Bruno Fornaroli opened the scoring as Perth Glory beat his former club Melbourne City

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Westfield Matildas captain Sam Kerr has been voted the best female footballer in the world after topping the UK’s Guardian's top 100 list for 2019. Kerr finished second in 2018, but a brilliant year for club and country has seen her rise to the top, finishing ahead of Lucy Bronze (England) and Megan Rapinoe (USA). The Matildas star scored a stunning 40 goals in 41 games in 2019, finishing as the Golden Boot winner for both the Westfield W-League and the National Women's Soccer League, including five goals at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Her form earned her a move to English club Chelsea, signing for the Women's Super League club in November on a two-and-a-half-year deal. Kerr told the Guardian: "It’s quite amazing to be recognised in this way, amongst so many great female footballers and it’s a great honour. I’m really thrilled."

Matilda’s head coach said the award is well-deserved. "For me it is no surprise that Sam has received this accolade from the football community,” he said. "On and off the pitch, Sam is a leader who not only produces spectacular moments for club and country, but is committed to doing the type of work that often goes unnoticed.

"Her consistency throughout 2019 has been impressive, her goals to games ratio exceptional, her influence on matches significant. Sam’s drive to continuously evolve and improve her game, as evidenced by her recent move to Chelsea, is commendable, and I look forward to watching her progress. It is an honour to be her coach with Australia." There was another Aussie on the list, Kerr's Matildas teammate Ellie Carpenter, who polled in 88th on the list - the first time the full-back has been voted in the top 100.



Perth Glory Youth's disappointing start to the Foxtel Y-League continued on Sunday morning, going 4-0 to Brisbane Roar at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday morning. Chris Harold was in the starting line-up for the round four clash with striker looking for game time after injury, but it was the Roar who lead at the break with George Mells and Dauntae Mariner on target. The visitors went on with it after the break with a double from Keegan Jelacic to give them a comprehensive win, the Glory now have the bye and must re-group when they host Melbourne Victory at Dorrien Gardens on December 22.

Head coach Richard Garcia expressed his disappointment at his sides failure to build upon their bright start. "We were good for the first 20 minutes," he said post-match, "but then it’s like a different group of players turned up. Mentally we’re a little bit behind the eight ball. We don’t recover from mistakes and we don’t recover from setbacks very well, which for me is concerning. I’ve got to try and get them to be in a different mental space to be able to bounce back and continually play like they did in the first 20 minutes. That’s the concerning thing, that players are only playing for 20 minutes at a time."

Despite controlling play for periods of the first half, the hosts failed to capitalise upon their early dominance as Mells and Mariner both found the net in a seven-minute spell shortly before the break to give Roar the upper hand. Jelacic then scored a second-half brace to ensure the Roar maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Glory's cause was not helped by the fact that they were reduced to ten players for the final 12 minutes after Chris Harold limped from the fray with all three substitutes having already been used.

Skipper Riley Warland, fellow-defender Zayd Farah and midfielder Dane Ingham were among those who caught the eye for Glory, along with Jackson Lee who, despite conceding four times, pulled off two incredible saves to deny Oscar Woods and Mells in the first half. At the other end, meanwhile, Glory’s best chance of the match came in the 16th minute when Ingham forced Brisbane goalkeeper Macklin Freke to make a fine block and Gabriel Popovic then narrowly missed connecting with a Harold cross.

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Daniel WALSH, 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Zayd FARAH, 6 Jordan ABRAHAMS (13 Ciaran BRAMWELL 59’), 7 Dane INGHAM, 8 Bryce BAFFORD, 9 Gabriel POPOVIC, 10 Trent OSTLER (16 Jayden LEADER 53’), 11 Chris HAROLD, 15 Albert FULLARD (17 Nicholas WALSH 54’) - Subs not used: RGK Joshua LANGDON

Brisbane Roar: GK Macklin FREKE, 3 Aaron REARDON, 6 Oscar WOODS (7 Cai TIPALDO 81’), 8 Keegan JELACIC, 9 Mirza MURATOVIC, 11 Dauntae MARINER (10 Harry TALBOT 66’), 14 George MELLS, 15 Kai TREWIN, 18 Rahmat AKBARI, 19 Jack HINGERT (2 Emlyn WELLSMORE 61’), 23 Connor O’TOOLE - Subs not used: RGK Nathan FOSTER - Referee: Harry Bolan



Perth Glory Women's side are still searching for their first points of the Westfield W-League season after a narrow 1-2 defeat against Newcastle Jets at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening. The visitors were ahead at the break with Nickoletta Flannery on target, and Tara Andrews doubled their advantage in the opening minute of the second half. A stunning debut goal from Spanish midfielder Celia Jimenez pulled one back for Bobby Despotovski's side just before the hour, and Glory pressed for the equaliser. Glory keeper Eliza Campbell kept them in the game saving superbly to deny Andrews from the spot on 79 minutes, and despite pressing late they couldn't find the equaliser.

Despotovski felt that his side has taken some major strides forward in terms of their overall performance. "It was a 100% improvement on last week and the week before," he said. "We created enough opportunities in this game to have got something out of it, but we weren't deadly enough in front of goal. We controlled the game and then there was a silly mistake, a cross and a goal and at the start of the second half, by the time we got out of the tunnel, there was a second goal. I was disappointed with how naive we were in that respect."

Glory started brightly, Shannon May firing over the top in the third minute after Leticia McKenna's corner had been cleared to the edge of the box, before Caitlin Doeglas then fired over the bar following some intricate approach work featuring Celia and Katarina Jukic. Moments later, Jukic and Celia combined effectively once again, this time the Spaniard dragging her shot wide of the target. Having weathered the early storm, it was the Jets who hit the front on 23 minutes.

Teigan Collister showed great pace to get away down the left and whipped in a cross which was prodded home from close-range by Flannery. Glory responded immediately by creating another two chances of their own, Morgan Andrews sending a glancing header inches over the bar and Celia shot flashed inches wide from the edge of the box. The visitors, meanwhile, continued to threaten on the break, notably when Flannery picked out Jenna Kingsley who was unable to force her close-range header home shortly before the break.

