Caitlin Foord thrilled after winning AFC honour

Caitlin Foord has been crowned Women's AFC Player of the Year 2016.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Staff writer
Caitlin Foord’s status as one of the world’s best female footballers was enhanced after the Westfield Matildas winger was crowned the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Player of the Year on a memorable night for Australian football at a gala event in Abu Dhabi early this morning.

Foord won the prestigious award ahead of the other two nominees, team mate Lisa De Vanna and China P.R’s Tan Ruyin, to become the third Australian to win the prize, following Kate Gill in 2010 and Katrina Gorry in 2014.


The 22-year-old also becomes just the second player to receive both the youth and senior awards after she took out the AFC Women’s Young Player of the Year in 2011.

Foord was a standout performer during the Westfield Matildas’ qualifiers for the Rio Games and then the Rio tournament, while she also scored both goals in a 2-0 win over New Zealand in Ballarat back in June. The win is all the more remarkable considering she broke her collarbone at the start of the year.

“I wasn’t expecting this, thank you to the AFC and congratulations to everyone in Abu Dhabi for hosting this wonderful event. I accept this award on behalf of all the Matildas,” said Foord after receiving her trophy from AFC Executive Committee Member and AFC Women’s Football Committee Chairwoman Moya Dodd.

“Winning the AFC Youth Player of the Year award in 2011 was a massive achievement but of course winning this award is so much better. I would also like to congratulate the other nominees, Lisa and Tan, for an amazing year.

“Looking back at the Youth Player of the Year award, I was perhaps too young to really think too much of it. Now of course, I feel very privileged. I think it will be quite nice to reflect on these two awards later in my career.”


Foord’s win capped off a great night for Australian football as Football Federation Australia took out the AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Inspiring) which was accepted on the night by FFA Chairman Steven Lowy AM and CEO David Gallop.

Nominations for the AFC President Recognition Awards for Grassroots Football (Inspiring) were based on a points system which takes into account several criteria such as the structure and management of grassroots football as well as the philosophy and policy of Member Associations.

In addition, Member Associations’ grassroots partnerships with various external organisations were also assessed, as were technical programmes such as courses, workshops and talent identification. Other criteria include exchange programmes such as those with schools, administrative sub-regional football associations, communities and clubs as well as grassroots activities, for example promotional, educational and social responsibility events.

Australian referees Kate Jacewicz and Renae Coghill were also the recipients of the AFC Referees Special Award (Women).

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Record night for the Westfield FFA Cup

Tim Cahill scored the winner in the FFA Cup Final.

Wednesday night’s Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 set new records in more ways than one as the aura around the magic of the Cup continues to rise.

Melbourne City FC’s 1-0 win over Sydney FC in this year’s showpiece event may have brought the Hyundai A-League club its first silverware, but there were also other records that tumbled on a memorable night at AAMI Park.


The crowd of 18,751 in attendance set a new mark for the highest attendance at a Westfield FFA Cup match, eclipsing the previous record of 16,124 which came at the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup Final between Adelaide United and Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium in 2014.


The high level of interest also resonated around the country with an average of 157,000 people watching the drama unfold on FOX SPORTS. This figure was also the highest rating for a Westfield FFA Cup match.

The Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 also featured three radio broadcasts with ABC Radio, SEN and EON Sports all taking the call as Melbourne City FC were crowned Westfield FFA Cup winners, which saw Tim Cahill win his first Cup Final after being on the losing side in three previous Cup Finals (two FA Cup Finals and one Chinese Cup Final).

Both sets of supporters, particularly those that flew down from Sydney, should also be applauded for the fantastic colour and noise that reverberated around the stadium to create an atmosphere that only football can provide.

After the buzz around the Final, the Westfield FFA Cup can undoubtedly stake a claim to have truly captured the imagination of the Australian sporting public and be entrenched in the Australian sporting landscape.

Bring on the magic of the Cup in 2017!

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Melbourne City FC 1 – 1 Brisbane Roar FC-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar were forced to share the spoils in a fiery 1-1 draw at AAMI Park on Saturday night. Nicolas Colzao’s first City goal shortly after the restart cancelled out Jamie Maclaren’s well-taken opener in an action-packed encounter between two top-four rivals. Just 72 hours after their Westfield FFA Cup Final triumph, City found themselves behind in the 39th minute when Maclaren punished Manny Muscat’s errant clearance. Emotions raised a further notch in the 55th minute as Colazo capped off a tidy team move for the equaliser while Roar players appealed for play to be paused.

