Sandra Brentnall, State Dream Team, Football West



Sandra Brentnall alongside Amy Ashton playing for Leeming Strikers

This player bio is currently being researched and will be completed during 2024.

Snapshot referenced from Penny Tanner’s book, No Longer A Gentleman’s Game. Printed 1991:

‘Of English origin, Sandra’s family emigrated to Australia following the land of opportunity ideal. Mike Brentnall, Sandra’s Father, was a passionate advocate of Sandra’s development and career pathway. Brentnall played for the Australian team between 1978 and 1983.

Sandra is a 29 (1991) year old Ashfield Dynamo player. Also born in England, Sandra started her soccer career at the Windley Junior School playing for their schoolboys team (as captain), for two years, until she was banned from the team because of her sex, ending her career until 1974. Sandra emigrated to WA in 1974 as a 12 year old. She later signed and played with Inglewood Kiev in 1975 (13 years of age) and her State (WA) from age 14 (1976). In 1977 she was first selected to play for the National open side.

Sandra prefers the centre mid-field position, and has represented WA on 10 occasions and Australia on 6, in mostly this position. In 1978, Sandra first represented Australia, along with Sharon Mateljan, Julie Gorton (maiden name Clayton) Judy Pettitt and Anna Senjuschenko at the World Football Cup in Taiwan (which failed to make the first six after playoffs. Australia finished 8th out of 13 teams. Sandra was selected as one of the top ten players in the world during this tournament. She continued to represent Australia in 1979, when New Zealand toured Australia, and 1980, when Australia toured New Zealand, where Sandra scored a hat-trick in one of the matches against New Zealand, leading Australia to success in the Challenge Cup Test Series (Western Soccer, number 4, April 28, 1989). During the 1980 National team tour of  New Zealand, Sandra was picked as one of the best 10 players in the worldShe continued to represent Australia in New Zealand in 1981, was selected for, but couldn’t afford to go to Hawaii in March, 1983, and Noumea in November/December of 1983, being a prolific goalscorer throughout her representation, from the mid-field position.

Sandra has received the Fairest and Best Trophy 5 times for her performances at league level (first division).  In 1978 Sandra was named junior Sportswoman of the year.

She continued to play for Kiev until they changed name and location to Ashfield Hawks  (1988), affiliated with Ashfield Dynamo men’s club. The club changed its name to Ashfield Dynamos for  subsequent seasons. Mike Brentnall, Sandra’s father, has been her and the team coach for the length of her playing career. 

In 1985 and 1986, Sandra coached the State Junior teams, with Peter Dimopoulos assisting. In 1985 WA was runner up in the National Titles.’

More to come!

Photo at top of Sandra in light blue, playing for Leeming Strikers (in right of photo), Photo courtesy Penny Tanner archive.

State Dream Team photo courtesy Football West 2020.

Group photo at the opening of the State Football Centre, 2023

Profile photo and action shot courtesy Football Hall of Fame Western Australia

Photo dribbling with ball courtesy Jude Pettitt