Inspiring Sally Shipard aims for new beginning

Inspiring Shipard aims for new beginning

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With an infectious smile and a big-hearted, warm personality, Sally Shipard is a popular member of the women’s football fraternity in Australia and beyond. An Olympian at the tender age of 16 and a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ participant, Shipard has achieved much in her career to date. Her biggest challenge, though, lay away from the field of sporting endeavour.

Shipard hails from the country township of Wagga, a town which has arguably produced more sporting champions than anywhere else in Australia on a per capita basis. Sport, or more specifically football, is part of Shipard’s DNA.

A tireless midfielder Shipard is, incredibly, in her tenth year as an international football at the age of just 26. She has accrued well over 50 caps, had a stint in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and played a pivotal role as Canberra United won last year’s W-League.

Speaking up and finding help
Canberra will kick-off the new W-League season on Saturday with a headline-opening against a star-studded Brisbane Roar, supplemented by the arrival of Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. However, the last time the pair met in a high-profile encounter was the 2012 season decider, the build-up to which saw Shipard reveal that she had been dealing with her own personal demons away from the pitch, and fighting a cyclical decade-long battle with an eating disorder.

“I was finally strong enough and at a stage where I was ready to open up about it,” Shipard toldFIFA.com. “The primary reason I opened up about it was to empower others to take a step. Also too, I found strength from verbalising it, and I was wanting to help eradicate misconceptions about the problem.

“It is a form of mental illness. It is an isolating condition. It is a more complicated illness than many might think on the surface. Injuries that you can’t see are the most complicated ones to address. I don’t pretend to have all the answers but I want to make the point that help is out there if you want to seek it.”

Shipard had an 18-month sabbatical away from football and, with a passion for knowledge, she travelled the world enjoying the pleasure that comes with new-found wisdom and experiences. But Shipard admitted she had been, in part, “running away” from a problem.

”I thought I was sick because of football, because of the demands and the image of being an athlete,” Shipard said. “But football is my passion. Wherever I went, my mind and eating disorder were with me.”

Shipard returned to Australia and sought help. There is still a journey to be traversed but with a greater understanding of the problems, things are looking brighter. “It’s still a work in progress and I am making progress. I don’t have all the answers but have amazing support from my family, friends and many others.”

New chapter
The Aussie is renowned for her selflessness and, with trademark generosity, she wants to make her own contribution. Shipard has recently started working alongside people with a disability, describing it as “the most grounding job I have had in my entire life”. The midfielder also aspires to get a psychiatric degree and “really making a tangible difference”.

A degenerative knee condition has proved another major stumbling block, but after a long absence, Shipard is hoping to return to the W-League in a fortnight.

Shipard now sports a bright red rose on her calf picked up on her European sojourn and uses it as a symbol of inspiration. As the saying goes: ‘From the darkest earth comes the brightest rose’.

 

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John Aloisi defends Melbourne Heart

Saturday, 9 November 2013 3:06 PM

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi has defended his side’s lack of scoring prowess after they were held goalless for the fourth time in five matches in a 1-0 loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.

Heart were desperately unlucky not to find the back of the net at AAMI Park, with both David Williams and Mate Dugandzic seeing efforts denied by the crossbar.

Aloisi, who is likely to come under increased scrutiny following a third consecutive loss, conceded Heart lacked numbers in danger areas at times, but said a flurry of near-misses showed his men were on the right track.

“Hitting the crossbar twice… I wouldn’t say toothless,” Aloisi said when asked about Heart’s forward prowess.

“I wouldn’t say getting balls cleared off the line (was) a bit toothless.

“I would say that on occasions when we get in good positions, we could have more players in the box, more bodies in there.

“But when you’re creating that many chances against Western Sydney, who are the most organised side in the league, then you’re doing something right.

“And we’ll get better – I’d be very, very worried if we weren’t creating opportunities.

“It’s not easy that we’re only on two points, and I know our supporters will start to get a little bit frustrated with that, but they could see the amount of hard work the players put in tonight, and what we tried to do.

