The Better Half: September 29 »

In this episode, Georgie Tunny talks to special guest, new Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic, about all things football, life and racehorses. Plus the full wrap up and review of the W-League Round 3.





Changing of the guard for Sky Blues

Sydney FC have announced the appointment of Daniel Barrett as the Sky Blues Westfield W-League Head Coach until the end of the Westfield W-League 2014 season.
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Barrett, who acted as the Assistant Coach during Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League Championship win in season 2012/13, returns to the Sky Blues following his stint as Head Coach at the International Football School on the Central Coast.
He will work alongside current Westfield W-League Head Coach Alen Stajcic for the next fortnight before taking over full time duties for the Sky Blues round five clash away against the Newcastle Jets.
Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata welcomed Barrett back to the club and believes he is the logical choice to transition over from long serving Head Coach Alen Stajcic.
“I’d like to welcome Daniel back to Sydney FC,” Pignata said.
“He has already proved himself with the club during his previous time here and I believe he is the perfect fit to take over from Alen Stajcic.
“He was an integral part of our Championship winning team and comes highly recommended by Alen.
“I’m looking forward to working with Daniel and I wish him all the best for the remainder of the Westfield W-League 2014 season.”
Departing Westfield W-League Head Coach Alen Stajcic backed the appointment of Barrett and believes he has the qualities necessary to deliver silverware to Sydney FC
“It’s great to have someone like Dan come into the team,” he said.
“Having already worked as an assistant with the team for two years, he is well versed in the philosophy and playing style of the group and has great energy to take the team to the top again.”
Barrett said he was thrilled to be returning to Sydney FC and he is eager to get back out on the park with a number of familiar faces from his previous tenure at the Sky Blues.
“It feels great to be back,” he said.
“When you leave Sydney FC you miss it, the whole culture of the club and the Sky Blues family.  I enjoyed my time there and I can’t wait to start work.
“There are many familiar faces which is great because it means I can hit the ground running,” he continued.
“The standards have been set at Sydney FC with Alen Stajcic and his time in charge.
“I’m well aware of what they are having worked with Alen for many years, so I want to make sure that those standards and expectations stay the same.  If they do then results will stay the same.
“I would also like to thank the International Football School for their understanding in allowing me to pursue this opportunity.”
Barrett will assist Head Coach Alen Stajcic in Sydney FC’s next Westfield W-League match away to the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday 27 September.

Changing of the guard for Sky Blues

Sydney FC have announced the appointment of Daniel Barrett as the Sky Blues Westfield W-League Head Coach until the end of the Westfield W-League 2014 season.

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Victory too good for Canberra

Melbourne Victory outlined their Westfield W-League title credentials with a thoroughly deserved 4-2 success over Canberra United at McKellar Park. The reigning champions inflicted a record home defeat on their hosts putting on a performance ladled with power and pace that left Canberra chasing the game for most of the ninety minutes.
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There was a strangely subdued opening to the match with both team’s taking a cagey approach to the first quarter with neither side troubling the respective goalkeepers. Indeed it took until the 22nd minute for the first shot on target as Canberra midfielder Lori Lindsey stung the palms of Victory custodian Brianna Davey with a fierce drive from all of thirty metres. Davey was however comfortably behind the ball all the way and made a routine stop.
Both teams struggled to maintain possession for any lengthy period of time with the passing noticeably poor. When Victory did string together more than two passes in a row Christine Nairn delivered a peach of a cross which Rachael Quigley should have done better with rather than head tamely over the bar.
Nairn had an even greater impact seven minutes before the break as her quick-feet led to a rash challenge by Canberra centre-back Grace Field who tripped the influential Victory playmaker inside the area. US star Lauren Barnes was summoned from defensive duties to take the penalty and she duly dispatched the kick low and hard into the bottom corner to give Victory the lead.
It was to get better for the visitors just before the half-time interval as they went further ahead. Skipper Stephanie Catley was the scorer, getting a toe to a low cross to divert the ball towards goal and, despite Chantel Jones getting a hand on the shot, and the best efforts of the covering Nicole Begg to clear off the line, the ball trundled into the corner to leave Melbourne in the box-seat at the break.
Incredibly Melbourne went further ahead three minutes into the second half with a goal of pure simplicity and outstanding brilliance. A long ball cleared the Canberra defence allowing Lisa De Vanna to showcase her pace as she burst clear. There was still much to do but from 25m the Matildas’ star sent in a cracking lob that left Jones helpless.
Canberra pulled one back with half an hour remaining as Lindsey crashed home a free-kick from an improbable angle, arrowing her effort from out wide into the top corner past Davey. But that was as good as it got for the home team who promptly shipped another goal only nine minutes later.
This time it was Victory substitute Gema Simon who did the damage, proving too strong for Ellie Brush, bursting clear of the attempted challenge by the home centre-back and picking her spot to calmly slot the ball past the exposed Jones. There was still plenty of time to play and Canberra kept plugging away and reduced the deficit in the 80th minute.
Lindsey provided the service, whipping in a delightful corner that had the Victory defence at sixes and sevens. Michelle Heyman connected with a firm header at the far post that was cleared off the line, only for Caitlin Munoz to react fastest and lash the loose ball into the net from close range for her second goal of the season but Melbourne had already done enough to take the three points.
Canberra United 2 (Lori Lindsey 59’, Caitlin Munoz 80’)
Melbourne Victory 4 (Lauren Barnes 38’ (pen), Stephanie Catley 42’, Lisa De Vanna 48’, Gema Simon 68’)
Canberra United: 1. Chantel JONES, 5. Grace FIELD, 6. Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 9. Grace GILL (3. Julia DE ANGELIS 69’), 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 12. Sally ROJAHN, 13. Nicole BEGG, 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 16. Lori LINDSEY, 22. Stephanie OCHS
Substitutes not used: 2. Catherine BROWN, 18. Rebecca KITING, 20. Melissa MAIZELS
Melbourne Victory: 1. Brianna DAVEY, 2. Hannah BREWER, 5. Lauren BARNES, 7. Stephanie CATLEY, 8. Amy JACKSON (17. Gulcan KOCA 75’), 9. Rachael QUIGLEY (6. Gema SIMON 62’, 10. Christine NAIRN, 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 15. Emma CHECKER, 18. Elli REED (16. Beatrice GOAD 89’)
Substitutes not used: 20. Cassandra DIMOVSKI
Discipline: YELLOW CARDS: 6. Caitlin MUNOZ (Canberra United), 8. Amy JACKSON (Melbourne Victory)
Referee: Casey REIBELT
Attendance: 1,018

