Al­bany talent stars as UWA net ti­tle

Albany Extra - - Sport - Cameron New­bold

A group of Al­bany women have helped the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia claim the Foot­ball West Women’s Metro North Di­vi­sion 1 Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond year in a row.

In 2017, six Al­bany play­ers were part of the UWA women’s soc­cer team that were suc­cess­ful in winning the same cham­pi­onship.

A year later, the Al­bany rep­re­sen­ta­tion grew again as 10 play­ers from the re­gion joined forces to kick plenty of goals in the met­ro­pol­i­tan com­pe­ti­tion.

Cap­tained by Erin Roznoczny, the Al­bany flavour in­cluded Brigitte Mor­gan, Leah Dun­woodie and Keely Sharples, while the team added new­com­ers Jess Thomas, Lucy But­ler, Hay­ley Har­ris, Chloe Green, Eve Maslen and Eleny Bunn for their 2018 sea­son.

Coached by Judd Bo­gust and Rene LeMiere, the UWA side fin­ished with a nearly iden­ti­cal score­line to 2017 as they chalked up 15 wins, two draws and one loss. They col­lected 47 points to claim the league ti­tle, fin­ish­ing nine points clear of their near­est ri­val and with a whop­ping goal dif­fer­ence of +57.

Roznoczny said UWA’s team cul­ture was a big part of their suc­cess.

“The big­gest dif­fer­ence I no­ticed be­tween our team and the com­pe­ti­tion was the sports­man ship,” she said. “As soon as the op­po­si­tion started yelling at their team­mates, their de­fence would start to break down and we would make the most of it and score a few goals. We were lucky to have two very knowl­edge­able coaches but I also think our suc­cess has a lot to do with the en­vi­ron­ment we grew up in.

“Sport was a huge part of the cul­ture at Al­bany Se­nior High School, where most of our play­ers at­tended, and we’ve car­ried a lot of the prin­ci­ples we learnt with us.

“The girls are likely mov­ing into the State di­vi­sion next sea­son and I’m ex­cited to see how we go and I’d like to en­cour­age any play­ers mov­ing to Perth to get in touch.”

Mor­gan was recog­nised as the league’s sec­ond-lead­ing scorer in the golden boot award, one short of the win­ner. De­spite miss­ing seven games, the tal­ented striker net­ted 21 goals, the same amount as in 2017.

The side’s de­fence was also a high­light, con­ced­ing 15 goals in 18 games on their way to glory.

Bo­gust said it was re­mark­able to have such a big group of play­ers from one city play­ing to­gether so far from home.

“To have so many peo­ple from Al­bany is pretty im­pres­sive,” he said. “They can all play and are smart, tal­ented ladies.

“We are very for­tu­nate that Leah, Erin and Brigitte keep bring­ing in all their friends.

“At one point, our whole mid­field was Al­bany play­ers — that was pretty cool.”

The UWA women’s team af­ter winning the Foot­ball West Women’s Metro North Di­vi­sion 1 Cham­pi­onship.

The UWA women’s soc­cer team cel­e­brate ti­tle glory.

Al­bany play­ers Erin Roznoczny, Alexan­dra Lyons, Tia Evers, Lucy But­ler, Leah Dun­woodie, Keely Sharples, Brigitte Mor­gan and Jess Thomas.

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