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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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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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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).


Perth Glory 3 Melbourne Victory 2 WLeague

January 17, 2017 By: Penny Category: Competitions

WLeague update

January 17, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Glory update
December 27 Glory 3 Melbourne City 2
January 2 Glory 1 Jets 1 at home
Upcoming fixtures
Round 11 Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory at Dorrien Gardens Sunday January 8 at 4pm
Round 12 January 14 Glory away v Canberra (Lisa DeVanna)

Glory women are currently sitting second under Sydney. Glory guys are currently sitting fifth in the A League.

WLeague table Christmas 2016

Sky’s the limit for Glory as they sink Sydney FC

January 16, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League


PG News @PerthGloryFC (via Michael Washbourne)
A stunning goal from skipper Sam Kerr helped Perth Glory upset second-placed Sydney FC 1-0 at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday.

Kerr was at her destructive best, scoring the only goal of the match – her third of the season – early in the first half and regularly putting the Sky Blues defence under pressure.

The hard-fought win lifted Glory to fourth on the Westfield W-League table, equal on points with third-placed Canberra United and just two behind leaders Melbourne City and Sydney.

“This is a huge three points for us,” Kerr said.

“We’re always happy when we get the win, especially when it’s two in a row, and Sydney’s a great side.”

After a tight opening to the match, played out in front of 481 fans, Kerr made the breakthrough in the 18th minute when she slammed the ball into the top left from the right side after being brilliantly fed by Shawn Billam.

Kerr almost doubled the home side’s lead seven minutes later when she wrong-footed Sydney goalkeeper Shamiran Khamis and played the ball towards the open goal, only to be denied on the line by quick-thinking defender Alanna Kennedy.

Kerr and American import Vanessa DiBernardo combined for a number of chances during the match, but were unable to add a second goal for their team.

Sydney’s first scoring chance came in the 32nd minute, but the visitors rarely troubled Perth stopper Gabby Dal Busco, such was the dominance of Glory’s defence, led by veteran Kim Carroll and Mexican international Ariana Romero.

Despite losing the match, Sydney trio Kennedy, Liz Ralston and Teresa Polias were among the best players on the pitch, regularly being called into action to shut down attacks from Kerr, DiBernardo and Rosie Sutton.

Billam, Nikki Stanton and Alyssa Mautz were also impressive in the midfield for Glory.

“We have a lot of confidence in our squad this season,” Kerr said.

“We’ve done a lot of work, I think we’re really fit and you can only gain confidence you’ve had and we had a really good one.

“We’ve really started to connect and we can only get stronger from here.”

Glory’s next match is away to Adelaide United on Saturday, December 17, before returning to Dorrien Gardens to face the Newcastle Jets on January 2.
​Match Details

Perth Glory 1 (Sam Kerr 18’)

Sydney FC 0

Attendance: 481 at Dorrien Gardens, Perth
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Assistants: Matthew Southern, Shane Skinner
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding

PERTH GLORY: 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ, 7. Nicole STANTON, 8. Shawn BILLAM (13. Jaymie GIBBONS 85’), 9. Rosie SUTTON, 10. Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 17. Natasha RIGBY, 18. Gabby DAL BUSCO (GK), 20. Samantha KERR, 22. Arianna ROMERO

Subs not used5. Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 14. Caitlin DOEGLAS, 24. Morgan AQUINO (GK)

Yellow cards: Sarah Carroll 68’

Red cards: Nil
SYDNEY FC: 1. Shamiran KHAMIS (GK), 2. Teresa POLIAS, 3. Remy SIEMSEN (20. Princess IBINI-ISEI 75’), 4. Elizabeth RALSTON, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 7. Nicola BOLGER, 11. Natalie TOBIN (12. Olivia PRICE 58’), 13. Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 14. Alanna KENNEDY, 17. Kyah SIMON, 19. Leena KHAMIS

Subs not used: 15. Sarah EASTHOPE (GK), 16. Hannah BACON

Yellow cards: Nil

Red cards: Nil

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W-LEAGUE: Glory take on high-flying Sydney

January 16, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

CONGRATULATIONS Young and upcoming WA goalkeeper Morgan Aquino for gaining a place in the Glory squad this Sunday at Dorien Gardens at 4pm v Sydney

Sam Kerr
Friday, 9 December 2016 –
PG News @PerthGloryFC (via Bryce Conway)
Bobby Despotovski’s side will be looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season against second placed Sydney FC.
Perth Glory Women enjoyed a confidence-boosting 2-0 away win against Melbourne Victory last week on the back of superb strikes from Rosie Sutton and Vanessa DiBernardo.

