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Double headers highlight 2016/17 Draw

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: W League

 Melbourne City FC W-League

A total of 19 double headers with Hyundai A-League fixtures and 17 broadcast matches headline the Westfield W-League 2016/17 draw.

The ninth edition of the Westfield W-League will kick-off on 5 November 2016 with a 14 round regular season before culminating in the Grand Final on Sunday 12 February 2017.

FOX SPORTS and ABC Television will broadcast 14 matches throughout the regular season as well as every match in the 2017 Finals Series.

CLICK HERE to download the Westfield W-League 2016/17 Season Draw.

For the first time a Westfield W-League match will be played straight after a Hyundai A-League encounter with Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers FC to do battle in the opening round of the Westfield W-League at nib Stadium straight after the Round 5 Hyundai A-League match between the two clubs on Sunday 6 November.

In a coup for the Hunter region, all six of the Newcastle Jets’ home matches will be played as Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double headers with five at Hunter Stadium and one in Coffs Harbour.

Reigning Westfield W-League Champions Melbourne City FC, who took all before them last season, open their title defence against the Newcastle Jets at C.B. Smith Reserve on 6 November. The broadcast match of the opening round will be the encounter between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory from Coopers Stadium on 7 November prior to the Hyundai A-League match between Adelaide United and the Central Coast Mariners.

Similarly to last season, 2016/17 season will also feature two Sydney derbies (Rounds 2 and 9) and two Melbourne derbies (Rounds 4 and 12).

Head of the Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke says the 2016/17 draw reflects the growing interest and stature of women’s football in Australia.

“Having 19 double headers puts the Westfield W-League on the main stage with the Hyundai A-League and gives football fans even more opportunity to get out and experience the best Australian domestic football has to offer,” said O’Rourke.

“Women’s football is an important component of FFA’s Whole of Football Plan and strategy over the next 20 years and females represent over 20 per cent of registered participants.

“This Westfield W-League draw, together with the calibre of players set to grace the field, has all of the elements to be the best season yet and will continue to encourage even more females to play and be involved in the game.”

“FOX SPORTS and ABC TV are to be commended for their continued support of the Westfield W-League as they broadcast this increasingly popular product into lounge rooms around the country.”

“There are a host of the Westfield Matildas returning home from overseas leagues to play in the Westfield W-League while there is set to be another quota of exceptional foreign talent on show so it augurs for a fantastic season ahead.”

Westfield W-League 2016/17 Snapshot:

  • Westfield W-League 2016/17 Season will kick off on Saturday 5 November 2016 with Brisbane Roar FC taking on Sydney FC at Dunmore Park
  • There are 19 confirmed Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double headers throughout the season
  • For the first time, a Westfield W-League match will be played after a Hyundai A-League match as part of the double header featuring Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers FC at nib Stadium on Sunday 6 November 2016
  • 57 matches in total = 54 regular season matches + 2 Semi-Finals + Westfield W-League Grand Final
  • All of Newcastle Jets’ home matches will be played as Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double headers
  • Melbourne Derby between Melbourne City FC and Melbourne Victory in Round 4 and Round 12
  • Sydney Derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC in Rounds 2 and 9
  • Westfield W-League 2017 Finals Series will see the first placed team host the fourth placed team, and the second placed team host the third placed team in the first week.  The winner of the each Semi-Final will advance to the Westfield W-League 2017 Grand Final which will be hosted by the higher ranked of the two teams.

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Girls’ squad shines ELEVEN FROM CITY DO WELL

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media, State Teams and Programmes

MELVILLE soccer players did their State proud at the Australian School Football Championships in Lark Hill.

Picture: Jon Hewson d458563 WA captain Lucy Jerram attempts to tackle NSW’s Lauren Featherstone.

A total of 11 Melville players did WA proud this week across the four age girls and boys groups at the championships on August 21-26.

The five Melville City players selected in the 19s girls squad were Lucy Jerram (WA captain), Issy Bridger (WA vice-captain), Grace Smith, Piper Boobyer and Jaime Duncanson.

All are part of the Melville City premier women’s squad playing in the State league competition.

Issy’s dad and brother played for Melville, her little sister now plays 13s and is coached by her dad at Melville; Issy is an essential part of the midfield at Melville.

The boys 19s team included four Melville players, Rion Robertson, Shane Boyle, Logan McIsaac (WA captain) and George Festa.

After a week of championship games, a National squad and a Shadow squad have been selected.

The sole Melville player selected in any of the WA 19s Australian teams was WA captain Lucy Jerram.

In the Shadow squad, WA vice-captain Issy Bridger and Shane Boyle were the Melville representatives.

The WA 19s girls finished the week with an 8-1 win over ACT Friday and a bronze medal, while the WA 19s boys team and the girls 12s also capped off their good week with a bronze.

Melville City’s girls 12s contingent included dynamo midfielder Matilda Boyle and goalkeeper for the 14s Melville girls team, Danielle Greaney.


