Ashfield Reserve to become football hub for Perth Glory W-League.

Head coach Bobby Despotovski, star striker Samantha Kerr and Bassendean Mayor John Gangell. The team is away against Melbourne Victory on October 17.        Picture: David Baylis d443474
Head coach Bobby Despotovski, star striker Samantha Kerr and Bassendean Mayor John Gangell. The team is away against Melbourne Victory on October 17.        Picture: David Baylis d443474

BASSENDEAN Mayor John Gangell would like to make Ashfield Reserve a football hub after he announced last month the Town would be home to the Perth Glory Women’s side.

The W-League side will call the reserve home and host several games throughout the season at the popular reserve.

Councillor Gangell said he was delighted to have the women’s team become a part of the town’s sporting culture.

“It’s fantastic and what it does is take a statewide competition and bring it to our town,” Cr Gangell said.

“The Perth Glory is a well-known brand and institution and it’s just fantastic to have the league team of the women playing in our town.

“It’s going to bring a lot of excitement and great atmosphere to our community.”

Striker Samantha Kerr was named the captain of the women’s team at the Perth Glory season 2015-16 launch last Friday.

Kerr said it was an honour to lead the girls, many who she had played with since she was 15.

“For 90 minutes you forget about everything else and play with your friends,” she said.

Having lost last year’s grand final, Kerr, who will play alongside Matildas Mackenzie Arnold, Kim Carroll and Caitlin Foord, said she was excited to be back in Perth and playing under new coach Bobby Despotovski.

“It’s an exciting time any time you have a new coach; it’s a new experience, it’s a new challenge,” she said. “It’s exciting for the girls and hopefully we can build on last year and go one further.”

Cr Gangell added her was looking forward to catching the women during their home games.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them play on their home turf in wonderful Ashfield and the Town of Bassendean, so I’m very excited and will definitely be down at a lot of the games,” he said.