Women's NSL - Season 2000/2001

Women's National Soccer League

Supplied by AWSA and transcribed by Thomas Esamie

Round One (played November 3)
Venue : Valentine Sports Park, Sydney
Northern NSW Pride
Praszczalek, Ingles, Alley, Colthorpe (Wilson 57), Stevens, Dunne, Amber Neilson, McMinn, Attwill, Crawford (King 75), Gill (Aimie Neilson 87)
Goals : Tara McMinn 49, 63
2 - 1 Victoria Vision
Barbieri, Bisby, Wright, Groenewald, Saville, Terek, Lovie, Jansen (Humble 68), Romano (L Kapusta 57), Kuralay, Rea
Goal : Own Goal 68
The young Northern NSW Pride claimed a 2-1 win over Victoria Vision after a sluggish first half during which Victoria created some good early chances. But Northern came to life after the break and took the lead four minutes in, Tara McMinn scoring her first WNSL goal, a fine solo effort.

McMinn then added a second midway through the half, this time slotting the ball under the outcoming keeper.

But Northern faltered four minutes later, a defender winning the ball off Vision striker Emma Rea as she moved in on goal, but the backpass to a now stranded keeper ended up in Pride's own goal. The Vics fought hard for the equaliser, Selin Kuralay's 28 metre drive sailing just over the crossbar.

Venue : Valentine Sports Park, Sydney
Queensland Sting
Nichols, Nolan, Bartlett (Blackwell 87), McShea, Tramacchi, Revell, Duus, Maza (Mitchell 67), Harch (Canham 62), Mann (Dunne 70), Ferguson
Goal : Jamara Maza 56
1 - 0 Adelaide Sensation
Wirkus (Hinks 50), Vozzo, Gawlik, C May, Spagnoletti (Harrison 66), Winn (H May 68), Morris, Alagich, Stocco (Gross 23), Jones (Fata 66), Halfpenny
After a fairly even first half, the experienced Queensland Sting proved too strong after the break for young Adelaide Sensation. But the Queenslanders' numerous quality chances on goal went begging and they finished 1-0 up.

Adelaide's debutante keeper, on the field just six minutes after Emma Wirkus was stretchered off, was caught out by Jamara Maza's long range strike from wide out on the left. The ball bounced over the keeper's head into goal, distracted by the challenge of Sting striker Alicia Ferguson.

Venue : Valentine Sports Park, Sydney
NSW Sapphires
Kell, Tann-Darby, Warrener, Kristine Collins, Garriock, L Collins, Rockall, Klessattel, Carney, Golebiowski, McLaughlin (Cannuli 80)
Goals : Taryn Rockall 19, 50
2 - 1 Canberra Eclipse
Butland, Taylor, Borucinski, Hoy, Staniforth, Wilson, P Hepperlin, D Hepperlin (Kunz 77), Karp, Rawson, Channing (Doyle 54)
Goal : Kerenna Rawson 82
Defending champions NSW Sapphires defeated Canberra Eclipse 2-1, but should have converted their territorial dominance into more goals. NSW looked too classy for Canberra in the first half, but were only one ahead at the break through a Taryn Rockall penalty in the 19th minute, after Michelle Carney was taken down in the box.

Rockall scored her second in sensational style, a piledriver from 27 metres into the roof of the net. But the Sapphires took their foot off the pedal and Canberra crept gradually into the game. The visitors were rewarded with a late goal, young Kerenna Rawson scoring her first league goal after Cindy Doyle's shot was saved.