Matildas trio to boost Glory girls
Perth Glory Women is pleased to have announced its 2012/13 playing roster for the upcoming Westfield W-League season, with a number of handy additions.
Three Westfield Matildas have signed on with Perth Glory, with Collette McCallum rejoining the team after missing last the last W-League season and playing in the off-season with English giants Lincoln Ladies.
Another familiar face will be Kate Gill who returns to action after missing last season due to a serious knee injury. The third Matilda will be Aivi Luik, who has joined the Glory from Brisbane Roar.
“These three players will have a huge influence on the team this season and really give us a solid core of players that our younger players can learn from,” said coach Jamie Harnwell.
The Perth Glory men’s legend also announced that McCallum will be the club’s new captain following Tanya Oxtoby’s decision to remain in England coaching Nottingham Forrest.
“Collette’s choice as captain was an easy one for me,” said Harnwell.
“Already at training you can see the drive she has and the ability to improve players around her. Collette has the respect of the coaching staff and the players and is the ideal person to lead us this season.”
There will be a continued international flavour with England and Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford signing on with Perth. She will also be joined by Canadian defender Sasha Andrews and young New Zealand international Liz Milne, who can play anywhere across the back four.
“Sasha is a imposing centre-half with a great deal of experience,” said Harnwell.
“She has only joined in a couple of sessions but you can just see the presence she brings and will be a huge addition to strengthening our back line as well as Liz who is looking to further her career in the Westfield W-League. I have had great reports about Carly too and she is a leader who is playing at the top level in Europe and we are extremely fortunate to have signed her.
“We have managed to assemble a strong squad and credit must go to Football West for their backing of this team. The players are focused on having a good season and I believe a finals position should be within reach with the talent we have available.”
Harnwell will be assisted by Gary Church and the team is currently in preparation for their Round One blockbuster at home to Melbourne Victory on Sunday 21 October. Kick-off at Inglewood’s Intiga Stadium is at 10.30am.
2012/13 Perth Glory Westfield W-League squad
Shirt No. SURNAME FIRST NAME POSITION
1 Telford Carly Goalkeeper
2 Carroll Sarah Defender
3 Hawkins Carys Defender
4 Studman Bronwyn Defender
5 May Shannon Midfield
6 Andrews Sasha Defender
7 Luik Aivi Midfield
8 Mastrantonio Ella Midfield
9 Sutton Rosie Forward
10 Gibbons Jaymee Midfield
12 Gill Katie Forward
13 D’Ovidio Elisa Midfield
14 McCallum Collette Midfield
15 Milne Elizabeth Defender
16 Eastman Thia Defender
17 Tabain Marianna Forward
18 Bolton Kirri Mid/Def
19 Billam Shawn Defender
20 Palandri Zoe Goalkeeper