Town of Bassendean to bask in women’s Glory

Perth Glory Women’s coach Bobby Despotovski, star striker Samantha Kerr and Town of Bassendean Mayor John Gangell.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d443474
Perth Glory Women’s coach Bobby Despotovski, star striker Samantha Kerr and Town of Bassendean Mayor John Gangell.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443474

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

The side, which forms part of the W-League, will call the reserve home and host several games throughout the season.

Cr 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,” he 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.”

The women’s team played in last year’s grand final but was defeated.

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 of whom she had played with since she was 15.

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

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 exciting 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 said he 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 get down to a lot of the games,” he said.

The team’s first match is away against the Melbourne Victory on October 17.