Adelaide City’s Women’s National Premier League team is ready to begin its title defence after last year’s dominant double which saw them take home the FFSA Cup and Women’s National Premier League title in a formidable 2017 season showing.
By Michael Barbaro @michaelbarbz22
However, there is a noteable change for the squad as a new, yet familiar face, takes the helm as the women’s first team coach.
Mick Hatzipanagiotis has been appointed as coach for the 2018 season as roles have reversed from last year when he was assistant to Paul Pezos.
Pezos is now Adelaide United’s NPL youth team coach, but remains on the bench with City’s women as Hatzipanagiotis’ assistant.
Hatzipanagiotis will be hoping to get off to a winning start; a strong showing in the first matchday will signify his side’s intentions of winning back-to-back WNPL championships for the first time in the club’s history.
Georgia Campagnale, the scorer of the final goal in last year’s 4-1 WNPL Grand Final win over West Adelaide, heaped praise on her new coach, stating that Hatzipanagiotis has the vote of confidence of the City players.
“I think it’s great to have Mick appointed as our senior coach,” Campagnale stated.
“Last year he assisted Paul and did a fantastic job – he provides a lot of knowledge and support to the girls which can develop our game.”
However, she believes that the loss of Pezos won’t affect Campagnale or her teammates as Pezos implemented a game plan which Hatzipanagiotis has continued on into this year.
“The girls still continue to have a hard-working attitude in which Paul instilled last year and the girls have continued to do so this year,” she claimed.
“We continue to build our game from last season under Mick and Paul.”
Campagnale returns to the club after a stint in the summer with Adelaide United’s W-League team, and is eager to share her experience with her teammates for another season in their quest for back-to-back titles.
“It was a great experience being with United for the summer,” she said.
“I hope to use this experience to support the girls both on the training track and on the pitch on game days.
Adelaide City take on Cumberland United at Adelaide Shores on Friday night in the first match of the new Women’s National Premier League season, with KO at 6:15pm.