Welcome Kelsey Hodges! Kelsey played with North Texas University from 2010-13 and had been looking for her next playing opportunity after returning from a season playing in Sweden. The American was contacted by senior head coach, Sinisa, who gave her a golden opportunity to join the Alamein FC senior squad.
Alamein Football Club (AFC) has signed three elite players from Sandringham’s Women’s Premier League (WPL) team. Annabelle Gibney, Sienna Fogarty and Emma Runnals have made the move from Sandringham in order to continue to play at the state’s highest level. All three feel invigorated by the change of club and the chance to participate in the newly formed Victorian Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) competition. All three boast impeccable soccer CVs and Runnals and Fogarty were part of Sandringham’s 2013 premiership team, while Gibney represented South Melbourne in the loosing grand final side. Individually, each player has won multiple accolades over the years featuring in various WPL teams of the week, teams of the month and polled strongly in the FFV Gold medal tally. Annabelle won the FFV’s Golden Boot award in 2007. All three cited coach Sinisa Cohadzic as one of the main factors in influencing them to move to MUFC. Fogarty noted “Sinisa’s sessions are meticulously planned, well executed and high intensity”. Despite being a new club, the three players have settled in well due to having previous connections with many of the core group of Ashburton WPL players. Gibney played with Ashburton prior to leaving to study overseas in the US and UK; Runnals trained with Ashburton in last year’s pre-season before committing to Sandringham due to scheduling reasons and Fogarty has played Futsal with some of the players. Moving across as a group of three also helped, but all stated that the move was made easy by the welcoming nature of the players. In terms of goals for the year the three players are excited by the challenge of fighting for their place in the team and all share Cohadzic’s ambition of winning the inaugural WNPL season. Cohadzic commented that “I am delighted and excited to have all three girls join us. All of them are quality players that will improve us and take us to the next level. Their character, determination and winning mentality are what I was looking for to build on our (Ashburton’s) success from last year and they will fit perfectly into the team culture that we have set.”