Get to know the stars of the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup

 

As the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup takes place once again, get to know some of the players and coaches that will be featuring throughout the weekend!


Craig Atkins – Warners Bay FC Coach

Get to know Craig

What excites you the most about entering into the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

The opportunity to take a quality squad of players, young and experienced into an exciting competition.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

The enjoyment of being able to work with players and teams to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the game.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?

Seeing players and teams improve over the course of the season.
Guiding them to achieve results that they have set out personally and as a team to achieve, not just in football but as people too.

What values do you set for yourself as a coach of a team?

I set high expectations of myself as a coach. I ensure that I am respectful, organised, communicate effectively and I am supportive of all players.
I continually reflect on each training session and weekly game to see where I can improve as well.

If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?

Effective communicator, respectful and fun!


Elizabeth Beale – Maitland Junior FC Player

Get to know Elizabeth

Having the chance to celebrate Women in Football and play a tournament outside of our normal competition

My partner – he has always pushed me to be a better player and is always there to support me through both the good and bad games

To continue playing with friends and enjoying myself whilst keeping fit and active

To get to know each other better and to continue to grow as a team

Anything Country

Friends – Light hearted and enjoyable to watch

Staying Calm even when the situation is tough

Jessie Jordan – Alstonville FC Player

Get to know Jessie

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Having the opportunity to play against some fresh competition, learning new things from new teams, and having fun!!

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

Most people would say a famous football player; however, my biggest influence is my coach Andy. He has always been there for not only myself but the whole Alstonville football community and anyone would be proud to have him as a coach.

Who is your favourite club to verse? Why?

Lennox head is my absolute favourite team to verse as we always seem to step our game up and play some amazing and quality football against them from both sides. It is always a tight game leaving the crowd on the edge of their seats.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

My aspiration is to become more confident in myself and increase my football skills to the greatest that they can be. I hope to continue to stick with my club and participate in coaching roles again to share my knowledge of the game to the younger generation of football players.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

I am hoping we can aim to be stronger contenders week in week out! We are looking to cement our spot at the top of the FFNC competition and hopefully come out with a couple of trophies’ as we train harder and harder and increase our skills both individually and as a team.

What’s your favourite pregame jam?

Strawberry… nah: Can’t be touched – Roy Jones Jr.

If you could be any football player in the world, which player would you be and why? 

Sam Kerr! Because her skills are next level, and her mental focus and drive sets her apart from any other athlete.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

I watched a movie called Venom, because I am a huge Marvel fan!

On the football field, what are you known for?

I am known for my quick feet and being able to capitalise on opportunity’s by applying constant pressure and never giving up!


Jonathon Newman – Football Mid North Coast Coach

Get to know Jonathon

What excites you the most about entering into the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

The opportunity to coach my team in a tournament environment. Nothing helps a team learn more than match play, and the State Cup offers multiple matches against varying opponents so it should be good. I’m excited to see how the girls go – if we play to our potential we could go deep into the tournament.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

I think what I like most is the process of analyzing the last match, and then planning and implementing ways to help my team improve based on that analysis.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?

Seeing individual players improve across the course of a season, and seeing the team improve as a result. When that results in winning more matches it’s even more rewarding.

What values do you set for yourself as a coach of a team?

To be fair and consistent with my players and other coaching staff, to always be organised and detail-oriented, and to aim high. I want to always challenge my players to get better. At the same time, I think it’s really important to “sweep the sheds” – to never be too big to do the small things that need to be done.

If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?

I think they’d say I can get a bit vocal on the sidelines! Hopefully though they’d say that I try to encourage them to be their best.

Anything else you would like to share?

In 16 years of coaching this is my first-year coaching women’s football, and it’s been a steep learning curve for me. I’m really enjoying it!


Eloise Pepper – Univeristy of Newcastle Women’s Player

Get to know Eloise

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

I am excited for the chance to represent the university at the state cup, as well as the opportunity to further my skill, and play against challenging teams.

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

My dad has been the most influential figure in my footballing career. He was my coach for the early years and has always supported me, especially with the travel that came with playing higher levels of soccer.

Who is your favourite club to verse? Why?

I like versing Merewether, as my dad played in this club as a child, my uncle used to be president of the club and my cousin who now plays for Brisbane Roar, also began his soccer career with Merewether, so I find it very interesting when I get to play against the club.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

I am looking to play competitive for as long as I can and by doing this, I would hope to broaden my abilities and skills.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

I am only new to the University of Newcastle football club and my team has made me feel very welcome, I would aspire for us girls to continue to play together so we can be a strong team that can play good football together.

