Congratulations to Port Kennedy’s Taylor Olsen

We would like to pass on our congratulations to Taylor Olson from Port Kennedy Soccer Club Inc. “Official” who took out the Rockingham Volunteer of the Year Sports Star Awards for 2022.

Everyone at the club would like to thank you for all the amazing work you have contributed to the Club over the past 4 years.

Port Kennedy Soccer Club was also named as a Finalist for Sports Club of the Year for 2022.

Vote For Di!

As part of Football West’s promotion of recognising volunteers of our wonderful game, this months nominees also include Mandurah City secretary Di Eldridge.

Di have been involved in WA football for 20 years now and has been Mandurah City’s secretary for the last 6.

Football West state:

The criteria to be on the shortlist are determined through three main areas to highlight a volunteers contribution:

1. How the volunteer has gone above and beyond to positively impact the football community and beyond where applicable.

2. How the volunteer is leading the way in creating inclusive and safe environments for people to connect, inspire and achieve together.

3. The volunteer has demonstrated commitment to the health and wellbeing of people in their football community.

TO VOTE | Share the specific digital football card on Facebook to cast your vote. The specific digital football card which receives the most public shares will be the winner of a $100 sports gift voucher, thanks to HealthwayThink Mental Health campaign.

Each winner will also be nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award, where the winner’s club will receive a branding package from The Computing Australia Group ( worth $5000.

October nominations are now open. To see all of our entries, and to send us your nominees, go to

The link to the Football West Facebook page is Click on the latest Best Of The West post, find Di’s picture and share to all your Facebook friends.

Well done on your nomination Di and good luck!

The Sunday Review

Peel United’s 2-2 draw with Wembley Downs in Sunday’s Amateur Division meant they were mathematically safe from relegation and will spend another season in the top Division. Port Kennedy of Division 1 are also safe from relegation, despite going down 4-2 at Hamersley Rovers. Mandurah City’s result from Division 2 is still unknown, while in Division 3, Baldivis beat Forrestfield United 1-0 to keep their faint hopes of promotion alive but Warnbro Strikers in Division 4 had a bad day at the office, losing 9-2 at home to Perth Royals and slip to the bottom of the table.

In the women’s leagues, Baldivis Districts lost 7-1 at home to Fremantle City in the Amateur Division, while in the Metro leagues, south Division 1 champions Port Kennedy drew 2-2 with Gosnells City. In south division 2, Port Kennedy, who are also the league champions, beat Warnbro Strikers 3-0. Rockingham United beat Fremantle City 6-2 but Mandurah City lost 6-0 to Kalamunda United. In south division 3, ten goals were shared as Rockingham United beat Aubin Grove United 6-4.

In the men’s Metro, Baldivis drew 1-1 with Carramar Shamrock Rovers in the premier division. South Division 1 saw AFC Rockingham draw 1-1 with Curtin University, Mandurah beating Queens Park 1-0 and Port Kennedy winning 6-3 at home to Victoria Park. It’s all to play for in south Division 2 as Peel United beat Curtin University 8-1 to remain 1 point behind leaders Sporting Warriors with 1 game to go. Sporting Warriors beat Port Kennedy 5-0 on Sunday while Baldivis lost 4-2 at home to Spearwood Dalmatinac. In south Division 3, Peel United lost 6-1 to MUM FC and there was a 2-2 draw in south Division 4 between Queens Park and AFC Rockingham.

Finally, in the masters leagues, Port Kennedy of the south premier drew 2-2 with MUM FC in midweek. Baldivis lost 4-1 to Forrestfield United in south Division 2. AFC Rockingham beat Fremantle City 2-1 in the over 45’s and Baldivis beat Spearwood Dalmatinac 5-0.

Disappointing Day At The Junior Top 4 Finals

Unfortunately, it just wasn’t our day for the teams playing in the top 4 finals, with only Port Kennedy in the under 14’s winning their final. All the games were very close and reports from some of the games suggest that on another day, the outcome would have been different. Congratulations to all our sides in a successful season. Here are the results from the games featuring our sides from Sunday.

