Borroloola’s star puts pen to paper at Adelaide Reds
BORROLOOLA soccer export Shadeene Evans has added another achievement to her impressive playing resume by signing with ALeague club Adelaide United.
It will be the second time around for the 20year-old Marra woman, who made her ALeague Women’s debut with Sydney FC in January 2019, scoring her goal the following season against Melbourne Victory.
One of the first players selected in the John Moriarty Football program that focuses on talented Indigenous sportspeople, Evans is a member of the Future Matildas and has represented the Young Matildas on the playing arena.
“It means a lot to me to be playing for Adelaide United,” Evans said. “I’ve been training hard and can’t wait to get on the pitch with my new teammates and have a fantastic season.
“I’m proud as well of the special connection between Adelaide and my mentor, John Moriarty.
“I’m excited to be moving forward with my football career at a time when women’s football is growing so much around the world, especially in the lead-up to the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”
Adelaide United’s women’s head coach Adrian Stenta rates Evans as one of the most promising players in the country.
“She has some experience in the A-League Women competition before, as well as with the Young Matildas and will add quality to our final third,’’ Stenta said.
“We’re delighted to have her join the squad and I believe she can have a breakout year for us because of her determined mindset.”
JMF co-founder Moriarty, a Yanyuwa man, was the first indigenous footballer selected to play for Australia.
He recalls Evans training with his group as a 12-year-old when she played soccer barefoot on the school oval.
“Our coaches could immediately see she had natural talent and a love of the game,” he said. “Scouted by former Matildas coach, Alen Stajcic, Evans won her JMF scholarship to Sydney at 14 to study at Westfield’s Sports High School and undertake intensive football training and mentorship.
“She has worked hard to graduate from year 12 and play in the A-League Women, as well as serve as vice-captain of the Young Matildas.
“This is a perfect next step in Shay’s football career and we are immensely proud of her.”