“Hopefully, for the supporters, we start to win games soon.”

Williams is the only man to have scored in a Heart shirt this season, but Aloisi said bringing on midfielder Nick Kalmar for the former North Queensland Fury man in the 64th minute was the right call.

“Nicky Kalmar looked very good when he came in. Very good,” he said.

“He was starting to get into good positions, starting to move the ball forward, young Stefan Mauk looked good. We got on top of them in the last 25 minutes, so the substitutes worked well.

“Willo looked heavy, he looked heavy during the week, he’s been playing well but he looked heavy tonight.”

Aloisi said the mental pressure of having scored in just one game this season has been a factor playing against his side late on in matches.

“Towards the end, they start to become anxious because they’re snatching at some chances,” he said.

“But last week, we spoke about it – if we keep improving as a team and creating chances, with the players that we’ve got in there, like Michael (Mifsud) that is a goal-scorer, the goals will come.

“It’s five games in, there’s still 22 games to go.

“There’s plenty of points to be won, so we know that it’s not a great start points wise but we just have to keep working and believing.

“And the players do believe in what we’re doing, they’re distraught in there, because they know they should have got more out of the game.

“Robbie Wielaert has had a lot of experience around Holland for a number of years, he can’t believe that we didn’t get more out of the game tonight, last week (against Brisbane Roar), against the Mariners… but keep believing, keep working, keep improving, and we will win games.”

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Tony Popovic sticks by Beauchamp axing

Saturday, 9 November 2013 3:08 PM

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says he is determined to keep his players hungry and on edge after dropping captain Michael Beauchamp in Friday night’s 1-0 win over Melbourne Heart.

Scarily, Popovic said Beauchamp did nothing wrong to miss out on selection for their clash at AAMI Park, but that he wanted to blood club debutant Matthew Spiranovic in central defence.

“I felt for this match it was right to bring Matty in,” Popovic said post-match after Nikolai Topor-Stanley donned the skipper’s armband.

“It’s got nothing to do with the way Michael’s been playing, he’s been outstanding for us.

“We’ve got a strong squad, there’s competition for places every week and that was the call for this game.”

The Wanderers boss even intimated Beauchamp was not a walk-up starter for their hosting of Melbourne Victory next Saturday night, with Popovic’s team-first mantra loud and clear after their gutsy performance.

“I think as a group and as a squad, there’s a lot of respect in the group, whether you’re a starter, whether you’re a squad player,” Popovic said.

“When I say starter, I mean starter for that week.

“Everyone’s fighting to be in there, but the players that aren’t involved are equally a big part of this club, and Michael’s a big part of this club.

“He hasn’t played today, but he might play next week … there’s no-one that plays that is guaranteed a spot.

“I’ve always told my squad every player will play, when they will play I can’t promise them that, but they will play.”

Popovic’s side went top of the league with 11 points from five games, but the former Australia international was not about to gaze lovingly at the table just yet.

“It’s only five games in. Last year after five games, we probably scored one goal,” he said.

“So we’re not getting carried away, there’s no-one getting carried away in that dressing room.”

Wide forward Youssouf Hersi was withdrawn late in the week prior to their trip to Melbourne, and Popovic said the Dutchman was no guarantee to return for their hosting of the Victory.

 

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Socceroos open training session

Saturday, 9 November 2013 8:00 PM

Socceroos open training session

The Socceroos are calling on all their supporters in the Sydney area to get out and support them ahead of their first ever clash against Costa Rica. New head coach Ange Postecoglou will be putting his recently named squad through their paces at an open training on Saturday 16 November, 10.30am – 12pm at Kogarah Oval – and everyone’s invited!

With time ticking down to the next year’s World Cup in Brazil, this will be one of the few chances to see our boys in action. All players will be signing autographs at the conclusion of the session and there will be free Socceroos merchandise giveaways.

