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Football West Technical Manager Cris Ola puts on a Coach Education practical session with the Hyundai TSP

Glory stars on hand to see youngsters shine

Football West News

Some of the most promising young players from the Mid West were in Perth on Saturday as part of a busy morning at Gibbney Reserve.

And they were joined by two stars from the Perth Glory Women side which reached the 2019 W-League Grand Final.

West Australians Leticia McKenna and Jenna Onions delighted their young fans as they signed autographs, posed for photographs and took part in a Q&A.


Youngsters queue to meet Perth Glory Women stars Jenna Onions and Leticia McKenna

But the hard work was done by the girls and boys in the development camp, including 28 players from Geraldton whose talent was identified during the Geraldton Junior Soccer Association competition.

Two matches took place, starting with a Girls Under-11/12 game between a Geraldton side and a team from the Hyundai Skills Acquisition Program.

This was followed by a Boys U13/14 match between Geraldton and the Hyundai SAP.

The U14s Hyundai SAP and Geraldton SAP players prior to their friendly

While these games were taking place, goalkeeper coach Dylan worked with young players on an adjoining pitch while Technical Manager Cris Ola undertook a practical session with the Hyundai Talent Support Program.

A third pitch was used by the Girls Hyundai TSP, the Boys Under 9/10 and 11/12 Hyundai SDP, followed by the Boys Under 15/16 Hyundai SDP and the Girls U9/10 Hyundai SAP.

Hyundai U12s Girls SAP take on the Geraldton SAP Girls

And a fourth pitch was also in operation, with a Geraldton Boys session, a Geraldton Girls session and joint session.

Football West Skill Acquisition Trainer Brad Hassell said it was a fantastic morning.

“It was great to have the Geraldton players down here and they all seemed to enjoy it and get a lot out of it. Mid West Administration Officer Tanya Amazzini came down with them and they also took in an NPL match,” he said.

“It was certainly busier than normal, having four pitches in full-time operation, but it went really well and we look forward to doing similar activations in the future.”

The two Glory players attended as part of the Club Ambassador Program.

Perth Glory Women duo Jenna Onions, left, and Leticia McKenna, right, were hugely popular with the young players