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The World Football Programme Saturday August 29, 2015

August 27, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, World Football


Guests this week include

David Kindness

Danny Dewhurst
Garry Church
Daniel Garb
Tony Di Toro

This Saturday morning, Penny Tanner, Dave Kindness and Danny Dewhurst talk the weeks football news on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM. Call us on 0894942100 during the first hour when we talk up junior football pathways, growth and challenges, here in WA. Guests Garry Church (Football West Development Officer), Daniel Garbin (Fox Sports) and Tony Di Toro (Perth SC) give their input on junior football, the DT 38 Foundation and the worlds largest Youth Tournament, the Gothia Cup. Ring us and talk live after 10am or share your news on our Facebook Group or Text 0408921832 at anytime from 10am through to midday Perth time, Saturdays. The World Football Programme,107.9fm.

Angels defeat arch rivals in local derby

August 27, 2015 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Monday, August 24, 2015

Beckenham Angels kept their title winning dream alive after a 3-1 victory over local rivals Queens Park at Coker Park on Sunday.

Report by Rachel Collier,

Beckenham Angels kept their title winning dream alive after a 3-1 victory over local rivals Queens Park at Coker Park on Sunday.

The away side, who sit in second place on the Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division ladder, put on an impressive performance racing into a 6th minute lead.

It was midfielder Jamie Lee Gale who grabbed her first of the game to open the scoring after great build-up play through the middle of the park.

Danielle Calautti delivered the low cross to which Gale dispatched, leaving the Queens Park keeper rooted.

Gale was outstanding down the right flank with her second goal coming in the 61st minute; an unstoppable shot from outside the box to make it 3-0 for the visitors.

Between Gale’s goals, Perth Glory duo Marianna Tabain and Shannon May, caused Queens Park problems.

Tabain crossed the ball in from the right and May headed home from inside the penalty area in the 53rd minute.

Beckenham coach Jason Washington King said it was a big result coming off the back of a tough game against NTC last week.

“Queens play a similar kind of style to them (NTC) which is tough, physical and full on,” he said.

Queens Park’s chances were few and far between, however, their determination and fight finally paid off when Natasha Rigby grabbed a late consolation goal in the 86th minute.

Brooke Johnston skipped past the Beckenham defence to play in Rigby who was one-on-one with the keeper and netted at the second opportunity to round off the scoring at 3-1.

With only four minutes to play Washington King was frustrated by their consolation goal.

“The game was a real battle today. We played really well in parts however we were disappointed to concede so late on. They’d created very little until that point,” he said.

Looking to the last leg of the league campaign, the Beckenham coach remains hopeful.

“Today was our biggest hurdle and we’ve come through it. The three points keeps us in with a chance of winning the league and that’s what we’re looking to do,” he said.

Today’s victory keeps Beckenham in the hunt for the title, with them hoping that Queens Park can do them a favour, when they take on Northern Redbacks next Sunday at Celebration Park.

Meanwhile Beckenham are looking to keep their winning run going when they face Quinns FC at Sutherlands Park on Sunday at 3pm.

Queens Park 1 (RIGBY 86′)
Beckenham Angels 3 (GALE 6′ 61′ MAY 53′)
Coker Park, Queens Park
Sunday 23rd August 2015
Kick off: 3.00pm
Referee: Joseph Love

Queens Park: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN, 2. Helene BORDAS, 3. Rebecca DICARLO, 6. Monique GORDON, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8. Stacey LEARMONT, 9. Brooke JOHNSTON, 10. Nikki CAMPBELL, 12. Natasha RIGBY, 13. Georgina KENT, 15. Jessica DAMARGO, 27. Katie SCHUBERT, 28. Temira ROWATT, 30. Charlotte ANDRIESSEN
Yellow Cards: nil
Red Cards: nil

Beckenham Angels: 1. Kate BURNS, 3. Annique KEISLER, 4. Jess LINDQUIST, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Roxy DODD, 7. Janelle ST PIERRE, 8. Jamie-Lee GALE, 9. Danielle CALAUTTI, 10. Kathryn CONROY, 11. Caitlyn BROOMHEAD, 12. Stephanie CAIN, 14. Lindsey KENYON, 16. Katarina JUKIC, 17. Marianna TABAIN
Yellow Cards: nil
Red Cards: nil

Vale Peter Dimopoulos

August 27, 2015 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes, WA on the world stage

Photo courtesy: WA Football Hall of Fame/Football west

Exert from Women’s Soccer, No Longer a Gentleman’s Game (Author Penny Tanner)

Peter Dimopoulos

‘Peter was the longest serving President of the WAWSA before his retirement from office in 1985 (served in years 1976, 77, 79-85). He instigated the writing of the constitution in 1975, after becoming involved with the Association through coaching the senior State team and acting committee member in that year. For his efforts and service to women’s soccer, Peter was elected life member in 1983. From 1975-77, and 1981-84, he coached the senior State teams. He played until 1958, and after a break, returned to Perth in 1960 to help form the Junior Soccer Association for boys. In 1978 he helped coach Floreat Athena and Kingsway Olympic and has also over the years coached Spearwood Dalmatinic seniors and juniors, Swan Valley, Floreat Athena juniors, and for the 1990 season coached North Perth Croatia -all men’s teams. Since 1986, Peter has been on the protests and disputes board at the Soccer Federation and acting delegate for the WAWSA to the Soccer Federation 1976-7 and 1979-85. His involvement with soccer finished in 1991 with his retirement from his position at the Soccer Federation, but was reinstated into soccer with his appointment as President of the new West Coast Women’s Soccer Federation. 1990 was Peter’s 50th year of involvement with soccer!’

