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This Saturday on The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM at 10am, Penny Tanner will be hosting with Don Evans. Ian Hooper from Kingsley joins in to talk to us through the men's competitions and news for the week. A huge FFA cup clash for Sorrento looms this month. The A-League fixtures are out and Glory is quietly going about its business. Our Matilda's World Cup campaign ended at the hands of World Champions Japan earlier this week. Former Australian goalkeeper, Sara King, talks with us about her thoughts on the FIFA awards and our local Special Olympics. NTC WA Coach Jessine Bonzas wraps the programme with a review of local girls and womens programmes and competitions. The school holidays sees a range of juniors activities happening across Perth for boys and girls. Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talk back via 9494 2100 or text in your comments to 0408 921 832.

3.7.2015

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND THIRTEEN – PREVIEW

The Footballwa ‘Match of the Week’ sees the inform Inglewood United make the trip to Dorrien Gardens to take on Perth SC in week 13 of the PS4 National Premier League WA. Michael Garcia’s side are on a five winning streak and he said after a stuttering start to the season they are now hitting their straps. “I have been pleased with the performances of late. We have been able to combine good performances with results,” he said. “We have always looked for continuous improvement as a group and every week we get a little better.” The Coach is looking forward to Saturday’s big game, and it will give him a guide to where they are at. “We are very much looking forward to playing Perth. They sit one position ahead of us on the ladder and it gives us an opportunity to continue to climb the ladder as well as the chance to see how we stand against one of the benchmark teams of this league,” Garcia explained. “Perth has quality players, they’re a big club, and are very well coached by Taki Nicolaidis. We will need to be at our absolute best to get anything out of this, but at the same time are excited and confident we can do well.”

Perth left it late last week to overcome ECU Joondalup, but Coach Taki Nicolaidis said it showed great character from his side. “Last week has been similar to most of our season where we have controlled large parts of the game but wasteful in front of goal and then copping one against the run of play,” he said. “But I was very pleased with the character the boys showed in finding that little bit extra to come away with the three points.” Perth will regain skipper Clark Kelkie for the big game and Nicolaidis said he will be vital against a good Inglewood side. “Saturday will be a very tough game against one of the inform teams in the league, and naturally we are also wanting to improve our league form and will be going all out to win this game,” he said. “Clark has been there and done that with his career and obviously is a person that leads by example. He demands high standards and doesn't let complacency creep in, so it’s good to have him back.” In other team news Aden Da Luz and Julian Madaschi will be available after missing last week’s game through injury.

League leaders Bayswater City head back to Frank Drago Reserve to take on ECU Joondalup. The northern suburbs club has spiralled down the table, but they are beginning to get back a number of their experienced players. Jon and Andy Higgins both returned last week against Perth, and new signing Phil O’Callaghan came off the bench, while they will hope central defender Charlie Comyn-Platt will return this week too. Bayswater City new signing Adam Tong will be looking for a starting spot in the side, after coming off the bench last week. But ECU will have to keep a close eye on Gustavo Giron-Marulanda, who is in a rich vein of goal scoring, and their former player Danny Dixon, who is causing all sides problems down the flanks.

Second placed Floreat Athena will be looking to keep in touch with the league leaders, when they take on Cockburn City at the E&D Litis Stadium. They will hope for a better result than their last home game, when they lost to Sorrento. Dejan Aleksic will miss against his former club, due to suspension, with Fraser Greenwood replacing him. They also regain the services of Jack Allen and Robbie Gasper, so competition for places will be hot. Cockburn lost for the first time in six games last week and Marc Anthony will be looking for a response this week. Skipper Euen Grant is still unavailable, but Conor Kavanagh returns after missing last week due to injury. “I’m looking forward to get back in the side, and if all goes well, for the rest of the week I’ll be available for selection,” said Kavanagh. “We’ve been boosted by the return of Friday Zico, and we’ve trained well this week and we are looking to start getting a run of good performances together in the second half of the season, and look to get back to winning ways after a disappointing loss last week.”

In other games Balcatta make the trip to Rosalie Park to take on Subiaco AFC. The visitors broke their poor form with a stunning 6-0 win in the local derby against Stirling Lions last week. They will be without Jordan Colasante who was sent off in the game, but they do welcome back Marc Zagami. Subiaco defended stoutly last week and were four minutes away from a draw with the league leaders, but it showed on their day they can compete with the best. Skipper Nathan Diaz will play despite a facial injury last week, and Danny Milne should be back in the starting line-up, but James Oliver is out with a foot injury.

Stirling Lions will head home to Macedonia Park to lick their wounds after last week’s thrashing at Balcatta, when they entertain Sorrento. They will be hit hard this week with three players suspended after being sent off last week. Keeper Lance Alavakis, Brodie Martin and Michael Pugliese will be on the sidelines, but they do welcome back Steve Purton, Miki Vujacic and Nathan Bowden-Haase. Sorrento season continues to improve, and Jamie Harnwell’s side, who were written off by certain quarters, are in the last 32 of the FFA Cup and sitting sixth on the table. Daryl Platten returns from suspension, and Ryan Pearson will be pushing for a spot in the first team after impressing in the reserves last week, but James Morgan will have to wait another week before returning to the middle of the park.

