Canberra United took a win in their season opener against defending W-League champions Melbourne City 2-0 in their season opener at Canberra’s McKellar Park on Sunday 28 October.
The win came about thanks to second-half goals from South African import Rhoda Mulaudzi and local product Ellie Carpenter.
New recruit Mulaudzi impressed the local crowd after the striker started her Westfield W-League campaign with a goal and an assist, the first South African to score in the competition’s history.
United’s first goal came in the 57th minute when Refiloe Jane put the ball over the City defence to put Mulaudzi through on goal and she chipped the bouncing ball past advancing goalkeeper Lydia Williams to put the home side ahead.
Teenage star Ellie Carpenter sealed the win with five minutes to play as Mulaudzi made a good run down the right flank, and she kept her composure to cut the ball back to Carpenter who finished calmly from six metres out.
Canberra captain and Scottish international Rachel Corsie impressed the 1,679 strong home crowd with a dominant performance down back, and was offered solid support by Nikola Orgill and Tash Prior.
United are now preparing for their Sunday 4 November home match against a Perth Glory outfit led by superstar Sam Kerr at McKellar Park; canberraunited.com.au
Canberra/Broulee Nippers awarded
Canberra children growing up hundreds of kilometres away from the coastline are able to participate in the popular Nippers program thanks to one club’s determination and desire to make beach education a priority.
With many of its members hailing from the region, Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) wanted to ensure that the people of Canberra and surrounding area had access to world class beach education in their home town. This partnership has been enthusiastically embraced by surf lifesavers and the wider community.
On Saturday 27 October, Broulee Surfers SLSC took out the Surf Lifesaving Australia Award of Excellence in the category of Community Education Program of the Year. This is the club’s third award, after winning the Award for Innovation at the Canberra Sports Awards in 2017, and the Surf Lifesaving NSW Award of Excellence for Community Education Program of the year for 2018.