In his later years Peter served on the WA Football Hall of Fame since his induction in 1996 until recently.

Peter’s contribution to women’s football and the history of the game in WA was immeasurable

A funeral service will be held at Fremantle Cemetery on Monday at 10am.

Womens Standing Committee Minutes August 12, 2015

August 24, 2015 By: Penny Category: Women's Standing Committee


First minutes for the newly elected WSC 2015, in for a 2 year term.

The new 2015 Committee is:

Dave Scragg Chair (Wanneroo)

Conrad McKelvie (Redbacks)

Tracey Wheeler (Beckenham)

Jen Normanton (Subiaco)

Penny Tanner (Melville)

Felim Rugel (Fremantle City)

Most of these representative clubs support multi tiered levels of our competition. There are 4 more seats available on the committee.

Guests: Jessine Bonzas (NTC), Elisa D’Ovidio (Football West Womens Development Officer), Keith Wood (Football West Administrator)

WA Pride drives Matilda Kerr for more Glory

August 20, 2015 By: Penny Category: W League


Sam Kerr

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Harley Mitaros
West Australian Matildas star Samantha Kerr commits to a new one-year contract Perth Glory Women.

Kerr signs on after representing Australia in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June, where the Matildas famously upset Brazil to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Kerr is looking forward to representing her home city for the upcoming Westfield W-League season and is highly driven to go one step further.

“I really enjoyed last season as it was a great season, but mostly I just love being able to play at home and play for the city where I grew up.” says Kerr. “It’s just different playing for your home state and I like that.”

Kerr said she was excited to link up with club legend Bobby Despotovski following conversations with fellow teammates and with the club’s all-time top goalscorer himself.

“I’m yet to meet Bobby (Despotovski) but I have spoke to him on the phone,” said Kerr. “I have heard really good things about him and everyone at Perth Glory seems really excited about this upcoming season, so that makes me excited.”

Kerr’s decision to re-sign for the club comes on the back of an incredible Women’s World Cup for the Matildas, and the 22-year-old is determined to maintain that level of achievement.

“The next goal personally for me is just to have a good season with Glory, to stay fit and healthy,” Kerr said. “Hopefully in the long run, we can win the premiership as a team and have the Matildas qualify for the Olympics.”

Head coach Bobby Despotovski was full of praise for Kerr and the important role she plays in inspiring the next generation of young female footballers.

“Sam is a local girl, and we all know the Kerr family and their prominence in sporting circles,” said Despotovski. “Every aspiring, young, female West Australian footballer is looking up to Sam as a hero.”

“She brings speed, skill and leadership to the Perth Glory squad.”

“She’s a current Matilda, she’s played in the World Cup and she’s enjoying life. She is the ultimate role model.”

Kerr’s pace, technical ability and experience is a considerable boost to the Glory’s forward-line for the upcoming 2015-16 Westfield W-League season. Arriving straight from New Jersey-based National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) outfit Sky Blue FC, Kerr brings a considerable pedigree to Perth Glory Women.

Very well respected by teammates and opposition alike, Kerr received the 2009 Westfield W-League Players’ Player award at the age of 16 and in the same season she picked up the Women’s Goal of the Year award. She also won the Westfield W-League championship with Sydney FC Women in 2012-13, and the 2013 NWSL Shield (similar to our premiership) with Western New York Flash.

On the national stage, Kerr has been capped 42 times for the Matildas, scoring 7 goals in the green and gold. Her second goal came in a 1-1 draw against North Korea in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Final, where the Matildas went on to win on penalties and claim Australia’s first silverware in the Asian Confederation. She has also won the AFF U16 Women’s Championship in 2009, and the FFA Female U20 Footballer of the Year in 2010 and 2014.

Kerr is expected to arrive in Perth from Sky Blue FC in late September.

You can access all Westfield W-League matches with any Perth Glory membership; join today and become part of the Glory family. Membership options:

#ThreeTeamsOneGlory #WestVsRest


World Cup hero Foord returns to Glory

August 20, 2015 By: Penny Category: W League


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Harley Mitaros
Matildas star Caitlin Foord has signed a one-year contract for Perth Glory Women.

Foord signs on after her highly impressive showing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including her highly-praised performance against Brazil. The 20-year-old’s defensive performance against 5-time World Women’s Player of the Year Marta received high acolades, as Australia consigned Brazil to their first Round of 16 World Cup exit in 19 years.

Perth Glory Women’s coach Bobby Despotovski was thrilled to have Foord’s services for the 2015-16 Westfield W-League season.

“This was an easy decision to make,” Despotovski said. “She is an extremely valuable member of the team and last season, she was exceptional on the wing.”