What’s your favorite pregame jam?

I don’t really have a favorite pregame jam, but I would enjoy something that gets me feeling energetic for the game.

If you could be any football player in the world, which player would you be and why? 

Probably Tara Andrews from the Newcastle Jets. I am fortunate to be able to see her play each week, as she plays WPL with my sister. I love watching her play and seeing her team spirit, and it inspires my actions when it comes to being a good teammate.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

I’ve been watching the highlights of the Matilda’s games in France, as I am interested in this team, and love to watch how they work together to play good football.

On the football field, what are you known for?

Probably my passion and eagerness when it comes to scoring goals and running the ball down the line.


Paul De Vitis – Adamstown Rosebud Coach

Get to know Paul

What excites you the most about entering into the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Entering as defending champions and the challenge of trying to win it again and win another trophy for the club.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

Being able to help players better themselves and become the best footballer they can. As well as the great memories you make along the journey.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?

Being able to see personal growth in a player and the confidence players get once they see improvements in themselves. Also seeing the team enjoyment when a player scores a goal and when the team wins. Creating a strong bond with the team and creating great memories at training.

What values do you set for yourself as a coach of a team?

To always be respectful to the players, and always encourage them to be the best they can be. To motivate as many players as possible and understand that every player has their own values as well so always be mindful of their personalities and how to best talk to them. Professionalism at training and maintaining a great training environment where players know they will learn something for a session.

If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?

I dare say they would say I’m very well organized at training with a clear session plan and objective. Very caring to their needs and commitments outside of football. They would definitely say I like to joke around and have some good banter as well.

Anything else you would like to share?

I love being able to give players an opportunity to show their worth. Every player has their own qualities and it’s important for a coach to have faith and confidence in them.

Andy Brown – Alstonville FC Coach

Get to know Andy

What excites you the most about entering into the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Giving our girls exposure to a higher level of football in a tournament type atmosphere.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

Seeing the players grow both as a player and a person from the experience of playing in a team environment.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?

Seeing the confidence of players grow and their satisfaction of becoming better footballers! Also, the creation of a great team environment.

What values do you set for yourself as a coach of a team?

Fairness, respect, both for each other and the opposition. And enjoyment.

If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?

Hard working, positive and encouraging!

Anything else you would like to share?

So, looking forward to this weekend for the girls and also myself. It has taken a bit of organising from this distance but I’m sure the experience will be worth it.


Emma Gelling – Cooks Hill United FC Player

Get to know Emma

Playing in a fun and competitive environment at a great facility. It was such a well run event last year.

My mum. She told me as a kid I wasn’t trying hard enough because I never got injured. Haha. She was joking. I think.

Any club who gives us a run for our money and you don’t know who will win and does this while being good sports.

To keep having fun and gain fitness.

To take out a premiership.

Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers

I suppose Sam Kerr because she’s really flying the flag for women’s football in Australia. And also she probably gets free Weetbix #perks

A tv series called Dead To Me. I like the actress Christina Applegate and I thought it would shed an interesting view on death and grief. It was funny and dramatic.

Crossing from the left.

Vince Cooper – Maitland Junior FC Coach

Get to know Vince

What excites you the most about entering into the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Sharing the experience with the team. Supporting and promoting the sport.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

Seeing players grow and learn skills. Sharing my knowledge and experience and watching the team develop.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?

Seeing the results of my coaching come together on the field.

What values do you set for yourself as a coach of a team?

High values and standards as a coach to have a positive influence on the team and teaching them to be the best they can be to enjoy the sport.

If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?

I asked one of my players to answer this question and she said: “Vince is positive, reliable, kind, funny, respectful, knowledgeable and approachable!” wow!!

Anything else you would like to share?

I am part of an amazing club, coach a wonderful team, enjoy my coaching role and we are having a great season.


Michael Best – Cooks Hill United FC Coach

Get to know Michael

What excites you the most about entering into the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

The chance for teams and players outside the WPL to test themselves against the top grades. It’s a great chance to raise the profile of women’s football.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

When you can create an environment where players feel part of something bigger than themselves.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?

When the players nail something on game day that you’ve worked on at training.

What values do you set for yourself as a coach of a team?

Honesty with yourself and others. You can’t improve as a player or coach if you aren’t honest about your weaknesses.

If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?

I’d like to think that they’d say I’m honest with them and that I love a schnitty on a Tuesday after training.


Maddie Bradbury – South Wallsend Player

Get to know Maddi

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Being able to play with and against top quality players.

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

Andrew Goldman.

Who is your favourite club to verse? Why?

