Norfolk Weekly Wrap

Impetus‘ Darrell Allen provides his weekly round-up of all the women’s football action in Norfolk (27/9/22).

Above: Katie Knights (grey kit) in action for Norwich City at Watford. Photo: Norwich City Women FC.

FA Women’s National League Cup

Sunday marked the Determining Round stage of the FA Women’s National League Cup.

Tier Four Norwich City suffered their first defeat anywhere this season as they were comprehensively beaten 6-0 away to a very strong Watford side who were playing Championship football last season. Watford captain, Wales international legend Helen Ward scored a hat-trick and the other three goals were scored by Ellie Head, Nicola Gibson, and Flo Fyfe.

Wymondham Town’s tie at Chesham United was postponed and the game was awarded to Chesham as a home walkover.

Eastern Region Premier Division

Above: Wroxham’s Lauren Bullard reaches for the ball against Bedford. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos.

It was a fantastic day for Norfolk teams in the Tier Five Eastern Region Premier Division.

After two consecutive defeats, Wroxham stormed back by beating Bedford Town 5-1 at Trafford Park. Zara Carroll gave Bedford a surprise lead within the opening minute but then the Yachtswomen shined.

Captain Jess Horn headed home a Holly Walker cross to get Wroxham level before two quick fire goals from Holly Connell and new signing Hannah Waters on her debut gave the hosts a comfortable 3-1 lead at half time.

Lauren Bullard, back in the team after missing the two consecutive defeats scored on 50 minutes before Keela Olive rounded off the scoring to give Wroxham an outstanding 5-1 win.

This was a big win for Joe Simpson’s team, and a landmark day with Lauren Bullard back in the side and scoring. When Bullard has played this season Wroxham have won both times with the opposite occurring when she hasn’t. Bullard is a key player at this level who will only get better as the season goes on.

It was also a good day for King’s Lynn Town as they picked up a superb point in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Haringey Borough. The game played at Coles Park, always a long and challenging away assignment for any Norfolk team, was goalless at the break but sprang into life in the second half. 

Tori Campbell opened the scoring for Haringey before  the visitors’ captain Jodie Hopkins levelled it up with a stunning effort from distance. King’s Lynn then took the lead with a penalty through Tilly Sands. Campbell got her second of the afternoon in injury time to get Haringey Borough a share of the spoils.

Above: Jodie Hopkins, scorer of King’s Lynn Town’s opening goal. Photo: Richard Brown.

Eastern Region Division One North 

In Tier Six, Fakenham Town were beaten 6-2 at home by Biggleswade United. 

A brace from Halie Richards, plus further strikes from Kayleigh Gray, Nicola Henman, Tashai Simms, and Tayla Murray were enough to give Biggleswade the victory. The hosts’ goals came from Megan Spurrell and Shelley Woods.

Fakenham are still without a point this season but encouragement remains in performances, especially a fantastic goalkeeping display in this game from Ciah-Lilly Rudkin and belief that results are not far away is still very much alive at Clipbush Park.

Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One 

After not playing on the opening day, Mulbarton Wanderers started their season as they mean to go on with an emphatic 7-0 home success over Stalham Town. Melissa Belsey scored a brace with other goals by Laura Hedtke, Ellie Hunter, Rebekah Lake, Rachael Wall, and Charlotte Groves.

Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers maintained their 100% start with a 4-1 home win over Beccles Town. A Betty Booker brace was the highlight with other goals from Bethan Taylor and captain Calista Tink. The Beccles goal was scored by Elisha Bower.

In the game of the day, Long Stratton and Thetford Town shared the points in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Manor Road. Thetford Town goalkeeper Amber Browne heroically saved a Long Stratton penalty from Samantha Walker before Laura Martins scored twice in quick succession to give Thetford a 2-0 halftime lead, the second of which was a stunner from 30 yards.

Long Stratton, determined to get something for their captain Samantha Walker who they lost in the third minute of the game to a fractured elbow, rescued a point thanks to a brace in the second half from Luci Middleton who has eight goals in two games after her double hat trick against Stalham on the opening day last week. 

In the day’s final game in tier seven, Bungay Town recorded an impressive 3-1 away win at newly promoted Caister. A Lauren Goulder brace and a Porsha Renwick strike was enough to get Bungay the victory. Ellie Hills scored for Caister. 