Maclaren had the best of the chances to snatch three points for Brisbane but was unable to prevent his side’s fourth straight draw, while Melbourne City remain three points shy of leaders Sydney FC. Catch up with all the action at our match centre here

GOALS 0-1 Roar: Jamie Maclaren, 38’ Manny Muscat diverted Thomas Broich’s cross directly into the path of Jamie Maclaren, who took a touch before burying his left-footed finish inside the bottom corner.

1-1 City: Nicolas Colzao, 55’ While Brisbane asked for play to be paused, Anthony Caceres’ classy flick-on from Luke Brattan’s pass enabled Colzao to force the equaliser past Michael Theo.

OPTA DATA -Brisbane Roar have now drawn their last four games, the first time they have done so in Hyundai A-League history.


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Central Coast Mariners 1 – 4 Western Sydney Wanderers -Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Western Sydney Wanderers have snapped a six-match winless run after downing Central Coast Mariners 4-1 in an entertaining affair in Gosford on Saturday afternoon. The Mariners flew out of the blocks and took the lead in just the fifth minute with Blake Powell on hand to fire home after some brilliant build-up from Storm Roux. The Wanderers hit back almost immediately through Jumpei Kusukami before taking the lead through Nicolas Martinez just past the half-hour mark. Both sides continued  to create chances in a free-flowing affair but it was the visitors who extended their advantage with Jake McGing bundling the ball into his own net early in the second stanza. Central Coast were handed a lifeline on the hour mark when Wanderers keeper Jerrad Tyson was dismissed for a late challenge on Trent Buhagiar. But the hosts failed to capitalise on their advantage and it was the Wanderers who sealed the result in the dying minutes with super-sub Brendon Santalab burying a loose ball from close range.


1-0 Mariners: Blake Powell, 5’

Storm Roux surged down the right flank linking up with Roy O’Donovan before delivering a wicked ball into the box with Powell on hand to stroke the ball home, aided by a slight deflection.

1-1 Wanderers: Jumpei Kusukami, 6’

The Japanese winger received the ball on the left flank before embarking on a mazy run inside the area with his curling effort taking a wicked deflection and looping into the far corner.

1-2 Wanderers:  Nicolas Martinez, 31’

Mitch Nichols was afforded acres of space on the left-hand side before calmly picking out the onrushing Martinez inside the area with the Argentinian burying a header past the helpless Paul Izzo.

1-3 Wanderers: Jake McGing (OG), 50’

Nichols played Scott Neville in behind with the fullback’s fizzing cross from close-range ricocheting off McGing and into the back of the net.

1-4 Wanderers: Brendon Santalab, 87’

Wanderers’ super-sub pounced on a loose ball inside the Mariners area before smashing a thumping effort past the stranded Paul Izzo.


Central Coast should have gone into the break on level terms with Roy O’Donovan missing a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-2 in the 40th minute.

Connor Pain showed blinding speed to get in behind before expertly cutting the ball back for O’Donovan but the Irishman could only steer his effort into the post from close range.


Jerrad Tyson, 60’

Mariners flyer Trent Buhagiar appeared to be in goal after a delightful ball over the top by Blake Powell but was taken out by the onrushing Jerrad Tyson.  The Wanderers keeper was shown his marching orders with the visitors forced to play the final 30 minutes  with 10 men.


Western Sydney Wanderers are now undefeated in their last five games against Central Coast Mariners (W4, D1)

-Western Sydney Wanderers have won five of their last six away games within New South Wales (D1)



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Melbourne Victory 1 – 1 Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A wasteful Melbourne Victory have butchered the chance to make it three straight wins after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Perth Glory on Friday night. Victory dominated large periods at AAMI Park but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard with Glory earning a vital point away from home. Melbourne started brightly and looked threatening in the early stages but fell behind inside 20 minutes with Andy Keogh punishing the hosts following a clinical Glory counter-attack. The hosts clicked into gear after conceding and found a deserved equaliser with Besart Berisha on target just before the half-time interval. Kevin Muscat’s side continued to dominate possession but poor finishing and a dogged Glory outfit frustrated Victory as both sides were forced to share the spoils.