Glory needed a good start to the second half but they found themselves two goals down after only sixty seconds. Andrews powering into the box, turning neatly and firing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. Roared on by the home faithful Glory hit back and reduced the margin on 58 minutes. May found Celia on the right, and the Spaniard cut inside and fired home an unstoppable shot past Claire Coelho in the Newcastle goal.

The Jets pressed late and Flannery shot hit the base of the post after a quick break, and they had a perfect opportunity to seal the points when they won a penalty after a handball by substitute Hana Lowry. Andrews stepped up to take the resulting penalty but Campbell guessed the right way to make a stunning save. Glory pushed for the equaliser, but despite peppering the Newcastle box with crosses in the final minutes, they were ultimately unable to find a way through.

Perth Glory: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, 5 Shannon MAY, 6 Arianna ROMERO, 7 CELIA, 8 Morgan ANDREWS, 10 Julia SARDO, 11 Leticia MCKENNA (19 Hana LOWRY 66'), 13 Jamie LEE-GALE (4 Ayesha NORRIE 76'), 14 Caitlin DOEGLAS (9 Crystal THOMAS 57'), 24 Natasha RIGBY, 28 Katarina JUKIC - Subs not used: RGK Morgan AQUINO

Newcastle Jets: GK Claire COELHO, 2 Hannah BREWER, 6 Cassidy DAVIS, 7 Gema SIMON, 9 Tara ANDREWS, 10 Libby COPUS-BROWN (31 Paige KINGSTON-HOGG 65'), 12 Tessa TAMPLIN, 17 Jenna KINGSLEY (11 Pana PETRATOS 90+2'), 18 Clare WHEELER, 19 Nicki FLANNERY (13 Lauren ALLAN 78'), 25 Teigan COLLISTER - Subs not used: RGK Nicole SIMONSEN - Referee: Lara Lee



Perth Glory have ended a four-game streak without a win with a comprehensive 3-0 win against second placed Melbourne City in week nine of the Hyundai A-League at AAMI Park on Friday evening. It was Bruno Fornaroli’s first game against his former club after he was released last season, and the Uruguayan striker opened the scoring just before the half hour. Tony Popovic's side doubled their advantage early in the second half when Gregory Wuthrich's shot was turned into his own net by Harrison Delbridge. The points were wrapped up late when Tomislav Mrcela rose highest to head home his first goal for the club from Neil Kilkenny's cross, and Glory held off City to record their first clean sheet of the season and consign City to their first home defeat in over 12 months.

Fornaroli said it was an important three points to kick-start the season and he had a feeling something special was on the cards, and he also appreciated a warm reception from the home fans. "I don't know why but I like to play here in this stadium and I have a good feeling. I do everything for this club. I have good memories, love for the fans and this for me is the best," he explained. "We controlled the game. We believe in our football. We change nothing. We know we need a little bit of luck. We needed to score goals and tonight we did. The last couple of games we controlled the game but they (opposition) scored the first goal. Tonight, we scored the first goal and we relaxed and make it easier and we controlled the game."

Glory made one change to the side that were beaten by Melbourne Victory at the same venue last week, with Mrcela coming into the side in replace of the injured Kristian Popovic. This was a huge game for Glory, and at kick off they say bottom of the table and it was City who had the first opening when in-form striker Jamie Maclaren flicked Javier Cabrera's cross over the Top. But it was Glory who had the first best opportunity when a poor clearance from Dean Bouzanis went straight to Diego Castro, but with the goal empty the skippers’ shot was well over the top. But Glory were not to be denied and on 27 minutes Fornaroli silenced the home crowd. James Meredith’s ball into the box was only cleared to Juande on the edge of the box, his first-time effort looped into the air off a City defender but hesitation between defender and keeper saw Fornaroli nip in to head home. There was no celebration from the former City striker but it was a perfect start for the men in purple. They went close again moments later and it was Meredith again sent down the left by Castro and his cross shot was palmed onto the top of the net by Bouzanis.

Glory began the second half in the same vein and deservedly doubled their lead within three minutes of the re-start. Kilkenny played in Castro who in turn pulled the ball back to Wuthrich, and the Swiss defender’s low shot was deflected into his own net via the post by the unfortunate Delbridge. The bag was put to bed 19 minutes from time when Glory added a third. A short corner routine saw Kilkenny find Fornaroli, who played it back to the midfielder and his superb cross was met by Mrcela, who headed powerfully past Bouzanis. City could muster little in response in the latter stages, other than a well-struck effort from Connor Metcalfe which found the net but was ruled out for offside.

The win, their second on the road this season, took Glory into the top six of the Hyundai A-League ahead of the rest of the weekend's games, and midfield general Kilkenny said scoring the opening goal gave the side a massive boost. "It was brilliant. We picked them off," he said. "We knew we just had to carry on doing what we were doing and hopefully that's the first of many. The performances have been there but not the results so hopefully we can go on and win more games."

Melbourne City: GK Dean BOUZANIS, 2 Scott GALLOWAY (13 Nathaniel ATKINSON 78'), 3 Scott JAMIESON, 4 Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6 Josh BRILLANTE (20 Adrian LUNA 72'), 7 Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8 Javier CABRERA (19 Lachlan WALES 61'), 9 Jamie MACLAREN, 11 Craig NOONE, 22 Curtis GOOD, 34 Connor METCALFE - Subs not used: RGK Tom GLOVER, 17 Denis GENREAU, 40 Richard WINDBICHLER, 49 Stefan COLAKOVSKI

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI (20 Jake BRIMMER 87'), 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS (7 Joel CHIANESE 73'), 27 JUANDE, 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 3 Jacob TRATT, 12 Kim SOO-BEOM, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC - Referee: Shaun Evans



How things have changed for Perth Glory. A year after taking out their first Premiership last season they find themselves bottom of the Hyundai A-League table after eight rounds, and face another difficult task on Friday evening when they return to AAMI Park to take on second placed Melbourne City. (4.30pm WA Time) Tony Popovic's side were beaten 1-0 last week at the venue by Victory, a loss that made it only one win for the season, but the performance was encouraging dominating possession, but they couldn't convert their chances, something that need to change.

