Sharon Mateljan



Sharon Mateljan (Loveless)

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

Sharon Mateljan was an out and out midfielder and rated as one of the best in the game by Australian National Team Coach Rale Rasic (Australian men’s World Cup Coach 1974).

Mateljan started her playing career as a schoolgirl in England and spent 15 years playing soccer in Australia, starting at Perth Azzurri in 1972, where she picked up the club’s Fairest and Best award at the age of 18. She moved to Ascot in 1973 where players such as Jill Syson (Gray), Donna Pendreigh (Gorton), Jude Pettitt and Marilyn Crowe made the club one of the most successful clubs of that decade. The team won seven First Division championships and five Top Four Cups in this time. Mateljan was selected for every State game between 1974 and 1987, captaining the WA side in 1976, 1977, 1983 through to 1985 and in 1987, making her one of the longest serving WA state team representatives and captains.

[WA failed to send a side to the 1986 National Championships due to lack of player interest] In 1987 Mateljan took on the role of player and assistant coach with the WA State Team, after having gained her coaching badges under Rale Rasic at the Soccer Federation of Australia.

Mateljan enjoyed six years in the Australian colours from 1978 to 1986, with tours to Taiwan, Hawaii and New Zealand, scoring 5 goals. She declined her Australian selection at the ‘famous’ end of the 1987 tournament dinner in Alice Springs, where National team selections were a fixture at end of tournament celebrations for every National Championships, announcing her retirement from representative soccer.

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

‘ In 1978 and 1985 Sharon (then Sharon Loveless) was nominated as senior Sportswoman of the year. She was named on the 1988 AWSA roll of honour for participation in the 1974 and 1985 National Championships inclusively (12 performances). She received a Confederation of Australia Sport’s Certificate for these outstanding performances.

At the annual WAWSA wind-up in 1987, Sharon was presented with and received a standing ovation for, an award for her outstanding achievements in women’s soccer.’

More to come!

Photos from Penny Tanner’s archive and Peter Dimopolous.