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Barbieri To Make Women's Super League Appearance
Taroona Football Club has announced that Melissa Barbieri, a former Matildas’ captain with 86 appearances for Australia, will play in their PFD Women’s Super League team on July 31 against the Olympia Warriors at KGV.
Barbieri played in a record four FIFA World Cup's for Australia between 2003 and 2015, keeping more clean sheets than any other Australian keeper in the process. She also captained the side in their historic 2010 AFC Asian Cup, becoming the first Australian national team to win a major tournament in the Asian Confederation.
Taroona FC Technical Director, John Meehan, indicated that this will be an important day for women’s football in Tasmania.
“The Women’s Super League has provided a platform for women to play in a strong state-wide competition which has been fantastic for Tasmanian football. Taroona are proud to be able to bring Melissa Barbieri to Tasmania - not just for the club, but the game overall. We hope this continues to build interest across the wider community as we are providing an opportunity for everyone to see one of Australia's greatest footballers play locally.”
Taroona FC Coach, Brent McKay, is confident the form that has seen Melissa twice awarded W-League Goalkeeper of the Year and helped take Heidelberg United FC to the final of the 2016 Team App Cup will flow through his Taroona squad in their Super League clash against Olympia Warriors.
“We’re excited about having Melissa in the team as she is a true legend of the Australian game, an exceptional player and leader on and off the field,” McKay said. “Giving the Taroona women an opportunity to play alongside someone of Melissa’s calibre will no doubt be one of their career highlights. We believe this is what the Super League is all about – aspiring to play at a higher level and promoting and growing women’s football.”
Melissa Barbieri added, “I am extremely excited to be joining Taroona for game day and really hope the community comes out and enjoys the game too. It’s a very exciting time for women’s football and we all need to get behind it and help it grow and that starts in your own backyard, all the way to The Matildas in Rio! I have fond memories of football in Tasmania so I’m keen to add another to the memory bank.”
The game will be played at KGV Oval in Glenorchy on July 31 at 4:30 pm. A gold-coin donation on the gate will go towards the suicide prevention charity, SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.