It's a first game against his former club for striker Bruno Fornaroli, after his messy split from them last season and he will be hoping he can put one over his former employees. The departure of Andy Keogh means Glory’s attack now has a different aspect to it, and the Uruguayan has only scored two goals so far this season, but it could have easily been much more if not for a few unlucky moments. Fellow striker Chris Ikonomidis believes the goals will soon come in a rush. “We hit the post twice against Victory. It’s just not falling for us,” he said. “We’re getting into really good areas, but the final pass or shot isn’t coming off at the moment. I think once one goes in it will just flow like it did last season.”

Ikonomidis has enjoyed linking up with Fornaroli, and he feels their connection is continuing to grow - both on and off the field. “He actually speaks perfect Italian, and I speak Italian as well,” he said. “He speaks good English, but I want to keep my Italian sharp, so I only speak to him in Italian. Obviously, we’re not happy with where we are on the ladder, but we’re not playing bad football. If it was about performances, we’d be concerned. It is frustrating (not getting wins), and now is the time where you need to stay calm and keep doing what you believed in, because it has shown success as we saw last year. It’s still early days. A few more wins in the bag and we’ll jump right back up the ladder. Everyone is still very positive, and we still very much believe.”

Head coach Tony Popovic said it has been business as usual for Fornaroli this week. "We'll see how he is during the week - I doubt there'll be any issues or needing to address any situation," he explained. "His record speaks for itself in what he did at Melbourne City, so he doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. He's now playing for Perth Glory, he's playing well, he's maybe missing a bit of the luck in front of goal that maybe Jamie Maclaren's got so maybe that can rub off a bit next week for him. But he's getting in the right areas, he's getting chances - you can see he's hitting the post, he's there - so hopefully that'll improve further next week and those balls will go in."

With several solid training sessions this week, Popovic feels they are ready to go toe-to-toe with City. "The spirit is there. And the character of the team is fantastic,” he explained. “We just have to keep working and improving our game. We're not far off in terms of our performances, we know that. We didn't perform badly at all against Melbourne [Victory]. It was a very good performance away from home, but we came away with nothing. That tells you that we're almost there, but we have some work to do and if we keep making sure that our game is improving, maybe those little details will fall our way. The players have trained well this week; it's not about lifting them. They're disappointed, as they should be, with the results. We all are. But confidence I judge by what I see in training. Players can't hide their body language or their demeanour. They're training extremely hard and they really want this to work. They know they're close and Friday's an opportunity to get a result with the performance."

City defender Harrison Delbridge says there is no animosity between their players and their ex-teammate Fornaroli, however, he insists the prolific Uruguayan forward will be afforded no favours on Friday. “No hard feelings but for us this is business," he said. "You can be friends with a lot of different players throughout the different teams in the league, but for us it's about getting the job done and getting the result. For me as a defender that's about making his night as difficult as possible and frustrating them and limiting opportunities for them. If we can do that, I think we'll set ourselves up to be successful. I know how Bruno likes to play, hold-up and link play, and I've played against him heaps in training, and they've got Ikonomidis as well, so it's something we're aware of, and (Diego) Castro can be creative on the ball as well. We know what they've got and we're prepared to handle it."

Melbourne City FC squad: GK Dean BOUZANIS, RGK Tom GLOVER, 2 Scott GALLOWAY, 3 Scott JAMIESON, 4 Harrison DELBRIDGE, 6 Josh BRILLANTE, 7 Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 8 Javier CABRERA, 9 Jamie MACLAREN, 10 Florin BERENGUER, 11 Craig NOONE, 13 Nathaniel ATKINSON, 17 Denis GENREAU, 19 Lachlan WALES, 20 Adrian LUNA, 21 Ramy NAJJARINE, 22 Curtis GOOD, 30 Moudi NAJJAR, 34 Connor METCALFE, 49 Stefan COLAKOVSKI - *2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: BERENGUER (promoted), METCALFE (promoted), COLAKOVSKI (promoted) - Outs: 39 Idrus ABDULAHI (omitted) - Unavailable: 40Richard WINDBICHLER (hamstring)

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Tando VELAPHI, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jacob TRATT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 12 Kim SOO-BEOM, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Brandon WILSON, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 27 JUANDE, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC, 88 Neil KILKENNY - *2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: TRATT (promoted), WILSON (promoted), MRCELA (returns from injury), POPOVIC (promoted) - Outs: 29 Kristian POPOVIC (injured) - Unavailable: 13 Osama MALIK (hamstring – 1 week), 29 Kristian POPOVIC (thigh – 2 weeks) - Referee: Shaun Evans



Perth Glory youth side will be hoping to kick start their Foxtel Y-League campaign when they host Brisbane Roar at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday morning. (10.30am) The youngsters are coming off back-to-back away fixtures, and were unlucky to come away empty handed in both. They fought back from 6-3 down to draw 6-6 with Melbourne City, before being edged ou by Melbourne Victory last week.

Striker Ciaran Bramwell bagged a hat-trick against City, and was heavily involved in the loss against Victory, and he said they should have taken something from the loss. "Yes, it was a tough loss to take as I feel we dominated the game and also had opportunities to score and get something from the game," he explained. "The game against City was a special moment for myself to get a hat trick, and it was good to get off the mark in my first FYL season and hopefully will be able to score a few more in the future games."

Bramwell started his football journey at Quinns FC, then heading to ECU Joondalup until he was 14, before joining Glory. The 17-year-old has progressed through the clubs NPL academy sides, and he knows how important Sunday's game is as they look to open their account in the competition. "Brisbane are a very good team and we know it will be a tough match," he explained. "We are all looking forward to playing back home after two away trips in a row. I think all the boys believe we could have got more points from the previous three games and we are all looking to get the three points this time around.".