GOALS 0-1 Glory:  Andy Keogh 17’ A superb ball from Nebojsa Marinkovic played Chris Harold in behind with the winger expertly pulling the ball back for Andy Keogh who smashed a powerful strike past the helpless Lawrence Thomas.

1-1 Victory: Besart Berisha 41’

Marco Rojas found himself in space on the right flank before delivering a teasing cross which was inexplicably missed by Glory defender Dino Djulbic with Berisha on hand to finish from close range.



Deep into stoppage time, James Troisi looked to have stolen all three points with an audacious volley only for his shot to ricochet off the post and away to safety.


Perth Glory are undefeated in their last seven games against Melbourne Victory (W3, D4)

Victory dominated possession (66.7%), Shots on goal (20 to 2) and shots on target (5 to 1)

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Virgin Australia top on-time honours for October

It was a tight bunch at the top of the punctuality tables in October, with Virgin Australia and its regional arm taking the honours for on-time performance.

Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed Virgin Australia regional had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals in October with 85.2 per cent of its services arriving within 15 minutes of schedule. The figure was unchanged from the previous month.

Regional carriers finished one-two in terms of on-time arrivals, with QantasLink in second place at 84.5 per cent. Virgin was third at 84.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, Virgin led the pack for on-time departures at 87.3 per cent, up 0.3 percentage points from September. Regional Express (Rex) was a close second at 86.9 per cent, followed by Virgin Australia Regional at 85.7 per cent

The battle for passengers has led to a strong emphasis on punctuality for airlines in an effort to attract and retain customers, particularly those in the lucrative corporate and government travel sector.

Among the low-cost carriers, Tigerair Australia again finished ahead of rival Jetstar in the punctuality stakes.

Tigerair achieved an on-time arrivals rate of 78.9 per cent in October, down 3.7 per cent from September, while its on-time departures was 3.2 percentage points lower in the month at 81.5 per cent.

Jetstar had 72.4 per cent of its flights arrive on time, while more than three in 10 of its flights left the game more than 15 minutes later than the scheduled departure.

Tigerair chief executive Rob Sharp said recently improving on-time performance has been an area the Virgin Australia-owned carrier had invested heavily in.

“We’ve put processes in place that are designed to be dependable, replicable. We’ve also enhanced infrastructure access – infrastructure has been a key element to turning the business around on the operational side,” Sharp told delegates at the CAPA – Centre for Aviation Australia Pacific Aviation Summit in Brisbane on August 4.

“Partnering with best-of-breed engineering and also investing in a number of customer innovations which have also improved on-time performance.”

The monthly BITRE report also noted Rex had the lowest number of cancellations in the month at 0.5 per cent, followed by Tigerair at 1.1 per cent.

At the other end of the scale, QantasLink (2.8 per cent) and Virgin Australia Regional (2.4 per cent) had the highest number of cancellations.

The figures showed Ayers Rock Airport had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals at 95.1 per cent in October, while Moranbah Airport topped the list for on-time departures at 94 per cent. There were no capital city airports in the top 10 for either on-time arrivals or departures.

On-time arrivals for October (figure in brackets indicates percentage point change from previous month)
Virgin Australia Regional 85.2% (0)
QantasLink 84.5% (+1.2)
Virgin 84.3% (-0.8)
Rex 84.0% (+0.7)
Qantas 83.2% (-3.8)
Tigerair 78.9% (-3.7)
Jetstar 72.4% (-4.4)

Virgin network 84.4% (-0.7)
Qantas network 83.9% (-1.1)

On-time departures for October (figure in brackets indicates percentage point change from previous month)
Virgin 87.3% (+0.3)
Rex 86.9% (+0.7)
Virgin Australia Regional 85.7% (-2.7)
QantasLink 85.6% (+0.8)
Qantas 84.6% (-3.3)
Tigerair 81.5% (-3.2)
Jetstar 69.5% (-4.9)

Virgin network 87.2% (+0.1)
Qantas network 85.1% (-1.2)

(Source: BITRE)

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