Currently ranked 31st in the world, Costa Rica secured their own passage to Brazil on the back of their strong home form in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. They have also qualified for the tournament on four occasions in their history, making them the most successful nation in Central America. So the Socceroos will need your support to give them an edge on home soil.

In order to attend fans must register their interest by clicking here. So get ready to don our colours and make the most of this opportunity, as we get behind our Socceroos and cheer them all the way to Brazil!

Socceroos Open Training Session
Saturday 16 November, 10.30am to 12pm
Kogarah Oval. 249 Princess Highway, Kogarah 2217.

Upcoming Match Details

Socceroos vs Costa Rica
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Gates Open: 6.00pm

The match will be broadcast live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS.

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Jets break through against Adelaide

Saturday, 9 November 2013 7:48 PM

Jets break through against Adelaide

A rejuvenated Newcastle Jets outfit have survived some tense moments in the dying stages to break their season duck with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

Two strikes either side of the half-time interval, through Kew Jaliens and Adam Taggart respectively, enabled the Jets to build the foundation on which they earned their triumph.

The Reds stole the momentum late and got one back courtesy of a nice Fabio Ferreira nod in the 71st minute but they found it an impossible task to steal a last-ditch injury-time draw with just 10 men after Nigel Boogaard’s 90th-minute red carding.

Newcastle were pinned back late but for the most part bossed proceedings.

Former Red Nathan Burns conjured a wonderful tackle to upset Tarek Elrich’s charge for goal in the ninth minute, before two prime Jets opportunities went begging.

Adam Taggart didn’t quite get enough meat on an open header on the back of a Newcastle free kick, the nod safely pouched by Adelaide custodian Eugene Galekovic.

Then barely a minute later, Burns miscued a sitter from point-blank range as Elrich pulled off a remarkable goal-saving block from less than a metre with Galekovic well out of position.

In the 15th minute Jeronimo Neumann found some space and forced Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti into a fine reflex one-on-one save.

At the other end, the visitors played the ball into the box where Andrew Hoole headed it down. The diving Galekovic was out of the contest but Nigel Boogaard forced a fine goal-line clearance as both teams’ defensive units earned their keep.

After an even opening half hour, the remainder of the first half was played on Newcastle’s terms with the home side regularly pinned on their heels in their back third.

In the 34th minute, Burns drew his opponent and rifled a nice-looking shot which Galekovic tapped over the post.

Following a series of dangerous near misses, the Jets finally broke through in the 40th minute through Jaliens.

A deep Burns corner found Scott Neville at the back post. Neville’s header was stopped on the line by Michael Zullo but this time the clearance went only as far as Jaliens and the Dutchman ambled in for an easy goal, with Galekovic already out of position.

The Jets thoroughly deserved their 1-0 half-time lead, which they doubled shortly after resumption.

Streaming forward on the counterattack after Steven Lustica, who was substituted on to commence the second half, was dispossessed, Hoole played the ball in to Taggart, who deftly scooped it over the closing Galekovic, the ball bouncing through for the Jets’ second goal.

The home fans finally had something to cheer about in the 63rd minute with the double-sub introduction of favourite sons Cassio and Bruce Djite and the faithful were on their feet eight minutes later when Ferreira goaled to halve the deficit.

Jeronimo delivered a searching cross to Ferreira, who produced a fine header at the back post to make it 2-1.

The Reds, lacklustre and error-prone for the best part of an hour, suddenly appeared reinvigorated.

They almost levelled proceedings in the 83rd minute when Birighitti somehow deflected Jeronimo’s follow-up inside the goal line after the Argentine’s first bite of the cherry was blocked.

The hosts were charging home hard but were dealt a lethal blow when Boogaard was given his marching orders on the cusp of the 90-minute mark for his challenge on flailing marquee Jet Emile Heskey, undermining Adelaide’s five-minute stoppage time bid to equalise.

