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Matildas defeat trans-tasman rivals New Zealand; Lisa De Vanna dismissed from Australia

Australia’s Kyah Simon working past New Zealand’s Katie Hoyle (4) and Betsy Hassett (12)

By Ann Odong

In front of a crowd of 2,866 parochial supporters, the Westfield Matildas have defeated their trans-tasman rivals New Zealand outfit 2-1 at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Goals to Catherine Cannuli and Collette McCallum were enough for the home side to see of the challenge of the New Zealanders despite Hannah Wilkinson’s first half equalizer. A midweek 3-0 victory, and a superior FIFA world ranking, saw the Matildas entered the match strong favorites and they started as such. Controlling possession, the Australian’s looked to exploit the visitor’s early. Just nine minutes in they had the breakthrough. (more…)


Australia’s star striker ruled out of World Cup

Gill to spent the next 12 months on the sidelines

By Ann Odong

Australian National Team striker and reigning AFC Women’s Footballer of the Year Kate Gill has been ruled out the FIFA Women’s World Cup after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Gill injured her knee in innocuous fashion Thursday last week in her Swedish side, Linköpings FC’s 4-0 Cup victory and will now spend the next 12 months on the sidelines. (more…)

Australia beginning World Cup preparations

Decision time for Australia Head Coach Tom Sermanni

By Ann Odong

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup just over eight weeks away, Australia has recently stepped up its preparations for the tournament. With friendlies announced against Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand, traditional sporting rivals England and Mexico, the Australian’s are setting themselves to better their 2007 quarterfinal appearance. (more…)

Roar reclaim W-League championship

The final whistle sees Brisbane celebrate a second championship

Story and photos by Ann Odong

Led by the player of the match Tameka Butt, the Brisbane Roar have reclaimed the Westfield W-League title courtesy of a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sydney FC at Campbelltown Stadium. For the Roar, it was sweet revenge for last season’s grand final loss to the same team, and it makes them the first team to win two W-League championships. (more…)

Tina Ellertson, Atlanta Beat terminate contract, magicTalk signs three more players

Tina Ellertson and the Atlanta Beat have mutually terminated their contract, while magicTalk SC signed Megan Schnur, Sarah Huffman, and Australian Lisa DeVanna, who has played the past two years with the club formerly known as the Washington Freedom. In other WPS news, the league officially announced that the Atlanta Beat signed Cat Whitehill and that Sky Blue FC has signed Swedish international Therese Sjögran, who join the team in Turkey next month. (more…)

Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar set for Saturday’s Westfield W-League Grand Final

Midfielders Kylie Ledbrook (10) and Tameka Butt (13) will be keys to their team’s success (Photo: Cam Wheeler)

By Ann Odong

Australia’s best female footballers will be on display this weekend when two of the Westfield W-League’s powerhouse clubs meet again in the grand final.  Defending champions Sydney FC will face off against Season One champions Brisbane Roar this Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium. (more…)