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Cup Finals Sunday September 27, watch for the VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

September 21, 2015 By: Penny Category: Competitions


Metro Cup Grand Final:

Backpackers (Division Two) v Beckenham (Division One) 12.45pm

Beckenham Angels finished 5th in Division One (Stirling Panthers finished League Champions)

Backpackers are currently sitting top of the second division and have their last league to play against second placed Melville, October 4 at noon at Elstead Reserve.

State Cup Grand Final:

NTC 19s v Beckenham Angels 3pm

Both are Premier teams.

NTC finished fourth in the Premier Division.

Beckenham Angels finished a narrow second to Redbacks after conclusion of the Premier League on Sunday. Both Redbacks and Angels accumulated 100 goals each during the season and conceded under 25 each.

The NTC team are coached by Jessine Bonzas.

All of Stirling Panthers, Redbacks, Angels and Backpackers have amassed at least 100 goals FOR this season.

All Perth leagues conclude final rounds this weekend September 27, on the same day as the Cup Finals.

In 2015 the Finalists were Bunbury Dynamos v Fremantle City (Bunbury won) in the Metro Cup and Redbacks and Melville City (Redbacks won). The games were held at Balga.

Dynamos took out the South West Cup recently with club legend Lisa Ward Murphy helping the young ones along.

Football West will be recording both Finals at Balcatta this Sunday, so stay tuned for the highlights package on

Venue: Grindleford Reserve, Balcatta

Bayswater 6 a side junior carnival

September 18, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

5 Premier Boys Divisions
1 Premier Girls Division
Ages 11-16

When: Friday Nights (16/10/15 to 18/12/15)
Where: Frank Drago Reserve
Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Cost: $1000 per team or $100 per player or $10 per player/game.
Divisions: 8 teams per Age Division, Semi Final and Final (17/12/15).
Lisa Grehan
phone: 0411 411 940


September 17, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Melville City FC are looking for suitably qualified applicants to Coach the Women’s State League Squads in 2016. The positions will be filled by a number of coaches depending on the credentials of the applicants. The season commences in January with training leading into the preseason Night Series in March. The squad competes in the Football West Premier League. Training and home games are within the City of Melville. The club is the largest in WA and has a steadily growing number of girls and women’s teams. Applicants should have a minimum C licence and a well rounded knowledge of girls and women’s football here in Perth. The position is overseen by the Club Technical Director and Women’s Vice President. Submissions should include your covering letter summarising relevant credentials with your portfolio attached and addressed to by October 31, 2015.

Women’s Football News

September 16, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

The season is almost over for everyone, I will supply a promotion and relegation round up in a few weeks. Meanwhile here’s some important dates and news:

Your new Womens Standing Committee has been elected for the next two years
Dave Scragg, Chair (Wanneroo)
Conrad McKelvie (Redbacks)
Jen Normanton (Subiaco)
Penny Tanner (Melville)
Tracey Wheeler (Beckenham)
Felim Rugel (Fremantle City)
Guests- Keith Wood, Elisa Dovidio, Football West and Jessie Bonzes, NTC Coach

Minutes are posted to women
The next Womens Standing Committee meeting is Wednesday September 16. If you have any comments, feedback or would like to become a member of the Committee, please email Keith Wood or Dave Scragg.

Expressions of interest for expanding the State League in 2016
This is open through to October 2. Currently the Premier League has 8 teams and the State League Division One has 9.
Refer this link:
The Womens Standing Committee is currently undertaking a review of the entire competition set up, leading to a possible restructure in 2016. Contact the Committee or Keith Wood at FBW with your thoughts.

Cup Grand Finals State League and Metro
Sunday September 27 at Balcatta’s Grindleford Reserve
The following week is the final round for all women’s competitions on Sunday October 4
FBW have staggered all the Cup Finals through the month of September

The Perth Glory W League launch and fixtures
Thursday 24th September at Gairloch Reserve Ardross 3pm-7pm
Refer for the Glorys fixtures. Starting Saturday October 24 with their first home game at Ashfield Reserve.
Broadcast schedule

FOX SPORTS and ABC TV Broadcast Schedule

Date     Fixture     Venue
18 Oct 2015    Brisbane Roar v Canberra United    Suncorp Stadium
25 Oct 2015    Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory    AAMI Park
1 Nov 2015    Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC    Pirtek Stadium
8 Nov 2015    Canberra United v Melbourne City    Central Coast Stadium
15 Nov 2015    Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory    Suncorp Stadium
22 Nov 2015    Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets    Coopers Stadium
29 Nov 2015    Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United    Central Coast Stadium
6 Dec 2015    Adelaide United v Perth Glory    Coopers Stadium
13 Dec 2015    Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City    Hunter Stadium
20 Dec 2015    Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar    Central Coast Stadium
27 Dec 2015    Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC    AAMI Park
3 Jan 2016    Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory    Hunter Stadium
No home games televised for Glory

Football West Trophy Presentations
WA Football Awards for NPL and State League competitions, Saturday October 17
Trophy Presentation Day League winners, individual awards all other competitions, Sunday October 25
Contact FBW for venue and more information Ph 6181 0700

Skill Aquisition and NTC Trials are underway through September

For young players skill development and teenage players for skill and match development.