The bottom two sides meet, with Perth Glory hosting Armadale at Inglewood Stadium. Armadale have improved big time, since Paul Price and Tony Castiello joined the club. They were edged out at Sorrento last week, but showed against Balcatta they can’t be taken lightly. “We played well last week and I thought we deserved something from the game,” Armadale striker Danny Hodgson said. “Alex (Castiello) at the back was great and Jesse (Fuller) in midfield played well, and I think defensively we look strong now and everyone has gelled, and it was nice to score again.” The English striker knows Saturday’s game is vital. “The game against Perth Glory is massive game for us and I'm confident that we can get the 3 points mate. The teams coming together for a strong finish now, we're hoping to get from the bottom and get some points in this second half of the season.” In team news Anthony Skorich is close to selection, after joining the club in the transfer window, but skipper Reece Davies is still injured. The Glory beat Armadale in the reverse fixture, but that has been the only three points of the season for John Gibson’s youngster. They have been competitive in all their games this season, but need to turn that into wins. Nathan Costello returns to the squad for the game

3.7.2015

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND ELEVEN – PREVIEW

The pick of the Week 11 All Flags Division One fixtures is Joondalup United’s trip to Nash Field to take on Western Knights. United are still unbeaten in the league, after new signing James Harmer penalty gave them a 1-1 draw against Mandurah City last week. Joondalup keeper James Bosdat is expecting another tough game against the Knights on Saturday, and if they don’t lose they will equal the record for the longest streak without a defeat in the history of the local game. “This week is a massive game for everyone involved at the club, there is no hiding that,” he said. “Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk in regards to the record and how long this record has stood for. So we know if we can get a positive result this weekend it will be a great achievement for a club of our size. “But we are under no illusions the game against the Knights will be a tough game. They have a good side, and top quality players and were playing them on their patch, so we will have to be at our best to come away with the result.”

The keeper said last week’s game was poor and they were grateful to new signing Harmer to salvage a point. “James’ a quality player, and were happy he signed on after his initial loan spell. It just goes to show how close of a group we are at here, when you can attract players of his calibre,” he said. “The game itself was a strange one. It was by far our worst display of the season, but we still came away with a point against the league leaders. We were disappointed with the result and performance, which shows how far we have come as a club.” The home side are on four game losing streak, and Coach Andy Thorburn is working hard to try and arrest the horrible slump which his team finds itself in. “The players are working very hard at training and aren’t shirking their responsibilities,” said Thorburn. “With the decimation of our usual midfield due to injuries, suspensions and players joining NPL clubs it has been a hard task to keep the team competitive. But the team knows that Joondalup will be another tough one for them, but they are hurting and they will give everything they have to try and turn our results around.”

In other games league leaders Mandurah City entertains Gosnells City at the Hyundai Stadium on Saturday evening (5pm). New Gosnells coach Wally Aquino, has added a number of new faces and they head down south full of confidence. In team news the home side will be without Paul Jackson and the suspended Craig Tone, while Gosnells go in without Tom Allan and the suspended Scott Peirera. There is another huge clash at Dianella Reserve, when Dianella White Eagles host Ashfield. Both sides are coming off big wins, and Ashfield will be hoping to keep the pressure on the league leaders, while the home side needs the points to keep in the promotion race, while Shamrock Rovers hosts Morley Windmills at Grimrey Reserve. Canning City will be looking to build on last week’s away win at Swan United when they host South West Phoenix at Burrendah Reserve. Tom Gibbins, Ethan Levitt and Simon Elton-Bott return to City’s squad, but Ryan Shackleton is out. Swan head to UWA-Nedlands, desperately in need of a lift. They sit second bottom of the table, and have lost a number of players with injury and overseas travel, but in Salv Todaro they have a coach who can work with the youngsters at the club and turn their fortunes around. UWA bounced back to form with a strong 3-2 win at Gosnells City last week, and Coach James Rae will be looking for consistency from his chargers. UWA welcome new signing Liam Collins from the UK, but will be without Bryce Conway, Lloyd Prout and Kevin Punselie.

3.7.2015

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND ELEVEN – PREVIEW

It’s week 11 of the All Flags Division Two, and the top of the table clash between Forrestfield United and Rockingham City is the standout fixture. Both sides sit on 25 points, and are both coming off big victories. Rockingham held off a fast finishing Wanneroo City last week, and Coach Rob Crerar said they had to dig deep. “It was a real brave win. We looked to be cruising at 2-0, but we switched off and all credit to Wanneroo they challenged us,” he said, “But credit to the lads they fought it out till the end and we got the late winner that I think we just about deserved.” Crerar believes Saturday will be their biggest test of the season but he is looking forward to the game. “It’s a huge test away to the league leaders. They are a fantastic side with great individuals and probably the best player in the league at the moment in Rhys Loxley,” he said. “We go into the game confident that our best we will be good enough, and we take confidence that we beat them home and away last season.” In team news Cyril Sharrock, Ryan Kennedy and Papa Kpatar will face late fitness tests, but they do get back Fraser Marr.

Forrestfield travelled to Balga last week, a team who have been in good form and came home with the points after a 6-0 win. Coach Rod Banjac said it was a great victory and continues their progress this season. “A lot of work has gone into re-establishing ourselves as a major football club, and this will be a fantastic opportunity for the coaching staff to assess how far we progressed after competing against quality opposition who took all six points from us last year,” he said. “Last week was a good win against a very good side, and Balga certainly looked the part for most of first half. Our squad is coming together and the highlight for us was when Ben Rogers had a clear cut opportunity for a hat trick but chose to reward Trent Wood for an outstanding work rate by serving the ball on a platter for the simplest of tap in. This clearly highlighted the FUSC philosophy where “no individual is bigger than the team and no team is bigger than the club”. The home side will be at full strength for the game and Banjac believes the home ground advantage will help them. “Actually the whole club is buzzing and three points would be a nice reward for all the hardworking volunteers behind the scenes who create the stage for our players to perform on week in week out,” he explained. “And they might just prove to be the difference between the two sides on home soil.”

