NOVEMBER 28, 2013

Perth Glory Women will play their sixth annual National Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser match this Sunday when they take on fierce rivals Melbourne Victory.

The match has been played each Westfield W-League season since Teresa Calautti, mother of foundation player Danielle, passed away from breast cancer in 2008.

A Pink Breakfast was held yesterday to raise awareness of the disease in the lead up to the re-match of last season’s epic semi-final when Melbourne won a controversial penalty shoot-out.

Canadian defender Sasha Andrews is one Glory player that has seen the disease affect the life of a close friend and she spoke at the breakfast about the importance of raising awareness and funds for research.

“She was a Jamaican track athlete that treated her body like we all do, as a machine, making sure she ate all the right foods and trained hard,” Andrews said.

“But we were all in shock seeing how someone so fit and healthy could get struck down by something like this.

“Thankfully, she can say she beat breast cancer and I’m so proud that my club Perth Glory gets behind the National Breast Cancer Foundation every year.

“We hope we can have another big crowd in attendance as we try and raise funds for this important research.”

A limited edition inaugural playing shirt signed by the original squad will be auctioned online with all proceeds going directly to NBCF. Click here to bid for the shirt.

Part proceeds from ticket sales will go towards NBCF. Volunteers will also be collecting donations at the venue, while Football West will also donate $500 for each Perth Glory Women goal scored.

Glory women will play the entire season in a specially produced Macron strip, which contains pink pinstripes in recognition of the NBCF cause.

Sunday’s match kicks off at 12pm.

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Sunday, December 1
nib Stadium, Perth
Local kick-off: 12pm (Delayed broadcast on ABC1 at 3pm)
Tickets available from Gate 3: Adults $10, concession $5, Perth Glory A-League members free entry. Please note only the western stand will be open during this match.

Perth Glory squad: 1. Chantel JONES (gk), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Cecilie SANDVEJ, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Sasha ANDREWS, 8. Ella MASTRANTONIO,  9. Rosie SUTTON, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14. Collette McCALLUM, 15. Jess DILLON, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Amy KNIGHTS, 19. Shawn BILLAM, 20. Kathleen WAYCOTT (gk), 21. Christina JULIEN (two to be omitted)

Ins: 15. Jess Dillon, 16. Thia Eastman, 18. Amy Knights (all promoted)

Outs: 12. Kate Gill (illness – indefinite)

Unavailable: Aivi Luik (hamstring – indefinite), Kat Jukic (groin – indefinite)


Chris Correia