Women have for a very long time been scoring goals in football, both on and off the field of play. On International Women’s Day the Football Hall of Fame Western Australia shines a light on some of our local heroes who have achieved greatness within the round ball code.
Sandra is one of Western Australia’s most recognisable footballers. Just 15 when she made her State team debut, she made 19 appearances for Australia and in 1979 scored the nation’s first ‘A’ international goal. At club level, Sandra was the State League’s best player on six occasions and top goal scorer nine times through time with Inglewood Kiev, Olympic Kingsway, Ashfield, Gosnells City and Leeming Strikers amongst others.
Luciana Di Ienno (nee Colangelo)
Luciana gained over 50 representative appearance during 16-years of loyal service to the Western Australian State team. A committed defender, she won 11 league titles with Morley Windmills, Stirling Vasto Reds and Northern Redbacks, and was vice-captain of the Western Waves’ history-making national league side of 2004.
Barbara helped establish the Women’s Soccer Association WA in 1975 alongside Oscar Mate and Peter Dimopoulos. She was Secretary of the association for its first decade and in 1985 accepted the role of President. Barbara also worked with the Soccer Federation of WA for many years as well as at club level with Bayswater City and Inglewood United.
Samantha has been the face of Australian football for the past decade. She has played close to 250 professional games in Australia, the United States of America and England, where she is with London glamour club Chelsea. Since making her Matilda’s debut aged 15 Kerr has amassed 88 appearances and 42 goals for the national team, not to mention appearances at four World Cups (2011, 2015, 2015, 2019).
Marilyn has the great honour of being the first West Australian female referee to crash into the male domain in the late 1970’s. She progressed quickly from officiating schools football to State League and in 1992 became the first woman to run the line in a National Soccer League game. Marilyn also had the line for the 1992 Australia-Brazil youth international friendly.
Geraldton-based Helen played as goalkeeper in four women’s premiership teams in the area and also represented the Western Australia State team. She formed the Chapman Athletic club in 1980 and was secretary for 22 years; secretary of Geraldton District Association for 15 years; and secretary of Midwest Association for 13 years.
Sharon Mateljan (nee Loveless)
England-born Sharon was a true pioneer of West Australian football. She guided Ascot to seven First Division championships and five Top Four Cup victories and was selected for every State game between 1974 and 1987. At the international level Sharon represented Australia 23 times, including as vice-captain at the 1978 World Cup in Taiwan where she scored two goals.
Angela is a highly-respected administrator with 25 years knowledge and experience in competitions management. Currently working in Football West’s Operations team, she started with the Soccer Administration of WA in early 1996 and has over the years managed the Men’s, Women’s, Juniors and Masters competitions across the metropolitan area. Angela counts being involved with the Matilda’s while in Perth as among the highlights of her time in the game.
Janette, a State team representative during the 1980’s, is best known for the eight years she spent as President of Women’s Soccer WA. She was also Director of Development for the Australian Womens Soccer Association and the first acting chair of FFA’s Women’s Standing Committee. Janette spent 10 years with the Department of Sport and Recreation primarily as a sport consultant.
Sydney-born Tracey came to WA in 1990 to become one of Western Australia’s most decorated players. She represented Australia on 49 occasions which includes at two World Cups (1995, 1999) and at the 2000 Olympic Games. Tracey wore State colours in four national championships while playing for Morley Windmills, Forrestfield United, Fremantle United and Murdoch University.