BSA Ladies rep side of 2008

The first ever game for a Broome Soccer Women’s rep side was ironically played in 2008 at a venue called Male Oval.

Prior to the establishment of a ladies comp in Broome, the only opportunities for female players looking for competitive soccer was to play in the mainly manly BLiga comp, and around a half a dozen did so.

Hagan’s Heroes (a precursor side to Meatworks FC) was the club with the greatest female representation; Kristen Orazi, Monique Ellis and Karen Salkilld all donned the green and red for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Pearl Coast Pirates (later merged with Broome City) had Julia Marley and Broome City had Alyssa Bartlett playing up front.

Photos courtesy of Warren Bartlett (2008).

In 2008, the inland Pilbara mining town Newman (with a population of around only 5500), had a local ladies soccer league with four sides and were keen to test their finest players against another regional side (and enjoy a boozy weekend away from their remote desert home).

With limited options for competition in the Pilbara, Newman approached the Broome Soccer Association (BSA) and requested a game in Broome. Despite the absence of any organised women’s football sides in Broome, the BSA obliged and a game was organised for the evening of Saturday, August 27th.
16 Newman players and three coaching staff travelled the 1050kms to Broome for the game.

The BSA appointed a coaching team of Mike Doyle and Michael Dawson (MD2) for the match and began the search for additional players.

Hagan’s Heroes hard man and BSA veteran Gary Thayer bought down his 12 year old daughter Kate to join the side. A move which would unexpectedly ensure victory for for the home side.