Victory too good for Canberra

Melbourne Victory outlined their Westfield W-League title credentials with a thoroughly deserved 4-2 success over Canberra United at McKellar Park. The reigning champions inflicted a record home defeat on their hosts putting on a performance ladled with power and pace that left Canberra chasing the game for most of the ninety minutes.

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Glory continue unbeaten start

Perth Glory extended their winning start to the Westfield W-League to a record three matches with 3-1 victory over Adelaide United at Ashfield Sport Club today.
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Elisa D’Ovidio gave Glory the lead on the stroke of half time, before Adelaide levelled in the first minute of the second with a stunning strike from Lisa-Marie Woods.
Matildas attacker Samantha Kerr capped off a superb Glory performance to put the home side back in front before fellow international striker Kate Gill added the third to give the home side their best ever start to a Westfield W-League season.
Despite setting a new benchmark for the club, coach Jamie Harnwell felt his side needed to be more ruthless in front of goal.
“It wasn’t an ideal performance but the weather didn’t help but we will take the three points,” he said.
“We defended well and we are always going to create goals and we put three away to today, but could have had a few more.”  
 The home side dominated the early exchanges with Kerr firing into the side netting early, hitting the woodwork on the half hour and also firing over from close-range.
Gill had the ball in the net on 34 minutes but the flag was up for offside.
Adelaide keeper Melissa Barbieri then denied Kerr’s header before she did even better to tip over a D’Ovidio shot on 44 minutes.
But from the resulting corner Glory hit the front when the ball was cleared only as far as D’Ovidio, whose long-range shot flew in.
Adelaide made a great start to the second half with Woods’ stunning long-range shot giving goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold no chance.
Hopes of Ross Aloisi’s side, winless in their first two games of the season, completing a fight back were dashed on 56 minutes when Sarah Carroll’s cross was turned home by Kerr.
The points were made safe for the home side on the hour when a cross from the left caused confusion in the Adelaide defence and Gill nipped in to lob the keeper from 8m.
Westfield W-League – Week 3
Perth Glory 3 (D’Ovidio 45’, Kerr 56’, Gill 59’)
Adelaide United (Woods 46’)
Saturday 27th September 2014
Venue: Ashfield Sports Club, Ashfield
Referee: Lara Smith
Assistants: Joanna Charaktis and Zac Picciacco
Fourth Official: Matthew Southern
Perth Glory: GK Mackenzie ARNOLD, 2 Sarah CARROLL, 4 Bronwyn STUDMAN (5 Shannon MAY 78’), 6 Alanna KENNEDY, 9 Caitlin FOORD, 12 Kathryn GILL, 13 Elisa D’OVIDIO, 14 Collette MCCALLUM (C) (8 Shawn BILLAM 81’), 15 Shelina ZADORSKY, 17 Marianna TABAIN (7 Gabrielle MARZANO 72’), 20 Samantha KERR
Subs not used: Gabrielle DAL BUSCO
Yellow Cards: Foord 90’
Adelaide United: GK Melissa BARBIERI, 4 Lauren STEER, 6 Dylan HOLMES, 7 Katrine PEDERSEN, 8 Emily CONDON (10 Alexandra CHIDIAC 64’), 9 Lisa-Marie WOODS, 11 Isabel HODGSON (17 Tiarn POWELL 64’), 12 Daila-Tais BORG (18 Georgia CAMPAGNALE 74’), 15 Jenna MCCORMICK, 16 Katie HOLTHAM, 23 Kristy MOORE (C)
Subs not used: RGK Sarah WILLACY
Yellow Cards: Moore 45+2’, Woods 90+2’

Glory continue unbeaten start

Perth Glory extended their winning start to the Westfield W-League to a record three matches with 3-1 victory over Adelaide United at Ashfield Sport Club today.