August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Venue: Grindleford Reserve Balcatta
Matches kick off: from 10.15am

10.15 Girls 17s Stirling Panthers v East Fremantle Reserve 1
10.30 Girls 13s North Beach v Ellenbrook Reserve 2
11.50 Girls 14s Joondalup City v Melville City Reserve 2
1.10pm Girls 15s Sorrento v Wanneroo Reserve 2
12.45 Women’s Metro Cup Grand Final Backpackers D1 v Joondalup D2 Reserve 1
3.00pm Women’s State Cup Grand Final Melville v Redbacks Reserve 1

Melville v Balcatta video highlights 14082016

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Football West womens Premier League

See all Melville City FC match highlights on the Melville You Tube Channel


August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Matilda’s goalkeeper Lydia Williams says representing her indigenous heritage at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was a dream come true and meeting her childhood hero Cathy Freeman made her speechless. Along with her teammate Kyah Simon, Lydia Williams has always been a proud exponent of her Aboriginal culture and both players followed in the footsteps of Australian athletic legend Freeman when they competed in Brazil.

After the Matildas were knocked out of the women’s football tournament Williams got the opportunity to meet her idol and the 28-year old says representing her community at the Olympics was an honour. “It’s everything that I dreamed of,” she said. “I’ve been watching the Olympics since before I was playing football, so for me being an Olympian was such an incredible thing.”

“To represent both my country and my culture is a pretty special thing and I’m proud of myself and proud of the girls. Obviously Kyah is as well, it’s a pretty special moment. The time to reflect on it will be after this – which I haven’t really reached yet. I’m definitely proud of the impact I’ve had on the Australian team and the people back home and my family. “

The Matildas were so close to playing off for a medal but lost on penalties to the host country and Williams says she was blown away by how the Brazilian crowd supported their team and the Australians. “It was one of the most amazing experiences that I’ve ever had,” she said. “When the Brazilian anthem was going on and the whole crowd stopped and sung with them.”

“Just reflecting on a moment in women’s sport – it was incredible to see a country get behind their women’s team. I had great respect for the crowd they applauded us after the fantastic effort that we put in and the girls have nothing to feel anything except but proud because we took it to them and it could’ve gone either way at the end.”

The Aussies led eventual gold medallists Germany 2-0 in their second group game before it finished in a 2-2 draw and coupled with the result against Brazil, Williams says exciting times lie ahead. “This team can achieve anything,” she said. “To have the support and the backing of friends and family back home and the fans and the footballing people that’s incredible.”

“It’s only going to grow the game even more and we are really excited for it. This team is still quite young, our average is still 24 and in another four years it’s going to be 28. For us it could’ve been anything can happen with the penalty. We proved that we can compete with anyone in the world and we were just so close but we are really excited to see what we can bring in the future.”


Dal Busco’s brilliance in vain as Angels take the points

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Pictured: Beckenham Angels’ striker Katarina Jukic and Balcatta midfielder Monique Godding in action. Photo: Peter Simcox

Monday, August 29, 2016

A superb goalkeeping display from Balcatta’s Gabby Dal Busco was in vain, after Beckenham Angels ran out 2-1 winners in round 19 of the Bankwest Women’s Premier League, at a wet and windy Mills Park on Sunday afternoon.

Report by Peter Simcox, Football West

The Perth Glory and young Matildas’ custodian produced a number of fine saves to keep the home side at bay, and it helped Balcatta to the lead at the break, with Caitlin Doeglas on target.

But a second half brace from Beckenham striker Katarina Jukic sealed the win and kept them in touch of leaders Northern Redbacks.

Jukic said they struggled on the day.

“We didn’t play our best today, but we did have many chances on goal to win it easily but didn’t convert them,” she said.

“Gabby was awesome for them today, she produced some great saves but they held the line high today and we were caught offside a number of times, but we managed to get the goals in the second half.

“They were scrappy goals but I’ll take them. We were well on top after the break and we had some great service from the midfield, so we’re just happy to take the points.”

Angels coach Jason Washington-King said Dal Busco was superb and they had to work hard to get the points.

“They (Balcatta) are a very good team and they drew with Queens Park last week, and we had to work hard to get the points today,” he said.

“We were a bit wasteful in front of goal today but Gabby was outstanding and I told her after the game. But if we had taken our chances we could have been out of sight.

“But we won the game and you never know in football the leaders might slip up, but we are looking to end the season well.”

Balcatta had the wind at their backs in the first half and Caitlin Doeglas tested stand-in keeper Rhian Mears early, before Madisyn Olguin shot straight at the Beckenham custodian moments later.

The visitors continued to take the game to their hosts and Ash Panaia fired wide on 10 minutes, before Olguin’s free kick flashed just wide of the target.

Balcatta’s early pressure was rewarded with the lead on 22 minutes, Caitlin Doeglas pouncing to fire low past Mears.

When the hosts did get in a scoring position they were thwarted by Dal Busco. Jukic’s curling shot on the half hour was well saved by the keeper, and moments later Marianna Tabain shot over the top.

