Female football festival Gala Day success


It was a fun filled football affair as Westfield W-League players flocked the Female Football Festival Gala Day at Valentine Sports Park held last Saturday.

Teams from across Sydney Metro, Western NSW and also a team from Mid North Coast, participated in non-competitive matches across the day as players soaked in the fun and excitement of the world game.

Football NSW Game Development Manager Hayley Todd was delighted with the turn-up and promotion the festival achieved.

“The event was a huge success in highlighting the development of female players across the state and that not only was it the girls time to shine, it showed that the future was extremely bright for women’s football in the years to come.”

Football NSW Female Festival Football Gala Day Coordinator Andrew Fathers, reiterated how well received the day was.

“With the success of the weekend event, additional female only gala days would be looked at for 2016.”

The second highlight of the day, was when players from both Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers arrived at the venue to meet players, sign autographs and have photos taken.

Players from the PS4 NPL1 NSW Women’s competitions – Renee Rollason, Princess Ibini (Sydney FC) along with Michelle Carney (Golden Boot 2015), Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (2015 Goalkeeper of the Year) (Western Sydney Wanderers) were joined by Westfield Matildas World Cup and Sydney FC players Kyah Simon, Alana Kennedy, Nicola Bolger and Leena Khamis.

Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers were put through their paces in a light training session after the matches were completed.

Both coaches Dan Barrett (Sydney FC) and Norman Boardman (WSW) were impressed with the players which they saw during the morning and the event as a whole in promoting the women’s game.

Westfield Matildas Coach Alan Stajic was also impressed with event and was excited to see the development of the women’s game.

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