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Roar fire against the Jets

After losses in the opening two rounds, Brisbane Roar flexed their muscle for the first time in 2014/15 to record a resounding 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets in their Westfield W-League clash at Perry Park on Saturday.
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Hayley Raso scored a classy double after Emily Gielnik had opened the scoring for the Roar, while Rhali Dobson pulled a goal back for Newcastle in the second half.
The Roar took the lead when Gielnik, having received the ball from Kim Carroll, directed a looping shot into the top corner from just outside the D, despite being closely marked and off balance.
In the 21st minute, a slick left-sided move from Brisbane resulted in a Gielnik cross, which was met by Raso with a towering leap and dipping header that floated just over the crossbar.
A penetrating through ball from deep from Katrina Gorry sent Raso through, and the pacey forward finished coolly under Claire Coelho to double the Roar’s advantage with 27 minutes gone.
In the 42nd minute, Brisbane ‘keeper Nadine Angerer came out of her area and was rounded by Tara Andrews, but the Jets striker was unable to direct her shot into the open net from a tight angle.
Raso nabbed an opportunistic second goal soon after the break when she was left alone at the back post to smash home a Gorry cross from the right.
Substitute Dobson turned on the afterburners to catch the Roar the defence napping before placing her shot past Angerer to reduce the deficit.
Brisbane take on Canberra United away in their next match while Newcastle are away to Adelaide United.
Brisbane Roar 3 (Emily Gielnik 10’, Hayley Raso 28’, 51’)Newcastle Jets 1 (Rhali Dobson 78’)

Roar fire against the Jets

After losses in the opening two rounds, Brisbane Roar flexed their muscle for the first time in 2014/15 to record a resounding 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets in their Westfield W-League clash at Perry Park on Saturday.

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Sky Blues take the points in Sydney derby

The ­biggest match in the Westfield W-League lived up to expectations as a record crowd of 3,084 were on hand at Marconi Stadium to watch the Sydney derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.
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In what may just have been the match of the season so far, the Sky Blues kept their 100% record against their cross-city rivals with goals from import Jasmyne Spencer and Amy Harrison sealing a 2-0 victory.Sydney FC were without defender Teigen Allen through suspension while the Wanderers heralded the return of last season’s Player of the Year Linda O’Neill and the debuts of American Kendall Johnson, former Sydney FC goalkeeper Sham Khamis and local junior Victoria Guzman.Both sets of supporters were in full voice with the Red & Black Bloc and Cove attempting to out-sing each other; a battle that was replicated on the pitch.True to form the Derby was a collection of hard hits, on field tension and controversial decisions and it was the home team who started brightest when arguably the best player in the league, Keelin Winters, set-up Hannah Beard who looked like scoring until former Wanderer Alesha Clifford’s last ditch tackle denied the American.It was an ominous sign for the Sky Blue who had to repel attack after attack but got the ultimate reward when Jasmyne Spencer followed up her long-range shot, which was initially saved by Khamis, to hit the rebound past the diving keeper.Having been an even battle up to that point, neither side dropped their intensity and it didn’t take long for the Wanderers to try to hit back as Jessica Seaman’s goal bound shot was deflected wide for a corner.It was Western Sydney, and Helen Petinos in particular, who began the second half full of running. Whatever it was that coach Norm Boardman said at half time was proving effective as the Red & Black forced Sydney FC deep into their own territory with wave after wave of attack.Petinos came the closest with a curling shot that floated just wide of the far post but there was an air of confidence amongst the home crowd who felt that a goal was just around the corner.It should have come too just a minute later as Sydney FC’s keeper Casey Dumont rushed out of her goal and, running straight through Petinos, absolutely flattened the pacey striker in the box. The expected penalty though did not come as the referee waved play-on to the shock of those on the pitch and in the stands.It was to prove a costly decision for the Wanderers as Sydney FC went straight up the pitch for Amy Harrison to score Sydney’s second after some lovely passing interplay with her teammates.It was a cruel blow to the Wanderers who had taken the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half though while it was against the run of play there could be no arguments as to the aesthetic qualities of the Sky Blue’s build-up.Following the send-off of the Linda O’Neill for a second bookable offence shortly after, the Wanderers looked rattled for the first time all match as the final ten minutes turned into a midfield stalemate with no real scoring chances of note.The Sky Blues now look towards next week’s match against Melbourne Victory hoping to gain revenge for their semi-final loss last season while the Wanderers will be looking forward to their match against Perth Glory after having to play the top three teams in the first three rounds.Sydney FC 2 (Jasmyne Spencer 12’, Amy Harrison 60’)Western Sydney Wanderers 0Crowd: 3,084Referee: Kirralee AndruschakAssistants: Sarah Ho & Liz Shorter

Sky Blues take the points in Sydney derby

The ­biggest match in the Westfield W-League lived up to expectations as a record crowd of 3,084 were on hand at Marconi Stadium to watch the Sydney derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.

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