Perth Glory will be hoping to get their Westfield W-League season back on track when they host Newcastle Jets at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening. (7.15pm) Both sides go into this game winless, Glory at the foot of the table without a point, while the Jets have one point, which they picked up in week one against Melbourne City. Glory were beaten at home by Sydney FC last week, while the Jets lost at home to Canberra United, so three points in this one is vital, and new recruits Celia and Crystal Thomas are poised to make their Glory debuts, the Spanish international and American striker have both trained strongly this week.

Head coach Bobby Despotovski has confirmed that both will play some part as Glory look to secure their first win of the campaign. "They will bring experience and stability to our midfield and attack," he said. "We have to be mindful that one arrived last week and one this week and consider that when it comes to how many minutes they will play, but they will be involved. Our other two imports, Ari [Romero] and Morgan [Andrews] will also be better for the game-time that they got under their belts last weekend against Sydney FC. Morgan played a pivotal role in the team and lasted 60-something minutes which was a credit to her and hopefully this week she can last the full 90."

Glory conceded two early goals in that 3-1 defeat against Sydney last week, having done likewise in their round one loss at Canberra and Despotovski confirmed that starting games more strongly has been a focus in training this week. "We have to take the game from the first minute, not from 2-0 down," he said. "They [the players] are conscious of that and have been working very hard in training to try and rectify how we are starting games. "We've looked at many aspects, such as whether our warm-up is wrong, is there too much of a gap between the end of the warm-up and the start of the game, or is our mental state wrong. The way that we are finishing games is very positive because they are lasting the 90 minutes. Now we have to look at the starts to make sure we're not so sluggish for the first 15 or 20 minutes before getting into game."

Despotovski went on to praise the impact Hana Lowry and Ayesha Norrie made when they were introduced from the bench last weekend and admitted that their performances have given him plenty to consider when it comes to naming his side to face the Jets. "Hana is very young and we need to be careful with her development," he said. "Nonetheless, she is an extraordinarily talented footballer and in time, I think she can be one of the best players in Australia. This is the exercise that we're doing right now; giving the young players a chance to step up and see where they need to be development-wise, skill-wise, fitness-wise and strength-wise to make it at that next level. I'm very pleased with how she's tracking and the same goes for Ayesha. She's come over from Queensland and has taken every opportunity to step up and play. Her last two appearances off the bench have been very, very good and very positive."

Jets head coach Craig Deans said a Glory side without Sam Kerr will not make Glory and easier proposition. "It's going to be interesting because they were actually pretty predictable previously with Sam, because you know what they want to do is get the ball to her," he explained. "Now there's an even spread of responsibility, we're going to have to work out some tactical things. The girls have been tactically very good this year so I'm sure whatever we come up with, they will put into practise, but it will be a different Glory team, but it could be more difficult in some sense.

In team news Annabel Martin (knee), Sophie Nenadovic (ankle) and Renne Pountney (foot) have all been sidelined, leaving Deans with a few selection options to start the season, but it looks like he will stick to the same squad after last week’s performance. "Annabel is the closest but it's not worth the risk at the moment," he said. "But everyone in the squad have done a good job in the first three games, so the girls who aren't playing have got to push them out."



Football Federation Australia (FFA) headed to Perth last Saturday with a double announcement about the world game. First, they announced the news of the Western Australian Government’s support for football, with the Premier of WA, Mr Mark McGowan, officially announcing the State’s backing of Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, before announcing a number of Socceroos game to be played in the state over the next two years. Premier McGowan made the announcement at Nash Field – home of Western Knights SC – alongside the WA Government’s Sports Minister Mick Murray, experienced Westfield Matilda Laura Brock and Perth-born former Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Jason Petkovic.

The announcement ensures that Western Australia will feature in FFA’s final submission to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2023, with fixtures slated for Perth’s Rectangular Stadium (HBF Park) should Australia’s bid ultimately be successful. WA’s support of Australia’s Bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup adds to commitments already received by the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland, and South Australian Governments.

Additionally, the Caltex Socceroos will return to Perth in March 2020 for the first of two fixtures to be held in WA over the coming years. On Thursday, 26 March 2020 Australia will play Kuwait at HBF Park in its next qualification fixture on the road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Should the Caltex Socceroos, as envisaged, reach the Third Round of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualifying for Qatar, a further qualification fixture will be held in the west throughout 2021.



Socceroo Jackson Irvine became a cult hero at Burton Albion and fellow Australian Ryan Edwards is out to do the same at the English League One club. Edwards left Scottish side Hearts in the off-season to join the Brewers, where he has hit the ground running with 24 appearances already.

Playing under manager Nigel Clough, the former Olyroo and Young Socceroo is thriving. "It’s been really good," Williams said. "I signed in July, I had a amazing four years in Scotland so it was a good time to come back to England and the Football League."

"I’ve been enjoying it. The manager’s top quality, it’s been a good start. I’m playing regularly so I’m happy. We’re playing a 4-3-3 and in the midfield three we’ve got a good balance in the type of midfielders who’ve been playing."

"I’ve been playing on the right side of midfield and have been more of a box-to-box, number 8 kind of midfielder. Playing a lot of minutes and a lot of high energy, trying to get in the box and score goals, which has happened a couple of times this season, so it’s been good.”

Burton are a small club that was largely unknown until the past decade when they remarkably rose from non-league football all the way to finally reaching the Championship in 2016. Irvine was the club’s record transfer signing three and a half years ago from Scotland's Ross County and enjoyed a stellar 2016/2017 season.

Edwards is on his way to becoming a fan favourite at the Brewers, just like Irvine was. "The joke at the moment is they like Australians with long hair," the 26-year old said. "I think you find that generally in the UK and Europe, if an Aussie does well at a certain club, they hold you in high regard."

"Jackson’s very similar to most of the Australian players where you’re a good professional, a good person and you’re a hard-worker, and I think they really appreciate that. He’s definitely held in high regard at the club, I think he won player of the year here and he made the club a good amount of money as well."

