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Sam Kerr Most Glorious Player Re- Signs for Glory

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Perth Glory Coaches Awards 2016/17

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Congratulations Natasha Rigby!

What a breakout season it has been for the girl from Margaret River! Tash has won the Prestigious Perth Glory Women Coaches Award for Westfield W-League Season 2016-17.

Sam Kerr’s triumph over tribulation

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Standing in the spotlight, camera lenses pointed in her direction, flashes firing, Sam Kerr grasped a bronzed medallion that carried the weighted of a storied name with a storied history of winners.

Julie Murray, Joanne Peters, Heather Garriock, Lisa De Vanna, Sally Shipard; this was the night that a once precocious teenager officially fulfilled her promise.

“I’ve never really won a major individual award,” said Kerr.

“Obviously this is the highest achievement so it’s a massive honour and I think something I will look back on when I am older and be very proud of.”

Julie Dolan Medalists reunion: Lisa De Vanna, Sam Kerr, Heather Garriock (Photo: Ann Odong)

For nearly a decade, Sam Kerr has been one of the most entertaining and dangerous players in the W-League – in Australian football.

Since bursting onto the scene as a 15 year old – still holding the record for the youngest W-League goal scorer – the pacy winger’s game has matured and developed over time to make her a crucial part of whichever team she lines up for.

Time has also brought consistency with the 2016/17 W-League season arguably her best, resulting in the West Australian earning acclaim from the FFA, media and fans alike.

Darkest before dawn

Kerr’s performances are even more noteworthy when you consider it almost didn’t happen.

“If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I would be playing this year, I probably would have said no,” she stated.

“I was ready to hang the boots up because I wasn’t coping mentally.”

April 2016 saw Kerr continuing what was to be an almost 8 month rehabilitation after rupturing foot ligaments in November 2015.

3C/35F watching training 😨

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It was the third serious injury in her career following a knee reconstruction in 2011 and subsequent knee injury in 2014.

While she had successfully returned from the previous setbacks, this time the long layoff mentally played havoc with the Glory captain.

“I’d played 6 months of football in two years,” she said. “It wasn’t worth it really for me to be that down off the field when I wasn’t really playing any football.”

“I remember last year Staj [Matildas coach Alen Stajcic] was giving me all the time I needed and being very understanding but my foot didn’t ever feel like it was getting better.”

Present at the ceremony to recognise her daughter, Kerr’s mother Roxanne played an important role in her daughter’s mental health – especially while she was thousands of miles from home in the United States.

“I had many conversations with my Mum about giving it up.  Obviously it’s very tough because people want you to stay around.”

“It was a bit of a rocky patch and when you haven’t played in 9 months, you kind of doubt your ability and you doubt if it’s really worth it.”

“I really thought about it but I finally got the pain out of my foot and then things started to look up.”

Roxanne Kerr and Sam Kerr (Photo: Ann Odong)


Pain free, the 23 year old finally saw glimpses of light at the end of what had been a dark tunnel.  That ray was the Rio 2016 Olympics but there was still one hurdle to overcome.

“Staj gave me an ultimatum,” she remembered.  “I had to play 30 minutes to get picked in the Olympics.”

Kerr’s return to football occurred 222 days after first rupturing her foot ligament and it was a return that provided further clarity about her relationship with football.

“I went on [for Sky Blue FC] and with my first touch I scored a volley.  It was meant to be I think,” she laughed.

“That was my sign that I was meant to keep playing and that kind of just sparked the fire again.”

“When you make it back, you know what it was worth.”

Re-capturing passion

Named captain of her hometown club in 2015, Kerr had little time to acclimatise to the role before it was all halted by that career threatening injury.

Returning to Perth Glory for the 2016/17 season, there was some trepidation after lows of being sidelined for months and the highs of the Rio 2016 Olympics campaign.

However what she found in Glory, and in 2016/17 Coach of the Year Bobby Despotovski, was freedom rather than pressure and expectation.

“Bobby let me play freely and made me realise why I loved the game and why I started playing it in the first place,” said Kerr.

“That’s why I was so grateful for my teammates at Glory this year.  They really picked me out of that hole and made me find my love for the game again.”

