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Sydney FC, Canberra and Perth reach the Final Series W-League

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Sydney FC 1 – 3 Newcastle Jets

Goals From:

Arin Gilliland 57′ 74′ 78′ (Newcastle Jets)

Kyah Simon 90+3′ (Sydney FC)


Western Sydney 1 – 0 Canberra United

Goals From:

Katherine Stengel 43′ (Western Sydney)


Melbourne City 3 – 1 Brisbane Roar

Goals From:

Marianna Tabain 18′ (Melbourne City)

Rebekah Stott 62′ 90+2′ (Melbourne City)

Katrina-Lee Gorry 67′ (Brisbane Roar)


Perth Glory 1 – 2 Adelaide United

Goals From:

Rosie Sutton 10′ (Perth Glory)

Danielle Colaprico 15′ 84′ (Adelaide United)


Australia Westfield W-League Leading Goalscorer:

Samantha Kerr – Perth Glory  10

Ashleigh Sykes – Canberra United  10

Natasha Dowie – Melbourne Victory  9

Adriana Jones – Adelaide United  7

Sofia Huerta – Adelaide United  7

Jessica Fishlock – Melbourne City  6

Katherine Stengel – Wanderers 6

Jennifer Hoy – Newcastle Jets  6

Rosie Sutton – Perth Glory  6

Jenna Kingsley – Newcastle Jets  5

Tameka Butt – Brisbane Roar  5

Kyah Simon – Sydney FC  4

Racheal Quigley – Adelaide United  4

Nickoletta Flannery – Canberra United  4

Remy Siemsen – Sydney FC  4

Vanessa DiBernardo – Perth Glory  4

Arin Gilliland – Newcastle Jets  4

Katrina Gorry – Brisbane Roar  4

Leena Khamis – Sydney FC  3

Marianna Tabain – Melbourne City  3

Danielle Colaprico – Adelaide United  3





2017 Algarve Cup fixtures released

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Australia will meet Rio Olympics silver medallists Sweden in their opening match of the 2017 Algarve Cup as the full fixtures were released this week.

Last year the Matildas received their first invitation in 15 years and will enter the tournament as the second ranked nation behind Olympic bronze medallists Canada.  Placed in Group C alongside the Swedes (8), the Netherlands (12) and AFC compatriots China (13), the Matildas are set to play 4 matches in 8 days commencing 1 March 2017.

The Algarve Cup presents an opportunity for head coach Alen Stajcic to begin the assessment of players as the next four year women’s football cycle commences.

“We have to pick a new team going into the next four year cycle,” said Stajcic on the Round 12 W-League coverage.

“All the spots are up for grabs and every player is playing for a spot every week.”

Stajcic announced that the squad will be selected in mid-February with the first camp commencing on 15 February.  Fresh faces are anticipated to join the camp as the coaching staff utilise the low pressure time period to evaluate and cultivate players to take the team through to Tokyo 2020.

New year, new names as the Matildas head into a new cycle

“We really have to plan for the next four years.  We really have to look forward and plan for the future not just the Algarve.”

First step is the Algarve Cup and, with all three nations ranked in the world top 15, Stajcic has an opportunity to evaluate any potential new players against top level competition.

As for the tournament itself, the 12 teams will play round  robin format with the teams ranked to determine placement matches.  While matches in 2015 and 2016 were televised or streamed, there has yet to be indication where this will be the case in 2017.

We will have full coverage of the 2017 Algarve Cup commencing 27 February 2017.

2017 Algarve Cup Fixtures

Australia v Sweden
1 March 2015
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Kick off: 18:30 local (2 March 2017 – 5.30am AEDT)

Australia v Netherlands
3 March 2015
VRS António Sports Complex, Vila Real de Santo António
Kick off: 15:00 local (4 March 2017 – 2.00am AEDT)

New year, new names as the Matildas head into a new cycle

China PR v Australia
6 March 2015
Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira
Kick off: 15:00 local (7 March 2017 – 2.00am AEDT)

Placement Match
8 March 2017 (9 March 2017)

2017 Algarve Cup Full Fixtures

Rigby’s star on the rise with Perth Glory role

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Taelor Pelusey

Natasha Rigby, of the Glory, and Kariah White, of the Victory, contest for the ball. Picture: Getty Images
Natasha Rigby, of the Glory, and Kariah White, of the Victory, contest for the ball. Picture: Getty ImagesPicture: Getty Images

Margaret-River’s Natasha Rigby is quickly rising through the soccer ranks, with her first season representing Perth Glory in Australia’s W-League about to come to a head.

She has won the praise of coach Bobby Despotovski as the women’s team approaches its last home game of the season this Sunday, with semifinals set to follow.

