Ashburton United Women’s Premier League team has signalled that it is serious about playing finals football in this year’s competition by signing star striker Laura Spiranovic.
Spriranovic’s strength, speed and height will top off what is starting to look like a formidable line up of experienced and young developing players. Spiranovic is a two time WPL golden boot winner, 2011 WPL player of the year and has also played several seasons with Melbourne Victory. In addition, Laura has spearheaded South Melbourne to the 2011 WPL Championship and to the WPL State Knockout finals.
Ashburton Senior Coach Sinisa Cohadzic commented - “Laura is a massive signing for Ashburton United’s WPL team and will help us achieve the objectives set for this year. She will bring quality, experience and goals to make us a real force in the front third. Most importantly she will be a wonderful role model for all the girls in Ashburton United community and a great inspiration.”
With Kristin Stensholt returning to the club, Spiranovic is the second major signing for Ashburton this year. " Mini-Matilda" Melissa Ayres has also committed for 2015 and more announcements will follow in the new year.
The first former player to sign on for Ashburton next year is Kristin Stensholt who is departing Sandringham to return to the club where it all started for her. Kristin is the first of several returning players excited by the new Ashburton.
Over a coffee yesterday Kristin outlined her reasons for returning.
“The prospect of playing for the largest club in Victoria is exciting. The fact that we have additional resources, quality programs in place, top level coaches makes the future very exciting. The commitment to pursuing an alternative home playing field for the WPL team is one of the benefits accruing from the merger.”
In terms of expectations for this year Kristin’s comments mirrored senior coach, Sinisa Cohadzic’s view that we will play finals this year. “Despite having a core of younger developing players, the influx of new signings means we are expecting to play finals and besides I feel like I have unfinished business at Ashburton.”
Kristin also sees the new coaching structure headed up by Technical Director Will Hastie as a significant positive. “Will provides support to all the coaches and is very supportive of the women’s program. In the new club we can be confident the team will have access to the resources we need to carry on a professional program. ”
Senior coach Sinisa Cohadzic was delighted to have Kristin on board and commented.
“I am delighted having such a good and experienced player back to the club to help us achieve our objective to play finals football this season. She will bring lots of stability, quality and will help younger players around her to develop and improve.”
The two Ashburton clubs will formally merge on Wednesday 3 December, subject to voting at their respective AGMs and the Ashburton women will play under the Ashburton United brand in 2015. From 2015 girls will be able to play football in the one club from ages 6 to 36.
Details are as follows:
Warner Reserve, Samarinda Ave., Ashburton
Wednesday 3 December - 6:30pm
Monday 8 December - 6:30pm
Wednesday 10 December - 6:30pm
Monday 15 December - 6:30pm
Wednesday 17 December - 6:30pm
After 10 years as a stand-alone club Ashburton Women's Scoccer Club is merging with Ashburton United Soccer Club to form one of the largest soccer clubs in the State. The committee of AWSC sees this merger as a positive step for women's and girls' football in Melbourne's east and the merged entity will provide enhanced opportunities for women and girls to participate and excel in football in the region. As a result of the pending merger the governing bodies of both clubs have agreed to a new coaching structure. All coaching poitions in both clubs will be declared vacant and and positions filled through a consistent selection process.
Expressions of interest for the first two postions are now open.
AWSC Senior Presentation Night will be held on Friday 26 September, 7:30pm.
All WPL, WPL Reserves and State League Players, Parents, friends welcome !
The Venue is Columbo's Family Restaurant, 250 Whitehorse Road,Balwyn
Tickets can now be booked on-line at http://www.trybooking.com/FZCQ .
Please book (and pay online $30 + booking fee) ASAP as we really do not want to handle cash on the night .
We have changed our venue this year to make the event more affordable for everyone.
The dining arrangements will be: Variety of Pizza and Pasta, served banquet style to the table.Includes Salad for the Table, with Tea and Coffee.
Drinks can be purchased at the bar.
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