Blackmores Back Sydney FC W-League Team

Sydney FC W-League coach Alen Stajcic has unveiled a younger and exciting Sky Blues outfit, full of international experience and ready to regain their crown with the support of a major sponsor for the 2012/13 W-League season.

Sydney FC W-League coach Alen Stajcic has unveiled a younger and exciting Sky Blues outfit, full of international experience and ready to regain their crown with the support of a major sponsor for the 2012/13 W-League season.

Blackmores, Australia-s leading natural health brand, has joined the Sydney FC W-League team, which boasts eight Australian internationals, three New Zealand Internationals and six players who have represented Australia at underage level (U17 and U20).

Leading the way will be Westfield Matilda-s Kyah Simon, Ellyse Perry, Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord and Alanna Kennedy as well as Kiwi Internationals Annalie Longo, Hannah Bromley and Emma Kete.

Kyah Simon, who turned down approaches from Western Sydney to stay loyal to Sydney FC, will take over from Danielle Brogan as Team Captain after Brogan was unfortunately ruled out for the season after rupturing her ACL in pre season.

W-League coach Alen Stajcic described the team as exciting. “We-re thrilled with the team we have been able to put together for the 2012/13 season,” Stajcic said. “We have selected a younger team with pace, mobility and some of the most exciting players in Australian women-s football.

“Kyah will captain the team, which is a sign of the younger, more exciting squad we have selected. She takes over from Danielle Brogan, who was going to play a big part in the season until she unfortunately suffered the knee injury.

“We have been training well and we-re really looking forward to the season kick off against Newcastle on 21 October.”

The surge in corporate support enjoyed by Sydney FC has also spilled over into the W-League with Blackmores becoming shirt sponsors for the women-s team for the 2012/13 season.

Blackmores becomes the first company to invest money directly into the Sydney FC W-League team, a sign of the increased popularity of women-s football. The Blackmore-s logo will be proudly displayed on the front of the Sydney FC W-League and National Youth League strips.

“Blackmores is thrilled to be partnering with Sydney FC-s Women-s and Youth Leagues, and wish them the best of luck for the season ahead,” said Blackmores Director, Sales and Marketing, Jim Van Bruinessen.

“As Australia-s leading natural health brand, Blackmores understands the benefits of being more active. Through our sponsorship of the Blackmores W-League and Youth League we hope to inspire many more Australian Women and kids to give this fast-growing sport a try.”

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata welcomed Blackmores to Sydney FC and also wished the W-League team every success in the 2012/13 season.

“Sydney FC is grateful for the support of Blackmores with the W-League and National Youth League teams,” Pignata said. “We have received a lot of corporate support but for Blackmores to commit to helping our women-s team is a testament to the growth and popularity of women-s football.”

Sydney FC W-League squad: Kyah Simon forward Westfield Matilda Ellyse Perry defender Westfield Matilda Caitlin Foord forward Westfield Matilda Samantha Kerr forward Westfield Matilda Renee Rollason defender Westfield Matilda Alanna Kennedy midfielder Westfield Matilda Teresa Polias midfielder Westfield Matilda Nicola Bolger midfielder Westfield Matilda Emma Kete forward New Zealand International Hannah Bromley defender New Zealand International Annalie Longo midfielder New Zealand International Sian McLaren goalkeeper Westfield Young Matilda (U20s) Brittany Whitfield forward Westfield Young Matilda (U20s) Amy Harrison forward Australian U17 representative Sham Khamis goalkeeper Australian U17 representative Elizabeth Ralston defender Australian U17 representative Megan McLaughlin midfielder Australian U17 representative Chloe Logarzo forward Larissa Crummer forward Natalie Tobin midfielder

2012/13 Sydney FC Memberships are now on sale with Public Transport to and from the game from all over Sydney covered in the Membership price.

Purchase your 2012/13 Sydney FC Membership here or call (02) 8314 5100.