Soccer: Bassendean Caledonians hoping to strengthen squad ahead of Premier League bow


Bassendean Caledonians competing earlier this year.
Bassendean Caledonians competing earlier this year.

BASSENDEAN Caledonians Football Club has set its sights on strengthening its squad ahead of the club’s first season in the Women’s Premier League.

Caledonians’ first team won the State League Division 1 competition and its reserves came second.

Player-coaches Kelly Jarden and Paula Hooper were in charge of the first and reserves sides respectively.

Jarden, who also plays in the first team, said the club would be holding trials for young players on December 6 and 8.

“We are obviously hoping to retain our current squad who have done so outstandingly well this season; but we are not resting on our laurels and we are always looking to strengthen the squad and particularly with younger players,” she said.

“The club is looking to develop our youth girls’ teams as this is essential for the longevity of the state squad.”

Jarden said the club wanted to recruit goalkeepers to provide depth in the squad.

“Paula is an experienced goalkeeper and coaches herself and as such we will be looking to find some keepers who Paula can work with and train up,” she said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young keepers to come and develop their game.”

Despite the success of this season, Jarden said her side needed to be realistic in its goals.

“We want to continue to build and develop the squad and working on continuing to play the exciting brand of football we have done throughout this season,” she said.

“It’s going to be tough but our goal for our rookie season in the Premier League would be for a mid-table finish for both the first and reserves teams.”

She said improving fitness levels would be a focus in pre-season.

Caledonians begin fitness, strength and conditioning training towards the end of January before moving into full pre-season in February, ahead of the Night Series competition at the end of February and early March.