Meet Bryleeh Henry: The new 18y.o. Matilda who ‘terrorises defences’

Earning a surprise call-up to the Matildas' squad for friendlies against Brazil, 18-year-old Bryleeh Henry’s is emblematic of the opportunities a home World Cup is providing. Now, the Penrith local has the rare chance to earn her international debut in front of family and friends in her home stadium and target bigger things to come. … Continue reading Meet Bryleeh Henry: The new 18y.o. Matilda who ‘terrorises defences’

Australian top-flight set for a radical overhaul: A-League Men, A-League Women

Australia's professional football leagues will undergo a major change heading into the 2021-22 season, with the competitions unified under a new "A-Leagues" banner to be formally unveiled by league administrators, the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) on Wednesday. The W-League will become the A-League Women (ALW), while the A-League will officially become known as the A-League … Continue reading Australian top-flight set for a radical overhaul: A-League Men, A-League Women

Fear, loathing and waiting for Western United’s stadium

Last week, A-League club Western United made two announcements that were simultaneously unrelated and intrinsically tied. The latter of the two represented a club attempting to find a "least bad" option available that, nonetheless, kicked off a firestorm. The former, in hindsight, served as a reminder that the coming controversy was entirely of United's creation. … Continue reading Fear, loathing and waiting for Western United’s stadium

Soil set to be turned at site of Western United’s proposed stadium

A small, but tangible, step on the road to Western United’s elusive stadium apears set to be made next month, with the announcement that early works on the proposed venue’s site are set to commence.  In a Wednesday afternoon release, Western Melbourne Group (WMG) -- United's parent company -- announced that construction of haul roads … Continue reading Soil set to be turned at site of Western United’s proposed stadium

Rebekah Stott rejoins Melbourne City as she continues recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Rebekah Stott's remarkable comeback from Hodgkin's lymphoma has reached another major milestone with the defender signing a one-year contract to join Melbourne City for the coming W-League season. Full story published for ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-w-league/story/4456173/rebekah-stott-rejoins-melbourne-city-as-she-continues-recovery-from-hodgkins-lymphoma

The quest to re-establish Melbourne Victory as A-League ‘benchmark’

If the adage "the bigger they are, the harder the fall" rings true, then no side in #ALeague history has had as spectacular a fall as Melbourne Victory. In their words, how Tony Popovic and John Didulica want to re-establish the league "benchmark". Full story published for ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/melbourne-victory/story/4447345/the-quest-to-re-establish-melbourne-victory-as-a-league-benchmark https://twitter.com/joeylynchy/status/1425002536503701506?s=20 https://twitter.com/joeylynchy/status/1425015796053331969?s=20

W-League set to feature Western United, Wellington Phoenix in expanded competition next season

Seeking to capitalise on the "halo effect" of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, ESPN can reveal that Western United and Wellington Phoenix loom as favourites for inclusion in a potential 11-team W-League for the 2021-22 season. Full story published for ESPN: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-w-league/story/4427431/w-league-set-to-feature-western-unitedwellington-phoenix-in-expanded-competition-next-season

Matildas recall just reward for Chidiac ahead of Japan move

Full story originally published for SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/matildas-recall-just-reward-for-chidiac-ahead-of-japan-move Soon to be playing with the “technical wizards” of the newly launched WE League, Alex Chidiac has overcome the imposter syndrome that accompanied previous national team call-ups after being forced to take the long road back to the Matildas. Recently arriving into camp as part … Continue reading Matildas recall just reward for Chidiac ahead of Japan move