NPLW Victoria is set to get underway this weekend with Football Federation Victoria (FFV) pushing to improve women’s football’s marketing in Australia.
In a big week in attempt to boost women’s football with Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) launching Grassroots to Greatness Roadmap, FFV is also trying to grasp the attention with their media campaign.
A total of 21 players who took field in the 2016/17 W-League competition will be involved with NPLW Victoria this season.
In addition to, Matildas Emma Checker (Canberra United/Alamein FC) and Alex Chidiac (Adelaide United/Heidelberg United) may also feature in the NPLW VIC this season but are on duty with the national team in Portugal for the Algarve Cup.
Just like what the FFV are doing with their men’s competition, they have launched a similar look for their women in a bid to attract more lovers for the women’s game.
Calder United SC defeated Geelong Galaxy United FC 2-1 in the Grand Final last season in September and have already sent out a statement after smashing Heidelberg 7-1 in the NPLW community shield last Sunday.
Melbourne Victory stars Gulcan Koca, who is also Turkish international will remain with Calder this season and 2016 Victory Medal winner Annabel Martin will remain with Galaxy as well.
Victory teenager MelindaJ Barbieri who is the reigning NPLW Best and Fairest winner and took out the 2016 Victory Young Player of the Year award will play with FFV NTC this year.
Goalkeeper Beth Mason-Jones who received opportunities with Victory last season will be with Calder with teammate Rachel Alonso.
South Melbourne have secured Victory pair Alex Gummer and Alex Cheal while Lia Privitelli will continue for Bulleen Lions.
And Victory teammates Laura Spiranovic, Kariah White, Emily Kenshole and Adriana and Melissa Taranto will all be in Galaxy colours.
Brisbane Roar forward Cortnee Vine had an interrupted season with a fractured fibula but is looking to have a strong year with Heidelberg United as well as Melbourne City championship winner Tyla-Jay Vlajnic who is with Bulleen.
A total of eight Young Matildas who were invited to camps took part in 2016 NPLW VIC with three featuring in this year’s competition.
The season opener will be between Southern United FC and Alamein on Saturday at 3pm while Galaxy play Heidelberg in the same afternoon. There rest of the games will be played the following day to cap off Round 1.
Main Photo: Victory and Bulleen winger Lia Privitelli raring to go for the Lions this year. By Mark Avellino Photography