Wallsend because it’s always a hard and fiery game.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

I aspire to be in America playing college football and to play to the best of my ability.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

For all South Wallsend teams to make top 4 and take home the trophy.

What’s your favorite pregame jam?

Dance Monkey by Tones and I.

If you could be any football player in the world, which player would you be and why? 

Hope Solo because she always has the confidence to back herself and stand up for what she believes in.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

Criminal Minds because it’s one of my favourite shows.

On the football field, what are you known for?

How loud I am.


Airlie Davis – Warner’s Bay FC Player

Get to know Airlie

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Being able to play with our reserve grade. Every year for state cup we have a good mixture of 1st and reserve and it’s super fun and exciting!

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

My dad and sister. Dad has coached me previously, and I have been playing with Cass for a few years now she really pushes me but in a good way!

Who is your favourite club to verse? Why?

Adamstown, it’s always a fun but competitive game.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

To just keep enjoying myself.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

To win as many minor and major premierships as possible.

What’s your favorite pregame jam?

By myself – Fidlar.

If you could be any football player in the world, which player would you be and why? 

Abby dahlkemper, she is a strong defender.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

Wentworth, I’m hooked on it and watch it every week when it comes out!!

On the football field, what are you known for?

Being dizzy after constant headers.


Georgia Little – Wallsend FC Player

Get to know Georgia

My family have been very supportive of my achievements but at the same time they helped me through some of the tougher times aswell.

I think it would have to be South Wallsend just purely because it is a derby and those matches always bring out the best from both teams.

My main goal is to be playing in the W-League over the next few years so at the moment I’m just looking to stay injury free and to improve everyday.

I think as a whole we are looking to be a team that makes finals football every year with each age group. Not just a team that when we make finals other teams think that we just got lucky.

I actually don’t really have one, I just listen to what the girls put on in the sheds and it gets me going for the game

I think I’d have to go with Mbappé because to be able to have his skills and flair that he produces in a game would be pretty cool.

The last thing I actually watched on TV was the Matilda’s game vs Brazil. I love watching the Matilda’s play especially in a World Cup so there wasn’t a chance I was going to miss it

I’m probably best know for always being on the ground during a game

Coach Luke Maher – Lochinvar Rovers FC Coach

Get to know Luke

The teams we will get to play

Ensuring the women have fun and enjoy playing

Getting appreciation from the women for the work you do as a coach

Be friendly, kind and professional

Friendly and very helpful

Amy O’Brien – Kempsey Saints FC Coach

Get to know Amy

What excites you the most about entering into the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

The opportunity for our ladies from a rural town to be exposed to teams and players from all over NNSW.

What is your favourite thing about coaching?

In small towns like Kempsey, sporting clubs are a large part of the community and allow people the chance to play something they enjoy whether they have experience or not. My favourite thing about coaching would be building a small community of people who would not normally socialise together but through football have come together to help each other out and become lifelong mates no matter on their age, race or socioeconomic status.

What is the most rewarding part of being a coach?

When the ladies you are coaching grow from individual players to a team who gel together on and off the field.

What values do you set for yourself as a coach of a team?

As the Northern Mid North Coast women’s football competition isn’t graded, our team is made up of women who haven’t played football before to ladies who have played for over 20 years. Each year I set myself the target of trying to build an enjoyable environment where the team are able to build individually but also remain competitive with a smile.

If we asked one of your players to describe you and your qualities as a coach what sort of things would they say about you?

As I coach and play on the same team it can be very difficult trying to organise substitutes while concentrating on the game. With this in mind they would mostly describe me as a multitasker with a horrible sense of humor.

Anything else you would like to share?

Most of the women in our team have not had the chance to play outside of our area. I would like to thank NNSWF for the opportunity for our passionate team to experience playing the best teams in NNSW.


Samantha Hill – Lochinvar Rovers Player

Get to know Samantha

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Playing in a competition that’s highlighting women’s football within our community.

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

Coaches as a young kid and the players I play with. Their encouragement, good sportsmanship and the fun and laughter we have on the field.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

To grow in fitness and skill level and be able to adapt to different positions on the field.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

To become a well-oiled unit with a great passing game and great infield communication.

What’s your favorite pregame jam?

No Music, some laughter and good vibes from the team.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

5 Bedrooms because it’s an interesting insight into our society, expectations and unpredictable situations, and it’s a good laugh.

On the football field, what are you known for?

Not running enough.



