IT”S GAME ON
Progress Leader July 12 2016
IT’S game on at the St Mary’s Salesian Football Club with a women’s team about to be launched. The club has received the backing of Hawthorn state Liberal MP John Pesutto who has described it as “leading the way in female participation in sport”. “As a father of three girls I am totally supportive of this initiative and look forward to ensuring women have the capacity to access all kinds of sport at all levels,” Mr Pesutto said.
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Pic: Vivienne Ellis and Maddie Campbell with Hawthorn MP John Pesutto.
WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM IS LAUNCHED
Saturday August 6, 2016
Our Women’s Football Team was launched with a Women’s Football Chicken and Champagne lunch on Saturday August 6, 2016 at the club rooms at Ferndale Park. Club President David Malcolm announced the appointment of Damian Sutherland as the inaugural coach of the Women’s Team. Damian had coached for many years at junior level at the Ashburton Redbacks, and was a Premiership coach at senior level with St Mary’s Salesian. Our guest speaker was Alicia Eva, who had been an exhibition player for the Melbourne Football Club in its recent matches against the Western Bulldogs. At the time she was current captain of the Melbourne University Women’s Football Club and a respected leader in the Victorian Women’s Football League. State Member for Hawthorn and shadow Attorney General, John Pesutto, spoke at the launch and offered his full support for the development of Women’s Football at St Mary’s Salesian.
OUR FIRST TRAINING SESSION
Monday August 8 2016
We hosted our first training session on the Monday following our Women’s Football Launch, with over 30 women hitting the track at Ferndale Park! We had two more training sessions, Monday August 15th and Wednesday August 17th, prior to our practice game against West Brunswick AFC on Saturday August 20th at Ferndale Park. By the time of our 1st practice match we had nearly 70 women who had registered their interest in playing Women’s Football at St Mary’s Salesian in 2017, and over 50 had attended one or more of our three training sessions.
Thursday August 11, 2016
The VAFA launched the inaugural women’s competition for Season 2017 with St Mary’s Salesian as a foundation club.
WOMEN’S FOOTBALL PRACTICE MATCH: History in the making!
Saturday 20 August 2016
The St Mary’s Salesian Women’s Team took to the field for the first time in a Practice Match against an experienced West Brunswick team. The match was played at 10am at Ferndale Park, and was the curtain raiser to the Rd 18 Men’s Reserves game against Prahran Assumption. We fielded 32 players on the day, most of whom were playing their first game of football. The game went down to the wire and scores were level into the dying minutes of the game, when Sarah Yule stepped up and kicked a legendary match-winning goal from deep on the the boundary line to give us our first win in women’s football.
St Mary’s Salesian 6. 3 (39) def West Brunswick 4. 9 (33)
Goals: Sarah Yule 3, Michelle West 2, Eliza Stanley 1
This win laid an exciting foundation for season 2017. We didn’t know it at the time but West Brunswick was to become one of our great on-field rivals.
Wednesday 24 August 2016 & Wednesday August 31 2016
Due to overwhelming support we extended training for a few more weeks on Wednesdays!
INTRA-CLUB PRACTICE MATCH
Wednesday 7 September 2016
We finished off our women’s training with an intra-club practice match on Wednesday September 7 at Ferndale Park, followed of course with complimentary finger-food and drinks in the clubrooms.