Women’s soccer: Beckenham Angels get season off to a flyer


Beckenham Angels had a strong start against East Fremantle.
Beckenham Angels had a strong start against East Fremantle.

IT was a goal feast for Beckenham Angels when it played the first ever official soccer matches to be played on synthetic turf in Perth last Sunday.

From the first goal to be scored on the ground, scored by Pippa Atthowe from the Under-15s team, to the last scored by Nell Clayton in the State Premier League, a total of 24 goals were scored by the Angels women and girls across five divisions.

Club president Paul Grove said it was a wonderful opportunity for the players to train and play on a state-of-the-art facility.

“Our aim is to encourage girls and women into soccer and we hope that more will be attracted to play in this marvellous space,” he said.

“We have girls aged from 11 to 17 as well as women’s teams playing at Mills Park and we always welcome new players.”

The State League Premier reserves comprehensively defeated East Fremantle 12-0, with a hat-trick to Monja Saetervik complemented by doubles to Eleanor Bates, Tayna Campos, and Ashyn Pedrotti, while keeper Amberley Igloi was barely troubled by an outclassed East Fremantle side.

In the feature match of the afternoon the Angels State Premier League team’s W League players Marianna Tabain (Melbourne City; a hat trick) and Shannon May (Perth Glory; one goal) dominated in the midfield allowing the Angels to score six unanswered goals.

Other scorers Shannon Wilson and Nell Clayton were backed up by a strong backline with outstanding efforts in particular from Jess Lindquist and Annique Keisler.

Games will be played at Mills Park on all weekends during the season with the State Premier League teams next hosting Balcatta on May 15.

Next week the Angels travel to Quinns.