by Ben Gilby (23/4/23).
Above: Ella Lincoln, who scored a hat-trick for Perth SC in their win over Mandurah City. Photo: Fotoenzo.
The opening round of the Western Australia Women’s State Cup saw, as expected, all of the NPLW WA teams facing lower-ranked opposition run-out winners. Curtin University were the only top-tier side to fall as they lost their all-NPLW encounter with Subiaco. Hamersley Rovers will be the only non-NPLW side in the quarter-finals after winning their tie at Armadale.
Perth SC continued their powerful start to the 2023 campaign with a 12-0 win over Mandurah City. A hat trick from Ella Lincoln, braces from Abbey Meakins, Jaime Duncanson, and Matilda Böhm plus additional strikes from Sophia Papalia and Stella Zampogna contributed to the success. The NPLW WA leaders’ The Azzurri goalkeeper Rebecca Bennett subsequently extended her run of clean sheets to five in a row.
Hyundai NTC, who have made a strong start to the NPLW WA season, gained a 6-0 win over State League opponents UWA Nedlands. An Anna Powell hat-trick, plus strikes from Klaudia Houlis, Louise Tana, and Maya Archibald sealed the victory.
The all-NPLW WA clash between Curtin University and Subiaco went the way of the visitors who gained a 2-0 victory thanks to a brace from Dakota Van Vugt.
Murdoch University Melville gained a 4-0 win over Women’s League side Subiaco AFC thanks to goals from Charli Wainwright, Jessica Johnson, Nikita Strickling, and Sophie Meaden.
Balcatta Etna returned from Len Packham Park with a 3-1 win over Perth AFC. Kim McCartney, Lauren Continibali, and Tia Stonehill were on target for the NPLW WA side. Angela Cheaib scored for the hosts.
Hamersley Rovers won the only tie between two non-NPLW WA sides with an 8-0 win at Armadale SC. Christiane Åstorp hit five of her side’s goals with Brianna Patrick contributing two and Royan Norman the other.
Holders Perth RedStar gained a walkover victory against Port Kennedy, as did Fremantle City over Sorrento.