Contact Football West for more information
Summer competitions
Club noticeboard
Summer Futsal with Football West
Blackwood United 5 a side Carnival
Busselton Carnival Shamrock carnival
WA Futsal Centre Bibra Lake

Coaching and Refereeing
Female only game training course through Elisa DOvidio at Football West starting October 24
Referee accreditation is free for female players. Contact Eddie Lennie at Football West or Sam Musca (Referees Standing Committee)

Mediums to catch up on girls and women football (and its Facebook page)
WA Elite Womens Football facebook page
Perth Glory Women Facebook page
The World Football Programme Radio 107.9FM Saturday mornings 10-12noon (also on Facebook

Congratulations to
The Matildas for reaching the quarterfinals in the Womens World Cup Canada 2015
Carolina Morace (former Italian National player and international Coach), who has just been appointed to Floreat Athena as their NPL Technical Director)

Thanks for all of your great work in giving the opportunity to the girls and ladies to participate in our game!

FOX SPORTS and ABC TV to broadcast Westfield W-League

September 15, 2015 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, W League

image: United captain Nicole Begg kisses last season's Westfield W-League Championship trophy.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Staff writer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has brokered a deal with FOX SPORTS and ABC TV that will see the Westfield W-League broadcast on both networks for the 2015/16 season in a significant boost for women’s football in Australia.

FOX SPORTS and ABC will both show a LIVE broadcast of the match of the round, to be staged as double headers with the Hyundai A-League match on Sunday afternoon.

The first broadcast match will see defending Westfield W-League Champions Canberra United take on Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday 18 October. Kick off for all matches is 2pm.

The new broadcast arrangement gives Australia’s female players the broadest television exposure in the eight-year history of the Westfield W-League.

“This is a fantastic step forward for women’s football in Australia and FFA would like to acknowledge the cooperation of FOX SPORTS and the ABC in working together to bring the broadcast to life,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“The growth of the Westfield W-League is a crucial component in our long term strategy around women’s football and we will move into the 2015/16 season with coverage on FOX SPORTS as well as free to air TV.

“The Sunday broadcast match will be a double header with the Hyundai A-League match and form part of FOX SPORTS’ Sunday afternoon football coverage, another step in growing the exposure around women’s football.”


FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “FOX SPORTS has worked closely with the FFA to ensure football fans can watch live W-League action each weekend.

“It’s a fantastic outcome for women’s football in Australia and will be the perfect complement to our live Sunday afternoon Hyundai A-League coverage.

“Football fans will now be able to watch the best male and female footballers in the country each week on FOX SPORTS.”

“The W-League is a great addition to FOX SPORTS’ unrivalled football offering which includes every match of the Barclays Premier League and Hyundai A-League, every Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier plus live coverage of the FFA Cup and AFC Champions League,” Mr Delany concluded.

The double-header arrangement, which makes use of FOX SPORTS’ Hyundai A-League broadcast facilities, has created the opportunity for the public broadcaster to bring the coverage to free to air audiences.

ABC’s Director of Television, Richard Finlayson, said the combination of the double-header solution and the support of the FFA had made it possible to bring the W-League back to the ABC.

“Thanks to creative thinking and great collaboration between the FFA, FOX SPORTS and the ABC, the growing sport of Women’s football will be available to fans and audiences around Australia on both subscription and free to air TV,” Finlayson said.

The “Match of the Round” broadcast fixtures for the first 12 rounds are locked in with a decision to be made on the broadcast games for the final two rounds (10 th and 17 th January 2016) in late December to ensure the big end of season matches are on television.

FOX SPORTS and ABC TV will also broadcast the two Westfield W-League semi-finals on 23-24 January as well as the Westfield W-League 2016 Grand Final on 31 January, which will be a standalone event.

FOX SPORTS and ABC TV broadcast matches for Westfield W-League

Date Fixture Venue
18 Oct 2015 Brisbane Roar v Canberra United Suncorp Stadium
25 Oct 2015 Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory AAMI Park
1 Nov 2015 Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC Pirtek Stadium
8 Nov 2015 Canberra United v Melbourne City Central Coast Stadium
15 Nov 2015 Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium
22 Nov 2015 Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets Coopers Stadium
29 Nov 2015 Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United Central Coast Stadium
6 Dec 2015 Adelaide United v Perth Glory Coopers Stadium
13 Dec 2015 Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City Hunter Stadium
20 Dec 2015 Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar Central Coast Stadium
27 Dec 2015 Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC AAMI Park
3 Jan 2016 Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory Hunter Stadium


Applications open for Extension of Womens State League 2016

September 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Competitions, Women's Standing Committee

The State League Division One which currently consists of 9 teams, will be expanded in 2016.

