West Adelaide Women's Football Club 2016 Grand Final
Premierships are hard to come by with many players never achieving the coveted holy grail of all the blood sweat and tears of a football season. This year is West Adelaide Women's fourth attempt in the five years since moving to their new home at West Adelaide Football Club City Mazda Stadium.
The club had success early with a Premiership in their first year under the guidance of WAFC's Football Manager Andrew Marks. Naomi Maidment took over as senior coach for the next three years and guided the team to two more grand final appearances in the past two years against Morphettville Park. Naomi successfully transitioned to SANFL coaching ranks as the first female appointed to a head coaching role of any SANFL club taking the reigns of the elite development squad of U16's.
In 2016 there have been a significant number of player changes with 11 of the current list having played less than 20 games and many in their first season of competitive football. It has been a great year to be around female football with so much happening on the national stage.
West Adelaide Women's Football club is fortunate to have amongst it's team several trail blazers of football in South Australia. Two of whom will celebrate their 250th game on Grand Final day.
Sarah Masiero (Maz) and Cass Hartley are both multiple premiership players, nine and ten respectively, multiple dutschke award winners having won the leagues Best and Fairest twice and Maz is a two time players player recipient. These two players in particular provide leadership and guidance to the younger players whilst remaining humble about their achievements.
Tara McDermott will also celebrate her 150th game on Grand Final day and will be chasing another premiership as she was a part of the successful 2012 campaign and has been with the club since moving to it's home at Westies. Tara also played in the 2009 state premiership team.
Our senior women's coach Brooke Copeland, who achieved her 100 game milestone this year, has lead the team with a methodical and calm approach to get the job done.
With great support from the West Adelaide Football Club, it's football department and access to the resources of the WAFC the women's team continue to develop a solid game plan and improve on their skills.
Congratulations to the whole team on a successful 2016 Division One campaign to make it to the 2016 grand final and good luck on Sunday.
The Grand Final will be played at Aldi Arena (Thebarton Oval ) Sunday 18th September at 2.30pm.
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