WNPL Season Preview

WNPL Season Preview

Adelaide City will be looking for their first state title of the WNPL era, as they get ready to kick off their 2017 campaign.

By Michael Barbaro (michaelbarbz22)

It was a massive off-season for the team as Edoardo Rosso departed the club after an eleven-year tenure as the womens Head Coach, being replaced by former Adelaide City player Paul Pezos.

Pezos joins the club with an outstanding pedigree behind him; he won many championships as a player and in 2015 coached West Adelaide to their first state title since 1991.

Pezos, 38, said it was a great achievement to be chosen as the successor to Rosso, a club legend.

“It is a massive honour for me,” Pezos said.

“I have massive respect for Rosso, and to be chosen as his successor and coach at City means a lot.”

There was also a lot of player movement in the off-season, with Pezos bringing eight new players into his team.

Pezos also appointed two co-captains for the season; Daphne McLeod and Tiarn Powell.

McLeod said that being appointed co-captain means a lot.

“I am very excited about being a co-captain for Adelaide City,” McLeod said.

“Over the years I have been able to see and learn about the club’s history and I feel honoured to be able to represent it in this way.”

Powell also claimed that it was a huge honour to be able to represent the club as one of the co-captains, but the news came as a shock to her.

“I was surprised when Paul asked me as I was new to the club,” Powell admitted.

“But I am looking forward to the challenge the role will present; the group of girls are really great and I am confident in myself and Daphne to lead from the front.”

She said that the team were ready for the season, and to put their solid pre-season into the new campaign.

“We’ve had a lengthy pre-season, and we can’t wait to put everything Pez has taught us onto the pitch.

“We have a great group, and if we put out hard work into practice we will have a very successful season.”

Pezos, excited for the season ahead, promised entertainment to the City fans.

“I can promise an exciting and good brand of football.”

“It is essential that we gain a winning mentality; that is one of the many objectives into becoming a better club.

Adelaide City’s WNPL team kicks off their season on Wednesday night at the Elite Systems Football Centre against Adelaide University, where the FFSA will hold a Celebration of Women’s Sport.

2017 Adelaide City FC PS4 Women’s National Premnier League Squad

Alicia Nickolas

Alison Atkins

Daniela DiBartolo

Daphne McLeod

Matilda McNamara

Kendall Jenner

Elise Garlick

Valeria Guajardo

Leslie Queguiner

Maddie Du Rieu

Alyce Macauley

Bianca Gray

Georgia Campagnale

Zafiro Papanikitas

Dylan Holmes

Nora Peat

Tiarn Powell

Eva Grasso

By Michael Barbaro (michaelbarbz22)