“She brings the whole lot to the club, she’s played for the national team in the World Cup and brings direction, leadership, and skills that will separate Glory from losing games and winning games this year.”

Foord was also excited to re-join the Glory for another season, and stated her desire to win the championship this year in the Westfield W-League.

“After the amazing season and the time I had with the club last year, it was hard to not want to come back,” says Foord. “It was such a fun group of girls on and off the field.”

“I haven’t met Bobby Despotovski yet, but I’m looking forward to working with someone new and learning new things.”

“I’m really looking forward to trying to go one step further than we did last year, and that would be winning the championship with the club,” said Foord.

“We fell short last year by going down in the grand final. Obviously we want to get there first, but it would be amazing to win the championship with this club and this group of girls.”

Although just 20-years-old, Foord brings great experience to Bobby Despotovski’s squad.

Foord incredibly joined Australia’s U17 Women’s team setup at 13, and at age 16 made her Westfield W-League debut for Sydney FC. Foord has gone on to make 59 league appearances, winning 3 trophies, including the Westfield W-League Premiership last season with Glory.

Foord scored on her Matildas debut against New Zealand in May 2011 and became Australia’s youngest ever World Cup footballer at 16 years old. Incredibly, her stellar performance at the 2011 World Cup in Germany saw her recognised as the Best Young Player of the tournament, Asian Young Footballer of the Year and Football Federation Australia’s U20 Footballer of the Year.

To date, Foord has scored 5 times in 34 appearances in Australia’s Green and Gold, and is a regular inclusion in the Matildas starting line-up. She is currently in the United States finishing off the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) campaign with New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC.

The Westfield W-League season begins on October 17, with the fixtures yet to be finalised.

You can access all Westfield W-League matches with any Perth Glory membership; join today and become part of the Glory family. Membership options:

#ThreeTeamsOneGlory #WestVsRest


Johnston double sinks City

August 20, 2015 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division champions Queens Park put on an impressive first half performance to collect another three points after beating Melville City 3-0 at Coker Park on Sunday.

Report by Rachel Collier

Queens Park, who finished top of the table last season, sit in third place, eight points behind league-leaders Northern Redbacks.

In recent weeks Queens Park have put together a good run of form and their confidence was clear to see as they put on an accomplished first half performance against a shell shocked Melville.

After a dominant opening period, Queens Park turned their possession into goals. The first came in the 15th minute and set the tone for the first half.

Influential captain Nikki Campbell whipped in a corner to the near post, which was met by the run of Brooke Johnston, who calmly headed home to give Queens Park the advantage.

Only minutes later Johnston was again causing havoc bagging her second goal of the game in emphatic fashion.

She was played in by Georgina Kent and beautifully lobbed the stranded Melville keeper from 27m, to make the score 2-0 in the 22nd minute.

Johnston proved a constant threat, which Melville failed to stifle on countless occasions. Not content with a first half brace, Johnston then turned provider.

The Queens Park number nine skipped past two players and played a perfect low cross to the back post, which Katie Schubert slid home, to make it 3-0 in the 32nd minute.

With the half time break came a turn in the tide. The young guns of Melville came out blazing and corrected their first half failings.

They limited Queens Park to half chances denying their ability to play free flowing football which lit up the first half.

Melville coach Tony Carvajal was impressed with his sides improved display.

“We came out in the second half as a much more aggressive force. We defended hard and fought well in midfield without creating any clear cut chances,” he said.

“In the first half we were over-run but our fight back and determination was great. We stopped their dominance and attack whilst trying to play.

“We have a young side with some 15 and 16 year old players and there is so much potential for this team going forward.”

Queens Park could have a big say in the league title race when they take on second-placed Beckenham Angels at Coker Park on Sunday 23rd August, 3pm.

Meanwhile Melville travel to Gumblossom Park to face Quinns FC.

Queens Park 3 (JOHNSTON 15′ 22′ SCHUBERT 32′)
Melville City 0

Coker Park, Queens Park
Sunday 16th August 2015 – 3pm
Referee: M. Divers

Queens Park: 1. Maya DIEDERICHSEN, 2. Helene BORDAS, 3. Rebecca DICARLO, 4. Janelle CUTHBERTSON, 6. Monique GORDON, 7. Brittany WOODFIN, 8. Stacey LEARMONT, 9. Brooke JOHNSTON, 10. Nikki CAMPBELL, 12. Natasha RIGBY, 13. Georgina KENT, 24. Adel JACKSON, 27. Katie SCHUBERT, 28. Jessica DARMAGO, Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil

Melville City: 1. Evie GOOCH, 2. Shannon TURNER, 8. Emma YLIAS, 9. Jenny HOMES, 11. Raffi WALTMAN, 12. Lucy GERM, 14. Kathryn RILEY, 15. Laura WALTMAN, 18. Taylor MAGUIRE, 19. Caroline BRADY, 20. Issy BRIDGER, 25. Zoe YAO, 29. Julia KAGIANNIS, 35. Gabrielle WALKER, 37. Siobhan LONGMORE
Yellow cards: nil
Red cards: nil