With a roller coaster 2018/19 Westfield W-League season now closed, players have begun dispersing across the country and the world to continue their Football throughout the year.
We know how much you loved everyone this season, so we want you to keep an eye on them even when they aren’t in green.
Check out the list below to find out where everyone from this season’s squad will be plying their trade through 2019!
Macarthur Rams: The Rams will be chock full of United talent this season as they look to replicate their 2019 NSW NPLW Grand Final win over Sydney University. Sham Khamis will be anchoring the Rams between the sticks after an astounding Westfield W-League season, while Natasha Prior will be just ahead of her in the centre of defence as she makes her return to Football from concussion. Nikola Orgill will join the Rams this year after spending a chunk of 2018 training overseas ahead of a maiden season with United, and Rosie Galea will round out the green contingent at the Rams in midfield.
Sydney Uni: A talented trio from Canberra United will feature at the Uni this year under former Canberra United assistant Alex Epakis. Nicki Flannery will return out wide once more, with Taren King joined at the back by Clare Hunt as the rehabilitation and recovery period from a serious knee injury comes to a close. With her time in the Canberra United Academy now over, promising young forward Aoife Colvill will join the trio at the University this season.
Blacktown Spartans: Olivia Price started the season slowly before coming an indispensable member of Heather Garriock’s midfield and the energetic 22-year-old will form a key part of the Blacktown Spartan run at the NSW NPLW during the 2019 winter season.
Future Matildas: While she will not be competing in the NSW NPLW, teenage star Karly Roestbakken will train and play matches with the Future Matildas program as she looks to cement her place as one of the next in line for a national call-up.
Moreton Bay Jets: After an incredible 50-goal NPLW season in 2018 split between Gold Coast United and the Moreton Bay Jets, Meaghan McElligott will return to the latter this season and look to continue that scoring form.
Lions FC: With a season of Westfield W-League training under her belt, former Gold Coast United goalkeeper Cassandra Zaffina has joined Lions FC for the upcoming NPLW season.
Bayside United: When the National Premier Leagues Women’s Victoria kicks off this weekend, Melissa Maizels will be lining up between the sticks for Bayside United once again as they take on the Senior NTC side on Saturday afternoon.
Belconnen United: Locally, Belconnen United will be aiming for another run at the NPLW title after taking home the treble in 2018 and both Lauren Keir & Maddy Whittall will be key cogs in their run against a strengthened Canberra FC side featuring former United players Grace Gill & Chantel Jones.
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Portland Thorns: Star full back Ellie Carpenter will join the Westfield Matildas for their tilt at the inaugural Cup of Nations in March, after being named in Ante Milicic’s squad for the tournament. Following that, Carpenter will head over to Portland and join her Thorns teammates for a second season in the NWSL.
North Carolina Courage: After helping the Courage to a Premiership/Championship double last season, Irish Midfielder Denise O’Sullivan will return to North Carolina for the 2019 campaign. With her native country not headed to the FIFA Women’s World Cup O’Sullivan can concentrate everything into her club efforts, with the Courage once more looming large as favourites for the season ahead.
Utah Royals: United skipper Rachel Corsie has a busy year ahead, beginning with another NWSL season with the Utah Royals. After beginning the season there, Corsie will link up with her Scotland National Team to take on the small task of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, matched up in a group with England, Japan and Argentina. Once the Cup is over, Corsie will head back to Utah to finish off the 2019 NWSL season.
Washington Spirit: Early this week forward Paige Nielsen signed with the Spirit, increasing the Canberra United presence in the NWSL. Since departing United midway through the season, Nielsen had some time off and trained with her former program at the University of North Carolina.
Czech Republic: Chilean star Maria Jose Rojas is headed to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup during the year, but before then has found herself a club to call home. She will be playing in the Czech Republic for Sparta Prague.
Banyana Banyana duo Rhoda Mulaudzi and Refiloe Jane are right back in action following the Westfield W-League season, as they get ready for the Cyprus Women’s Cup to begin this week. South Africa are in a group with Finland, Korea DPR and the Czech Republic, with the tournament serving as a warm-up for their historic first appearance at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France later in the year.
We’ll update with more information on other members of the squad soon!