WA take Glory in Women’s Challenge Cup


September 29, 2016

Report by Peter Simcox

Attached: WA State team and Perth Glory. Photo courtesy Vince Caratozzolo

Black Swans and Perth Glory Challenge Cup 2016

The WA State team earned a deserved 2-0 win against Perth Glory in the Women’s Challenge Cup at Inglewood Stadium on Wednesday night.

The charity game, which raised money for the Cancer Council WA, was decided with a goal in each half.

Skipper Nadene Caldwell put the State team ahead at the break before Katarina Jukic sealed the win 15 minutes from time.

WA coach Jessine Bonzas said the hard work and preparation had paid off.

“I was super proud of them tonight,” she said. “We were great in defence and attack and scored a couple of quality goals.

“The girls have worked extremely hard in preparation for this game and it was really nice for them to get the right result.

“I thought we were solid across the park, we worked on our shape in training and everyone contributed to a really good performance.”

Caldwell, who won the league title with Bankwest Women’s State League side Northern Redbacks, was outstanding in the middle of the park.

“It was a great performance from the side especially after only two training sessions,” Caldwell said.

“We came out with a game plan and it paid off, and I’m glad we got a result tonight.

“I’m honoured to be part of the State team and I’m over the moon with the win, and it’s really topped off my season.”

Glory had the first chance in the opening five minutes when Caitlin Doeglas was denied by a good low save from Evie Gooch.

WA settled and went close on the quarter hour. Caldwell’s shot from the edge of the penalty area was creeping into the bottom corner but goalkeeper Melissa Maizels got down well to push it around a post.

Glory created chances of their own with Rosie Sutton stinging Gooch’s palms on 20 minutes before Jamie Gibbons rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot.

The WA side lost keeper Gooch with an ankle injury on the half hour and she was replaced by Morgan Aquino.

But nine minutes later the WA side hit the front. A through ball from Jukic sent Caldwell clear and she held off her marker and finished clinically past Maizels to send the State team into the break with the lead.

It was an even opening to the second half with WA’s Demi Vance and Jukic causing problems up front, while Doeglas was outstanding in the middle of the park for Glory.

But on 75 minutes WA doubled their advantage. A great through ball sent Jukic racing clear and she finished with aplomb from a tight angle.

Glory looked to hit back and Lexie Moreno’s corner flicked off the crossbar five minutes later before Aquino got down well to save Moreno’s shot moments later.

WA almost added another in the final minute. Vance turned her marker on the edge of the penalty area but her shot was pushed over the top by the alert Glory keeper Gabby Dal Busco.

Glory coach Bobby Despotovski said it was a good hit out for his side in preparation for the Westfield W-League.

“We are only three weeks into pre-season, so it was a good workout for us,” he said.

“I was pleased with the way we kept possession in the first half and we created a number of chances and it was the first time a number of the players had played together.

“We ran out of legs late in the game but well done to the State team. There are some good players in our local competition.”

Cancer Council Women’s Challenge Cup

Western Australia 2 (Caldwell 39Mins, Jukic 75’)
Perth Glory Women 0
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Venue: Inglewood Stadium
Attendance: 612
Referee: Matthew Southern

WA State Women Team: GK Evie GOOCH, RGK Morgan AQUINO, 2 Alyssa VAN HEURCK, 3 Katie EVANS, 4 Natasha RIGBY, 5 Laura WALTMAN, 6 Nadene CALDWELL (C), 7 Sadie LAWRENCE, 8 Demi VANCE, 9 Katarina JUKIC, 10 Nicole CAMPBELL, 11 Emily DUNN, 12 Chelsie WINCHCOMBE, 14 Maddy OLGUIN, 15 Stephanie SIMMONDS, 16 Georgie CAWLEY, 17 Rachel WITHOOS

Perth Glory Women: GK Melissa MAIZELS, RGK Gabby DAL BUSCO, 3 Kim CARROLL (C), 4 Lexie MORENO, 6 Carla BENNETT, 7 Roisin CONNOLLY, 8 Shawn BILLAM, 9 Rosie SUTTON, 10 Jamie GIBBONS, 11 Emily HENDERSON, 13 Jo RANDAZZO, 14 Caitlin DOEGLAS, 15 Ange STANNETT, 16 Abbey MEAKINS


Lyndsey Valentine

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