In other games Wanneroo City will look to bounce back from last week narrow loss at Rockingham when they host Melville City at the Wanneroo Sporting Club. Melville have lost the last three games and Coach Gavin Brown is looking to turn that around sooner, rather than later. Ellenbrook United and Balga do battle at Arbor Grove Resereve, while Fremantle City hosts a depleted Curtin University at Hilton Reserve. The visitors have Antony Russo, who re-broke his leg in his first game back last week, Eddie Tikoft, Mark Matkovic, Jon Krawec and Daniel Young all out injured, while Carlo Chellini is still suspended. Kingsway Olympic and Quinns FC meet at the Kingsway Reserve, while new Coach Rob Eldridge takes Kelmscott Roos to the Iluka Sports Complex to take on Joondalup City, still looking for their first point of the season

3.7.2015

KING LOOKING FOR THE DOUBLE FOR GLORY YOUNGSTERS (courtesy perthglory.com.au)

Perth Glory will be looking to repeat its performance against Armadale earlier this year, when they clash this weekend in Round 13 of the PS4 National Premier League WA at Inglewood Stadium. A Joe Knowles hat-trick in that game saw the Glory run out 4-1 winners and on that day Tom King made his debut for the club. King joined the club from Melbourne City in the summer, after a stint in the UK with the Liverpool Academy, but has struggled with injury. But he is now ready to get some much needed game time under his belt. “The injuries are improving, and I feel I’ve had a bad run in the past couple of seasons, but I’ve worked hard and I feel I’m past that now,” he said. “I’m at the stage where I need to condition myself so I’m able to play 90 minutes, week in and week out.”

King played for an hour last week against Floreat Athena, and is ready for the Armadale game. He he said it would be nice for a repeat of the last games score line. “We got off to a great start winning on the road, so hopefully we’ll show enough quality to do it again,” King said. “Every game we go in with the mentality we want to take three points from it, and Saturday will be no different.” The 20-year-old said he learnt a great deal in the UK, and hopes to use that to push on and play at the next level. “It was an incredible experience playing in the UK, especially at such a prestigious club, and I felt I grew as a person, just as much as I did as a player, it’s a fantastic learning environment,” he said. “Every player in the youth team has the goal of stepping up into the first team and that’s no different for me. I’m focused on getting as fit and as sharp as possible, so when there is an opportunity, I’m ready to take it.”

Glory Coach John Gibson said while the team's performances have improved this season, they haven’t translated into victories. “Like most NPL sides we’ve been hit be injuries, but we can’t use that as an excuse, and we don’t - it's given opportunities to players which has been refreshing,” he explained. “We have three squads of talented players here, and they are all improving. The under 18’s and under 20’s both sit on top of their respective tables, which bodes well for the future of this program. “But we do need to start to turn our good performances into points, because the boys thoroughly deserve it. Our goal at the start of the season was to be seriously competitive - and we are overachieving in that category - but the group has set high standards and expectations"

The Glory youngsters conceded four last week against Floreat Athena, and Gibson said the group was disappointed to concede three from set pieces. “We opened really brightly and hit the woodwork, and then we were undone from a corner, and then conceded two more from set-pieces. Every session the group is challenging itself to be better and they boys have been working hard to fix minor details but we are seeking improvement daily". The match against Armadale kicks-off at 3pm at Inglewood Stadium.

3.7.2015

LEAGUE BACK IN FOCUS FOR PERTH (courtesy perthsc.com.au)

Perth SC has all eyes on three points this weekend when they take on Inglewood United in a thrilling third verses fourth bout at Dorrien Gardens. Despite the excitement of yesterday’s FFA Cup Round of 32 draw, Perth SC coach Taki Nicolaidis said it was back to the business of winning National Premier League games for the Azzurri. “Inglewood will be a tough team to beat,” Nicolaidis said. “They have been in fine form winning the last five games, and are a solid defensive unit with a few match winners that we will need to keep an eye on. “Like us they like playing an attacking brand of football and I'm expecting a very tight contest.”

Perth SC recorded a 2-1 away win against ECU Joondalup last week, with Reece Vittiglia slamming home the winner at the death, just when it looked likely that the Azzurri had squandered a 1-0 lead. Nicolaidis said having players who thrived under pressure was crucial and would help them tackle Inglewood on Saturday. “The boys are very much motivated to perform every week and having players with that winning mentality obviously helps,” he said. “But we will be looking to tweak a couple of things in our system to give us the best chance at winning the game against Inglewood on Saturday.”

The Azzurri have battled with injury so far this season, but Vittiglia was back in the mix for selection after completing a full 90 minutes last week. “Reece is one of the best attacking players in the league and we have missed him for over half the season,” Nicolaidis said. “He has a knack of being in the right place at the right time and being a real match winner.” Captain Clark Keltie also returns to the field after a red card against Gwelup Croatia in the FFA Cup semi-final round two weeks ago.

As they head into this weekend’s clash, Nicolaidis said they would be using the announcement of the Round of 32 FFA Cup clash with Rockdale City Suns in Sydney as motivation to perform. “With us still in the FFA Cup it has given the group an extra incentive to make sure we don't become complacent in the league,” he said. “They all want to be performing at their best leading into the FFA Cup game, as we only have 16 travelling spots to fill.”

