The Broome Side
Michael Dawson and Mike Doyle were bestowed the honour of coaching Broome's first Women's rep side. The first priority was locating enough players for a team.
Prior to the establishment of the women’s competition in Broome, opportunities for players seeking competitive soccer were in the newly established and mainly manly BLiga comp.
Around a half a dozen women played in BLiga in 2008.
Hagan’s Heroes (later to become Meatworks FC) was the club with the higher female representation; Kristen Orazi, Monique Ellis and Karen Salkilld all donned the green and red.
Alyssa Byron played as striker for Broome City and defending champions Pearl Coast Pirates (later merged with Broome City) had Julia Marley in defence.
During a St Patrick's day social match in March, Claire Carson had played exceptionally well in goal for the Irish side (as featured below in a local TV news story of the event) and was prepared to don the gloves again - this time for Broome.
The surprise of the game came in the form of 13 year old Kate Thayer. Having been brought down to bolster Broome's numbers by Hagans Heros hardman (and father) Gary, Kate would score a hat trick and reveal talent that later secured a scholarship to the US with William Penn University.
Newman travelled with a match day squad of 16 and a number of supporting volunteers, all sporting infamous 'Spiderman goes to a rave' playing kits.
Broome's Michael Dawson and Newman's Damien 'Damo' Gregson had coached as rivals in the Goldfields Soccer Association Women's Comp in prior years. Dawson with College and Twin City and Damo with Boulder City.
Following the half time break and team talks, Newman rallied and looked to be taking control of the game. Then a goal against the run of play from Byron crushed the Newman spirit and weary heads went down. Thayer scored two more to complete her hat trick and Newman grabbed a late consolation goal to finish the game 7-2.
Photos ®2008 Warren Bartlett and broomesport.com. Story by M Dawson.