The weekly segment which takes you through what our players are doing during the Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League off-season.This allows you to follow how our players are performing for their NPL and overseas clubs while keeping you up-to-date with fixtures in case you’d like to go and watch them live.
The past two weekends Wanderers defender Kendall Johnson has played three warm-up games for her NWSL side Portland Thorns. Their first game was against University of Portland, her old college team and she played 90 minutes at left wing back and scored a right footed shot from inside the 18 yard box.
Kendall then headed to Arizona for a week of training where she played FC Tuscon and won 5-0 before playing 60 minutes against University of Arizona in a 6-0 win.
You can follow Kendall’s progress throughout the season on her blog which you can find right here.
Women’s Pre-Season Cup
The women’s Pre-Season Cup was played on the weekend with Illawarra Stingrays winning back-to-back titles defeating NWS Koalas 6-1. The three Wanderers players for Stingrays all got on the scoreboard with centre back Caitlin Cooper bagging a double and forwards Michelle Carney and Jordan Baker getting one each.
For Koalas, Hannah Beard, Helen Petinos and Jessica Seaman all played with Beard setting-up the only goal. Rhianna Pollicina did not play.
Men’s NPL 1
The South Coast Wolves saw Thomas Manos in goals in their 2-2 draw against Sutherland Sharks FC. Manos had great distribution, made many diving saves and even managed to push a volley from inside the box onto the cross bar. He also saved a shot from just outside the box that was heading into the top right corner which he managed to push around for a corner.
Richard Darko was still out injured over the weekend for Sydney United 58 with hopes that he will return to play soon.
Michael Trajkovski was very unlucky not to score for Sydney Olympic as they defeated Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-0. Trajkovski played a full match and even won a penalty for his team after being taken down in the box. He did not end up taking the penalty, but was later seen nutmegging two players away from the goal.
Anthony Schmidt played a full 90 minutes for Marconi Stallions and could have scored in the first half with a one-on-one just outside the 18-yard box. He made a significant impact in the second half, beating a player and sending a perfect cross that unluckily resulted in both shots on the receiving end being saved. The Stallions defeated APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC 3–1 at home.
Jordan Koton over the weekend with both Sydney United’s U20s and U18s. He had two great individual performances assisting with one goal and being involved with majority of the goals that were scored. He played a full match with the U18s who won 4-3 and 30 minutes with the U20s who had a 0-0 draw against Blacktown Spartans.
Blacktown City U18s defeated Parramatta FC 3-2 with Keanu Baccus playing the entire 90 minutes of the match.
Michael Trajkovski and Sydney Olympic will head to Lambert Park at 2pm on Monday 6 April to take on APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC.
Marconi Stallions will be taking on Rockdale City Suns away from home on Monday at 1pm with Anthony Schmidt expected to make a start.
Keanu Baccus will also be playing away from home when Blacktown City plays against Bonnyrigg White Eagles on Saturday 4 April 3.30pm at Bonnyrigg Sports Club.
Jordan Koton will be playing at home when Sydney United 58 takes on South Coast Wolves this Sunday 5 April at 11am. Thomas Manos will play first grade at 3pm.