Perth sits in fourth spot, with its opponent Sydney FC, two places above it on 12 points.

The clash at Dorrien Gardens will be a great test for Despotovski’s team, as the girls search for their first win at their new home ground.

Skipper Sam Kerr said the girls are “raring to go” since last playing at home a month ago.

“We’ve been away for three weeks, we’ve had the bye,”

“I’m really excited to play at home, we play our best football at home,” Kerr said.

While the Matildas star labelled the visitors as a “top team”, she insisted the squad is pumped to take on the Sydney outfit which is coming off four consecutive wins.

“We’re really excited for Sydney…we’re really looking to take it to them,” Kerr said.

Key Battle: Sam Kerr v Kyah Simon


With 116 caps and 29 goals for the Matilda’s between them, both Sam Kerr and Kyah Simon boast a wealth of experience and strike power. Skipper Kerr was desperately unlucky not to get on the scoresheet last week, with her efforts striking the crossbar, the upright, and forcing a series of smart saves from Victory keeper Bethany Mason-Jones. Simon scored her first of the campaign with a penalty against Newcastle last week and both strikers will be eager to add to their goal tally.

Star: Vanessa DiBernardo


Last season’s MGP was back to her dynamic and clinical best in Round 5. DiBernardo opened her account for the season with a fantastic left-footed curling effort into the top corner to seal a well-earned win over Victory at Lakeside Stadium. With the American starting to find form, the high-flying Syndey FC outfit will have to be wary of her tireless runs and eye for goal.

One-to-Watch: Gabrielle Dal Busco

The 19-year-old keeper was thrust into action in the first half against Victory following Melissa Maizels hand injury. The teenager showed great composure, as she kept a clean sheet to help ensure all three points for Glory.

Sunday, 11 December 2016
Perth Glory v Sydney FC
Venue: Dorrien Gardens
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (Local) (7:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Southern
Assistant Referee 2: Shane Skinner
Fourth Official: Adam Fielding


Perth Glory Squad: 1. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ, 5. Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 7. Nicole STANTON, 8. Shawn BILLAM, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 10. Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 13. JAYMEE GIBBONS, 14. Caitlin DOEGLAS, 17. Natasha RIGBY, 18. Gabby DAL BUSCO, 20. Samantha KERR (C), 22. Arianna ROMERO, 24. Morgan AQUINO

In: 24. Morgan AQUINO

Unavailable: 1. Melissa MAIZELS 4 weeks ( finger)
Sydney FC Squad: 1.Sham KHAMIS (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Remy SIEMSEN, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 6.Servet UZUNLAR, 7.Nicola BOLGER, 9.Caitlin FOORD, 11.Natalie TOBIN, 12.Olivia PRICE, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 14.Alanna KENNEDY, 16.Hannah BACON, 15.Sarah EASTHOPE (gk), 17.Kyah SIMON, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Princess IBINI

**one to be omitted**

Ins: 9.Caitlin FOORD (returns from injury)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil
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Perth Glory v Sydney FC at Dorrien Gardens Sunday December 11

December 05, 2016 By: Penny Category: W League

Perth Glory

Glory too good for Victory

December 05, 2016 By: Penny Category: W League

Lia Privitelli runs with the ball in the Westfield W-League.

Melbourne Victory @gomvfc
Perth Glory returned to winning ways with a 2-0 scoreline against Melbourne Victory in the Westfield W-League on Sunday.

A first-half Rosie Sutton goal and screamer from Vanessa DiBernardo helped Glory to its second win of the campaign and first since Round 1.

Victory goalkeeper Bethany Mason-Jones was forced into an early save, keeping out an Alyssa Mautz effort.

But Glory went ahead in the 16th minute, Sutton volleying in a cross from the right.

Victory was unlucky not to level soon after as Christine Nairn saw her 25-yard free-kick deflect onto the crossbar and bounce clear.

Natasha Dowie was the next to threaten, Melissa Maizels tipping her looping header from an Annabel Martin cross over the bar.

Sam Kerr then had two chances before the break, hitting the post from an angle before Mason-Jones denied her in a one-on-one.