"The recent history of the club has been really good. It’s a small club, I think the stadium holds 9,000 or 10,000 (but) the fans are quality, they just want to see you perform well and work hard and they clap you off the pitch regardless of the result if you show you’ve given everything."

"The fans are awesome and the club’s run really well. With Nigel Cough being the manager, he’s a legend there, he played for the club and managed the club, came back after Derby and Sheffield United, so he knows the club inside out and runs it really well."

"We’ve got a squad of maybe 18, 19, 20 players so it’s a really, tightknit group. Especially with the amount of games we play, we play pretty much an A-League season by November. It’s good playing that hectic schedule of Saturday-Tuesday, so the manager’s been really good at managing the squad. I’m really enjoying it at the moment.”

Born in Singapore and the son of ex-Socceroo Alistair Edwards, Ryan’s career has taken him around the world. He came through AIS before heading to England to sign for Reading in 2011 at the age of 17. The midfielder was with the Royals for four seasons and also spend time with Perth Glory on loan.

Edwards was released by Reading in 2015 and then had four years in Scotland with Patrick Thistle and Hearts before moving to Burton. England’s League One may have a bad reputation in the eyes of some Australian fans, but it’s where the like of Massimo Luongo, Bailey Wright, Lucas Neill and Tim Cahill cut their teeth.

“League One is a good stepping stone,” Edwards said. “You look at Cahill and Aaron Mooy joined the Premier League in their mid to late twenties. It’s something you want to target. I’m really enjoying my time on and off the pitch at Burton, so to get promoted into the Championship with them would be fantastic."

Burton currently sit in mid-table in League One, 14th out of 23 teams, but are just six points below the playoff places. Edwards his club has the team to push for a play-off spot this season. “Yeah, within the squad we know we’ve got a good enough squad to challenge for the playoffs," he said.

“On our day we can more than hold our high against the top teams like the Ipswiches and Rotherhams. It’s just a matter of getting the points, which has been difficult because we’ve had some rescheduled games. If we win our catch-up games… it’s a target of ours to get into the playoffs as we’re more than good enough."



The new teams for the new NPLW-WA were announced in mid-week but there was one huge omission to the eight-team league, that of Queens Park. The club have been in the top flight of WA women's football for a number of season's and are one of the strongest teams, but there is no place for them in the new league is a real smack in the teeth for everyone involved at Coker Park. We don't know the ins and outs of the decision but it looks like the governing body have put an end to a club and that has been a standout in the league for many years.

Queens Park have a list of achievements, more than another club in the league. In 2013 they won the Night Series, and in 2014 won the Premier League with Brooke Johnston winning the leagues fairest and best and top goalscorer. In 2017 the club won Premier League and the Night Series, and Katarina Jukic, who signed for Perth Glory this season, won the leagues fairest and best and top goalscorer. In 2018 they went back to back winning the league and went on to win the Cup, while Jukic won the Fairest and best and top goalscorer again. Last season they won the Night Series and were runners-up in the Premier League, but went on to win the Top Four Cup.

Unfortunately, that isn’t worth anything now, and the club are coming to terms with the decision, and player Brittany Woodfin said it came as a huge shock. “I am so sad and disheartened by the news we have not been selected in the new women’s NPL,” she said. “For those of you that don’t know Queens Park has been one of the most successful women’s Premier teams for the past 19 years. Some club volunteers even played back in the 70s. In recent times Queens Park has broken records for most goals scored in a season, and they had an unbeaten year in 2018. They have also had both first team and reserves win the league.

This season Queens Park had the best U23’s Premier league team and have had many players selected to play in the W league. Queens Park hosted night series, Glory games and an international team when Football West needed a venue. For those of you that have asked about juniors, many of our past first-team players were developed from juniors. Currently, we have girls only miniroos and a U12’s girls-only team coached by 2 ex-state league players and a W-League player.

“I know that there are players that are so hurt by this decision and want to stick by the club, but the club is encouraging these players to continue to play at the highest level and to do Queens Park proud. Queens Park has always been a club known as a ‘family’, and they have done so much for women’s football in the past. All volunteers have put their heart and soul into the players and the progression of women’s football, and it is a very emotional time for all involved. The club wishes all their talented players all the best for the future and know they will carry Queens Park forever in their hearts. I will treasure the memories made forever. Q.P.S.C you will be forever in my heart.



“The WA Government is very excited at the prospect of being part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023,” Premier McGowan said. “We have also partnered with FFA to secure at least two Socceroos games in Perth, including two guaranteed World Cup qualifiers next year and in 2021. The benefits to our State will be significant, in terms of having a major economic impact on and providing a massive increase in exposure to the rest of the world.”

FFA Chief Operating Officer, Mr Mark Falvo, acknowledged the WA Government’s support for football, and said both commitments would excite and inspire football fans from Bunbury to Broome. “FFA is delighted that the Premier and people of WA share our vision to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to Australia,” he said. “Some of the great Westfield Matildas – including current stars Sam Kerr and Lydia Williams – hail from WA, and hosting matches, training, and other events in and around Perth in 2023 would ensure that WA is part of a truly global celebration of football.”

“It is also fantastic that the Caltex Socceroos are set to return to the west consistently over the coming years. Five men’s ‘A’ internationals have been held in Perth since 1975, and with the WA Government’s commitment today that figure will rise over the next two years.” - Australia v Kuwait - Date: Thursday, 26 March 2020

Venue: HBF Park, Perth, Western Australia - Kick-off: To be confirmed - Football Family Tickets: On sale Tuesday, 10 December 2019 at 9am AWST/12pm AEDT (check for details) - General Public Tickets: On sale Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 9am AWST/12pm AEDT - check for details)



After a year of consolidation for Kelmscott Roos, new head coach Richard Bryant will be looking to build on that next season after taking over from Richard Changadzo. The club were on the verge of dropping out of the state league after finishing bottom of the Division Two table in 2018, but they bounced back to finish well clear of the drop zone last season and Bryant said the club are doing all they can to improve in 2020.

