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Alamein FC adds a quantum of class to its roster

Annabelle Emma Sienna SmallAlamein 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.”

PS4 Women's National Premier Leagues Clubs Announced

WNPLEight clubs to form inaugural PS4 WNPL in 2016

Football Federation Victoria today announced the clubs to be offered licences for the inaugural PlayStation® 4 Women’s National Premier Leagues competition (PS4 WNPL).

The formation of the PS4 WNPL, set to start in 2016, marks a new era for female football in Victoria.

The eight clubs to form the inaugural PS4 WNPL Victoria are:

FC Bulleen Lions Galaxy United (Geelong)
Heidelberg United Melbourne United (Ashburton)
Box Hill United Keilor United
Bayside United Southern United (Greater Frankston and Casey area)

FFV President Kimon Taliadoros said the PS4 WNPL would be a profound leap forward for the game.

"We have established a dedicated Talented Player Pathway for girls and women across Melbourne and Geelong to achieve their football dreams," Taliadoros said.

"This is a significant step forward for the beautiful game in Victoria."

FFV CEO Peter Gome said the PS4 WNPL would set high standards on and off the field.

"This new league will create the strongest, most competitive women’s and girl’s competition in Victoria, both on and off the field," Gome said.

"The clubs chosen will enable us to significantly improve the rapidly growing women’s game in Victoria."

Emma Highwood, Football Federation Australia head of Community and Women's Football, was a member of the PS4 WNPL assessment panel.

"This is a very exciting time for women’s football in Victoria," Highwood said.

"We are thrilled with the number of quality applications received and thank all clubs for their interest".

Clubs were chosen based on their ranking against 10 selection criteria including youth development, coaching, facilities, finance and governance, as well as three additional criteria including council support, track record in women’s and girl’s football and geography.

In all, 22 clubs applied for the eight available licences.

Included in the eight inaugural clubs are six existing Sportsmart Women’s Premier League teams, three PS4 NPL clubs, two combined clubs from the strongest female participation areas and one Zagame's Women’s State League 1 team, which has been rewarded for a history of strong on and off field performance.

More than 10,000 women and girls currently play football in Victoria.

The eight successful clubs will now work closely with FFV in preparation for the PS4 WNPL 2016 season launch.

The PS4 WNPL Selection Criteria included:

Teams Youth Development
Coaching Governance
Organisational Structure Finance
Facilities Medical
Reporting Member Protection
Council support for facilities Geography
Track record in women's and girl's football  

The PS4 WNPL Selection Panel comprised of:

  • Independent Chair, Eugénie Buckley
  • Emma Highwood, FFA Head of Community and Women’s Football
  • Matthew Annells, FFV General Manager, Football Operations
  • David Smith, FFV Technical Director
  • Maggie Koumi, Chair FFV Women’s Standing Committee
  • Kat Smith, Victorian women’s football expert and former elite playe

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