Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Football West’s State Regional Under 17 Girls squad has returned from last week’s Singa Cup as champions, becoming the first female Football West team to win an international tournament.
The Singa Cup Final held in Singapore saw the WA team defeat Singapore Arsenal 4-1, with Siobhan Longmore scoring a hat-trick and Keeley Milner chimed in with the other.
Both players are from Leeuwin Naturaliste JSA and Longmore won the tournament’s prestigious Player of the Tournament and Golden Boot with 10 goals, including three hat-tricks.
Coach Dan Evans was understandably thrilled with how his side performed.
“Winning the tournament is obviously fantastic but more important was the brand of football that we played,” said Evans.
“It’s a credit to the existing Football West programs in place and especially to the regional coaches who are obviously working on the right things. All of them to a player are still young enough to compete at this level next year and I expect some of them to push for state selection or even beyond.
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic for the regions if we could produce another Perth Glory Women player or even a Matilda?
Whilst the game continues to grow, I am sure this would speed up the process somewhat. I’m grateful for the opportunity in coaching this group and it was pleasing to see them grow on and off the field throughout the tournament. I will be watching their progress with interest.”
vs Singapore schools X1
6-0 win (2 Merrit, 1 S Longmore, 1 Cleggett, 1 A Longmore)
vs Singapore Arsenal
1-0 win (S Longmore)
vs Kirkwell Academy (Singapore)
4-0 win (3 S Longmore, 1 Thew)
vs Queensway Academy (Singapore)
6-0 win (3 S Longmore, 1 Thew, 1 Muscio, 1 James)
Final vs Singapore Arsenal
4-1 win (3 S Longmore, 1 Milner)
Player of the Tournament: S Longmore
Golden Boot: S Longmore
vs National Singapore University (Women’s team)
4-1 win (2 Walton, 1 James, 1 A Longmore)
State Regional Under 17 Girls Squad
Katelyn Slee GERALDTON
Kimberley Clegget CCJSA
Jamie-Lee James CCJSA
Jaclyn Muscio GERALDTON
Rhianna Tunks GERALDTON
Dayna Cassidy-Smith ALBANY
Ariana Longmore LNJSA
Indiana Lysaght LNJSA
Hannah Merritt CCJSA
Keeley Milner LNJSA
Jessica Thomas ALBANY
Siobhan Longmore LNJSA
Baxter Thew LNJSA
Logan Walton CCJSA
Liah Cassidy-Smith ALBANY
Kasey Clancy Taylor GERALDTON
Coach: Dan Evans
Team Manager: Lea Stinton