After this game, albeit unconnected to the result, Caister manager Sophie Gillett announced she would be stepping down to take time for herself and her personal life. Gillett leaves a wonderful team and great foundations for the next chapter in Caister history. 

Norfolk Women and Girls League Division Two 

Above: Action from KLSC against Thorpe St. Andrew. Photo: Thorpe St. Andrew Women.

In Tier Eight, Aylsham made it two wins from two with a 5-0 victory over FC Viking Valkyries with a brace from Sophie Lubbock and other goals from Hannah Claughton, Captain Jordan Arnoup and Sophie-Jayne O’Connor.

Blofield United won 8-0 at Thetford Bulldogs thanks to four goals from Bailey Duffield, a brace from Lucy Schug and further goals from Scarlett Royden and Lola Hallam.

Shrublands got their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Freethorpe thanks to goals from Rachel Adams and Brianne Dyer, Eden Simmonds with the goal for Freethorpe. 

King’s Lynn Soccer Club beat Thorpe St. Andrew 6-1 with braces from Chloe Edwards and Jordan Turner plus other goals from Kelsey Ramm and Trinity Tokaji. Jennifer Brown with the goal for Thorpe St. Andrew.

Mulbarton Wanderers Reserves beat Horsford 5-0, Megan Anderton hit two with strikes from Natalie Merry plus Lucy Kean and a own goal securing the points. 

In this week’s final game, Gorleston won 8-1 at North Walsham Town,  A brace each from Megan Bartlett, Sienna Saunders and Joana Patricia da Cunha Teixeira, plus goals from Kelsi Adams and Nyah White gave Gorleston a brilliant away day success with Kiera Brown getting the goal for North Walsham.

Legend Barbieri Returns For Melbourne City

Impetus’ Ben Gilby hears from Melissa Barbieri and Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic as the goalkeeper comes back for a 26th year (27/9/22).

Above: The legend returns again – Melissa Barbieri at Melbourne City. Artwork: Melbourne City.

Melbourne City announced today that Melissa Barbieri will once again return to the club as a playing Assistant Coach for the 2022/23 A-League Women’s season. 

Barbieri will enter her 26th year as a professional footballer, continuing a career that has seen her lead the Matildas to Olympics and World Cup campaigns amongst numerous personal and team accolades. 

Injury saw Barbieri thrust into the role of City’s number one goalkeeper at the start of last season, a spot that she grabbed with both hands and held onto tightly. 

She would prove that age is nothing but a number, ending the season voted by her peers into the PFA Team of the Season.  Barbieri has now made a total of 92 A-League Women’s appearances, with 20 of those coming after first joining City in 2017. 

Head Coach Rado Vidosic said it was “fantastic” to have Barbieri once again returning to the club. 

Above: Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic is understandably delighted to have Melissa Barbieri back for another season. Photo: Melbourne City.

“The experience and leadership she brings to our group is invaluable and she’s really just a great person to have involved as part of our program,” Vidosic said. 

“She clearly showed last season that she can still contribute to a very high level on the pitch when called upon, so we expect her to again challenge to be our number one goalkeeper this season.” 

Barbieri described City as her ‘home’ and said there was never any doubt in her mind that she wanted to be back for season 2022/23. 

“A professional environment with good people who make working hard easy is what keeps me coming back,” Barbieri said. 

“Helping to add silverware to the trophy cabinet is a big motivating factor for me, and I’m excited to see the group grow from 2021/22 and the disappointment we felt after not coming away with any trophies.” 

When asked about the season being extended, Barbieri said she was “very excited” about the prospect of playing more.  As a goalkeeper, you’re never guaranteed games, but reaching 100 (currently 92 total ALW appearances) is a big goal of mine coming into the new season.” 

Confirmed 2022/23 Squad: Melissa BARBIERI, Chelsea BLISSETT, Emma CHECKER, Naomi CHINNAMA, Leah DAVIDSON, Bryleeh HENRY, Darcey MALONE, Leticia McKENNA, Holly McNAMARA*, Rhianna POLLICINA, Kaitlyn TORPEY, Tori TUMETH*

Tori Tumeth and Holly McNamara currently recovering from ACL injuries.

