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 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Ground Capacity 16,500
Chairman Greg Griffin
Manager Jamie Harnwell (2015)
League W-League
2014 7th (league)
Current season

Adelaide United Women's Football Club 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 7-1 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. The 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]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Melissa Barbieri
2 Australia MF Monique Iannella
4 Australia DF Lauren Steer
5 Australia DF Jessie Wharepouri
6 Australia MF Dylan Holmes
7 Denmark MF Katrine Pedersen
8 Australia MF Emily Condon
9 Norway MF Lisa-Marie Woods
10 Australia MF Alexandra Chidiac
11 Australia MF Isabel Hodgson
No. Position Player
12 Australia DF Daila Tais-Borg
14 Australia FW Rachel Alonso
15 Australia DF Jenna McCormick
16 England MF Katie Holtham
17 Australia FW Tiarn Powell
18 Australia MF Georgia Campagnale
19 Australia DF Gaby Bentley
20 Australia GK Sarah Willacy
23 England FW Kristy Moore (Captain)

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Australia Ross Aloisi
Assistant Coach Australia Geoff Hargreaves
Assistant Coach Australia Paul Pezos
Assistant Coach Australia Joel Porter
Assistant Coach Australia Tracey Jenkins
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 Present 24 6 5 13


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. ^ Wilson, Marcus (31 November 2008). "Scalzi fires United home". A-League. Retrieved 14 January 2009.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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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