Young talent’s time to shine
Perth Glory midfielder Elisa D’Ovidio has seen the future of WA football and she likes what she sees.
D’Ovidio, who is also Football West Women’s Development Officer, recently organised the inaugural Football West Girls Futsal Tournament and was excited by the talent on show.
More than 120 players in the Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 age groups took part in the tournament, which was run by members of the Glory Women team at the Edith Cowan University Sports Centre.
Cockburn City won the Under 11, Balcatta took out the Under 13 and Perth were top of the charts in Under 15.
D’Ovidio, who is preparing for the Glory Women to kick-off their Westfield W-League season away to Newcastle Jets on November 9, was delighted with the overall number of players as well as the quality on show.
“The tournament was a great success and I received a huge amount of positive feedback, not just from those directly involved in the games but also from the spectators and the parents, who also had a great time,” D’Ovidio said.
“It was fantastic to see so many girls out their enjoying their football and playing with smiles on their faces, and playing some great football.
“There is definitely a lot of talent coming through and also a lot of potential for the women’s game in future. Hopefully, there were some girls at this tournament, who will go on to play for Glory. It would be great if that was the case.”
D’Ovidio said the success of the tournament had prompted plans to run a similar exercise in December.