Speaking to the Times ahead of this weekend’s game, Rigby said her first season with Glory had been an amazing experience and she was looking forward to some of the biggest games of her car-eer.

“I’m super grateful for this opportunity and I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said.

“The girls I play with are absolutely incredible.”

Rigby found her feet playing with the Margaret River Strikers as just one of two girls on a team from ages 11-13.

She then moved to a girls’ team with the Margaret River Hot Shots and went on to represent the State in its under-15 and under-17 teams.

After moving to Perth to study Sport Science at the University of Western Australia, Rigby joined the university’s club and the State League’s Queens Park women’s team.

Glory snapped her up last year after she impressed in a preseason match in playing for WA against the team she now represents.

Despotiovski said Rigby had proven herself a dedicated, down-to-earth athlete.

“We brought her in late in the pre-season … and all of a sudden everything happened very fast,” he said.

While usually a right-back defender, Despotovski had Rigby fill a gap in the team and switched her to left-back.

“She’s doing very good … and absolutely, in the long run she’ll be a more rounded athlete and will be able to play both positions, giving her more opportunity, possibly in overseas teams,” he said.

Glory sits third on the women’s ladder and will go up against Adelaide United on Sunday evening at Dorrien Gardens in Perth.

Perth Glory v Adelaide

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

PG News @PerthGloryFC (via Michael Washbourne)
Two stunning goals from Adelaide United’s Danielle Colaprico has thwarted Perth Glory’s bid to move to the top of the Westfield W-League ladder.

Glory dominated the match, but failed to make the most of their chances as Colaprico netted a brace in Adelaide’s 2-1 win at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday night.

Striker Rosie Sutton gave the home side the lead after just 10 minutes when she latched on a clever pass from her skipper Sam Kerr before sidestepping goalkeeper Sarah Willacy and hammering the ball into an empty net.

However, Colaprico caught the Glory defence napping in the 15th minute, striking a sweet left-foot goal from outside the box to put the contest back on even terms.

Kerr sensed an opportunity to put her side back in front in the 36th minute, but Willacy timed the run off her line perfectly to snuff out the chance, much to the chagrin of the 637-strong boisterous crowd.

American import Vanessa DiBernado played her best game of the season and was quick to spark her side into action in the second half, sending in deadly cross from the right which Kerr headed over the bar.

Willacy proved to be the thorn in Glory’s side, pulling off brilliant saves to deny Sutton, Kerr and Alyssa Mautz around the hour-mark.

DiBernado appeared to score in the 67th minute after tapping in a follow-up chance from close range, but Sutton was ruled offside following the first attempt.

The classy midfielder then sent a free kick from 30 yards cannoning into the crossbar in the 75th minute, continuing a frustrating night for Glory.

With six minutes left in the match, Colaprico silenced the home crowd with another stunning goal from a similar position on the pitch to seal an upset win for Adelaide.

DiBernado said her team was disappointing to lose after having more chances than their opponents.

“We definitely had the better of the chances, I think they had two shots for two goals,” DiBernardo said.

“It’s hard to lose that way but the good thing is that we created a tonne of chances.”

Glory is currently third on the Westfield W-League ladder, equal on 20 points with second-placed Canberra United and two behind leaders Sydney FC, with one round remaining in the regular season before the semi-finals.

“The best thing is that we’ve already made the final four, but we want to make the top two and, if we can, win the league,” DiBernardo said.

“That’s definitely our goal and we still have another game to get things going before the playoffs start.”

Kerr will miss next Sunday’s final regular season match against Western Sydney at Popondetta Park, kicking off at 12pm AWST, after receiving two yellow cards against the Reds.


Match Details

Perth Glory 1 (Rosie Sutton 10’)

Adelaide United 2 (Danielle Colaprico 15’, 84’)

Attendance: 637 at Dorrien Gardens, Perth
Referee: Casey Reibelt

Assistants: Josh Mannella, Matthew Southern

Fourth Official: Adam Fielding



PERTH GLORY: 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ, 7. Nicole STANTON, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 10. Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 13. Jaymee GIBBONS (14. Caitlin DOEGLAS 69’), 17. Natasha RIGBY, 18. Gabby DAL BUSCO (GK), 20. Samantha KERR (C), 22. Arianna ROMERO

Subs not used: 1. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 5. Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 8. Shawn BILLAM

Yellow cards: Nikki Stanton 51’, Samantha Kerr 79’

Red cards: Samantha Kerr 90’+1


ADELAIDE UNITED: 4. Emily HODGSON, 5. Monica HICKMAN ALVES, 10. Rachael QUIGLEY (6. Ally LADAS 75’), 11. Sofia HUERTA, 12. Adriana JONES, 14. Grace ABBEY, 15. Georgia CAMPAGNALE, 20. Sarah WILLACY (GK), 24. Danielle COLAPRICO, 25. Kathleen NAUGHTON (C), 30. Alexandra CHIDIAC

Subs not used: 13. Lucy ADAMOPOULOS, 16. Kelsey ZAFIRIDIS, 21. Claudia JENKINS (GK)

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

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Top experience for Futsal teams

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: State Teams and Programmes

Football West News

WA State Junior Futsal teams returned from a testing week at the National Championships in Sydney with a spring in their step and their heads held high.

