After only their second year in women’s state league and a top four finish in 2015, Bassendean battled throughout this season to keep abreast of second placed Wanneroo. The two teams drew two weeks ago so a win on Sunday put them 6 points clear after their final league game. The Bassendean Reserves finished runners up to Stirling Panthers (who are a new club into the State League 2016).

It has been many years since a Bassendean team have entered top flight women’s football. Something veteran Sam Preston may well remember.

It’s moments like these that make club legends and stalwarts very proud. The Hayward family springs to mind. They have been associated with Bassendean for decades. Peta Hayward is a second generation Hayward player still going strong (sister BJ also plays in the Bassendean Division Five team)! Mother Angela Hayward is travelling to New Zealand as Team Manager with one of the WA Masters squads. Other well known players in the D1 team are Novella Avezzu and Lindsey Jobling.

The coaching team of Paula Hooper and Kelly Ann Jarden have reinforced a great work ethic in the squad that seems to follow the fabric of the Bassendean Caledonians community. Jarden is a former New Zealand international and Pan Pacific Masters Medallist.

Playoffs between Premier and Division One start at the end of the Premier season (late in September). Currently sitting bottom of the Premier League, Quinns will have to present a strong case to remain in the Premier League in 2017. Wanneroo have the chance for promotion so training isn’t over yet ladies!

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