Women’s Premier and State Cup
Round 1

Cup action returns this week, but the Women will all be featured. Five games will be played over the weekend, with winners progressing into the Quarter Finals.

Metro United WFC and Adelaide Comets are the two teams that will progress into the next round after drawing a bye in the Cup round draw. West Adelaide will also progress into the next round as Croydon Kings forfeit their match. 

Salisbury United v Salisbury Inter
Venue: Steve Jarvis Park – Burton
Date: 13/05/2018 02:30 PM

This Sunday will see Salisbury United and Salisbury Inter Women face off for the first time in the club’s history. It will headline the Round 1 Cup matches as State League side Salisbury United and WNPL side Salisbury Inter look to get the first win of the new Derby.

We were able to catch up with Vice Captain of Salisbury United Brodie Dobbin and Salisbury Inter Captain Chantelle Ryder about the upcoming match.

Chantelle said she was looking forward to playing United in the cup. “First match against any team is always going to be an exciting one, I am really looking forward to this one.”

Brodie Dobbin praised how good derby matches really are and the build up to one of these matches. “We hope this is the first of many derby’s against Inter in the coming years, our ambition as a club is to emulate what Inter have achieved over the last few years and play in the WNPL. They have become the benchmark for new clubs and shown with commitment and dedication, you can play at the highest level.”

The draw for the Women’s Premier and State Cup was drawn in late March, so the build up of the derby has been brewing since. However, the derby didn’t really phase both sides, as they both wanted a challenge heading into the cup.

“You always want to challenge yourself against the top teams and this being our first season back in women’s football after 10 years gives us a great opportunity to see where we sit in terms of progression”, Dobbin Said.

Ryder said the team and coaches weren’t bothered who they drew for the cup, as long as they were all focused heading into the match and playing their best football to progress into the next round.

Dobbin did highlight that a few players had left Inter to join United this season, “a few girls are up against their old club, so it gives the game a little bit more interest heading into it, but we are all looking forward to it.”

Captain Chantelle Ryder and former W-League player Adriana Jones have combined for six goals already this season, but Salisbury United’s Katelyn Tucker has been a real threat scoring 20 goals already this season.

Training has been per usual for both clubs, with both focusing on playing their style of football. The focus at trainings for both United and Inter is in the league, as Ryder pointed out “our trainings have been more focused on our WNPL games as we’ve had some hard games to prepare for, including a game we played on Wednesday night.” Both captains did point out that the game is a once off, as the rivalry hasn’t really been tested.

Preparations for both teams have been like league matches, with Dobbin saying “our game plan will be pretty much the same as last week’s game against Campbelltown, we have no expectation’s going into the game they are a WNPL side and expected to progress. However,  it’s the cup and in one off games anything can happen.”

Both sides are familiar with each other, with Salisbury United doing their homework prior to the match. They know the calliper that Inter have in terms of former W-League players, but are going into the match with the same game plan. Inter’s captain said “we know they are a strong and competitive side, with some notable talent.”

The match kicks off at 2:30pm, down at Steve Jarvis Park – Burton.

Western Strikers v Adelaide University
Venue: Carnegie Reserve
Date: 11/05/2018 06:15 PM

The action will kick off tonight as State League side Western Strikers will host WNPL team Adelaide University. 3rd place Strikers will be looking for an upset over Adelaide University, as they head into the cup round coming off a round 10 loss to Salisbury Inter and slipping down to 6th on the ladder.

Strikers suffered one of the worse losses of the season in round 9, when they went down to league leaders Adelaide Comets 9-0. However, Strikers attacking power has seen Donna Frost and Natasha Leedham combine for eight goals this season, something they will be hoping to continue tonight.

Campbelltown City v Fulham United
Venue: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre
Date: 11/05/2018 06:15 PM

Struggling WNPL side Fulham United will travel to Steve Woodcock Sports Centre tonight when they take on former top-flight club Campbelltown City. Campbelltown found life in the WNPL challenging last season, but currently sit mid-table in the State League.

Fulham have been winless all season, which round 10 saw the club lose to FFSA NTC Girls 2-0. Campbelltown also suffered a loss in their last league fixture, losing 4-2 to Salisbury United. Apart from the Salisbury Derby, this match is looking to be like one of the matches of the round, with the Red Devils looking to upset the WNPL side. 

Photo by Adam Butler

Adelaide Jaguars v Adelaide City
Venue: Jubilee Reserve
Date: 13/05/2018 02:30 PM

2017 WNPL champions Adelaide City will travel to Jubilee Reserve as they look set to take on Adelaide Jaguars. City lost their top spot last week, as they drew with second place West Adelaide and were replaced by Metro United.

Jaguars currently sit second to last in the State League, a point above fellow struggling side Croydon Kings. They had a bye last week and haven’t played since round 8 back in April. Jaguars will be in for a tough match as they take on City this Sunday afternoon.

Cumberland United v Para Hills Knights
Venue: Women’s Memorial Playing Fields
Date: 13/05/2018 02:30 PM

Cumberland United will host State League side Para Hills Knights this Sunday at Women’ Memorial Playing Fields. Cumberland sit 7th, five points clear of bottom side Fulham. They suffered a 2-0 loss to Metro United in round 10, with their last win in round 5 over bottom side Fulham United. 

Para Hills sit 4th on the State League table and go into Round 1 of the cup round with a win, as they knocked off bottom side Croydon Kings 4-2. Para’s Sonita Phin has been in great form, scoring eight goals in seven matches for the club.