Kerr and Perth Glory teammates (L-R) Sarah Carroll, Rosie Sutton, Natasha Rigby and Melissa Maizels (Photo: Ann Odong)


Throughout the season Kerr’s high regard for her teammates was palpable.  While she continued to receive praise week after week, the captain regularly diverted attention to her teammates.

It was no different on the night of her greatest individual recognition with Kerr paying tribute to her team.

“It is a reward for our team,” she stated emphatically. “We put in lots of work this year.”

“Honestly everyone in our team deserves a little bit of this medal because I think we worked above and beyond, and finished above and beyond where we probably should have on paper.”

“It is a credit to our team and I am very proud to be a part of the team.”

After the trials of the past two and half years, Kerr’s plans for the future are understandably relatively simple.

“For the next year its just to keep fit. Stay healthy.  That’s my main priority and then hopefully good form will follow.”

“My main priority is America and then W-League and Asian Cup next year.”

WLeague Player of the Year 2016/17 Sam Kerr

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Juli Dolan Medal winnner

PENNY TANNER MEDIA MVP AWARD | For the second time Perth Glory Women captain Samantha Kerr has been voted by media members as the Most Valuable Player.

Kerr lead the Glory with 10 goals, 4 assists, led the competition in shots on goal and created 38 chances.

VOTES: Kerr (8), Lydia Williams (3), Jess Fishlock (3), Ashleigh Sykes (1), Sofia Huerta (1)

WLeague Coach of the Year Bobby Despotovski 2016/17

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Audience records tumble in Westfield W-League decider

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Staff writer
Melbourne City FC’s win over Perth Glory in yesterday’s Westfield W-League 2017 Grand Final was the most viewed decider in the competition’s history, both in terms of attendance and TV ratings.

A record Grand Final crowd of 4,591 was in attendance at nib Stadium to witness the finale, bettering the previous best set in the inaugural 2009 Westfield W-League decider.

Resolute City take the glory at Perth’s expense

Yesterday’s Grand Final was also the highest rating Westfield W-League match ever on FOX SPORTS with a reach of 165,000.

ABC TV’s broadcast of the match also boasted a reach of 275,000 meaning an impressive total of 440,000 tuned in to watch Melbourne City FC create their own piece of history as they claimed back-to-back championships.


Melbourne City celebrate with the Westfield W-League trophyHead of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke said the figures proved the popularity and quality of this season’s Westfield W-League competition.

“To eclipse both the Grand Final attendance record and the highest ever ratings for a Westfield W-League match on Fox Sports is an outstanding result and a fantastic endorsement for the Westfield W-League and the game,” said O’Rourke.

“These record numbers show the strength and continued growth of women’s football and the increasing stature of the Westfield W-League, which has now been in operation for nine seasons. Our planning for future seasons is already well underway as we strive to ensure the continued growth of the W-League in a time where women’s sport across Australia enjoys well-deserved success.

“Both clubs are also to be commended for the impressive audience numbers as they produced a highly entertaining encounter befitting of a Grand Final.”

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Signed Perth Glory W League Shirt up for Auction

March 15, 2017 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard, World Football

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W-LEAGUE: Get to know Melissa Maizels

February 13, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League


PG News @PerthGloryFC (via Bryce Conway)
Here are 13 things you may not know about our charismatic goalkeeper Melissa Maizels.

1. Melissa was born in Melbourne on the 10th of May, 1993.

Melissa Maizels

2. Maizels is a professional postie for Australia Post.

3. Melissa signed for Glory in 2016 and has since become our first-choice keeper.

4. Maizels played for Melbourne Victory and Canberra United before making the move to Perth.

5. Melissa travelled to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

6.  Maizels is a passionate Tottenham Hotspurs supporter. 7. Melissa has ridiculously good relfexes.

8. Maizels doesn’t mind a cheeky dab.

9. Melissa can make an amazing cake.

@MaizelsPatisserie now taking orders for Easter and Birthdays.

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10. Maizels has represented Victoria in Futsal, competing in national tournaments at the AIS and here in Perth.


11. Maizels, just like her teammate Rosie Sutton, loves cats.

12. Melissa was the star of a documentary filmed by Rachel Bach.

13. Maizels made this incredible clutch save in the opening round of the season.



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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

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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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