2.7.2015

LOWE RELISHES EARLY SHOT AT LEAGUE RIVALS

Coach Kenny Lowe’s quest to bounce back from a ruined season in which Perth Glory were relegated to seventh position on the back of salary cap breaches will start against the rebranded Newcastle Jets. Glory were drawn away yesterday to play last season’s A-League cellar dweller in the knockout competition’s round of 32, which will be played as early as the end of this month.

Newcastle will remain an unknown quantity until closer to the match, with a squad still being assembled after Football Federation Australia stripped businessman Nathan Tinkler of the club’s licence and took control of the troubled franchise. Glory were at their peak in qualifying for last year’s FFA Cup final, only to lose the decider 1-0 to Adelaide United.

Lowe said the Glory players would try to replicate that success knowing how much their involvement kick-started a strong A-League season. “We had a good run last year,” Lowe said. “We knew how it all made us feel last year, so hopefully we can embrace it even more. We said last year that we were really focused about the competition and that really gave us a bit of impetus going into the league. Hopefully we can do that again this year.”

Eight players have departed Glory over the off-season, including first-choice goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, winger Youssouf Hersi and midfield enforcer Rostyn Griffiths. But Lowe said the club was no worse off than the same time last year when he was preparing for his first full A-League season as senior coach. “It’s exactly the same turnover as when I came in last year,” Lowe said.

2.7.2015

WOODALL FIT AND READY TO LIFT INGLEWOOD

Inglewood United new signing Brian Woodall’s start in WA football has been disrupted with injuries and lack of fitness, but he hopes that’s all behind him now. The 27-year-old joined Stirling Lions at the start of the season from English club Dagenham and Redbridge, but struggled with niggling injuries and that affected his match fitness and his game time at Macedonia Park.

The striker hopes that’s all behind him now, and he is looking forward to a new life in WA, and the new challenge at the Inglewood Stadium. “The move to Perth was something I was really looking forward to, both on and off the pitch, but I couldn’t get on the pitch on a regular basis which was really disappointing,” he said. “Perth is a lovely place, small compared to London, but I love the beaches, weather and the lifestyle and I hope I can give something back to the club, and help them push for the title.”

Woodall was born in Germany and lived there for 18-years, before heading to the UK and signed professional terms with ‘The Daggers’, before moving out on-loan at Dover Athletic and Bishop Stortford in the English Conference, before heading out to Australia.

When he got the call from Inglewood, he thought long and hard about moving on, but he believes he has made the right decision. “Assistant Coach Saul Contera gave me a call and said they were interested in signing me, and the rest is history as they say,” he explained. “To be honest I was a little disappointed when I left the Lions. I couldn’t really complain about getting more game time because I was not fit enough, but I’m determined to put that right at Inglewood.”

Inglewood Coach Michael Garcia said Woodall will add more depth to his squad and was really pleased with his debut last week. “Brian was very good for his first hit out considering he hadn't played alongside any of the players. He was a key make up of our offence and I believe as he becomes more familiar with his new team mates he will thrive and start knocking the goals in,” Garcia said. “We rate him highly and believe he will add value to our team and we’re very happy to have him at Inglewood.”

A number of clubs chased the striker in the transfer window, but he’s happy with the choice he has made. Inglewood is a five game winning streak and Woodall is hoping to help them reach their goal. “I’ve settled in really well at the club. The coaching staff and the player group are top blokes, and we have quality players in the squad, and I will have to be at my best to keep my spot in the side,” he said. “The club has a great set up and the atmosphere around the club is very positive and I’m happy to be a part of it and be part of a successful season.”

2.7.2015

BAYSWATER YOUNGSTERS HEAD TO KANGA CUP

Bayswater City under 13’s will be heading off to the Kanga Cup this weekend, which is the most prestigious youth tournament of its kind to be currently operating within Australia. It’s also the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and one of the biggest tournaments in the world. Winning a Kanga Cup is the most coveted prize in Australian youth football. The tournament is open to club, school, association or community based teams that are part of the International Football Family. It caters for male and female youth ranging from 9 years to 18 years of age.

City NPL 13’s Coach Paul Lincoln believes the opportunity for his side to take on some of the best sides in the world in their age group is fantastic. “The Kanga Cup is celebrating its 25th year and it is the biggest tournament of its nature in the southern hemisphere so having the opportunity to be part of it is fantastic and it will be a terrific experience for the kids,” he said. “The experience to play other teams from around the world is priceless. The kids will get an opportunity to see what standard of football there is from other nations. They also can cage their own ability which can only enhance their development.”

Bayswater City Soccer Club is growing rapidly. The senior side have won the league for the last two seasons and the junior ranks at the club are growing strongly, and Lincoln believes the clubs development programme is second to none. “The senior side under the tutorage of Chris Coyne have been the benchmark for the past two years, and it will take a few more years for the juniors to be in that category,” explained Lincoln. “A lot of work is being done behind the scenes to improve our juniors but it takes time. We recently ran a ‘Juventus Soccer Camp’ which was successful. We are the first team from our club going to the Kanga Cup, and things like these will improve our brand and hopefully we can attract more players to the club.”

The Kanga Cup is hosted by Capital Football and sanctioned by Football Federation of Australia and the Asian Football Confederation, and it provides an opportunity for participants to meet players from all over Australia as well as the world. Past participants have been from Australia, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, England, East Timor, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, People's Republic of China, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the United States and others. Social and cultural exchange is encouraged between competitors throughout the tournament, with a wide range of social activities available for participants and officials making the tournament a "cultural festival of football".

