on the ball as the match wore on.

Unfortunately they were undone by a sucker punch from their opposition, with Myanmar opening the scoring after some swift ball movement in transition.

The Aussies desperately pressed throughout the rest of the match in search of an equaliser but could not break down a stubborn defence that held on for the win.

Coach Ante Juric was disappointed his side would not get the chance to contest the final but said to squad would take many positives from their experience.

“There is obvious disappointment amongst the team that we did not qualify for the final with this loss,” Juric said.

“However as a young squad like this there a positives we can take from this loss and more importantly lessons learnt from this loss.

“We look forward to Vietnam on Sunday in the 3rd/4th play-off and hope to finish strongly with a good performance.

“From there we will look to continue our preparation for the all-important World Cup qualifier in August and take with us the valuable experiences from this tournament.”


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Young Matildas top Group A with perfect record: Play in grand final Friday May 8

May 08, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Young Matildas top Group A with perfect record

Australia finished off their group matches with a convincing 7-0 victory over Indonesia at Thong Nhat Stadium in Vietnam.

First half goals from Jordan Baker, Princess Ibini, Emily Condon and Alex Chidiac set up the Young Matildas before Olivia Price and Condon scored in the second half to claim a comfortable win.

Ante Juric made four changes from the side that inched past Laos 1-0 and this time it was a more ruthless outfit that put away Indonesia.

On top from the opening whistle, Australia were soon on the scoreboard when Baker followed up good wing play with a half volley from 10 yards out for the opener.

Indonesia then sat deep and, despite Australia’s crisp passing and good delivery, they were unable to breach the defence until the 26th minute.

After more clean play, Ibini-Isei picked up the loose ball in the penalty area and slammed the ball into the roof of the net from 6 yards out.

Three minutes later Australia in behind the Indonesian goal once again.

Chidiac was the instigator with a nice run down the left before producing a strike. The Indonesian goalkeeper parried the ball into the path of a waiting Baker who made no mistake.

Two minutes later Condon got in on the action as she again placed a loose ball into the back of the net.

The star of the first half, Chidiac finally was rewarded for her good work with a goal and it was all off her boot.

25 yards out, the midfielder unleashed a rocket to put an exclamation mark on Australia’s first half performance.

The Young Matildas started slower in the second half but Price woke them up with a scorching effort in the 56th from 18 yards out into the top left corner.

On the hour Condon had her second after meeting back post cross with a neat volley.

Price looked to have joined the brace club in the 78th after a neat one-two saw her in on goal and firing home, only to see the offside flag raised on a close decision.

Australia played out the final minutes to top Group A thanks to a clean 3 from 3 record and now await their semi final opponent from tomorrow’s matches.

Australia will play their semi final on Friday, 8 May with kick off at 7pm (AET).

Australia (U20) v Indonesia

HIGHLIGHTS | #YoungMatildas v IndonesiaBraces from Jordan Baker and Emily Condon helped Australia keep a perfect record at the AFF Championships

Posted by The Women’s Game on Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Match Details

Australia       7 (Baker 9’/29’, Ibini 26’, Condon 32’/60’, Chidiac 42’, Price 56’)

Indonesia      0

5 May 2015

Kick off: 9.30pm (AEST)

Thong Nhat Stadium

Australia line up: 18. Gabrielle Dal Busco, 2. Monique Iannella (5. Angela Beard 66′), 13. Brooke Goodrich, 14. Chloe O’Brien, 12. Annabel Martin, 16. Julia De Angelis, 17. Olivia Price, 10. Alex Chidiac (22. Kally Lewis 45′), 20, Princess Ibini-Isei (19. Panagiota Petratos 45′), 23. Emily Condon, 9. Jordan Baker

Young Matildas’ Squad

Jordan BAKER (Western Sydney Wanderers), Angela BEARD (Brisbane Roar), Ellie CARPENTER (FNSW), Emma CHECKER (Melbourne Victory), Alex CHIDIAC (Adelaide United), Emily CONDON (Adelaide United), Gabrielle DAL BUSCO (Perth Glory), Julia DE ANGELIS (Canberra United), Kobie FERGUSON (NNSW), Sunny FRANCO (Brisbane Roar), Beattie GOAD (Melbourne Victory), Brooke GOODRICH (Brisbane Roar), Amy HARRISON (Sydney FC), Monique IANELLA (Adelaide United), Princess IBINI (FNSW), Kally LEWIS (NNSW), Annabel MARTIN (VIC), Teagan MICAH (Brisbane Roar), Chloe O’BRIEN (Western Sydney Wanderers), Panagiota PETRATOS (FNSW), Olivia PRICE (Sydney FC), Natalie TOBIN (Sydney FC)

Young Matildas’ Results

Thailand 0  –  3 Australia (Harrison 53’(p), Goad 77’, Checker 83’)

Australia 1 (Ferguson 59′) – Laos 0

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The World Football Programme 107.9fm Saturday May 9

May 07, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media

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This week on WA’s The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9fm, Penny Tanner is hosting with studio guest Peter Szkiela from aleaguestats.com. With FFA Cup quarterfinals looming, Aleague finals in full swing, the Roar and Western Sydney being knocked out of the ACL, internationals about to land, Matildas in camp for the World Cup and The Whole of Football Plan just released, theres plenty to chat about. Guests include Goran Stajic, Elisa Dovidio and Sam Musca. Listen in to the Whole of Football Plan Presentation by FFA. Join the conversation by texting us Saturday from 10am on 0408921832, or share your comments and news on our Facebook Group. Listen to live streaming via radiofremantle.com or the RadioTuneInPro mobile app. The World Football Programme, 107.9fm Saturdays from 10 through midday Perth time.

Guest list:
In studio
Peter Szkiela

Live on the phone:
Goran Stajic 10-11am
Audio: FFA Presentation 1030-11am
Elisa D’Ovidio 11-1130am
Sam Musca 1130-12