Gold Fields State Team

A star-studded State female line-up

FIVE Football Hall of Fame WA inductees, including Hall of Legends member Sandra Brentnall, have been named in the Football West Gold Fields State Senior Women’s Dream Team.
Sandra, who joined the elite Hall of Legends group in 2012, is one of many stand-outs in a Dream Team pick that was chosen by Football West (with input from the WA football public) to celebrate the achievements of the many fine female players who have represented senior State sides since 1975.
The other Hall of Fame inductees in the selection are goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler, who played in four national championships with WA and appeared in two World Cups for Australia; Anna Senjuschenko, voted Australia’s best player in the 1978 World Women’s Championship in Taiwan; Luciano Di Ienno, who played over 50 games with WA; and Sharon Mateljan, who captained WA over a five-year period and was selected several times by Australia.
Hall of Fame Committee member Penny Tanner, a resolute defender in many outings with WA, is also in the Dream Team, which includes current Matildas star Lisa DeVanna and former Australian ace Collette Gardiner, who played 81 times at international level.

The Football West Gold Fields State Women’s Dream Team is:
Tracey Wheeler;
Luciano Di Ienno, Penny Tanner, Anna Senjuschenko, Tanya Oxtoby:
Collette Gardiner, Tal Karp, Sandra Brentnall;
Lisa DeVanna, Lizzy Claydon.
Coach: Peter Dimopoulos.


TRACEY WHEELER was Australia’s most capped goalkeeper when she hung up gloves in 2000.   The Sydney-born shot-stopper played 11 seasons in the west and her 24 State appearances included four national championships while she featured in two World Cups (1995, 1999) and one Olympic Games (2000) with Australia.
ANNA SENJUSCHENKO had the football world at her feet when, aged 17, she was tragically killed in a car accident. A tall, elegant central defender, she played for Kiev Eagles and represented the State in two national championships. Her impact was so great at the 1978 World Women’s Tournament that she was selected in the World Eleven.
LUCIANO DE IENNO (nee COLANGELO) is one of the unsung heroes of the women’s game in WA. The defender made over 50 appearances for the State across 16 years, seven of those as captain. She won 11 league titles with Morley Windmills, Stirling Vasto Reds and Northern Redbacks.
PENNY TANNER is one of the State team’s longest-serving players, having donned the black and gold between 1987 and 2003. She represented WA over 50 times, playing at 11 national championships with five of those as captain.
TANYA OXTOBY started her senior career with Fremantle and Northern Redbacks. She captained the State team at the age of 20 and shortly after entered the national league joining Northern New South Wales Pride. Captain of the short-lived Western Waves, she also led Perth Glory throughout their first four seasons.
SHARON MATELJAN (nee LOVELESS) was a creative, attacking midfielder who played a leading role in the Matildas foundation years. Born in England, she wore club colours of Azzurri, Ascot, Galeb, Kiev and Steelwood United across 16 seasons from 1972. During that time she won seven league titles, represented the State at 13 national championships and donned the green and gold of Australia on 23 occasions, several of those as vice-captain.
SANDRA BRENTNALL has the honour of scoring the Matildas first goal in ‘A’ international football. Born in England, she joined Kiev on arriving in Perth and by the age of 15 had made her State debut. National team honours followed soon after and she played for Australia 19 times, scoring 10 goals between 1978 and 1983.

COLLETTE GARDINER (nee MCCALLUM) overcame two knee constructions as a teenager to become one of Australia’s premier play-makers. Born in Scotland, she enjoyed national league football with New South Wales Sapphires, Adelaide Sensation, Western Waves and Perth Glory. Her 81 appearances for Australia includes two World Cups (2007, 2011) and three Asian Cups (2006, 2008, 2010).

TAL KARP experienced international football as a teenager with the Australian Schoolgirls. She played locally for Maccabi, Inglewood Kiev and Perth Italia before enjoying eight seasons in the WNSL with Canberra Eclipse, Adelaide Sensation and Western Waves. At senior level she represented the Matildas 32 times with outings at the 2003 World Cup and 2004 Olympic Games.
LISA DEVANNA has a Matildas career spanning 15 years, and is one of Australia’s all-time greats. Having started out with Spearwood United, she has gone on to play professionally in Australia, England, Sweden, the United States and Italy. To date she has played 150 games for the Matildas for a national team record of 47 goals.
LIZZY CLAYDON made a name for herself as a speedy attacking midfield/striker. She turned out for Ascot and Ferndale United, gaining State and national youth representative honours along the way. She made 26 senior appearances for Australia, a tally that includes the 1995 World Cup.

Share this post