W-League Blockbuster To Kick Off In The Valley

02 October 2017

Gippslanders can watch and learn from some of Australia’s top female footballers when Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United face off in a pre-season W-League friendly later this month.

Acting Minister for Sport Luke Donnellan confirmed the fixture today, one of many high-profile events the Andrews Labor Government is bringing to Gippsland this year.

The game will take place at the Latrobe Sports and Entertainment Stadium in Morwell on 21 October.

Stars from both teams, including Matildas players and recent Victory recruits Casey Dumont and Laura Alleway, and longtime Melbourne Victory star Gulcan Koca, will be hosting clinics with students from local schools, sharing tips on how to become the best.

The W-League friendly is another win for women’s football in Victoria, following the recent announcement of a Matildas double-header against China in Melbourne and Geelong in November.

Sports action in the Valley doesn’t stop there. From 19-22 October, 150 of Australia’s best cyclists will pedal their way through the region for the iconic Tour of Gippsland Criterium Series.

Then on Friday 15 December, the Melbourne Stars go head-to-head with the Hobart Hurricanes during a pre-season friendly for the Big Bash League in Traralgon.

This exciting calendar of events is proudly funded by the Labor Government through the Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative – an $85 million investment in sports and community infrastructure, events and associated support programs.

Games like these bring more visitors to the region, create jobs, keep the local economy strong and inspire the next generation of aspiring Matildas to join clubs and emulate their heroes.

The W-League game will kick off at 2:30pm. Entry is free.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Sport Luke Donnellan

“We’re proud to be bringing W-League action to Gippsland – adding yet another blockbuster to the region’s sports calendar.”

“With the Matildas conquering the world stage, there’s never been a more inspiring time to be involved in women’s football.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“Our work to fund better local sporting infrastructure and facilities, and to bring more top level events to Gippsland is also increasing club and league numbers – this is a vital part of supporting and celebrating our local communities.”

Quote attributable to Melbourne Victory Chief Executive Ian Robson

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our fans in the Latrobe Valley to get out and play, and to encourage and inspire young Gippslanders to embrace our great game.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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