Adelaide United FC (W-League)

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Adelaide United WFC
Full name Adelaide United Women's Football Club
Nickname(s) Lady Reds, United
Founded 2008
Ground Adelaide Shores Football Centre, Adelaide
Ground Capacity 3,000
Chairman Greg Griffin
Manager Jamie Harnwell
League W-League
2015–16 5th (league)

Adelaide United FC is an Australian semi-professional association football team based in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded in 2008, it is the affiliated women's team of Adelaide United. The team currently competes in the country's top-tier women's domestic competition, the W-League.


Adelaide United Women's team was formed in 2008 with the inception of the W-League, becoming one of the founding eight teams.[1] The inaugural set up saw North Eastern MetroStars coach Michael Barnett take charge[2] with ex-Adelaide United player Richie Alagich take up the assistant coach role and Matildas stalwart Dianne Alagich named as captain.[3]

Adelaide's first game was on 25 October 2008 against Queensland Roar at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, which ended in a 4–1 loss with Sharon Black getting the consolation goal.[4] The first win came in round 2 against the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh Stadium, a hard fought 3-2 win thanks to a hat-trick from Sandra Scalzi.[5] The Reds followed this up with another 3–2 win over Sydney FC before failing to win any of their next 7 league games, finished last in the eight-team competition in their inaugural season.

After a disappointing inaugural season drastic changes were made to the playing staff including the retirement of experienced campaigners Sharon Black and Dianne Alagich to create a youthful team for the 2009 season.[6][7] Despite the new look squad Adelaide continued to struggle in the league failing to win any of the first 5 games which included a record equaling defeat against Sydney FC on 1 November 2009.[8] The first goal of the 2009 season was scored by Tenneille Boaler against Newcastle Jets in the round 6 clash at the Wanderers Oval the game ended in a 3 – 3 draw handing Adelaide its second point of the year.[9] The season didn't get any better for Adelaide as they failed to win a single game in the second season but thanks to an unlikely 2 all draw with power house team Brisbane Roar they finished the season in 7th place their best ever finish to date.[10] Most Valuable player for 2009 season Racheal Quigley.

The 2010-11 season was even worse for the Lady Reds as they lost all ten of their W-League matches. They only scored four goals and finished with a disappointing -32 goal differential; they tied their worst defeat with a –1 loss to Newcastle in round nine. Coach Michael Barnett was let go at the end of the disappointing season, and was replaced by David Edmondson.

Adelaide continued to struggle through most of the 2011-12 season as they opened the campaign with six more losses, scoring four goals during that time while letting twenty-one in. This was better pace than the previous season, though, and the Lady Reds showed significant improvement in on-field play versus 2010-2011, cited as being "unlucky" to not come away with at least a point on multiple occasions. They finally snapped their winless and losing streaks, at 34 and 18 games respectively, with a 1–0 defeat of the Perth Glory in round eight, taking them off the bottom of the table for the first time since November 2009.

Colours and badge[edit]

Since its inception Adelaide United has played in a predominantly all-red home kit. For the inaugural season the away kit consisted of a white top and socks and red shorts; during the 2009 season the away kit changed to a black top with red shorts and socks.

The badge is heavily based on the Adelaide United men's team, with the logo being encased in a W-League shield; as is the case with every other W-League club.


Main article: Hindmarsh Stadium

Adelaide United WFC play their home games at Hindmarsh Stadium where they sometimes play a curtain-raiser to A-League games.[11]

Current squad[edit]

squad for the 2015-16 season. (current at 31 December 2015)

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Kaitlyn Savage
2 Australia DF Lauren Steer
3 Australia DF Alexandra Gummer
4 United States MF Sarah Killion (on loan from Sky Blue FC)
5 Australia FW Allira Toby
6 Australia DF Chantelle Ryder
8 Australia FW Emily Condon
9 Australia FW Marijana Rajcic (Captain)
10 Australia MF Georgia Campagnale
11 Australia FW Rosie Sutton
12 New Zealand DF Elizabeth Milne
No. Position Player
13 United States DF Abby Dahlkemper (on loan from Western New York Flash)
14 Australia DF Grace Abbey
15 Australia DF Matilda McNamara
16 Australia MF Nora Peat
17 Australia FW Tiarn Powell
18 Australia MF Lorena Maggio
19 Australia MF Gabby Bentley
20 Australia GK Claudia Jenkins
21 Australia FW Isabel Hodgson

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Australia Jamie Harnwell
Assistant Coach Australia Simon Catanzaro
Goalkeeper Coach Australia Neil Tate
Conditioning Coach Australia Nik Hagicostas
Doctor Australia James Ilic
Physiotherapist Australia Marieke Cornielissen
Physiotherapist Australia Harry Roesch
Sports Trainer Australia Carol Goddard


Last updated 20 November 2010

Name From To Played Won  Drawn Lost
Australia Michael Barnett Sep 2008 Feb 2011 30 2 4 24
England David Edmondson Sep 2011 Aug 2013 22 3 0 19
Australia Ross Aloisi Aug 2013 Jul 2015 24 6 5 13
Australia Jamie Harnwell Jul 2015


Last updated 18 December 2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Westfield W-League officially launched". A-League. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "MetroStars Coaches". MetroStars. 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Former Matilda named as Reds' W-League Captain". Adelaide United. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Forsaith, Rob (25 October 2008). "Roar fires early". A-League. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Scalzi fires United home". A-League. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Lady Reds to take off against Jets in Westfield W-League". Adelaide United. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Di Alagich ends amazing career in football". Adelaide United. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Ormond, Aiden (1 November 2009). "Sydney destroys Adelaide". A-League. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Hughes, Mark (7 November 2009). "Goals galore for Jets, Reds". A-League. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Guoth, Nick (5 December 2009). "Adelaide United Women go down to Canberra United". Adelaide United. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "W-League: Reds come home". SBS. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 

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