Bayswater Vice President Oriano Colli wished the players and coaching staff all the best. “The Kanga Cup represents an excellent opportunity for our young boys to compete against some of the best talent from around the country and the world,” he said. “These experiences will give our boys a glimpse into the life of a professional footballer, playing games daily and training daily. All whilst being in a travelling club environment, we hope they have a great time and we know they will represent the Bayswater City Soccer club with distinction.”

The Bayswater City Under 13’s Squad for the Kanga Cup Tournament is: 1 Vincent Agnello, 2 Joshua Ban, 3 Alex Granato, 4 Rowan Steed, 5 Matthew Divirgilio, 6 Harry Moses, 7 Harry Roscoe, 8 Sebastian Hooshangian, 9 Jacob Lincoln, 10 Max Vlachy, 11 Sebastian Ienco, 12 Hamza Belhassan, 13 Khiano Maccarthy, 14 Nicholas Burmej - Coach - Paul Lincoln, Assistant Coach - John Burmej – Team Manager - Kayvon Hooshangian

1.7.2015

PERTH AND SORRENTO DRAW BIG FFA CUP GAMES

Perth SC and Sorrento will relish their chance to take on New South Wales sides of very different stature in the FFA Cup Round of 32. While Perth faces a testing trip east to take on National Premier Leagues NSW side Rockdale City Suns, the task is even greater for Sorrento who have been drawn at home to A-League heavyweights Sydney FC.

Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell was thrilled at the opportunity to take on Sydney. “It’s a tough draw by no stretch of the imagination,” Harnwell said. “To have an A-League grand finalist coming over to Perth to play us here is the stuff dreams are made of and obviously depending on the game it will still be a dream or a bit of a nightmare.”

Perth boss Taki Nicolaidis said his side would be well prepared for the task. “We’ll be doing our homework pretty diligently and make sure we prepare ourselves for a tough game,” he said. “We need to make sure we go over there and do ourselves proud. If we do everything right and come away with a win we might get a home game next round.”

1.7.2015

WOMEN JOIN GLORY FAMILY

Football West has relinquished management of the Perth Glory Women team to its A-League equivalent. The move comes on the back of the Women’s best season, which was the culmination of seven years under Football West management. Australia international Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord, Alanna Kennedy and Mackenzie Arnold were key figures in Glory Women winning the Premier’s Plate and reaching the Grand Final in 2014.

Football West chief executive Peter Hugg hoped Glory Women would continue to thrive. “Last season was the most successful for Glory Women,” he said. “I hope that achievement can provide the platform for the team to go one step further by winning the Grand Final in the near future. The synergies and economies of scale that can be achieved through the Perth Glory alignment can only be good for the team and women’s football.”

Glory owner and chairman Tony Sage said it was a fitting time for the women’s team to join the Glory family. “This is an exciting and promising day for football across the state,” Sage said. “It means from today, we have three teams under the one Glory umbrella. The A-League, Youth League and W-League teams will spread the Glory brand and each team will fly the flag for Western Australia on the national front.”

29.6.2015

MACLAREN GRANTED RELEASE

Australian youth international Jamie Maclaren has been successful in being released from the final year of his Perth Glory contract. Maclaren requested an early release six weeks ago on the grounds Glory breached a "material, non-financial" clause in the standard player contract as a result of having been penalised for exceeding the salary cap. The club confirmed late today that the 21-year old striker had been released to allow him to 'pursue alternate football opportunities'.

Maclaren played 38 matches and scored 11 goals for Glory across his two seasons. "I would like to thank the club and all the fans and members for their support over the past two years. I have many fond memories of WA and have enjoyed my time here," Maclaren said. "As far as my future is concerned, I don't have any immediate plans, but I would like to wish the club the best of luck in the forthcoming campaign."

Maclaren's departure is the latest in a mass exodus from Glory following their salary cap breaches. Late last month defender Scott Jamieson secured a release despite having signed a two-year contract extension only four months earlier. Dutch winger Youssouf Hersi also gained a release, while goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has moved to Melbourne Victory. Glory were stripped of their spot in last season's finals and fined $269,000 after being found guilty of systemically rorting the salary cap over the past three seasons.

29.6.2015

MATILDAS' WILLIAMS WANTS TO PLAY W-LEAGUE

Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams has flagged her intentions to return to Australia and play in the W-League. A day after the Matildas' Women's World Cup dream was snuffed out by Japan, Williams said both her body and mind needed a break. "I'm going to have a bit of a holiday to relax and take my mind off football for a little bit," she said. "It's been a hectic 11 months for me, so definitely going to have a little bit of a break. And whatever happens with clubs anywhere we'll see, but right now it's getting my mind all relaxed again."

Williams has signed on for 2015 with National Women's Soccer League side Washington Spirit, but the 27-year old has indicated she'd rather head home. "I'll probably come back home to play in the Australian league," said Williams. "I have opportunities to play in the American league, but as of this moment it's making sure my priorities are right and having a bit of a rest. To come home and see the changes and the support, I think that's going to be quite an accomplishment for us and we're going to feel the love and hopefully get some good support out of it."

28.6.2015

JOONDALUP NEARS RECORD

Joondalup United's late equaliser against Mandurah City on Saturday means they have now gone thirty-two State League games without loss. The record in the semi-professional competition is thirty-three league games held by East Fremantle Tricolore between the seasons 1963 to 1965. Joondalup United will equal this long standing record next week if they avoid defeat away to the Western Knights. The last club to come close to the record was Ferndale United during the 1986/1987 seasons, who went thirty-two games without defeat, before losing to Rockingham United in what would have also tied the record.

