Women’s football news update

Hi everyone

Its been a gun season so far with lots of clubs telling me they filled up most teams pretty fast post Asian Cup, World Cup, Aleague, Youth League and W League success, not forgetting WWC Canada lead in for the Matildas in June this year.
Heres some things to remember for the preseason…
1. The Night Series is drawing to a close.
Final games this weekend:

Premier Group 3rd v 4th place
Melville v Balcatta 630pm Coker Park Friday March 27
Quinns v UWAN Coker Park Friday March 27, 830pm

Premier Group Final

Northern Redbacks v Beckenham Angels
Sunday March 29 Coker Park 7.15pm

First Division (no place finals or semifinals other than grand final)
Fremantle City v Stirling Panthers Sunday March 29 at 5pm

Semi Finals from Premier Group Sunday March 22
Queens Park 0 Northern Redbacks 1
Beckenham Angels 3 NTC 2

Football West will be making presentations, video taping the games and a Match Programme will be available after games Sunday.

Well done Stirling Panthers for competing with the big guns and welcome on board new 2015 State League additions Fremantle City, Bassendean and Wanneroo.
The Woodfin family encourage you to get along to the games at Coker Park this weekend and catch up with old friends. Bring your memorabilia and have a chat to Lynda at the club.
2. The Referees Standing Committee is encouraging you to upscale as a lines person or junior referee.
Sam Musca is the Chair of the Committee Ph 0417903582sammusca@hotmail.com. He is very helpful and happy to visit clubs and answer any questions.
At Football West the man in charge is Eddie Lennie.
There are some great deals offered for you as members- free courses and scholarships particularly for girls and women.
To be a lines person you have to become a full referee first. You can indicate that you only want to official at juniors and womens games once you have qualified. So if refereeing a full blooded mens state league match concerns you, then simply tick the required box!
With the growth this year, you can expect not all games will be covered by our referees. You can help by encouraging your club to nominate 1 or 2 people to upscale themselves. Just by having a person your club can ring on a weekend if you fall short of a referee is a life saver!
When we think we would like 3 match officials in our top end football, we have to start helping ourselves along, like encouraging our young ones to take up the education as they are learning about the game.
3. Coaching courses
Community courses this month
These change month by month and are usually free or low cost.
Advanced courses are run on demand and clubs usually subsidise their coaches and offset coach payments to them.
4. Womens NPL
The National Premier League is coming to WA in the next 12 months or so via consultations and criteria introductions. If you have been observing the introduction of the mens NPL, don’t think the same criteria! Minimums would be coaching licenses and benchmarks already introduced in the Womens State League competitions. Expect Emma Highwood from the FFA (Head of Women’s Football) will be instigating interaction with WA.
5. The Matildas
The squad will compete in the Womens World Cup in Canada in June and are in full time training.
Glory player Sam Kerr and former Matildas Goalkeeper Lydia Williams are returning from surgery.
The Matildas on Austria and Scotland
The squad will return to Australia before continuing their World Cup Campaign in North America to finish their lead in to the tournament.
Lady Reds Coach Ross Aloisi joins the National set up as 17s Coach.
As an aside- Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is coming to Perth April 16.
6. Womens Standing Committee Nominations will be open again in May
You should keep an eye on the footballwest.com.auhome page for nomination forms next month (sometimes Football West club emails don’t get through to the right person)
Your current committee is-
Penny TannerHoath
Emma Smith
Helen Lumley (Geraldton)
Conrad McKelvie
Alexis Pelham
Dave Scragg
Tras Young
Football West Representatives-
Jessine Bonzas
Elisa D’Ovidio
Keith Wood
7. Girls Day Out
Former Glory player Elisa D’Ovidio is the organiser again this year
Venue: NIB
Date: Sunday 29th March(preregistrations closed)
Time: 9-11am
This event attracts several hundred girls and is testament to the growth in our game.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Enjoy your football this year!

Penny TannerHoath 0408 921 832
nicholast72.sg-host.com Local women’s football website
Football West Life Member and Women’s Standing Committee Chairperson 2005-2015