"In 2018, we finished bottom, and were fortunate to stay up, but last season Richard stopped us from going down," Bryant said. "I’ve been involved at the club for a number of years, and I think this has been a factor for my appointment – the club knows what they’re getting, as opposed to bringing an unknown coach in. We are looking forward to the challenge, and are looking to do a lot better than last year." Bryant, who played for Surrey-based Whyteleafe FC in England before heading to WA, said they have identified players for next season and is hoping to bring a stability to the club.

"There are players coming back from when Chris Bates was in charge a few years ago, which will definitely strengthen the team," he explained. "But first and foremost, there needs to be a togetherness and a willing to play for each other, and a good attitude - I will be bringing stability to the team for the 2020 season." The Roos pre-season officially kicks off on Sunday February 2 when they take on Western Knights at Edinburgh Oval in their first State League Night Series game. Also, in Group D are Joondalup City and Joondalup United.



Socceroos striker Adam Taggart has capped a stellar 2019 by becoming the first Australian to win the K-League Golden Boot. In his debut season with Suwon Bluewings, Taggart scored 20 goals in 33 appearances to win the award ahead of Ulsan Hyundai's Junior Negao (19 goals) and Daegu FC's Cesinha (15 goals).

Taggart joined Suwon from Brisbane Roar in February and hit the ground running, scoring on his K-League debut against Ulsan Hyundai and converting in 15 games - including scoring a hat-trick and three braces. That form was translated to the national team with two goals Taiwan and one against Jordan.

Taggart, 26, headlines a list of in-form Socceroos strikers ahead of February's World Cup qualifiers. Also on that list are Jamie Maclaren, who has scored nine goal in four A-League appearances for Melbourne City, and Nikita Rukavytsya, who has scored seven goals in ten appearances for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa.



Socceroo Matthew Spiranovic has rejected a return to Perth Glory, as his absence from the game stretches beyond six months and speculation mounts over his football future. After the high of lifting an A-League Premier’s Plate and landing a Socceroos recall, Spiranovic is back in Melbourne from a lengthy stay in Europe with no hint on what his intentions are.

Rumours emanating from Perth suggest Spiranovic may even be on the cusp of quitting the game all together. But they were flatly denied on Sunday by his agent, who declined to comment further on what might lie ahead for the 31-year old. Glory coach Tony Popovic reached out to Spiranovic again in mid-November over the prospect of a second stint in the west.

But that, according to Glory cheief executive Tony Pignata, was politely declined, leaving 36-cap Spiranovic in a limbo of his own design. “We spoke to him about coming back but I don’t think he’s keen at the moment,” Pignata said. “There were discussions a couple of weeks ago. There was some interest but that subsequently went cold.”

With spells at Nurnberg, Urawa Red Diamonds, Al-Arabi, Wanderers, Zhejiang Greentown and Glory on his resume, Spiranovic has sampled a smorgasbord of football destinations, and clearly has much still to offer - should he decide to pull on the boots again. Glory have keenly felt his absence after an indifferent start to the new season.



Perth will play host to the Socceroos following an announcement by Premier Mark McGowan yesterday. The Australian national team will meet Kuwait at Perth Oval on Thursday 26 March in their next qualification fixture on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Should the Socceroos progress to the third round of Asian Football Confederation qualifiers for Qatar, an additional qualification fixture will be held in Perth during 2021. “We have partnered with FFA to secure at least two Socceroos games in Perth, including two guaranteed World Cup qualifiers next year and in 2021,” McGowan said.

“The benefits to our State will be significant, in terms of having a major economic impact on and providing a massive increase in exposure to the rest of the world.” The Socceroos currently sit atop Group B, two points clear of joint second-placed Kuwait and Jordan.



Perth Glory are still searching for their first point in the Westfield W-League after losing 1-3 against Sydney FC in a Grand Final re-match at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday afternoon. It was the worst possible start for Glory, going 0-2 down after only six minutes, both scored by Remy Siemsen. Former Glory striker Caitlin Foord added a third from the spot before half time, and despite Caitlin Doeglas' goal early in the second half Glory couldn't find a way back into the game. Post-game, Glory's Head Coach Bobby Despotovski said his side's slow start had left them a mountain to climb, but expressed his pride at their second-half response.

"The first ten minutes was identical to the Canberra game and we may have to have a look at how we approach the game from the start," he said. "Obviously the start was not what we expected and we'll address that again on the training ground and move on. In the first half we were not smart enough to close their full-backs at the right times and they exposed us on the left-and side which cost us the goals. At half-time we addressed that and Ayeesha [Norrie] came in and did a great job for us. We set ourselves a target not to lose the second half and to pinch a goal and credit to our players, they stood up and delivered."

It was a warm day in the west but it didn't hinder the Sky Blues who were ahead on three minutes, Siemsen's cross-shot flew past Glory custodian Eliza Campbell. The Sky Blues were handed the second goal three minutes later when a defensive error from Mexican defender Arianna Romero gifted the ball to Siemsen and she finished past Campbell via both posts. The striker who is a guest on the Fox Sports show 'Bill and Boz', and has scored a brace the next game every time she has been on the show, and Sydney coach Ante Juric is looking for a permanent role on the show.

Glory settled and went close themselves on 14 minutes, Leticia McKenna curling effort was superbly saved by Sydney keeper Aubrey Bledsoe, before Alexia Moreno headed over the top moments later. Sydney should have added a third on the half hour, but American midfielder Sofia Huerta somehow missed a close-range header. Glory striker Katarina Jukic went close on 35 minutes, her quick feet turned Natalie Tobin inside out but her shot was straight at Bledsoe. But three minutes later it was the visitors who added a third when Julia Sardo tripped Princess Ibini-Isei in the box and referee Rachel Mitchenson pointed straight to the spot. Foord stepped and marked her 100th Westfield W-League appearance by calmly sending Campbell the wrong way from the spot.