Under 13’s Division 2: Port Kennedy 2 Woodvale 3

Under 14’s South Division 3: Beeliar Spirit 1 Port Kennedy 2

Under 15’s South Division 1: Baldivis 0 Western Knights 2

Under 16’s Division 2: Hamersley Rovers 3 Mandurah City 1

Under 18’s Division 1: Ellenbrook United 2 Rockingham City 0

Under 14’s Girls Division 4: Lynwood United 1 Mandurah City 0

The Sunday Preview

Along with all the Junior Top 4 finals happening on Sunday, there is still games in the senior leagues this weekend.

In the masters leagues, Baldivis are at home to Forrestfield United and Mandurah City are awayvat Belmont Villa. AFC Rockingham are away to Fremantle City in the over 45’s and Baldivis are at home to Spearwood Dalmatinac.

The men’s Metro leagues has Baldivis going to Carramar Shamrock Rovers in the premier division, while in south Division 1, AFC Rockingham go to Curtin University, Port Kennedy are at home to Victoria Park and Mandurah City host Queens Park. South Division 2 has Peel United at home to Curtin University, Baldivis at home to Spearwood Dalmatinac and Port Kennedy go to Sporting Warriors. Peel United’s south Division 3 side travel to MUM FC and in south Division 4, Murray District Rangers host Perth Hills United and AFC Rockingham go to Queens Park.

In the women’s leagues, Baldivis Districts are at home to Fremantle City in the Amateur Division and in south Division 2, Rockingham City travel to Fremantle City, Mandurah City go to Kalamunda United and there is a local derby as Port Kennedy host Warnbro Strikers while in south Division 3, Rockingham United host Aubin Grove United.

In the men’s Amateur League, Peel United are at home to Wembley Downs in the premier division, Port Kennedy travel to Hamersley Rovers in division 1, Mandurah City are at home to Balljura in Division 2, Baldivis travel to Forrestfield in Division 3 and in Division 4, Warnbro Strikers are at home to Perth Royals.

To all our teams, especially those Juniors in the top 4 finals, we wish you the very best of Luck!

Junior Top Four Finals Details Announced

It will be the biggest day of the season for the Junior clubs involved in the top 4 finals on Sunday and here are the details of where and when they will be played. (All games on Sunday)

Under 13’s Division 2: Port Kennedy v Woodvale 10.30am UWA Sports Park

Under 14’s South Division 3: Beeliar Spirit v Port Kennedy 11.45am UWA Sports Park

Under 15’s South Division 1: Baldivis v Western Knights 9.45am Rosalie Park

Under 16’s Division 2: Mandurah City v Hamersley Rovers 11.15am UWA Sports Park

Under 18’s Division 1: Ellenbrook United v Rockingham City 1.00pm Rosalie Park

Under 14’s Girls Division 4: Lynwood United v Mandurah City 12.00pm UWA Sports Park

We wish all our teams the very best of luck and hope you all win!

Around The Grounds

Away from the playing side of the game, many clubs have got events going on or planned, so here is a look at what is happening round out clubs and beyond.

Mandurah City:

Mandurah City have already started to sign players for next season. With the bulk of this seasons squad staying for another year, coach John Baird has recently signed up Rockingham City centre forward, Shaun Mukwevho for the 2023 season.

Mandurah City are also hold their annual summer 5 a side and 7 a side competitions. These games take place on a Wednesday night, starting from the 12th October. Registration forms for the competition can be found here:

Trials for the juniors are happening on the 11th and 14th October. The trials will go towards selecting the squads for the NPL and development teams for 2023. Players are invited to express their interest by filing out this form online Expressions OF Interest

Rockingham City:

Perhaps the biggest name signing for our local clubs comes from Rockingham City who are delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Stevens as Club Technical Director. Gary has enjoyed an amazing footballing career playing for Everton and Rangers for long spells during their most successful eras. He has many accolades including a European Cup Winners Medal. With 46 appearances for England including in 2 World Cups his football experience is unrivalled in our community.