Consistency The Key In Gustavsson’s Latest Selection

27/9/22

Above: The Matildas gather together once more ahead of two friendlies in the coming weeks. Photo: Football Australia.

A 23-player Matildas squad has been named to take on South Africa and Denmark for two international friendlies in London and Viborg, respectively.   

Australia will host a ‘home’ match against the reigning Women’s African Cup of Nations champions on Saturday, 8 October at an as yet-to-be-confirmed venue with a local kick-off time of 12.30pm, before jetting to Midtjylland for a clash with Denmark on Tuesday, 11 October 2022 (kick off 6.00pm local). 

Forwards Kyah Simon and Hayley Raso are available for the roster after injury and rehab saw them miss the series against Canada, as consistency is the theme with 21 players featuring in the last assembly.  However, defender Alanna Kennedy has been ruled out due to injury, while midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight continues to be monitored upon her return from long-term recovery. 

Above: Hayley Raso’s return is a boost for the Matildas. Photo: Football Australia.

With two matches in Europe, all but two members of the roster ply their club trade in Europe or the United States including nine in the Barclays Women’s Super League. 

Head coach Tony Gustavsson said: “With only four international windows until the World Cup, every match has meaning, and every training camp is vital for us to continue building understanding and chemistry in our game plan.

“Maintaining the core of the squad is still our focus but unfortunately, there are still a couple players that we will make a call on once we have further medical updates closer to the camp. 

“Last window we saw encouraging periods of how we want to play as a team, and we hope to have more players available for this window to give us the opportunity to get the consistency we are working towards. We understand the task ahead of us as a team to prepare for the World Cup and we are all committed to keep progressing every window.” 

Australia Squad:

Name Position Club Caps (goals) 
Mackenzie ARNOLDGoalkeeper West Ham United 29 (0) 
Steph CATLEY Back Arsenal WFC 102 (3) 
Alex CHIDIAC Midfielder Racing Louisville FC 19 (1) 
Kyra COONEY-CROSS Midfielder Hammarby IF 18 (0) 
Larissa CRUMMER Forward Brisbane Roar 26 (4) 
Caitlin FOORD Forward Arsenal WFC 102 (22) 
Mary FOWLER Forward Manchester City 28 (8) 
Emily GIELNIK Forward Aston Villa 55 (11) 
Katrina GORRY Midfielder Vittsjö GIK 83 (15) 
Charlotte GRANT Back Vittsjö GIK on loan from FC Rosengård 8 (0) 
Sam KERR Forward Chelsea WFC 112 (59) 
Chloe LOGARZO Midfielder Kansas City Current 54 (8) 
Aivi LUIK Back BK Hacken 38 (1) 
Teagan MICAH Goalkeeper FC Rosengård 10 (0) 
Courtney NEVIN Back Hammarby IF 13 (0) 
Clare POLKINGHORNE Back Vittsjö GIK 146 (12) 
Hayley RASOForwardManchester City62 (9)
Kyah SIMONForwardTottenham Hotspur111 (29)
Emily VAN EGMOND Midfielder San Diego Wave  121 (30) 
Cortnee VINE Forward Sydney FC6 (0) 
Clare WHEELER Midfielder Everton WFC11 (0) 
Lydia WILLIAMS Goalkeeper Paris Saint-Germain 102 (0) 
Tameka YALLOP Midfielder Brann 108 (12) 

Wiegman Hands Chances To Parker & Park As Euros Pair Return

27/9/22

Above: Chloe Kelly, seen here after her winning goal in the European Championship Final, is back in the squad for the first time since the summer. Photo: Lionesses.

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has announced her squad for forthcoming games against World champions the United States and the Czech Republic next month.

Euro winners Fran Kirby and Chloe Kelly are back in the fold after missing last month’s final FIFA World Cup qualifiers through injury, while there are first senior call-ups for West Ham United’s Lucy Parker and Jess Park who is on loan at Everton. Manchester City’s Esme Morgan – yet to make her senior international debut – returns to the squad following her call-up in September 2021, which she missed due to injury.

The Lionesses are returning to two venues that were the backdrop for major moments in the summer success. Firstly, the US will be welcomed to a sold-out Wembley Stadium, the scene of the memorable July final when a 2-1 victory against Germany clinched the trophy, on Friday 7 October.