The Women’s Standing Committee is currently undertaking a review of the current State League set up and is taking on feedback to determine a pathway into National Premier League Football.

Contact, the WSC Chairperson with your thoughts.

Contact for more information on entry to the State League.

Expressions of interest close Friday October 2.

Matildas cancel September US tour due to pay dispute

September 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage

Q&A: Matildas CBA

Q&A: Matildas CBA

Photo Credit: Emily Mogic Photography

The Matildas, Australian women’s national team, have taken unprecedented action in withdrawing from a scheduled training camp and 10 day, two match tour with recently crowned world champions the United States.

Here are some quick points on the current situation as we are currently aware.

What has led to the Matildas camp and tour withdrawals?

The PFA have been negotiating on behalf of the Matildas, Socceroos (men’s national team) and A-League (men’s national league) players for the last two months since the expiration of all three Collective Bargaining Agreements in July 2015.

All three parties are negotiating together for the first time with PFA attempting a “whole of game” negotiation.

The tense negotiations have escalated into player action with last week the Socceroos declining corporate activities on behalf of the FFA and this week the Matildas withdrawing from a 3 day camp and, subsequently, next week’s US tour matches.

Are the Matildas under contract?

Not at present. The previous CBA covered the Matildas up until 22 May 2015.

An interim agreement was struck for the period of the Women’s World Cup with a new CBA to be agreed for the next four years.

“There are no contracted Matildas any longer. They came back from Canada without Matildas contracts.” – PFA CEO Adam Vivian.

What were the terms of the previous CBA?

While they have not been disclosed, it is widely understood that the players were all contracted on a base rate of $21,000 per year or $150 daily wage and an equal share in 30 per cent of all prize money.

In addition, they were provided with the following match payments:

  • $500 per standard international game
  • $500 per group-stage tournament game
  • $600 per round of 16-tournament game
  • $750 per tournament quarter-final
  • $1250 per tournament semi-final or third or fourth-place playoff
  • $1500 per tournament final

The contention is that for some players they would be pay a little over $10,000 for the last 6 months, for which they were on national team duty for 154 days of a possible 182 (between 1 January 2015 and 1 July 2015).

As a consequence, they were earning approximately $400 pw with limited ability to supplement the income due to a full time training load.

With the Australian minimum wage set at $656.90 per week (before tax), the PFA argue that the players have been underpaid and are proposing an immediate correction.

[MORE: Full Coverage of Matildas CBA dispute]

What are the player’s claims for pay and conditions under a new CBA?

In terms of pay, the players are looking for an immediate increase of the player payment pool – to correct the previously stated underpayment – from $750,000 to $1 million for 25 player contracts.

This would equate to a base increase from $21,000 per player to $40,000 per player.  The team would also move back to a tiered model with a Tier 1 Matilda at $40,000 and Tier 2 at $33,000.

There would then be an annual increases of 15% across the 4 year term of the new CBA.

In terms of conditions, the players claims include:

::   Mode of employment – paying them as full time professionals for full time load
::   Number of players on contract – the FFA have offered 18 player contracts while PFA proposing current 25
::   Length of the contract – currently 6 months – to increase to 12 months for player certainty
::   Notice period for terminations – provide for more than 1 month notice
::   Facility access ie gym memberships
::   Parental Management Policy
::   Scheduling
::   Domestic playing obligations – precluding players from Matildas contracts if not in the W-League
::   Increased commercial opportunities
::   Medical standards

What is the offer from the FFA?

The offer currently on the table from the FFA is an immediate 10% increase in player pool from $750,000 to $850,000.

This would increase the current base wage from $21,000 per year to $33,000.  There would then be an annual increase of 15% for the four years of the new CBA.

They have also offered “significant increases in spending on air travel, accommodation and benefits for Matildas players”.

“The offer to the Matildas would basically double their pay over the next four years.” – FFA CEO David Gallop

In addition, the FFA has invested substantially in a new television agreement that would cover broadcast of the upcoming W-League season and also Matildas (would have included the US matches).

How does it compare with other women’s national teams?

While the figures are not publicly available, the national team players top five women’s football countries – USA, Germany, Japan, France and England – are considered to be fully professional earning that minimum of AUD$40,000.

Could the Matildas have gone on the US tour?

The short answer is yes. The FFA tabled a Letter of Agreement to cover the pre-tour camp and the US tour.