28.6.2015

ATHENA EASE PAST GLORY

Floreat Athena bounced back from defeat against Sorrento with a comprehensive 4-1 win against Perth Glory at Inglewood Stadium. Lewis McMahon bagged a brace, while new signings Phil Arnold and Jon Stynes add the others, while Michael McDougall scored the Glory consolation goal. “We had a blip last week against Floreat, but it was important we stuck to our game plan and got back to winning ways,” McMahon said. “They (Glory) are a good young side and last time we draw with them, so we knew we had to be strong and I thought we let the gaffer down last week against Sorrento, so it’s nice to get the win today.”

The home side was quick out of the blocks, and on two minutes Gian Albano shot flashed over the top, and eight minutes later Glory skipper Jacob Collard saw his free kick crash off the crossbar and away to safety. But two minutes later, in their first real attack Floreat hit the front. Ludovic Boi’s corner found Arnold at the back post, and on his debut for the club, the striker bundled the ball home. Floreat were now on top and Glory keeper Jordan Franken produced a stunning one handed save, to deny Arnold again moments later. TRhe Glory custodian was keeping his side in the game and on the stroke of half time he produced another great save, this time tipping Jon Stynes’ shot on the turn onto the crossbar.

Floreat doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half. Collard and Steve Burton had a push and shove in the penalty area, and referee Daniel Elder pointed to the spot. McMahon stepped up and finished low in the right hand corner of the net, despite Franken guessing right and getting a hand to it. Floreat were now dictating terms and they made it 3-0 on the hour. The Glory failed to clear their lines and McMahon volleyed home from nine meters. The Glory youngsters continued to press and they were back in the game on 82 minutes. Second half substitute McDougall wasn’t closed down, and his long-range shot flew into the bottom corner of the net.

But Floreat restored their three goal advantage three minutes from time, in controversial circumstances. Dennis Galan made space down the right, his cross picked out Jon Stynes, whose superb volley crashed off the crossbar, bounced on the line and back into the hands of Franken, but the assistant said the ball had crossed the line, but it looked like the whole of the ball hadn’t crossed the line. McMahon almost finished the game with a hat-trick, his audacious long-range shot whistled inches past the post.

28.6.2015

DE VANNA CONTEMPLATES FUTURE AFTER TOUGH EXIT

Matildas captain Lisa De Vanna may have made her last Women's World Cup appearance. The long-serving striker was left broken-hearted after Australia's 1-0 quarter-final loss to Japan. “It will most likely be my last World Cup,” De Vanna said. “I’m not going to make the decision while I’m emotionally upset. It’s definitely something I’ve been thinking about for a while.”

“It would have been nice to at least get a medal out of it, which I felt that we could potentially do. My personal goal was to make the semi-finals. Even though we’ve done so well, I feel like I failed. It’s disappointing when you think about the last five months we’ve put into the World Cup. I lived for moments like this and today Japan played better. But the prospects for the rest of the girls are big and to see what they’ve done in the tournament, it’s exciting for them.”

De Vanna ended her campaign in the 67th minute and revealed she couldn’t watch Japan’s late corner, which to Mana Iwabuchi’s scrappy goal. “You can’t put more of a bullet hole through that (after Japan scored),” she said. “I knew Japan is good with set pieces, so I didn’t look. By the roar (of the crowd), I just knew the ball went into the back of the net. It was a chain reaction, I didn’t want to watch, it felt like a train wreck.”

The Matildas will leave Canada on Monday with much of the squad returning to Australia while others are taking well deserved holidays. “I don’t know what I’ll do now,” De Vanna said. “I’ve given 110% for this team and now I have to take a step back and think of what I want to do next. The highlight of my career was to lead this country to all those fantastic things like getting out of the Group of Death, the clean sheets and winning our first ever knockout match.”

28.6.2015

MATILDAS KNOCKED OUT BY LATE GOAL

Japan has ended the Matildas fairytale in a heartbreaking Women’s World Cup 1-0 loss at Commonwealth Stadium, in Canada. Substitute Mana Iwabuchi sent the Matildas home at the quarter-final stage for the third straight time with a scrappy 87th minute goal. “We had a great World Cup, made it out of the group of death, beat Brazil and really felt we were on a roll and about to create history again,” said a devastated Lydia Williams. “To go out in the last few minutes of normal time was pretty devastating.”

Australia were left in the shade by an energetic Japanese outfit, with centre-backs Laura Alleway and Alanna Kennedy among the Matildas' busiest and best players. Japan's sharp passing game allowed them to dictate terms, with their defensive commitment giving the Matildas no room for creativity. The Matildas were reliant on the dribbling ability of Lisa De Vanna and Sam Kerr to send them forward but the eight-nil corner count told the story. The deciding goal arrived just before the end of regulation time, Australia’s failure to properly defend a corner leading to Iwabuchi’s close-range winner.

27.6.2015

MCDONALD HEADS SORRENTO HOME

A double from Sorrento skipper Steven McDonald has given The Gulls a come from behind 2-1 win against Armadale at Percy Doyle Reserve. The visitors dominated the first half and Danny Hodgson gave them the lead at the break from the penalty spot, as former Sorrento Coach Paul Price looked to upset his former club. But two towering headers from the big striker turned the game around after the break. “We just didn’t start today and to be fair Armadale worked hard and got their goal, and then got everything behind the ball,” McDonald said. “We got at them after the break and it was nice to score a couple of headers, I don’t score many with my feet.”

