Impetus’ Ben Gilby brings us the latest news from Australia ahead of the new A-League Women season (26/8/22).
Graphic: Western United.
Victorian football icon Aleksandra Sinclair has signed her first ever Liberty A-League Women contract, joining her local side Western United’s inaugural team for the 2022/23 season.
A Melton local, Sinclair has become a popular figure in NPLW Victoria for her exploits on and off the pitch, and she said she is humbled by the opportunity to represent Western United.
“It feels amazing (to sign for Western United). It’s something I’ve been working hard for many years, so to have the opportunity to play for Western United and my community is amazing,” she said.
“To represent Western United is an honour in itself, but to then represent your community where you’ve grown up and lived your whole life – it’s an opportunity that I’m so grateful for.”
Having worked with her over a number of years at Calder United, Mark Torcaso heaped praise on Sinclair and said bringing her with him to Western United was an easy decision.
“Everyone knows what Aleks is about as a footballer, but more importantly as a person, and that’s why this is so special,” he said.
“She has given so much to the game and brings so much joy and passion every time she steps out on the pitch and she has built such a reputation in the game in Victoria.
“Added to that she’s a local talent, born and bred in the West, and has given absolutely everything to get this opportunity. I’m really honoured to give that to her and I’m excited to see what she makes of it.”
Sinclair has captained Calder United throughout much of its success in recent years, winning the NPLW Victoria Players’ Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019.
After bagging 26 goals in 29 games in 2019, Sinclair produced a remarkable best-on-ground performance in the Grand Final as Calder defeated Bulleen Lions at AAMI Park to claim the Championship.
Earlier this month, Sinclair scored in the NIKE F.C. Cup Final for the second year in a row, helping Calder to win a fifth consecutive title.
Sinclair signs as Western United’s inaugural A-League Women team continues to take shape ahead of the commencement of the season in November.
Adelaide United Reveal New Home Kit
Adelaide United revealed its new home kit for the 2022/23 season earlier today.
The jersey is inspired by the structural elements of Coopers Stadium’s Western Grandstand and newly redeveloped Eastern Stand. Utilising scarlet red, the 2022/23 jersey incorporates an intricate, layered triangular pattern woven into the jacquard, depicting the cantilever roof space trusses.
Subtle transparent yellow and navy trimming around the sleeves and inside collar, plus the inside of the neckline including the Coopers Stadium’s coordinates completes the design.
Adelaide United’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Marius Zanin, said: “We’re really proud of the overall design and bolder colour choice of the kit by reverting back to a darker shade of red, in this case scarlet sage.
“We know our fans will be proud to represent our Club and the state of South Australia with this kit, but also the others that we will be releasing soon.”
Kite will feature on the front of the Liberty A-League kit for the first time after becoming the new Co-Major Partner of the Women’s team. Fans can now purchase the new 2022/23 home jersey at the Adelaide United Store in Hindmarsh and online via the Adelaide United Online Store.