It provided for a basic daily allowance and match fees but did not address the other claims proposed by the players.

So why didn’t they?

For the players, the issue is they are currently uncontracted and as a result have not been paid for two months.

“The employment status of the Matildas is uncertain and their financial stability is uncertain…What they are saying is that enough is enough.” – Adam Vivian.

How much further are players prepared to go?

Unless something changes significantly, they will not be going to the USA.

The players ultimately want the right deal and if it takes time they are committed to that. The players have said they will continue to work towards a deal.

“It may be a case of taking a step backwards [in the short term] to go forwards. It is not necessarily what anyone wants.”

“It is an important stand they are taking and it comes back to the way that have been treated over an extended period of time.”

“It comes back to a work v value issue. They are not being valued for the work they do, the success they have had and the performances they have put on.”


Perth Glory Women’s W-League Season Draw

September 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: W League


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Westfield W-League fixtures released today

This year the stage is set for an exciting Westfield W-League 2015/16 season for Perth Glory Women as they aim to go one step further on the back of a historic 2014.

The team will kick-off its campaign on October 17, against rivals Melbourne Victory before returning home to play back-to-back games at Ashfield Reserve against Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City (see below 15/16 fixtures).

The October 31 clash against City is expected to be a fiery encounter after former Glory girl Lisa De Vanna signed with the glamour club which has entered the competition for the first time.

On the back of winning the NPL WA U-20 championship, head coach Bobby Despotovski said his focus now turns to his talented women’s team which has secured the signatures of Matilda stars, Sam Kerr, Mackenzie Arnold, Kim Carroll and Caitlin Foord. “The fixtures are the same for everybody and we are going to prepare the best way we can to succeed to get into the top four” he said. “After the girls came desperately short last year we want to do something and go one step further and win the championship” he added.

Despotovski said while winning the championship with the U-20s NPL team was a positive and historic achievement for the club, he was adamant he would not rest on his laurels when it came to the W-League season. “My job is to sell the story to the girls. First we need to make the top four and get into the play-offs and then winning from there” he said. The full Perth Glory Women’s squad will be unveiled at the club’s season launch later this month.

#ThreeTeamsOneGlory #WestVsRest



Summer Futsal competition

September 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, Competitions

Football West News

Women’s futsal competition kicks off next month

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Football West will host a futsal competition for women at the Maccabi Sports Hall in Yokine from October 25.

Football West News

The five-a-side competition is open to female players over 16 years of age.

Initiates file downloadComplete this form and return to to be part of the action during this 10-week competition.

Team entry is $680.

Contact for further information.

More info here:[year]=2015&tx_ttnews[month]=09&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1733&cHash=f4b1b32a8e8fa0df60b6cc1667806228

May,Carroll and Eastman back for more Glory

September 10, 2015 By: Penny Category: W League

image:'s Team update

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Perth Glory Women have secured the signatures of three vital players from last year’s Westfield W-League squad.

The club is pleased to welcome back midfield general Shannon May, as well as Young Matilda Sarah Carroll and talented defender Thia Eastman.

Head Coach Bobby Despotovski’s recruitment drive now includes 7 players, after the acquisition of Matildas Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord, Mackenzie Arnold and Kim Carroll.

The Perth Glory club legend is pleased with the Glory Women’s squad recruitment so far this off-season.

“We are building for a new season ahead and I’m pleased with the talent we have on board. We’ve still got a few more excting players to announce and that will come in due course” he said.

The recruitment of Shannon May is particularly pleasing for Glory following Collette McCallum’s retirement after last season.

With May entering her 7th straight season in purple, the 24-year-old offers a no-nonsense, defensive side to Glory’s game, allowing creative players like Kerr and Foord to drive forward with comfort.

May was also awarded Perth Glory Women’s Most Glorious Player in 2009, and has 64 caps and 2 goals to her name.

The contract extension of Sarah Carroll is also a cause for excitement; the 20-year-old Young Matilda already has 37 Perth Glory FC caps to her name, and has the talent to become a Matildas regular in the future. Carroll came through Football West’s NTC program and wore the number 2 through last season.

Centre-back Thia Eastman also rejoins the Glory squad for a third straight season, after impressing in her ten Perth Glory caps. Eastman is recognised for her composure on the ball and her ability to distribute from the back. Eastman’s talent will be vital to Glory’s premiership defence in the coming Westfield W-League season.

All three footballers have begun training with the squad and Despotovski.

You can access all Westfield W-League matches with any Perth Glory membership and don’t forget you can become a Perth Glory Women’s Foundation membership HERE for just $40 here

Don’t forget you can also purchase a Perth Glory FC Hyundai A-League 2015/16 membership right now.

Click HERE for more details

#ThreeTeamsOneGlory #WestVsRest