It was a tight opening to the game, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Raveshlan Kuppusamy’s shot from the edge of the penalty area struck the arm of Jack Eades, and referee Tim Mihevc pointed straight to the spot. Hodgson stepped up and coolly finished low to the right of James Morgan. The home side came back into the game late in the first half, Adam Luca’s corner was misjudged by Armadale keeper Dylan Wilson, and the ball was only inches away from Danny Cain at the back post. Then Brad McDonald’s long-range shot was saved by Wilson.

Armadale opened brightly in the second half, and Morgan had to be alert to push Hodgson’s powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area five minutes in. But sixty seconds later Sorrento levelled. Tom Boss’ cross from the right was headed home powerfully by McDonald. The visitors didn’t learn their lesson and five minutes later Sorrento hit the front. Luca’s corner from the left picked out McDonald, who again headed home from five meters.

Armadale looked to hit back and Kuppusamy fired over when well placed, before Sam Cole shot flashed inches past the far post, after good work from Nick Crerand. Morgan then produced a stunning save to deny Kuppusamy, after Sorrento gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of the area. Both sides pressed late but that was the end of the scoring, the win was the first home win of the season for Sorrento.

27.6.2015

MICEVSKI COMPLETES INGLEWOOD'S TURNAROUND

Inglewood United moved into the top five for the first time this season with a 2-1 win against Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park. Rory Patterson gave the home side the lead early, but second half goals to David Sesay and David Micevski earned Michael Garcia’s side a fifth straight league win. “The guys performed really well today, created some really good chances and played some really good football and I couldn't be more pleased," Garcia said. "We've closed the chapter from round one. I'd have liked to have won 5-1, we had plenty of opportunities to repay that score but we'll take the three points and I'm very proud of the players.”

The game didn’t start that well for the visitors and they were behind on five minutes. Patterson was given far too much space on the edge of the penalty area and his lob dropped over Aleks Vrteski and into the net. Inglewood pressed for the equaliser, but found Cockburn custodian Curtis Aspden in fine form. Micevski’s shot was straight at the keeper, while Andrija Jukic did likewise moments later.

Next it was striker Kenny Keogh who was thwarted by Aspden, the keeper reacting well to push his shot over the top. Micevski then beat the keeper but his effort was cleared off the line. Cockburn had their chances too, as the game opened up, Vrteski keeping the score line at 1-0 just before the break. Harry O’Brien whipped in a teasing cross and Patterson’s header was superbly tipped over by the Inglewood shot stopper.

The second half opened much like the first, and Vrteski showed great reflexes to keep out Julien Teles’ long-range shot. Inglewood began to take control with Brian Woodall constantly involved on his debut for the club, and on the hour their pressure was rewarded with the equaliser. Jason Colli made space down the right and delivering the ball to the far post, where Sesay made no mistake. Woodall capped off a stellar debut, playing a leading role in the decider on 73 minutes. He found Micevski, who drilled his shot high into the net from 15-metres, giving Aspden no chance.

27.6.2015

MARULANDA AT THE DOUBLE FOR LEAGUE LEADERS

Bayswater City bounced back from last week’s FFA Cup exit against Sorrento, with Gustavo Giron Marulanda scoring a brace to give the league leaders a hard fought 2-1 against Subiaco AFC at Rosalie Park. The Columbian striker opened the scoring just after the hour, but Danny White levelled from the penalty spot 20 minutes from time. It looked like it had earn the home side a share of the spoils but a goal four minutes from time from Marulanda gave Bayswater the points. “It was a tough day at the office,” Bayswater Coach Chris Coyne said. “We knew it was going to be tough. It was a small pitch, they’re well organised and it felt like their goalkeeper had five arms. But we’re pleased with the result, not the performance, but we’ll take it. These are the places you have to come to and get three points if you want to win the league.”

The visitors looked hungry from the first whistle and totally dominated. Todd Howarth sent David Heagney one-on-one with keeper Ryan Montgomery, but the Subiaco custodian stood tall to deny him. Moments later Heagney lost his marker again, but his lob drifted inches past the post. Danny Dixon and Bor Bor Sam’s pace were causing problems for the Subiaco defence, but Montgomery was keeping his side in the game. He saved well to deny Marulanda, but he was beaten just before the break, but White cleared the ball off the line, before Dixon’s long-range shot crashed off the upright.

It looked like it wasn’t to be Bayswater’s day, with Subiaco were defending magnificently. Sam saw his shot crash off the woodwork again, his shot took a deflection of a Subiaco defender but Montgomery produced a superb reaction save to push the ball on to the post. But from the resulting corner the visitors broke the deadlock. Howarth’s set piece picked out Marulanda at the back post and the striker did the rest from close-range.

The home side was level five minutes later. Nathan Diaz burst into the area and was brought down by Jamie Coyne and referee Adam Fielding pointed straight to the spot. White stepped up and sent Devon Spence the wrong way to score. But Bayswater weren’t to be outdone and four minutes from time they won it. Howarth made space down the flank and crossed to the back post, where Marulanda nipped in front of his marker and fired home, past a stranded Montgomery.