Above: Jess Park, currently on loan Everton, gets her first call-up for England. Photo: James Gill.

Then, the Czechs will travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday 11th October, with England having played two significant Euros matches at the south-coast stadium – winning 8-0 against Norway in the group stage and defeating Spain 2-1 after extra time in the quarter-finals.

Reflecting on her selection, Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman said: “Our focus is now firmly on the FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer, all of our time together is vitally important and this is an opportunity for those selected to apply themselves to the best of their ability on and off the pitch.

“The challenge of facing the world champions is one we look forward to and it is another tough fixture to measure our progress as we look to continue to make the next step forward. We are so excited to be able to go back to Wembley after our incredible experience in July.

Above: Lucy Parker – a first call-up for the West Ham United player. Photo: West Ham United Women.

“It will be a special evening and a great celebration for our fans, but we also know it will be a challenging game against very strong opposition. We are working hard towards next summer and this will help us understand where we are in our preparation.

“It would also be wrong to underestimate how good the Czech team is with our next match. We saw them draw 0-0 away to the US earlier this year and they drew twice with the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying.

“As it will be at Wembley, we want to be able to say ‘thank you’ to the fans at Brighton. They were such a special part of what we all achieved and we will always have good memories of the stadium. They created a brilliant atmosphere that helped inspire us on the pitch.”

Above: There’s a return to the Lionesses set up for Fran Kirby after she missed the final two World Cup qualifiers this month. Photo: Lionesses.

The US date has an extra significance with The FA marking 50 years since the first-ever Lionesses match on 18 November 1972. More than one hundred former players from across the years are expected to be in attendance as guests of The FA while many of those who appeared in that maiden match, a 3-2 win away to Scotland, will be involved in the pre-game ceremony.

England Squad:

Goalkeepers: Ellie Roebuck, Mary Earps, Sandy McIver.

Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Esme Morgan, Lucy Parker, Demi Stokes, Leah Williamson.

Midfielders: Fran Kirby, Jess Park, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, Katie Zelem.

Strikers: Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly, Lauren James, Beth Mead, Alessia Russo, Ebony Salmon.

Hincks Hits Hat-Trick As Dons Down Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town 2-4 AFC Wimbledon

by George Jones (AFC Wimbledon Women) 26/9/22

Above: AFC Wimbledon hat-trick hero Ashlee Hincks in action at Cheltenham Town yesterday. Photo: Glyn Roberts.

A dominant display got the Dons off to the perfect start in their FAWNL Cup campaign with victory away to higher league opposition with Ashlee Hincks continuing her hot streak in front of goal.

Last season’s top scorer hit the jackpot again with a stunning treble as AFC Wimbledon earned an impressive 4-2 win at Cheltenham Town from the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier on Sunday.

There was an ideal start for the Dons as Ellie Dorey gave them the lead inside the opening five minutes. This set the tone as the visitors set out to dominate the game against a team doing well in a higher division.

However, Cheltenham hit back to level when Izzy Crook’s cross was fired home by Emma Congrave to score against the run of play on the 20-minute mark. However, Wimbledon edged themselves back ahead as Hincks continued her fine form with half an hour gone.

The Dons still needed goalkeeper Lauren Allen to produce a number of fine saves in the final stages of the first half to ensure that they went into the break ahead. The second half started with Cheltenham coming out with a point to prove as they dominated the opening 10 minutes However, the cutting edge came from the Dons once again as Hincks once again showed her finishing prowess with a fine finish.

Cheltenham refused to give up though and Lauren Allen was forced into saves on multiple occasions. On the hour mark, Mia Lockett was taken out inside the penalty area, resulting in Hincks completing her hat-trick from 12 yards. Despite a late consolation goal for Cheltenham as Maisy Collis netted.

This was a dominant display from the Dons, comprehensively defeating a team currently sitting seventh in the division above.

Speaking after the game, Dons coach Andy May said: “It’s a really pleasing result as we came up against a team from a higher level. We tweaked the formation to a 3-5-2, so we’re really happy with the outcome.”

The Dons are back in action on Sunday at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, Plough Lane with a 2.00 pm kick-off against Wymondham Town in the FA Women’s National League Division One South-East.

The AFC Wimbledon online ticket page is selling tickets for that game now with prices at £5 for adults, free for Under-18s.

