Women's NSL - Season 1999/2000

Women's National Soccer League

Supplied by AWSA and transcribed by Thomas Esamie

Australian Women's National Soccer League Results
Home Teamv Away Team
Round Eight (played November 5)
Venue : Canberra
QAS Sting
Nichols (Butland), McShea, Blackwell, Garven, Tramacchi (Duus), Nolan (Ferguson), Hohnke (Thornton), Revell, Maza (Dawney), Dunne, Mann
Goal: Belinda Dawney 54
1 - 1 SASI Pirates
Trimboli, Vozzo, Winn, Morris, Alagich (Baker), Black, Spagnoletti, Stocco, Morrison (Gawlik), Halfpenny (Matto), Thomas (May)
Goal: Sharon Black 3
The vital clash between SASI Pirates and QAS Sting, second and third on the ladder, ended in a 1-1 draw, although QAS had plenty of opportunities to claim the full three points.

Sharon Black gave SASI the lead after just three minutes, getting the last touch to a high ball pumped into the area.  Sting then went on to control the majority of play for the remainder of the contest, but were luckless in front of goal.

Sting's Kim Revell and Olivia Hohnke each hit the crossbar with well-hit long range drives within three minutes of each other in the first half.

Two minutes after taking the field early in the second half, Sting substitute Belinda Dawney gave the Queenslanders the equaliser, on the end of a clever little ball over the defence to slot home from 10 metres.

Pirates' keeper Leanne Trimboli then proved Sting's next hurdle, making several top saves to deny Lisa Dunne and April Mann, thus helping SASI to a share of the coveted points.

Venue : Canberra
Northern NSW Pride
Praszczalek, Salisbury, Ingles, Powell, Randall (Nutley), Baker, Forman, Neilson, McMinn (Alley), Crawford (Stevens), Hughes (Gill)
Goals: Cheryl Salisbury 11, Sunni Hughes 23, 46, 57, 60, Alison Forman 31, Tracy Baker 89
7 - 0 Victoria Vision
Klerides, Davis, Barbieri, Ashdown (Kuralay), Oostdam, Digiammarco, Walker (Smith), Bisby, Hamilton, Terek, Fitzgerald
Northern NSW Pride kept themselves in the running for a grandfinal berth with a crushing 7-0 win over last-placed Victoria Vision, as the three teams above them ended up with draws.

Matildas striker Sunni Hughes led from the front, bagging a personal tally of four goals, one in the first half followed by a hattrick within the first 15 minutes of the second term.

Defender Cheryl Salisbury opened Northern's account from the penalty spot in the 11th minute, rookie keeper Helen Klerides getting a good hand to the shot, but the ball still dribbling in over the line.

Victoria almost equalised in the 22nd minute with their best chance for the game, Sarah Fitzgerald sticking out a boot to a high ball with her back to goal and the ball flying just over the target.  Any further hopes of a Vision goal were met by an impenetrable Northern defence.

Hughes scored her first in the very next minute, a pinpoint chip from Joanne Powell deep on the right met on the diagonal run by the striker for a top class diving header.   An unmarked Alison Forman gratefully met a Hughes cross in the 31st minute with a strong header for a 3-0 lead at the break.

Victoria lost possession at the back to set up Hughes' second strike a minute into the second half, slotting home from 13 metres.  Klerides came off her line to block a Lorissa Stevens shot in the 57th minute, the loose ball scooped back out and squared to Hughes who placed the ball into the open goal.  Three minutes later, a neat ball was clipped in to the unmarked Hughes who had time to dink her shot past the keeper into the top of goal.

Play slowed after Hughes left the field limping, but Tracy Baker added another in the dying minutes, slotting home after a defensive error.

Venue : Canberra
NSW Sapphires
Kell, Rockall, K Collins, Tann-Darby, Garriock (Carney), Murray, Cavanagh, Watson (Davies), Klessattel, Golebiowski, Burgess (Peters)
Goals: Joanne Burgess 31, Alicia Cavanagh 85
2 - 2 ACTAS Canberra Eclipse
Beattie, Bartlett, Wainwright, PC Hepperlin, Taylor, Munoz (D Hepperlin), Foxhill, Wilson, Cooper (Karp), Doyle, Channing (Pelle)
Goals: Kim Channing 20, Sacha Wainwright 54
ACTAS Canberra Eclipse upset frontrunners NSW Sapphires by twice taking the lead in a thrilling battle which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Two heavy head clashes within a few seconds in the 9th minute resulted in bloody head wounds to Eclipse's Sarah Cooper and Sapphires' Heather Garriock, Cooper retaking the field with a bandaged head, whilst Garriock was taken to hospital.

Canberra made a good start and were rewarded in the 20th minute, Cindy Doyle robbing her opponent of the ball and drawing the keeper before squaring for Kim Channing to drive into the top of the net from 15 metres.

Eleven minutes later, NSW equalised.  Julie Murray provided the cross from the right and an attempt on goal was stopped by the keeper.  Joanne Burgess was on hand to tap the loose ball home from close range.

Eclipse's Sacha Wainwright then nailed a spectacular drive from 30 metre on the left nine minutes into the second half to the delight of the 'home' crowd.

NSW responded with a wave of attacking play and were finally rewarded with the leveller with five minutes to go, Alicia Cavanagh the scorer.  But Eclipse weren't finished, in stoppage time releasing Danielle Hepperlin through on goal but brought down just outside the box.  The resultant freekick flew not far wide of the mark in a dramatic finish.