27.6.2015

VITTIGLIA GIVE PERTH A LATER WINNER

Perth SC left the ECU Football Stadium with all three points thanks to a 90th minute goal from striker Reece Vittiglia gave them a 2-1 win against ECU Joondalup. Mark Pritchard had given Perth the lead mid-way through the first half, but Tommy Amphlett levelled for the home side eight minutes from time. It looked like the points would be shared, but Vittiglia had other ideas and won it late. “It’s always pleasing to come away with three points on an away game, but we left it late,” Perth Coach Taki Nicolaidis said. “I felt we had more than enough chances to put them away earlier, but we were too wasteful in front of goal, and also had Jamie Serra in great form.”

The home side regained the services of skipper Jon Higgins, but it was the visitors who began the brighter. Serra produced a stunning reaction save to thwart Pritchard on the quarter hour. But eight minutes later Perth hit the front. Dean Evans picked the ball up wide on the left, and the midfielder delivered a perfect cross into Pritchard, who threw himself at the ball to head home past Serra. Both sides created chances for the rest of the half, but couldn’t find the target.

After the break ECU came out and took the game to Perth and started to get on top, and on 56 minutes Andy Higgins’ shot was tipped over the top by Francis Solae at full stretch. Both keepers were outstanding and Serra was at it again on 70 minutes, denying Pritchard again, before he produced another reflex save to tip over Marco Santalucia’s shot. ECU was looking dangerous on the break and they were rewarded on 82 minutes with the equaliser. New signing Phil O’Callaghan came off the bench and played a great through ball to Amphlett who fired low past Soale. It looked like the home side had earned a point, but Vittiglia spoiled their day in the final minute. A cross from the left was cleared by the ECU defence and Vittiglia brought the ball down and neatly finished from the six meters. ECU pressed late looking for the equaliser, but Perth held firm to take the points.

27.6.2015

BALCATTA HIT LIONS FOR SIX

Balcatta got themselves out a poor run of form with a stunning 6-0 win against Stirling Lions in a fiery local derby at Grindleford Reserve with four red cards issued by referee Steven Gregory. First half goals to Gustavo Catarcione, Paddy Quinn and James Sammut, plus the sending off of keeper Lance Alavakis had Balcatta on top. Then second half goals to Quinn, Zelfy Nazary and second half substitute Cameron Teece wrapped up a comprehnesive win. The Lions finished with eight men with Brodie Martin and Michael Pugliese sent off, along with Balcatta’s Jordan Colasante. “We were fortunate they hit the post in the first five minutes, but after that we controlled the midfield and the pace of the game,” Balcatta Coach Roman Falzon said. “Three weeks ago we were four points off third place, so we need to build on the good win and climb back up the table.”

Stirling, who has also had a poor run of results lately, started the game well, but the woodwork came to Balcatta’s rescue early. Teeboy Kamara shot crashing off the post and away to safety, before Lawrence Shuruma should have scored, but Aleks Suleski cleared his shot off the line. That all changed on the quarter hour, when Balcatta opened the scoring, Catarcione scoring, and it from bad to worse for the Lions as the home side added a second three minutes later.

The game took another twist on the half hour when Catarcione raced clear and as Alavaskis came out to clear the ball he caught the striker in the stomach and sent off. He was replaced by Adrian Vacca, and the first thing he did was pick the ball out the back of the net. The resulting free kick was curled into the top corner of the net by Sammut to take them to a three goal lead at the break.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors started brightly in the second half. Kamara played in Moses Kalau, but the speedy winger fired wide of the target, then Shuruma blazed wide when well place, before Clint Davies was out bravely to save at the feet of Kalau moments later. They were then punished at the other end on the hour as Balcatta added a fourth, defender Quinns’ powerful long-range shot giving Vacca no chance.

The Lions players heads dropped and Nazary put the result beyond doubt a minute later with a cool finish. The game was beginning to boil over and Gregory had to caution a number of players, and he showed Martin a red card five minutes from time. Second half substitute Teece made it 6-0 sixty seconds later, and the tension boiled over again in the last minute. The home side were awarded a penalty, and in the aftermath a scuffle broke out between Colasante and Pugliese and the referee sent both players off. It gave Blamo Quaqua the opportunity to add a seventh, but he hit his penalty over the top.

27.6.2015

WILLIAMS MAKES CASE FOR THE DEFENCE

Defences will decide Australia's Women's World Cup quarter-final against Japan, according to Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams. Alen Stajcic's team meet the reigning world champions tonight in a repeat of last year's Asian Cup final. Japan, who like to get numbers behind the ball, have conceded just two goals in four games at the tournament so far.

The Matildas, meanwhile, have only allowed one goal in three games since their 3-1 loss to United States to open the World Cup. And Williams said defences would prove decisive in Edmonton. "I think both teams … we're quite strong in transition, we're playing possession-based football as well as they are," she said. "So I think defensively it's going to be whoever has the best defence and saves will definitely win the game."

Williams said she expected a somewhat familiar outing to the round of sixteen, when the Matildas overcame Brazil 1-0. "They (Japan) are an excellent footballing country," she said. "Obviously they have some quality strikers with their shots so (their long-range shooting) is obviously something that we have to look out for. They're going to shoot, they're going to play intricate passes around the box. I think the defence is going to have a really important role this game."

While Japan have mostly cruised into the last eight, the Matildas were tested in the group of death before the win over Brazil. And those challenging encounters have only made Australia better, according to Williams. "I think it makes us stronger," she said. "As Australians in general, I think the number of big guns that you knock off throughout a tournament or a sporting event I think you grow as a nation and you grow in the Aussie spirit and especially having all the support from home I think is really beneficial for us."




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