But four minutes before the break, Beckenham should have levelled. Jukic’s shot was well saved by Dal Busco, but the ball fell kindly to Penelope Clayton who fired over the top.

The hosts opened brightly after the break. Shannon May’s shot was saved low by Dal Busco, before Kate Holtham was again denied by the Balcatta keeper.

Then from the resulting corner Dal Busco produced her best save of the day, reacting superbly to push Jukic’s effort around a post.

But just after the hour Dal Busco was beaten. May sent Holtham down the right and her cross picked out Jukic, who made no mistake at the back post.

It was one-way traffic now and Dal Busco stood tall to deny Eleanor Bates, before she saved low to thwart Jukic, as Beckenham pressed for the winner.

May did beat Dal Busco on 70 minutes but her shot crashed off the base of the post and Tabain’s follow up shot flashed wide.

But five minutes later Beckenham’s pressure told and they hit the front.  Jukic raced clear and held off her marker and challenged Dal Busco, the ball rebounded favorably for the striker and she rolled it into an empty net.

Balcatta almost levelled late on, Melanie Doeglas raced clear of the Beckenham defence but her low shot was well saved by Mears, and Beckenham hung on for the point.s


Beckenham Angels 2 (Jukic 61 Mins, 75)

Balcatta 1 (C. Doeglas 22 Mins)

Sunday August 28, 2016

Mills Park, Beckenham

Referee: John Westmerland

Beckenham Angels: GK Rhian MEARS, 2 Bronwyn CLARK, 3 Annique KEISLER, 4 Jessica LINDQUIST, 5 Shannon MAY, 6 Danielle BROGAN, 7 Marianna TABAIN, 8 Cherralee Clark, 9 Katie HOLTHAM, 10 Jessica LEURS, 11 Eleanor BATES, 12 Emily BRODERICK, 14 Penelope CLAYTON, 16 Katarina JUKIC

Balcatta: GK Gabby DAL BUSCO, 2 Giorgia ALFORD, 3 Tahlia D’OPERA, 4 Cass HARDING, 5 Erika CHILCOTT, 6 Monique GODDING, 8 Lexi NJIRICH, 9 Caitlin DOEGLAS, 11 Melanie DOEGLAS, 12 Tiahna SCANDRETT, 14 Ash PANAIA, 15 Tess DE LEO, 17 Madisyn OLGUIN

Metro Division One Championship

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: Competitions

Metro Division One women’s league. Taking it down to the wire … Gotta hand it to Dynamos. There’s no giving in. After a 4-2 win over league leaders Melville City, Dynamos take the top of the table and give Melville the smallest of windows via the last round of resuming the League Championship.

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August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: Competitions


Metro Division One Current Second Placed Team Dynamos are looking to make the move into the Perth State League in 2017.

The club come with a strong winning pedigree from the South West competition.

Led by former State Players Lisa Ward and Deb Farrell (Dynamos Ladies Ambassador), the coaching team of Dave Goldsmith Nancey Kusin, Goal Keeper Coach Michael Caddy and a host of capable young players, Dynamos have consistently maintained numbers and performances throughout this year in Metro Division One. Maintaining numbers has been one of the downfalls of Bunbury sides in previous forays into Perth state leagues.

If their place in WSL is determined by performance then they thoroughly deserve it. However the hard yards come with having to supply multiple teams to support their WSL application.

Let’s not forget WNPL is coming and clubs who want the profile and top level of competition will be searching for entry into the current WSL to achieve that.

THE MATCH OF THE ROUND this week must be Melville MD1 v Bunbury Dynamos at Winthrop today at 1pm.

The outcome of this match will determine the league and Melville will have to pull out all stops to retain their place at the top of the league in their last two games. Only one point separates the two sides.

You couldn’t find two sides with such differing styles. Melville play with a central group of long lived club players who play with pure passion and alongside multiple combinations of youthful support from the junior players within the club.

Dynamos have a structured disciplined style that is tough to break down. The heart of their team is Lisa Ward, a vocal, physical, talented committed Bunbury player through and through.

It will be a cracking game!

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Melville Players in WA 19s School Soccer squad

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

Grace Smith, Lucy Jerram, Dave Kindness (Melville City FC President), Issy Bridger, Jaime Duncanson, Piper Boobyer

School Football Championships

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

Congratulations to the WA School Sports Teams after a week at Lark Hill in the Australian School Football Championships

19s WA Captain (Melville City) Lucy Jerram  (right of pic) and Bree Alexander (Leeming Strikers)  (left of pic) won selection in the full Australian squad after outstanding performances this week.

WA Vice Captains Issy Bridger (Melville City) and Courtney Owen (Queens Park) along with Amy Coghlan (Quinns) were selected in the Australian Shadow squad.

WA 19s finished with an 8-1 win over ACT today and a bronze medal.

The 12s girls and the 19s boys teams also won bronze.

Well done WA!