The UC Capitals, Canberra United and the ACT Meteors have launched the women’s summer of sport, as all three teams prepare to host their first game of their 2023/24 seasons in the nation’s capital.
Joining forces to highlight Canberra’s women’s teams in elite national competitions, CU player Sasha Grove said that it was a great experience to meet players from Canberra’s other elite womens teams.
“Really fun to meet all the girls here today. They’re all really good at what they do and they’re really passionate about what they do as well. It was a really nice experience” said Grove.
UC Capitals player Abby Solway said it’s great to come together to showcase the talent of the athletes.
“Doing things like this and getting together and allowing women to empower women and getting out to watch each other is so important,” she said.
“It’s a really exciting time to be involved and watch women’s sport.”
The ACT Meteors play their second round of Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) matches this weekend, hosting the reigning champion Tasmanian Tigers on Sunday and next Tuesday at EPC Solar Park in Phillip.
The UC Capitals are ready to tip off their campaign on November 5 at the National Convention Centre Canberra and Canberra United’s A-League Women’s season starting October 15, the clubs will also be offering fans the opportunity to experience each other’s game days.
The UC Capitals will provide free entry to Canberra United members for Rounds 8 and 14, when the Caps go up against Adelaide Lightning and the Sydney Flames,
Canberra United will invite and Caps members to attend games at no cost in Rounds 9 and 15, when United hosts the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne City.
Grove said that it has been a special experience to see Australia get behind womens sport off the back of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“Football is a sport that really unites the world and it’s been really beautiful to see so many people that don’t necessarily play the game really get behind it. So many people, walking around the streets you’d see them in matildas jerseys and that’s where the pride starts.
“It was a beautiful moment for Australians to really get behind what it means to be an Australian in terms of the sports that we love and support”.
The flow on effect of the Matildas success is already being felt with membership record being smashed by A-League clubs.
“I feel like the flow on effects from that will definitely come into the Liberty A-League. We’ve seen a lot of the membership records are being smashed this season, Canberra included, as well as Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory. If anything, that’s beyond promising”.
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