Bankstown City FC starting to roar

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By Pete Nowakowski, Pete Nowakowski is a Roar Rookie


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    With the news that Bankstown City FC would be participating in the 2013 NSW Women’s Super League competition, the club hit the ground running.

    Building a club from the ground up takes patience, the right frame of mind and, of course, a positive attitude.

    Thanks to the acquisition of Dejan Strezovski as the club’s technical director as well as the senior coaching staff of the accomplished Ross Anderson and former Socceroo Gustavo Cerro, a strong club culture was born.

    With news travelling fast that Bankstown City were establishing themselves as a fresh start for players, where they have the ability to play ‘pretty’ football and showcase their skills in a positive limelight, there was no shortage of players wanting to be seen in the historic red and black kit and enjoy the comforts of Jensen Park.

    In what can only be considered as the biggest signing in recent Women’s Super League history, Bankstown announced that former Marconi Stallions and Premier League star Samantha Muscat would take the position of club captain – a role the influential playmaker is relishing:

    “Our squad definitely has the potential to be very competitive in our first year. We have the perfect balance between experience and youth and on our day we will be very tough to beat.”

    It is Samantha’s uncle who kick-started her passion in the round ball game from a young age, “football is in my blood. My dad and my uncle taught me the basics and it wasn’t until I went to Malta for a holiday that my cousins really showed me what you can do with the ball and so it is from there that football became more than just a game, it became my life and has made me the person I am today.”

    Joining Samantha in the first team set up in 2013 include the likes of Bianca Howarth, Mansio Michael, Beautrice Sim-Sing, Ashley Kirby and the safest hands in the competition, Amanda Horafios.

    All bring a wealth of Premier League experience, knowledge and wisdom to the squad, which will help the club rise to prominence next season.

    Young and upcoming stars to keep an eye on next season will be 16 year old left back Elyse Cuerden, 17 year old midfield maestro Amy Jagelman and Tijana Cerro, who has been dubbed ‘the silent assassin’ for her ability to make game changing runs from almost any position on the field.

    Bankstown City FC is more than just a club. It is a family now. With every player working together alongside the parents, coaches and everyone else behind the scenes, there is no hiding the professionalism that the club are working towards and the high expectations in 2013.

    For more information, follow the club on Twitter @BankstownCityFC

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • November 19th 2012 @ 6:56am
      cliffclavin said | November 19th 2012 @ 6:56am | ! Report

      nice article. keep em coming on womens football.

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        November 19th 2012 @ 9:56am
        Pete Nowakowski said | November 19th 2012 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        Thanks! I’ve actually been offered the position as the NSW Women’s Premier League journalist for Football NSW in 2013 so will be posting loads more articles about women’s football in the coming months.

    • November 19th 2012 @ 7:55am
      theevilq8 said | November 19th 2012 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      Excellent news. Women’s football is truly on the rise!

    • November 19th 2012 @ 10:09am
      Deegley said | November 19th 2012 @ 10:09am | ! Report

      Great article. It really makes me want to get out to a game..if I were in Australia. I’ll be keeping my eye on Bankstown City FC from afar.

    • November 19th 2012 @ 10:40am
      Punter said | November 19th 2012 @ 10:40am | ! Report

      Look forward to it all Pete, women’s football has had such a huge rise in standard, media attention & participation rates lately, all very good for womens football.

    • November 19th 2012 @ 2:01pm
      sledgeross said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

      And none of the players mentioned names end in “ski”! lol
      Great work the Lions!

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        November 19th 2012 @ 2:15pm
        Pete Nowakowski said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

        Haha, don’t worry, the option of adding ‘ski’ to player’s last names have suggested so they feel more homely in the traditional black and red striped kit. 😉

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