Liana Tyne – Kempsey Saints FC Player

Get to know Liana

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

I’m excited to play against teams that play high quality football and to see how we fair against other zone teams; it will be a great experience for myself and other players. I think it’s important that there’s women’s tournaments like the TAFE NSW state cup as it’s a platform that showcases women’s Football.

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

One of my former coaches Matt Baker, he’s always believed in me and is so passionate about the game it’s contagious. He’s really helped me as a player to define my skill and always pushes me to perform to the best of my ability.

Who is your favourite club to verse? Why?

The Macleay Valley Rangers, it’s a local derby and always an intense and high-quality football Match.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

I hope to develop more of a leadership role within my team and continue to improve specific aspects of my football. I’d like to be a player that my teammates look to as an example or for advice.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

I hope that our team continues to create an environment that allows players to grow and push themselves to be the best, I hope that we continue to evolve and develop as a team to create our own style of play and consistently perform to a high standard every time we step on the field.

What’s your favorite pregame jam?

Back to my ways (vocal Remix)- Tomahwak // Can’t Hold us- Macklemore

If you could be any football player in the world, which player would you be and why? 

I’d like to be U.S Women’s National Team player Tobin Heath, she’s a complete player, creative on the ball and showcases her talent and skill every time she plays. She’s fearless and always looking to create opportunities for her team and herself.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

I’m currently watching the Women’s FIFA World Cup. I enjoy watching world class players as it’s a way for me to see what I could be doing better in my games and how I could improve aspects of myself.

On the football field, what are you known for?

Being a tactical and competitive player as well as being vocal and creating opportunities to push the ball forward by beating opponents down the wing.


Whitney Soars – Football Mid North Coast Player

Get to know Whitney

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

To have the chance to verse multiple teams and play with and against some of my favourite football players.

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

Michael Grass.

Who is your favourite club to verse? Why?

Wallsend because they always bring a tough game.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

Continue in WPL and possibly join a W-league team.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

To be more continuous with our efforts when playing, to always show the great team we are not just sometimes.

What’s your favorite pregame jam?

the buzz – hermitude.

If you could be any football player in the world, which player would you be and why? 

Sam Kerr, she’s showed such great skill in the world cup recently and she’s came out with her own boots in junction with Nike which is really inspiring.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

Criminal Minds, it’s interesting to watch.

On the football field, what are you known for?

Being a leader for the team and bringing strength to the pitch.


Ryley Field – Adamstown Rosebud Player

Get to know Ryley

What excites you the most about playing in the 2019 TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup?

Going into State Cup as defending champions from last season and seeing if we can do the double which would be a massive achievement for us this season.

Who has been an influential figure in your footballing career?

Two of my former coaches Jim Foley and Ashley Wilson and my current coach Paul Devitis. Jim was a big influencer when I was younger, he taught me a lot about the game and I became a better player thanks to his influence. Paul and Jim have very similar styles of coaching and the way they want their players to play football. It’s refreshing that Paul has the same style because it’s what I’ve always know. Ash had a huge impact on my footballing career as I had her all through my rep career which led me to playing Nationals. Ash, when she moved over to Adamstown as a player coach, I followed as she inspired me to become a better player and person, she is someone I looked up to.

Who is your favourite club to verse? Why?

It’s hard to say, I love playing all the teams as I think every team brings something different to the table with their own little flare. Every game is a challenge and a battle, in which I can learn from as a player.

What are your aspirations as a player for the next few years?

To continue to play WPL and develop my game as a midfielder. I’ve moved back into the midfield this season and am enjoying it again after coming back from a serious injury. I want to keep improving in that position and gain my confidence back. Also, hopefully be able to play more semi-final football over the next few years and maybe win a grand final.

What are your aspirations for the team over the next few years?

Adamstown has been in a rebuilding phase the last two seasons after suffering a lot from players leaving due to work and travel commitments. We’ve groomed a lot of teenagers and as they become more experienced it would be great to see Adamstown be able to challenge for top 4 positions again and be winning games and hopefully some trophies.

What’s your favorite pregame jam?

Anything that I can sing along to and have a bit of a boogie to.

If you could be any football player in the world, which player would you be and why? 

I’d probably have to say Sam Kerr. She prides herself on being a professional and she is one of the best women footballers in the world. She’s an inspiration to young girl football players.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/social media and why did you choose to watch it?

The last show I watch was Animal Kingdom, I find it very entertaining and the male characters are very easy on the eye.

On the football field, what are you known for?

I’m not really sure what I’m know for on the field, but I’ve been told I control the tempo of the game and have a very good first touch. I’m not sure whether I’d take it that far but I’d hope the opposition players enjoy playing against me and it’s always a fair contest.

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