Despotovski made a change at the break bringing on Ayesha Norrie for Moreno, and the home side reduced the margin in the opening sixty seconds. Good work by former Queens Park striker Jukic saw her set up Doeglas, whose shot flew past Bledsoe much to the delight of the 797 Glory faithful. The goal seemed to kick Sydney back into gear and Matildas midfielder Chloe Logarzo's shot from the edge of the box whistled just wide. It was end-to-end football and Andrews' long-range strike was saved by Bledsoe at the second attempt on the hour, before Foord rattled the crossbar after a good shot on the turn six minutes later. Logarzo was inches away from a fourth, her header hitting the crossbar again, and she again denied by a brilliant reaction save from Campbell

In other games Melbourne City maintained their hold on third with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Adelaide United on Saturday, as Kyah Simon netted her first goal since returning from long-term injury in Shepparton. Norwegian striker Elise Thorsnes bagged the winner as Canberra United quelled a spirited Newcastle Jets' comeback to win by the odd goal in five in Newcastle earlier on Saturday. Perennial underachievers Western Sydney Wanderers continued their strong start to the season on Thursday, with their 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar built around a hat-trick from American forward Kristen Hamilton.

Perth Glory: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, 3 Kim CARROLL, 5 Shannon MAY, 6 Arianna ROMERO, 8 Morgan ANDREWS (12 Jenna ONIONS 67'), 10 Julia SARDO, 11 Leticia MCKENNA (19 Hana LOWRY 82'), 14 Caitlin DOEGLAS, 15 Alexia MORENO (4 Ayesha NORRIE 46'), 24 Natasha RIGBY, 28 Katarina JUKIC - Subs not used: RGK Morgan AQUINO

Sydney FC: GK Aubrey BLEDSOE, 2 Teresa POLIAS, 5 Ally GREEN (16 Julia VIGNES 85'), 6 Chloe LOGARZO, 7 Ellie BRUSH, 9 Caitlin FOORD, 10 Remy SIEMSEN (3 Shadeene EVANS 67'), 11 Sofia HUERTA, 12 Natalie TOBIN, 17 Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 20 Princess IBINI (15 MacKenzie HAWKESBY 76') - Subs not used: RGK Trudy BURKE - Referee: Rachel Mitchenson



Striker Sam Kerr will play in front of a home crowd if Australia wins the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Premier Mark McGowan confirmed Western Australia had officially joined Australia’s 2023 World Cup bid. And the bid is successful WA would host several games at the 20,500 capacity Perth Oval.

“Sam Kerr, the best player in the world, was born and bred in Perth, so it makes sense for Perth to be a host city if Australia’s bid is successful,” McGowan said. “The benefits to our State will be significant, in terms of having a major economic impact on and providing a massive increase in exposure to the rest of the world.”

The announcement ensures Western Australia will feature in Football Federation Australia’s final submission to host the Women’s World Cup in 2023. Australia’s bid to host the tournament adds to commitments already received by the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland, and South Australian Governments.



Perth Glory dropped to the bottom of the Hyundai A-League after a 0-1 defeat against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Friday evening. Robbie Kruse scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half, and even though Glory dominated possession and hit the woodwork twice they couldn't find the equaliser. It makes it only one win in the opening seven games for last season's Premiers, which must be a concern for everyone involved at the club. "In terms of the performances we're controlling the games better than we did last year, so that's an improvement," Popovic said post-match. "Unfortunately, we're not seeing the rewards of that as yet but I firmly believe that will happen - I have no doubt that will happen. If we can keep controlling games and performing the way we are, that will turn."

Popovic made two changes to the side that lost to Sydney FC last week, giving a starting A-League debut to his son Kristian, who replaced Joel Chianese, while Alex Grant returned from suspension to replace Dino Djulbic. It was an even opening to a game which was vital for both sides, who had only won once this season. The first chance fell to the hosts on 13 minutes, skipper Ola Toivonen got on the end of a quick counter attack but his shot was saved by Liam Reddy. The pressure has been on Victory coach Marco Kurz, whose image on the big screen pre-game had attracted a rumbling of boos from a small section of the 13,084 in attendance.

Glory hit back and Neil Kilkenny's curling effort flashed over the top, before Grant headed Kilkenny's corner just wide moments later. Victory almost hit the front when Andrew Nabbout's mis-hit cross headed goal wards, and Reddy had to race back to tip the ball over the top. Then from the resulting corner Nabbout's glancing header whistled just wide. But on 32 minutes it was the home sdie who opened the scoring. Jakob Poulsen found Adama Traore, whose cross found Nabbout at the back post, his low cross picked out Kruse, who got in front of Glory defender Gregory Wuthrich to score.

It was a good start to the second half from Glory and they went close to levelling five minutes in. Ivan Franjic made space down the right ad his low cross found Fornaroli, who lost his marker at the back post but his first time shot cannoned off the post and away to safety. It was a golden opportunity for the striker, and he was in again on the hour, but again he failed to find the target. Kilkenny was having a great game and his teasing cross moments later found Grant, who’s headed crashed off the crossbar. Glory were dominating but Victory were dangerous on the counter attack and Reddy had to produce a smart save to deny Nabbout. Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas was having a blinder and he got down well to save Kilkenny's low shot, and he was at it again saving well from Fornaroli's header. It was one-way traffic and it looked like Glory would snatch a dramatic stoppage time equaliser, but Thomas was out bravely to save at the feet of Wuthrich, who made a great run into the box.

"It was a tough game,” Melbourne Victory head coach Marco Kurz said. "I think we started not perfect or not well, we had a moment with I think was a crossbar from Perth but then we came much better in the game and you saw after we scored the first goal then the players get self-confident, they started to play, to set up, to build up. I think it was a big game for the club, for all of us, with Broxy's 300th and it was very important that we got the win. I think the boys they fought really well and that's what we expect from the boys and at the end you need as well a little bit of game luck, but I think a good result and we are happy."