Teams: CHELTENHAM TOWN: Hannam, Jones, Finch, Barbour-Gresham, Congrave, Taylor, Cook, Asker, Collis, Beck-Esson, Newns. Substitutes: Watson, Fallon, Wathan, Butcher, Nolan.

Scorers: Congrave 18′, Collis 84′.

AFC WIMBLEDON: Allen, Highman, Brooks, Billingham, Sampson, Mann (Oliver), Donovan, Bath, Dorey (Russell), Hincks, Lockett (Gardner).

Scorers: Dorey 5′. Hincks 21′, 54′, pen 60′.

Scottish Weekend Review

Tom Freeman provides a round-up of all the action beneath the top two tiers of the Scottish game (26/9/22).

Above: Lots to celebrate for Renfrew after they won the battle between two of the Championship’s top sides at Rossvale. Photo: Eddie McDowell.

Giffnock, Westdyke, FC Edinburgh, and Edinburgh Caledonia have progressed in the Championship and League One Cup after recording victories in the first round.

Giffnock beat Airdrie Ladies at home 4-1, Westdyke won 4-0 at Gleniffer Thistle, FC Edinburgh saw off St. Mirren at Meadowbank and Edinburgh Caledonia beat BSC Glasgow 3-0 at Meggetland.

The sides will now face Grampian Ladies, Dundee West, Morton, and Inverness Caledonian Thistle in round two respectively.

In the battle for the top of the Women’s Championship, Renfrew Ladies claimed the initiative with a hugely impressive 5-0 victory against Rossvale in Glasgow, putting the Lanarkshire club clear ahead in the table for the first time this season.

Above: Iona MacArthur, who netted for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in only her second senior start as they went down 2-1 to Livingston. Photo: ICTWFC.

In a hard-fought match in the Highlands, Livingston beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-2 with goals from Mason, Hendry, and Dodds.

Jacqui Seagrave rescued a point for Morton with a late equaliser to make it 3-3 against a Dryburgh Athletic side who had looked in control for much of the game.

And Ayr United capitalised on Hutchison Vale losing a player to a red card to run out 5-2 winners at Oriam, with captain Clare Docherty grabbing a first-half brace after the sides had traded penalties, and Taysum also grabbing a brace in the second half. 

In the day’s only Women’s League One fixture, Jude Connolly secured an impressive 3 points on the road for Stenhousemuir with a brace against a Grampian Ladies team with a formidable home record, her second goal coming after Sarah Stout had levelled for Grampian.

The View From France

Jean-Pierre Thiesset summarizes the third round of 2022-2023 D1 Arkema season (26/9/22).

Above: Paris St. Germain’s Matilda, Lydia Williams, saw her team involved in a tough tussle with Fleury. Photo: LydsAussie.

Paris FC at home won 1-0 against Le Havre. Le Havre, promoted this season to D1, exerted a lot of pressure and played by sending high balls aimed above the Paris FC defence. Le Havre’s pressure caused a lot of problems to Paris FC, who finished third in D1 Arkema last season. The hosts had to wait until the very end of the first half to score the only goal of the day. Goal for Paris FC from Louise Fleury (45+2).

Paris Saint-Germain won 2-1 at home against Fleury. Fleury played without two of their key players, captain Léa Le Garrec, and top scorer Rosemonde Kouassi, due to their red cards last time out. Still, Fabrice Abriel, Fleury’s coach, played with a 4-2-3-1 formation and as his players followed his directives with discipline. The visitors put a lot of pressure on the Paris SG players, which was emphasised by them taking the lead after 16 minutes. Fleury players showed great technical maturity. However, Paris SG dominated this game with more than 70% of ball possession and equalised at the end of first half. The second half was almost an attack against defence as the hosts pushed to score. Fleury almost obtained a draw with their outstanding defense, but Paris SG scored at the very end of the game. It was not a very reassuring match for the hosts ahead of their return leg Champions League tie at BK Häcken, whom they only hold a one-goal lead after the first leg.

To make matters worse for PSG, central defender Paulina Dudek left the pitch at the 54th-minute mark with injury and may not be available for the Champions League game. For the visitors, Chantelle Swaby, Fleury defender, entered at the 71st minute for her first game in D1 Arkema. She is an American-born Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a midfielder. She is 24-years-old. Goal for Fleury from Batcheba Louis (16). Goals for Paris SG from Grace Geyoro (38), Kadidiatou Diani (90+1).