The four WA teams were put through their paces against the country’s best teams in a week-long tournament.

Football West Development Officer Garry Church, who travelled with the group, said WA players had performed admirably in a competition that exposed them to the highest possible standards.

“The whole week was a fantastic experience for the players,” Church said. “They were all extremely competitive overall and walked away from the tournament with invaluable experience.

“This is the second year we’ve taken teams across for the National Futsal Championships and I expect we’ll continue to get stronger as our players experience this level of quality more often.”




WA  6-4 QLD Metro

WA  0-10 FNSW Metro Lightning

WA  0-0 Victoria Magic



WA 2-6 QLD Northern Regional

WA 4-1 ACT

WA 0-8 Victoria

WA 0-9 FNSW Metro Thunder

WA 1-1 QLD Metro



WA 2-6 FNSW Metro Lightning

WA 3-10 Victoria Magic

WA 3-4 QLD Northern Regional


U15 Girls

WA 0-5 FNSW Country North

WA 1-1 QLD Metro

Arianna Romero

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

We caught up with star centre-back Arianna Romero to discuss the season and her recent Mexico call-up.

Perth Glory: Firstly, what lessons can the team take away from lat week’s loss to Canberra?

Arianna Romero: First half was just against us, but once the second half came around we made some adjustments to our formation we figured out what needed to be done and second half was much better for us. We learned from it and we’ll make sure it never happens again.

PG: Does this add some more determination for the team in the lead-up to finals?

AR: Within the team, we have our standards and we definitely don’t want to deviate from that at all, but a little kick in the butt like that will certainly make us focus more and if anything, we all realise how important each game is because the season’s so short. So in the lead up to finals we certainly need to re-evaluate a couple of things, but we still have our same goals.

Nobody likes to lose, so every time we do lose we take it more personal, we review our mistakes as hard as it is, but we’re professional athletes and that’s our job. We’ve got to keep moving forward and win every point we can.

PG: With a finals spot already booked, how have you enjoyed your time at Glory so far?

AR: It’s been a great experience, I’ve got to meet some people that I know will help me in the long run, so soccer-wise I’ve learned a lot especially under our coaching staff, it’s definitely a different style of play, but if anything that just adds to my perspective, you’ve got to keep learning and feed off of that. I could see myself coming back for sure, it’s very competitive, it’ a fun place, so I’ve enjoyed it.


Arianna RomeroPG: What’s the number one lesson you’ll take from your time in the W-League?

AR: Taking the time and really getting to know people, how they play, and this is a different position for me, I usually play full-back, so being a centre-back definitely made me read the game more, learn from other people’s experiences and just doing the extra bit for my teammates, my biggest responsibility is making sure the team’s organised and feels comfortable with and without the ball.

PG: So we believe congratulations are in order on being selected in a friendly for Mexico against Canada, but you’re a bit torn over it?

AR: It’s always an honour to be called up to represent my country. This came at a very crucial time in our season as we are competing for the championship. After discussing it with both Mexico and Glory, it was decided for me to remain here and help my teammates fight for a spot in the final. This was a decision made with both Mexico and Glory. I am humbled and grateful to have the opportunity and look forward to representing Mexico in the future.

PG: You’ve been fantastic at centre-back this year, so did you expect the national call up?

AR: It’s certainly in the back of my mind, that’s kind of why we play all over the world, to ultimately get that call-up, so it’s always going to be in the back of my mind and quite frankly I play game-to-game.

PG: Looking forward to the Adelaide clash this weekend?

AR: Yeah definitely, especially after the Canberra result we need redemption, so we have to learn from our mistakes and move forward.

PG: Dorrien Gardens has been a fortress for the team, how have you found it?

AR: I don’t know what it is about this place, but I admire the team’s efforts to the last minute, I can always count on my teammates to give everything until the final whistle.

PG: How have you found the support from the Glory fans?

AR: It’s great, coming from international games there’s a lot more fans, but here it’s more local, you get to know the people it’s very authentic.

Glory take on Adelaide United at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday the 22nd from 6:00PM (AWST).