In the other games this weekend Brisbane Roar beat Central Coast Mariners 2-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. In front of 11,763 supporters Roy O’Donovan scored on the hour, before former Glory defender Scott Neville wrapped up the points six minutes later. Also, on Saturday Newcastle Jets beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium with late goals from Angus Thurgate and Dimitrios Petratos. On Sunday Sydney FC moved to the top of the table after a brace from English striker Adam le Fondre gave them a 2-0 win against Western United at GMHBA Stadium. In the final game Wellington Phoenix came from behind to beat Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium. Nikola Mileusnic gave the hosts the lead on the hour but goals from David Ball and a Ulises Davila penalty gave the Phoenix the points.

Melbourne Victory: GK Lawrence THOMAS, 4 James DONACHIE, 6 Leigh BROXHAM, 8 Jakob POULSEN, 9 Andrew NABBOUT (3 Corey BROWN 90+2'), 10 Robbie KRUSE (7 Kenny ATHIU 88'), 11 Ola TOIVONEN, 17 Elvis KAMSOBA, 18 Migjen BASHA, 21 Adama TRAORE, 24 Anthony LESIOTIS - Subs not used: RGK Brendan WHITE, 16 Josh HOPE, 19 Ben CARRIGAN

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH, 5 Ivan FRANJIC (12 Kim SOO-BEOM 57'), 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 27 JUANDE (7 Joel CHIANESE 78'), 29 Kristian POPOVIC (20 Jake BRIMMER 65'), 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 14 Chris HAROLD – Attendance – 13,084 - Referee: Alex King



Perth Glory Youth side have put in another strong performance, but have come away empty handed, going down 2-1 to Melbourne Victory in week three of the Foxtel Y-League game at AAMI Park on Friday afternoon. It was a great start for the youngsters, in the first part of the double-header between the two clubs on the night, with Gabriel Popovic converting from the spot on 19 minutes. But Victory hit back with Australian under 17’s midfielder Birkan Kirdar levelling just after the half hour, and they ultimately won with William Wilson strike on 62 minutes. Glory had their chances and had a strong penalty appeal turned down, but the youngsters will reset and look to prepare for next Sunday’s clash against Brisbane Roar at Dorrien Gardens.

Head coach Richard Garcia thought they deserved more from the game. “We improved from the last two weeks and played some very good football," he told the Glory website. “We made a good start to the game in attack and defence and with Gabriel’s penalty putting us ahead, we were in control and we probably could have had another one when Ciaran (Bramwell) was brought down, but it wasn’t to be. I thought we controlled long periods of the game, but lapses in concentration cost us. We have been progressing each week and have another chance to improve against Brisbane next week."

Garcia made one change to the side that drew against Melbourne City last week with Tomislav Mrcela coming into the side for more game time, as the A-League squad defender continues his recovery from injury, he took the place of Daniel Walsh in the starting line-up. Victory, who won for the first-time last week against Adelaide United, were on the front foot early and Joshua Varga curling shot from long-range flashed wide of the post on 13 minutes. But six minutes later the Glory hit the front. Josh Rawlins raced into the penalty area and was brought down and referee Seun Yinka-Kehinde pointed to the spot, and Popovic stepped up and finished past Matthew Sutton.

Glory were convinced they had another penalty when Bramwell was brought down in the box, but the referee waved away the strong protests. Victory got back into the game, and levelled on 32 minutes. Wilson found Kirdar on the edge of the penalty area and he found the bottom corner of the net giving Josh Langdon no chance. Moments later Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio hit the side-netting from an angle for the home side, but at the break it was all-square and all to play for.

Glory went close to regaining the lead after the break, Bryce Bafford turned between two defenders and raced into the penalty area, but his effort went agonizingly wide of the target. It was end-to-end football with both sides going close, but it was Victory who hit the front on 62 minutes. Glory lost possession in the middle of the park and the ball found Wilson, who made no mistake from the edge of the box. Victory went close to a third on 79 minutes, second half substitute Jack Morton’s cross from wide, but Lawrie-Lattanzio headed wide of the target. Glory pushed players forward late looking for the equaliser and they almost found it in the last-minute. Trent Ostler eased forward and his powerful shot from 25-yards flashed inches wide of the post.

In Saturday’s game Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar drew 0-0 at John McEwan Reserve, while on Sunday Newcastle Jets thrashed Canberra United 6-1 at No2 Sportsground. Blake Archbold, Sam Donnellan and former Glory midfielder Kosta Petratos gave the Jets a 3-0 lead early. Nikola Ujdur pulled one back for the visitors but further goals from Petratos, Patrick Langlois and Jack Simmons gave the Jets a comprehensive win. In the final game Central Coast Mariners thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers 5-0 at Marconi Stadium with Alou Kuol scoring a brace, with others to ?Dylan Ruiz-Diaz, ?Harry McCarthy and ?Michael Katsoulis.

Melbourne Victory: GK Matthew SUTTON, 2 So NISHIKAWA, 3 Matthew BOZINOVSKI, 4 Aaron ANDERSON, 5 Dalibor MARKOVIC, 6 Jay BARNETT, 7 Lleyton BROOKS, (13 Nishan VELUPILLAY 59?'?), 8 William WILSON (12 Jack MORTON 70?')?, 9 Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO, 10 Joshua VARGA (14 Jack PALAZZOLO 81?'), 11Birkan KIRDAR - Subs not used: RGK Branko SKOCIC

Perth Glory: GK Josh LANGDON, 2 Luke BODNAR (14 Joshua SAMSON 46?'?), 3 Dane INGHAM (15 Charlie LEECH 66?'), 4 Riley WARLAND, 5 Tomislav MRCELA, 6 Jordan ABRAHAMS, 7 Joshua RAWLINS, 8 Bryce BAFFORD, 9 Gabriel POPOVIC, 10 Trent OSTLER, 11 Ciaran BRAMWELL (13 Giordano COLLI 66?') - Subs not used: RGK Jackson LEE - Referee: Seun Yinka-Kehinde

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