Dijon won away from home 1-0 against Guingamp. In an equal game, Dijon was a little bit more efficient than Guingamp. They even kept their lead when there were down to 10 players after Cecilie Sandvej received a red card at the 71st minute. Goal for Dijon from Madeline Roth (50).

Soyaux won 2-0 at home against Rodez. Another even game in which Soyaux were more efficient to score despite the fact that Rodez had eight corners. Goals for Soyaux from Camille Collin (7), Jessy Roux (38).

Reims won 1-0 away from home against Bordeaux. Bordeaux slightly dominated this game but Reims with this serious game scored during the first half. Goal for Reims from Kethna Louis (35).

Olympique Lyonnais won 3-1 at Montpellier. It was the first big challenge for Lyon in D1 Arkema this season, and it proved to be a very good game between two excellent teams. For this game, Sonia Bompastor, Lyon’s coach, returned to a 4-3-3 formation that suited her players. Montpellier could have scored within two minutes of the game, but Janice Cayman made an outstanding defensive tackle. Montpellier caused a lot of problems in the midfield during the first 30 minutes. Matters switched in the favour of the visitors as Then Lindsey Horan scored with a header from a great free kick delivered by Selma Bacha after 33 minutes From there, Lyon started to take over and reconquer the midfield. Bacha delivered an outstanding performance once more, and was named player of the match for Lyon. Her statistics (recorded by Jean-Pierre Thiesset during the game) are: 64 balls played, 36 passes with 83% successful, 10 crosses, one shot, eight balls won, two decisive passes (33rd minute a free kick for Lindsey Horan, 83rd minute pass for Daniëlle Van de Donk). Montpellier’s striker Nérilia Mondésir was excellent in defeat. Goals for Lyon from Lindsey Horan (33), Eugénie Le Sommer (71), Daniëlle Van de Donk (83). Goal for Montpellier from Faustine Robert (74 penalty).

ParaMatildas Stars Honoured At Para Football Awards

Impetus’ Ben Gilby brings us all the news from the Australian Para Football Awards in the women’s categories (25/9/22).

Above: Katelyn Smith displays her Player of the Year Award today. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia.

Goalkeeper Katelyn Smith was named Player of the Year at the 2022 Annual Para Football Awards held at the Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast. 

A Perth native, Smith collected another piece of history on the night as she claimed the inaugural CommBank ParaMatildas Player of the Year title.  Imperious for the women’s national team in their first IFCPF Women’s World Cup campaign, Smith was awarded the Goalkeeper of the Tournament following the team’s silver medal-winning run. The 26-year-old also claimed the women’s Golden Glove for 2022 to join her trophy from the World Cup.

Above: Rae Anderson – Rookie of the Year. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia.

Rae Anderson was awarded the Rookie of the Year honour, after her performances in the World Cup.

Eloise Northam took out the Goal of the Year Award for her sensational strike against the USA.

Above: Eloise Northam – a worthy winner of the Goal of the Year Award. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia.

The final awards of the night were presented by former Paralympian Kurt Fearnley as he announced the Undefeated Champions for 2022. This category acknowledges and celebrates those players who have demonstrated their “undefeated” spirit both on and off the pitch. Tahlia Blanshard collected the award for the tireless and selfless promotion of her team and as a powerful disability advocate. Her consistent efforts across social media and through public forums have helped shape conversations, break down barriers, and show the next generation that anything is possible.

Above: Tahlia Blanchard – the Undefeated Champion of 2022. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Football Australia.

Impetus carried out interviews with a number of the award winners during the IFCPF World Cup – they can be read by clicking on these links:

Tahlia Blanchard: Driven By The Dreams:

https://impetusfootball.org/2022/05/30/tahlia-blanshard-driven-by-the-dreams/

Katelyn Smith: Living The Dream At The World Cup:

https://impetusfootball.org/2022/05/13/katelyn-smith-living-the-dream-at-the-world-cup/

Jets Announce Capture of Teigen Allen

Impetus’ Ben Gilby hears from newly arrived Newcastle Jets defender Teigen Allen and head coach Ash Wilson (25/9/22).

