Women's NSL - Season 2004

Women's National Soccer League

Supplied by AWSA and transcribed by Thomas Esamie

Home Teamv Away Team
Round Five (played October 23 & 24)
Venue : Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Western Waves
Perica, McGawley, Colangelo, Williams (Turnbull 66), Woodfin, Oxtoby, Gawned (Grant 90), Cunningham, Karp, Chatto, Conway (De Vanna 54)
Goal : Stacey Woodfin 63
1 - 0 Canberra Eclipse
Beattie, Davies, Hosking, Blacka, Foster, Doyle (Spence 75), Munoz (Stocco 57), Brush, G Chapman, Chiavannacoopt (Kehoe 46 (Frewin 73)), Channing
Western Waves posted a 1-0 victory over Canberra Eclipse, a result which lifted them into fourth spot on the ladder, whilst Eclipse were left to make the long journey home, having picked up no points from their two match road trip via Adelaide.

There was little to separate the two teams in the first half, neither side able to take control, although the home team perhaps with a little more of the possession. The Waves went on to dominate the second half, particularly after the introduction of star striker Lisa De Vanna off the bench, and Stacey Woodfin scored what turned out to be the winner in the 63rd minute.

A large, vocal crowd of around a thousand people turned out to see their local stars in action for the first time at this level. Western's best first half opportunity saw Nicola Williams in one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the shot went wide.

De Vanna made her entrance nine minutes after the break. In her first appearance for the Waves, having missed the three-match road trip, De Vanna caused constant headaches for the opposition each time she had the ball. Canberra, on the other hand, were unable to make inroads in attack.

Waves then claimed the deserved lead when an impressive Tal Karp, who has played most of her WNSL football with Eclipse, sent through a long ball on goal. The challenging goalkeeper and central defender got themselves in a tangle, allowing Woodfin to snatch the loose ball and walk it into the empty goal.

Further dangerous openings on goal went unrewarded by some tame shooting by Western, but they were delighted to take an historic three points.

Venue : Wanderers Oval, Newcastle
Northern NSW Pride
Logue (Herd 89), Cotts, Wilson, O'Toole, Searle, Howes, Shepherd, Stevenson, Searle (Guiffre 84), Kermode, Gill
Goals : Kate Gill 15, 20, 75, Meegan Shepherd 68
4 - 0 Victoria Vision
Barbieri, Digiammarco, Lamb, Ruyter-Hooley, Jackson, Vardakas (Baxendale 65), Fitzgerald (Totsidias 61), Koutrouvelis (Romano 72), Smith, Groenewald (Terek 56), Pannella
Northern NSW Pride, despite being without three key players Cheryl Salisbury, Joanne Peters, and Lindsey Jones, still came away with a solid 4-0 win over Victoria Vision on Saturday, striker Kate Gill taking on the responsibility as the lineup's most experienced player by scoring a hattrick.

The score however did not reflect the nature of the contest, the possession fairly evenly shared between the two teams, but Pride much more effective in front of goal.

The in-form Gill gave the home side the lead on the quarter-hour mark, calmly slotting the ball home from a Meegan Shepherd cut-back. Five minutes later, Gill was again on song, this time finishing an Ashley Wilson cross with a clinical side-foot volley into the roof of the net.

Victoria fought hard to reduce the deficit back to one, and were unlucky with two strong chances. Midfielder Katrina Smith saw her 35 metre freekick thump against the crossbar, and teammate Belinda Pannella made a top strike on the turn which was met by an equally good save by Northern goalkeeper Alison Logue.

Shepherd put the game beyond Vision's reach midway through the second half, playing a neat one-two with Elizabeth Kermode before running from the edge of the 18-yard into the 6-yard box to score. Gill then produced her first ever WNSL hattrick in the 75th minute, stealing possession off the last defender and running 30 metres toward goal, making no mistake with the shot. Having scored in all four matches so far, Gill stretches her lead as the season's top scorer with six in all.

Venue : Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre, Brisbane
Queensland Sting
Nichols, McShea, Reuter, Grant, Harch, Ferguson, Polkinghorne, Mitchell (McDonnell 70), Walker, Mann, Walsh (Nicopolous 72)
Goals : April Mann 19, 54, Karla Reuter 51
3 - 1 NSW Sapphires
Kell, Gilbert, Klessattel, Ristevski (Cavanagh 21), Hilder, Rockall, O'Neill (Dimono 65), Kennedy, Burgess, Uzunlar, Cartwright (Adalis 73)
Goal : Servet Uzunlar 13
On Saturday night in Brisbane, the experienced Queensland Sting ended up 3-1 victors over the young NSW Sapphires after the scores were level at one apiece at half-time. The visitors made count their one chance for the first half whilst at the other end their defence held well against the freely attacking Sting. However, in the second half, Queensland's experience and the muggy conditions proved too much for the Sapphires to hang on for the point.

The first meeting between the two sides since NSW upset the Sting in last year's grandfinal was played out as a fairly physical affair. The Sapphires put their opponents on the back foot by scoring the opening goal 13 minutes into the game when a missed ball in defence allowed Servet Uzunlar to rush in and hit the back of the net with a low drive from the left, the youngster's second goal in consecutive games.

April Mann equalised for Queensland six minutes later, finishing a cross from the right, but the home side's numerous other chances came to nothing.

A quick-fire Queensland double all but put the game beyond the reach of the visitors soon after the break. A Karla Reuter corner kick gave Sting the lead in the 51st minute, the high ball seemingly dealt with by the keeper but then it fell from her clutches and into goal. Mann followed up with her second goal three minutes later, the lively Jessica Mitchell providing the pinpoint cross for the striker to meet with the header.