Glory doubled its lead in stunning fashion in the 64th minute, DiBernardo finding the top corner from 20 yards.

Victory threatened through Nairn and Dowie but was unable to pull a goal back.

While Glory hosts Sydney FC in Round 6, Victory welcomes Western Sydney Wanderers to Lakeside Stadium on Sunday.

Westfield W-League 2016/17 Round 5

Melbourne Victory 0
Perth Glory 2 (Rosie Sutton 16′, Vanessa DiBernardo 64′)

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W-LEAGUE: Glory look to bounce back against Victory

December 05, 2016 By: Penny Category: W League

Rosie Sutton

PG News @PerthGloryFC (via Bryce Conway)
A strong fire is burning within the Glory women’s camp as the Westfield W-League outfit prepares for a big clash against Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

With both sides suffering disappointing results in their last W-League fixture, both teams will be looking to make a return to the winner’s circle.

The last time the two sides met in Melbourne was in October 2015, where Perth secured a 2-1 win thanks to a 69th minute winner from skipper Sam Kerr at Broadmeadows Valley.

Assistant Coach Jessine Bonzas believes that despite the outcome in the Hunter Valley two weeks ago where the team narrolwy lost to the Jets, the team has made a bright start to the season.

“We just need to convert our chances,” she said.

“We’re breaking down teams really well and creating a lot of opportunities,

“We just need to finish them and bury games,” Bonzas added.


Bonzas also noted last week’s bye came at the perfect time.

“It’s given us an opportunity to have a reflection on our last three performances,

“Then coming into the next game it’s allowed us some extra time for tactical preparation,” she added.

Bonzas insists the girls are going into the Victory match-up “itching to play” after the week off and should prove to be a great contest.

Key Battle: Alyssa Mautz & Vanessa DiBernardo v Samantha Johnson


Chicago teammates Alyssa Mautz and Vanessa DiBenardo will be squaring up with another fellow Red Star in Victory’s Samantha Johnson. With all three players playing crucial roles within their team and being so familiar with each other’s style, it will be an intriguing battle between the trio.

Star: Nikki Stanton

The American midfielder has been impressive throughout the early stages of the season. Stanton was the shining light in a disappointing result against Newcastle, with her dynamism and determination all on display.

One-to-Watch: Natasha Rigby

The defender has been training superbly over the last fortnight, with Bonzas praising her efforts. “Natasha has really stepped up I think, she got a little bit of time at the end of the Newcastle game and looks to be in good form.”


Sunday, 4th December 2016
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
Venue: Lakeside Stadium
Kick-off: 1:00PM (AWST)
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
Assistant Referee 1: Joanna Charaktis
Assistant Referee 2: Danielle Anderson
Fourth Official: Andrew Meimarakis


Perth Glory Squad: 1. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Kim CARROLL, 4. Alyssa MAUTZ, 5. Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 7. Nicole STANTON, 8. Shawn BILLAM, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 10. Vanessa DIBERNARDO, 13. JAYMEE GIBBONS, 14. Caitlin DOEGLAS, 17. Natasha RIGBY, 18. Gabby DAL BUSCO, 20. Samantha KERR (C), 22. Arianna ROMERO

Ins: 17.Natasha RIGBY (promoted)

Outs: 6.Carla BENNETT (not selected)

Unavailable: Nil

Melbourne Victory Squad: 2.Alexandra NATOLI, 3.Alex CHEAL, 6.Annabel MARTIN, 7.Lia PRIVITELLI, 8.Ayesha NORRIE, 9.Natasha DOWIE, 10.Christine NAIRN (c), 11.MelindaJ BARBIERI, 13.Laura SPIRANOVIC, 15.Adriana TARANTO, 16.Samantha JOHNSON, 17.Gulcan KOCA, 19.Rachel ALONSO, 20.Bethany MASON-JONES (gk), 22.Caitlin FRIEND, 25.Kariah WHITE, 30.Emily KENSHOLE (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 22.Caitlin FRIEND (promoted), 25.Kariah WHITE (promoted), 30.Emily KENSHOLE (gk) (new signing)

Outs: 1.Bianca HENNINGER (knee – 4-6 weeks)

Unavailable: 4.Melissa TARANTO (knee – season), 14.Selin KURALAY (hamstring – 1 week)

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