Adelaide United 1 (Ferreira 71)
Newcastle Jets 2 (Jaliens 40, Taggart 52)
Crowd: 10,244 @ Coopers Stadium, 9/11/2013

 

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Canberra put Brisbane to the sword

Saturday, 9 November 2013 6:25 PM

Canberra put Brisbane to the sword

Canberra United put in an almost flawless performance to down Brisbane Roar 3-0 at AJ Kelly Field on Saturday afternoon, in what was the home side’s heaviest ever Westfield W-League defeat.

Lori Lindsey scored after seven minutes before a brace from powerful forward Michelle Heyman put the result beyond doubt.

Canberra’s defence was particularly impressive throughout the match, with the usually fluid Brisbane struggling to find the time and space to implement their passing game.

The first real chance of the game resulted in a goal for Canberra, as Ashleigh Sykes burst down the right before centering to Heyman, who hit the post from right in front.

Fortunately for the visitors, Lindsey was racing into the box and buried the rebound to give her side the early lead.

A minute later, the Roar’s Katrina Gorry almost hit back, forcing a save from Lydia Williams with a long-range drive.

Tameka Butt had a pair of opportunities to even up the scores, but was unable to hit the target on either occasion after good lead up work by Gorry.

Canberra’s American import Stephanie Ochs galloped down the left after 25 minutes, then stepped inside her marker and fired at goal, but her shot flew just wide.

Heyman’s goal came after 37 minutes when the Roar’s star German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer raced out of the box to intercept a through pass, only to have the Canberra player beat her to the ball before angling right and chipping the ball into a vacant net from a tight angle.

A Butt cross/shot eluded Williams and clattered against the far post, and Brisbane were not able to convert the rebound.

In the dying stages of the first half, a Claire Polkinghorne long ball found Butt lurking at the far post, but the speedster once again failed to find the net.

Shortly after the break, Heyman again left the Roar defence in her wake to charge through the centre and finish under Angerer, giving Canberra a formidable 3-0 lead.

The German shot-stopper made a superb save moments later when Heyman drilled a powerful shot at goal after controlling the ball with her shoulder.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the second half as Canberra’s rigid defence shut up shop against a frustrated Roar outfit.

Brisbane Roar 0
Canberra United 3 (Lindsey 8, Heyman 38, 49)

Brisbane 1. Nadine Angerer (GK), 2. Laura Alleway, 3. Amy Chapman, 4. Clare Polkinghorne, 7. Kim Carroll, 8. Elise Kellond-Knight, 10. Katrina-Lee Gorry (19. Ayesha Kirby 60), 11. Vedrana Popovic, 12. Erika Elze (5. Brooke Spence 66), 13. Tameka Butt, 16. Hayley Raso (9. Larissa Crummer 55)

Canberra 1. Lydia Williams (GK), 2. Catherine Brown, 4. Kendall Fletcher, 7. Ellie Brush, 9. Grace Gill (6. Caitlin Munoz 70), 11. Michelle Heyman, 12. Sally Rojahn, 13. Nicole Sykes, 14. Ashleigh Sykes (8. Meg McLaughlin 57), 16. Lori Lindsey (19. Jennifer Bisset 88), 22. Stephanie Ochs

 

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Rampaging Glory thump Jets

Saturday, 9 November 2013 5:38 PM

Rampaging Glory thump Jets

Perth Glory have kicked off their 2013/14 Westfield W-League campaign in style with a strong 5-2 win over the Newcastle Jets at Wanderers Oval in Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

Matilda Katie Gill opened the scoring in just the first minute of play before the Jets levelled via Hannah Beard.

Perth regained the lead through skipper Collette McCallum before the Jets sent the teams to the break locked at 2-2 when Tara Andrews converted from the penalty spot.

The Jets looked likely to go on with it in the second half but the Glory wrested back the lead via a lovely strike from Christina Julien just after the hour mark.

Late goals from substitute striker Rosie Sutton and midfielder Marianna Tabian blew out the score in favour of the Glory, with the scoreline not a true reflection of the hard-fought nature of the contest.

The match started in sweltering conditions and it was the Glory who got the perfect start with a goal in the opening minute.