Artwork: Newcastle Jets.

Newcastle Jets are excited to announce the signing of Matildas defender Teigen Allen who joins the club after playing at Western Sydney Wanderers last season.

Allen joins the Jets to bolster Ash Wilson’s defensive stocks and the Jets manager is delighted to have secured her signature.

“Teigen is a versatile and solid defender who will bring a wealth of experience into this squad. She is a true competitor and has a strong winning mentality which is something I admire. She is someone who will work hard for the team and will set high expectations of herself and others and lead by example.

Above: Teigen Allen in action for Australia against Argentina in 2019. Photo: Michael Dodge.

“Teigen’s attitude, work ethic, technical ability as well as her defensive knowledge were key contributors to her signing but in addition to this, she is a good person who I think reflects so many of the values we represent here in Newcastle and I am looking forward to working with her.”

Allen is excited for the new season and is eager to link up with her new teammates.

“I’m looking forward to the season ahead. I will challenge myself on and off the field which will allow me to put myself in the best physical position for the team ahead of the new season. I’m looking to bring my experience in this league and I want to pass on that as well as my knowledge of the game to younger generations and to be a good role model that they can look up to.”

City Looking To Kickstart Season At Chelsea

Impetus’ Jonathan Stack was in Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor‘s media conference for us yesterday, and there was certainly no panic after his team’s tough summer and start to the season (24/9/22).

Above: Gareth Taylor speaks to the media ahead of tomorrow’s huge game at Chelsea. Photo: Manchester City FC.

Manchester City are looking to get their season up and running this weekend with head coach Gareth Taylor looking for a much-improved performance in the big WSL clash at Kingsmeadow against Chelsea tomorrow.

In what was already a difficult summer with big players leaving to pastures new and players hanging up their boots, trying to fill in the gaps proved to be quite the task. City are already facing an uphill battle after losing to Aston Villa 4-3 at Villa Park last Sunday. Things don’t get any easier with a trip to the Champions of England who themselves suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to newly promoted Liverpool at Prenton Park last week.

These two teams who finished first and third last season, as well as contesting a superb high-quality FA Cup Final, would not have been expecting to start the season on the back foot, but with both teams suffering opening day defeats, this match now proves to be massive.

Above: After a difficult few months, Manchester City players need to re-set ahead of tomorrow’s test at Chelsea. Photo: Manchester City FC.

City manager Taylor gave his thoughts on both team’s opening day reverses saying: “I wasn’t surprised that Liverpool got something out of the game (against Chelsea). We played them in pre-season and they’re a tough outfit. Same with Aston Villa, a completely different team from last season, lots of changes, and when those players play well, anyone can beat anyone.

“There’s no change in that respect. For us, we know it’s going to be a really tough game, it’s their first home game but we’re looking forward to the challenge. We’ll hopefully show a better version of ourselves without the ball this time. Regardless of the team we pick, we’re expecting a good level and will try to make it difficult for Chelsea on their own patch but also show our best version with the ball.”

Australian international Alanna Kennedy could be in contention to feature this weekend after picking up a thigh injury on international duty against Canada earlier this month. Taylor provided an update on the defender saying: “There’s a couple of players who are being monitored closely, but nothing too different to what we had last week. Alanna should be in a better place, she wasn’t able to make the bench last week, so we think she’ll be back in contention, hopefully after another training session.

“But there has been no real change from last weekend (in terms of availability), so pretty good. We’ve got good options. When you have them, it gives you a bit of a selection headache, the players are probably aware that, although we didn’t get off on the right foot last week, there were some elements of our play that were quite good.”

Chelsea v Manchester City, at Kingsmeadow tomorrow, 4pm kick-off local time.

This article is one of three this weekend previewing tomorrow’s big game at Kingsmeadow. The first was Kieran Yap‘s reflections from Chelsea boss Emma Hayes‘ media conference yesterday: https://impetusfootball.org/2022/09/23/emma-hayes-previews-chelseas-huge-clash-with-city/

Second was Jonathan Tay‘s profile and analysis of City’s new teenage superstar signing Mary Fowler: https://impetusfootball.org/2022/09/24/matildas-in-the-wsl-harder-better-fowler-stronger/