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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.

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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.”

All W-League players to be paid after pay deal signed- racap 2016

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League
October 24, 2016
THE W-League will take baby steps towards professionalism this season, with a new pay deal confirming that all players are recompensed for the first time. Australia’s national women’s soccer league has been criticised for using amateur players without paying them.

In an era of growing prominence and respect for women’s sport, it was an untenable position and will end in the 2016/17 competition, which starts in a fortnight.

Amateur players will now receive an allowance in line with male National Youth League (NYL) and state competitions – between $60 and $150 a week. Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) chief John Didulica said the move wasn’t going to turn national league players into professionals overnight, but it was something.

“Symbolically it’s important to recognise the sacrifices W-League players make, so the small step forward of having a safety net on par with NYL players is a move in the right direction,” he said.

Melbourne City players celebrate scoring against Sydney FC in last season’s W-League grand final.

“The big challenge for the sport is to build a cohesive and expanded professional pathway that will enable international success and the W-League to be the jewel in the crown of women’s sport.” League bosses and PFA will attempt to do just that in the coming weeks, when they begin broad-ranging talks on growing and strengthening the competition. Improved pay is seen as crucial to continuing the success of the national team, the Matildas, by ensuring a strong talent pool of players available for selection.

Cricket and netball have vastly improved wages to their female athletes in recent months, with the forthcoming AFL women’s league bringing more competition for elite talent.

W-League clubs have been heavily encouraged by head office to spend more of their salary allowance – set at a minimum of $35,000 and a maximum of $150,000 – on players.

By comparison, A-League clubs are obliged to spend at least $2.34 million on their squads – 67 times more than their female counterparts. Melbourne City and Canberra United are the only two W-League clubs which hit or near the maximum spend.

Two-time champions Brisbane Roar drew ire for offering their players improved deals for this season – then flirted with a 40 per cent reduction – only to honour their wage rises.

The league kicks off on November 5 when Brisbane Roar host Sydney FC.


WLeague Golden Boot Ashleigh Sykes

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League


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





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

Changes in WLeague fixtures

November 01, 2016 By: Penny Category: W League

Westfield W-League 2016/17 Season fixture update


Princess Ibini and Rachael Soutar vie for the ball in Sunday's Sydney Derby at Lambert Park.

Staff Writer
Football Federation Australia has announced fixture changes for Westfield W-League Season 2016/17.

The full list of changes is in the table below:

Round Date Home Team Away Team Venue Kick off (local) details
1 Sat 5 November 2016 Brisbane Roar Sydney FC Spencer Park 4pm Venue update
3 Sun 20 November 2016 Brisbane Roar Canberra United A.J. Kelly Field 4pm Venue update
3 Sun 20 November 2016 Newcastle Jets Perth Glory McDonald Jones Stadium 2.30pm Venue name change
5 Sun 4 December 2016 Brisbane Roar Melbourne City A.J. Kelly Field 4pm Venue update
5 Sun 4 December 2016 Newcastle Jets Sydney FC McDonald Jones Stadium 2.30pm Venue name change
7 Fri 16 December 2016 Newcastle Jets Melbourne Victory McDonald Jones Stadium 5.20pm Venue name change
8 Mon 26 December 2016 Newcastle Jets Western Sydney Wanderers McDonald Jones Stadium 3.05pm Venue name change
10 Sun 1 January 2017 Brisbane Roar Melbourne Victory A.J. Kelly Field 3pm Venue update
12 Sun 15 January 2017 Newcastle Jets Brisbane Roar McDonald Jones Stadium 2.30pm Venue name change




2016/17 WLeague Fixtures

September 15, 2016 By: Penny Category: W League