Tabian found space down the left flank before sending a lovely cross into the box where Gill volleyed home.

The Jets hit back just four minutes later when lanky striker Andrews was given too much time in the area and she slid a pass to an unmarked Beard, who slotted home from the edge of the six-yard box to make it 1-1 after five minutes.

The Glory went back in front a short time later when McCallum fashioned a lovely volley from 12 yards out that skimmed off the underside of the crossbar and over the line to make it 2-1 after 10 minutes.

The Glory almost extended their lead when Elisa D’Ovidio threaded a through ball for Gill but Jets goalkeeper Eliza Campbell showed plenty of bravery to smother the ball before Gill could unleash a shot.

The visitors went close again when McCallum crossed to the edge of the area where Tabian tried a chip volley but Campbell did well to glove the chance.

Newcastle hit back against the run of play when Beard was brought down in the area by Glory goalkeeper Chantel Jones. Andrews made no mistake from the spot firing into the top right of the net to level the scores at 2-2 after 35 minutes.

Gill went close again five minute before half-time when she showed her predatory instinct for goal by sliding to meet a low cross from Tabian but her touch skimmed off the top of the crossbar.

The Jets were dealt a body blow just before half-time as midfielder Grace McIntyre was stretchered off with what looked like a bad knee injury. Cassidy Davis came on 90 seconds before referee Katie Patterson blew the whistle for half-time.

Storm clouds gathered and the temperature dropped slightly for the start of the second half but the action remained just as hot on the field as the Jets engineered the first chance after the interval.

Beard fed a lovely ball into the box for Andrews, who rounded Jones but could only chip her shot from a tight angle over the crossbar.

The Jets continued to press and earned a corner that saw Jasmine Courtney volley her shot just wide of the target.

The Glory managed to wrestle back some control of the midfield and they duly regained the lead via a scintillating strike from Christina Julien, who fired a lovely shot from range that pierced the hands of Campbell and into the top corner of the net to make it 3-2 after 66 minutes.

With the momentum behind them Perth came home strongly. Gill fed a deft through ball for Julien who fired on target only to see her shot parried away by Campbell.

Rosie Sutton came on to replace Gill and was immediately in the action. Julien chipped a shot from the edge of the area that hit the crossbar and Sutton was on hand with the follow-up but she headed wide.

The Glory sealed the win nine minutes from full-time with a lovely team goal. It started in the midfield when Tabian chipped a ball over the top for Julien who sprinted towards goal before sliding a pass across for Sutton to slot home.

The visitors added one more right on the full-time whistle when Sutton and Campbell clashed outside in a tussle for possession and the ball squirted out for Tabian, who calmly stroked into an open net.

Newcastle Jets 2 (Hannah Beard 5, Tara Andrews 35pen)
Perth Glory 5 (Katie Gill 1, Collette McCallum 10, Christina Julien 66, Rosie Sutton 81, Marianna Tabian 90)
At Wanderers Oval, Newcastle

Newcastle Jets
1. Eliza Campbell (GK), 2. Hannah Brewer, 3. Stacey Day, 6. Ashley Spina, 7. Gema Simon (capt), 8. Madeline Searl, (17. Lauren Brown 68), 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Rhali Dobson, 11. Grace MacIntyre (16. Cassidy Davis 43), 12. Hannah Beard, 13. Jasmin Courtney (4. Siahn Bozanic 77).
Unused substitute
20. Claire Coelho

Perth Glory
Chantel Jones (GK), 2. Sarah Carroll, 3. Cecilie Sandvej, 4. Bronwyn Studman, 5. Shannon May, 6. Sasha Andrews, 12. Katie Gill (9. Rosie Sutton 75), 13. Elisa D’Ovidio, (15. Jessica Dillon 80), 14. Collette McCallum (capt), 17. Marianna Tabain, 21. Christina Julien (19. Shawn Billam 85).
Unused substitutes

20. Kathleen Waycott (GK)

 

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