Season 2016 was a significant step in the right direction for the Perth Angels Football club, with both the Senior Reserves and Youth Girls teams qualifying for the finals. Under the guidance of new Senior Coach Gerry O’Dea, the Senior Reserves team embraced a fresh, new game plan and sense of identity, which saw the team’s belief and confidence flourish. A host of new players reinvigorated the team and improved the depth of the list – this depth would unfortunately become tested mid-season due to a number of long-term injuries to key players. However, the Senior Reserves team withstood that challenge, holding onto 4th spot on the ladder to qualify for the finals for the first time in the Perth Angels Football Club’s short history.
In their second season under Youth Girls Senior Coach Andrew “Muldy” Mulcahy, the Perth Angels Youth Girls continued their impressive development, finishing the home and away season in the top 2. Much like the Senior Reserves team, the Youth Girls’ depth would be challenged by an injury list that continued to pile up, however the team’s resilience ensured that they were able to overcome these challenges. We would like to congratulate Perth Angels Youth Girls Dana Chatman, Rachel Ashley, Emily Pickett and Madison Yarran on being selected to represent WA in the Youth Girls Championships in 2016.
Everybody’s favourite fifty-year old, Frances Finn, celebrated her 50th game for the club this season on an historic day for the Perth Angels Football Club who, in collaboration with the Belmont Junior Football Club, held the inaugural Equity Round at Lathlain Park in Round 9. Equity Round showcased the future stars of the game - both male and female - through an Auskick game at half-time in the match between the Perth Angels and Joondalup Falcons. The ever-reliable Jess Stevens, Reserves Captain Lea Caccamo, and the highly-decorated Rachel Ashley also notched up their 50th games for the club this season.
The strong relationship between the Perth Angels Football Club and Belmont Junior Football Club also saw the introduction of primary school visits within the Demons District in 2016. Perth Angels players and representatives joined Belmont JFC Ausckick Coordinator John Allan to promote positive female football role models, explore the role of sport in gender equality, and highlight the pathways beyond Auskick and Junior Football.
We would like to thank and acknowledge the work of President Kristy Geuer and her committee, for their efforts in making season 2016 a successful year both on and off the field.
We would also like to thank our sponsors Pallet Palls, The Kewdale Tavern, Sportspower Belmont, INK Promotions, Rentwest and Brikmakers for their support in 2016.
Reserves Senior Coach: Gerry O’Dea
Reserves Assistant Coach: Brad Lukosius
Reserves Team Manager: Samantha Ballantyne
Youth Girls Senior Coach: Andrew Mulcahy
Youth Girls Assistant Coaches: Alison Moore & Ken
Youth Girls Team Manager: Jen Hunt
Runner: Rob Thompson
Sports Trainer: Jasmin