Sandra Brentnall

AFTER a number of false…


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AFTER a number of false dawns, WA women’s soccer stalwart Sandra Brentnall has finally hung up her boots for good and drawn the curtain on a decorated playing career that spanned 40 years.

The scorer of the first ever international goal for the Australian women’s national team, the Matildas, and also the first to bag an international hattrick, Brentnall has substituted her place on the pitch for one on the bench as coach of Leeming Striker’s State League Division 1 reserves women’s team for the coming season.

Brentnall, whose international career spanned 1978-1983, is a recipient of the Australian Sport Medal, was recently inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA’s Hall of Legends and the Sandra Brentnall Medal is awarded to best on ground in the Women’s Cup Final.

“It was a big decision but I’ve definitely finished now,” she said.

“My body can’t handle it anymore after 40 years, so I’ve decided to go into coaching, which I used to combine with playing.”

Hoping to pass on as much as she has gleaned from nearly a lifetime in the game, Brentnall said her commitment to coaching will be as fierce as that she displayed in her boots.

“I would like my players to get as much as they can out of playing, to step up and reach the highest level they can, enjoy playing some attractive soccer, learn as much as they can about the game and not worry about where they finish,” Brentnall said.

“I’ll be kicking every ball with them, and I’m quite animated off the pitch… it’s not in me to sit back.

“I’ll be giving those players 110 or 120 per cent as long as they give me 100 per cent, but I will coach very much as I played.”

While taking her first steps in a full-time coaching role, Brentnall said she had aspirations to coach at as high a level as possible, possibly professionally, and is working towards a coaching qualification.

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