Smoke and Playing Out From Defence

 It’s difficult to acknowledge this round without mention of the bushfire crisis that currently grips the country. The W-League match in Canberra was postponed due to hazardous smoke, teams have struggled to train because of the conditions and everyone is on high alert to the knowledge of entire towns decimated.  So anyone in direct impact…

2019 – By The Numbers

Everyone is on the decade ender bandwagon. I wish I could bring you an epic one that could tell the tale of women’s football in this country, to speak on the pioneers, the growth, hardship and love over the last ten years.  However, ten years ago I was falling out of love with the game….

With Family in Your Corner

Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten – Lilo and Stitch.   The last football trip of the year brought me to Melbourne. ABD Stadium, Melbourne City host Perth Glory. The train is simple to get there, the sun is setting gradually and the anticipation of an unlikely upset is…

Heartbreakers

Round five of the W-League needs to be nicknamed as the heartbreaker if ever looked back on in history. Late winners and equalisers are together some of the greatest and most disappointing moments players, coaches and fans alike can experience. Some weekends it’s merely impossible to watch all the matches you want to live. This…

The Brave – Launceston City

Growing up I heard many renditions of the “Braveheart” pre-battle speech. It was inevitable really, my dad is not only English, but a high school history teacher. There was no avoiding it. The final phrase “they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!” is one I know well, with my younger brother…

Chaos in the Box and Community

Sitting in between Melbourne Victory supporters was always going to be an experience. The early opening goal brought gleeful celebrations, while the Wanderers inevitable reply provided groans. In the final heart stopping moments anxiety grew as the Wanderers caused chaos in the box and promised we were paying attention right through to the end. THEN….

PROTECT HAYLEY RASO

Hayley Raso.  There’s been a cry amongst Matildas fans ever since Raso injured her back in the US. It’s “PROTECT HAYLEY RASO AT ALL COST”. This mantra should be across the board for all players. However the reality that this incident involved Raso makes the issue surrounding player welfare all the more stark given what…

CONSERVATIVE FOOTBALL – and Mixed Emotions

Football is a clever game, a lot of what happens on the pitch is due to the ideas and plans crafted off it. With this, I love a tactical battle. It’s as delicious as a triple chocolate and raspberry brownie.  A team who knows how to play with their backs against the wall, compared to…

THE CALL – It’s Time to Take the Fight For Equality Off the Field

It’s not often my mum watches a match with me. On Thursday night it happened for the opening game of the W-League season between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide. By watching, of course I mean I commandeered the tv while mum was on the couch with me playing playing solitaire or scrabble on her…

SEASON 12 TEAM PREVIEW GOES THE SIMPSONS

The season is nearly upon us! Absolutely crazy. Teams have been chopped and changed, with some questions still flying over squads despite the start of the season baring down on us. This season is shaping up to be absolutely massive. The chaos is sure to return, along with the stunning moments of dazzling football. So,…