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Morace wants to take TT football to next level

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: World Football

Monday, January 16, 2017
Newly appointed national women’s football coach Carolina Morrace, centre, at the Piarco International Airport on her arrival to T&T, yesterday afternoon. With her is assistant coach Nicola Williams, left, and Joanne Salazar, the third vice-president in the T&T Football Association (TTFA).

Italian Carolina Morace, the country’s new women’s coach said she intends to take T&T football to the next level.

Soon after her arrival at the VIP Lounge of the Piarco International Airport yesterday afternoon, Morace told the Guardian Media that she was totally impressed with what she saw from the T&T team when she coached the Canadian team against them back in 2010, saying, “Before Canada played T&T, I thought they would have been an easy team, but instead they turned out to be much harder than I expected.”

Morace, 52, who is here on a two and a half-year contract as coach and technical director also came with her assistant coach Nicola Williams, who will be the country’s Under-20 coach.

Morace, a native of Venice, said she was honoured to be coaching T&T, as she loves to coach women’s football but called for the support of the football public and the T&T Football Association, which she had already received from its president David John-Williams.

The local football boss told a media gathering at the unveiling of Belgian Tom Saintfiet as the new men’s football coach in December, that he was honoured to have Morace as coach of the team, noting she was among the top five women coaches in the world. She coached the Canadian and Italian national teams and club sides Lazio and Viterbese men’s club side.

The former striker who played for 10 different teams in Italy, said she will first have a look at the players, the seniors, under-20s and under-17s to see the level of skill and fitness before she selects a core of 25-26 to work with for each team.

“The first thing is to create athletes and then I will focus on the league” Morace said. In addition to being coach and technical director, the Italian is the holder of a UEFA PRO License and is best known for being the first woman to coach a professional men’s football team, Viterbese of Italian in the Serie C1, will also be responsible for coaches’ education and development in the women programme. She will also conduct grassroots programmes.

Morace, who represented Italy 153 times and scored 105 goals, (from 1978 – 1997) made it clear via skype just over a month ago, that she wants to win, but noted she cannot achieve this if the players are not committed.


Billam revels in Perth’s glory

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Perth Glory's Shawn Billam (L)

Staff Writer
Perth Glory have been the revelation of the Westfield W-League season and few players are more deserving of success than long-serving home-grown star Shawn Billam.

The Glory have been through more ups and down than a rollercoaster over the past four years finishing second, fifth and first, before plummeting to eighth last season.

But this campaign has seen a remarkable turn-around for Glory, under Bobby Despotovski in his second season at the helm.

Along with Sarah Carroll, no Glory player has been a permanent squad member longer than the English-born Billam.

It has been far from easy, however, and the 24-year-old has had to bide her time while a succession of local and imported names earned the majority of game time.

Transformed to midfield after several years in central defence, Billam is a regular in a side which has now gone six matches unbeaten, playing some sparkling football along the way.

“Bobby (Despotovski) has given me a shot this season, says Billam. “I’m really lucky to be in a good position because it has taken me a while to get there.

“Both Bobby and Perth Glory as a whole have said they want to use more local girls. Perhaps that is why some people under-rated us at the start of the year.

“This season we have some great internationals, but we are using a lot of local girls. It is good that people like myself are getting more of an opportunity.”

Billam moved to Perth aged 15 and, as a proud local with now entrenched roots, she knows the value of the distinctive purple shirt as much as anyone.

“I don’t think I would represent any other club,” Billam adds. “I’m pretty lucky I have the opportunity to stay here and play, work here and stay at home.

“It is nice to be able to be involved and the club is happy that there is a lot Perth girls involved and it sets up a better future (for the club).”

Invariably, there are a special group of fans in attendance watching the Glory – a posse of High School students cheering on their PE and Science teacher ‘Miss Billam’.

“A lot of kids from school come to watch, which is special but maybe slightly embarrassing.”

Ahead of a massive match on Saturday against third-placed Perth Glory, Billam has revealed one of the reasons for the Glory’s success this season

“The team get on really well together,” she said. “We do a lot of stuff outside training together and that helps.

“We always travel the night before, so we always have team dinners and breakfasts together.

“We are all friends at the end of the day, there is no animosity at all and we all get on really well.

“Everything has started to fall into place for us (this season). We really work together well and everything is falling into place for us at the minute.

“It helps that Sam (Kerr) is scoring goals and Rosie (Sutton) is doing really well, because we were struggling to score goals at the start.

“The internationals have slotted in really well, so things have really started to click.”

A win this weekend and the Glory will find themselves top with just two rounds to go.

And a win the following weekend (January 22) against Adelaide United at home will see them put one hand on the premiership.

Second-placed Perth Glory will face Canberra United at McKellar Park on Saturday at 4pm (local).


Congratulations Perth girl Marianna Tabain

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

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