The club are having a parent and player forum on Thursday 15th September. The club invites all current and future players to come along and hear what the club has in store for the 2023 season. The events starts at 6.30pm at the Lark Hill club house.

Rockingham City are also holding the kick it sevens competition during the first part of the summer. With the games being played on a Friday evening, starting from Friday 21st October and running for an 8 week period, these games are designed for ages between 9 and 14. With the fees being only $80 for the season, you are encouraged to look at the clubs Facebook page or at for details on how to register.

Peel United:

Peel United are inviting all present and past players, coaches, members, and friends to acknowledge 10 years of the club and all it has achieved with dinner, drinks, awards and celebrations. The event is on Saturday 22nd October 2022 at the Bortolo Pavilion and cost $60 per person. Tickets for this event can be bought from here

Murray District Rangers:

The team at Murray District Rangers recently had an awards ceremony where they announced only their fourth life member. Kate Matthews-Morgan joins Carl Duxbury, MaryAnn Williams and Robyn Mounsey in this achievement . The club said that Kate has volunteered at the club for the past 15 years, taking on such roles as team manager, juniors coordinator, coach, committee member….all while being a working Mum, FIFO wife & Mum to her 4 boys. Congratulations Kate and keep up the good work.

Port Kennedy:

On Friday 9th September, Port Kennedy attended the annual Clubs WA award ceremony in Fremantle. Along with being recognised for the clubs 25th season, they were also awarded the Clubs WA Achievement Award for our overall growth, resilience and commitment through out the redevelopment of the Club over the past 18 months.

Working along side the Peel Regional Walking Football Club, walking football is on every Wednesday evening between 5 and 6pm. This is free to join and open to both men and women and there is a free cuppa in the club house afterwards.

If you have anything on at your club that we may have missed, please do email us at nextgoalwinspodcast and we will happily publish it on here. We are always on the look out for podcast ideas through the summer. We have a few local hero interviews lined up, but would love more. Please email over your nominations from your club or any other suggestions for the podcast or website.

The Sunday Review – Seniors

While the Junior section is in finals mode, there is still plenty of senior football being played on a Sunday.

Starting off in the masters leagues, where Port Kennedy in the South premier had a 3-0 win over UWA Nedlands but no such luck for Baldivis in the South Division as they went down 1-0 to South Perth United. AFC Rockingham won 3-0 against Forrestfield United in the over 45’s group A and Baldivis in group B had an even better result, beating MUM FC 5-0.

In the men’s Metro leagues, Baldivis went down 2-1 to Perth in the premier division, while in south Division 1, Port Kennedy lost 3-2 against South Perth United, AFC Rockingham lost 3-1 to MUM FC and Mandurah City drew 2-2 with Curtin University. Baldivis in south Division 2 won the local derby, beating Port Kennedy 3-1 and in the South Division 4, Murray District Rangers won the local derby against AFC Rockingham 3-1.

In the women’s Metro leagues, south Division 2 saw .Port Kennedy beat Mandurah City 9-1, Warnbro Strikers beat Kelmscott Roos 6-0 but Rockingham United lost 4-3 to South Perth United.

In the men’s Amateur League, Peel United lost 2-0 to Queens Park in the premier division, Port Kennedy beat Olympic Kingsway 2-1 in Division 1, Mandurah City won 3-2 against Westnam United in Division 2. In Division 3, Baldivis lost 2-0 against Cracovia and finally, in Division 4, Warnbro Strikers lost 3-1 to UWA Nedlands.

The Sunday Review – Juniors

There will be Junior teams representing our region at next week’s top for finals but unfortunately there are some whose season has now come to an end.

We start the congratulations with Port Kennedy and their under 13’s Division 2 side who beat North Beach 2-0 and will face Woodvale in the final, while their under 14 south Division 3 side beat Canning City 3-2 on penalties. Baldivis of the under 15’s South Division 1 beat Sutherlands Park 5-0. Mandurah City of the under 16’s Division 2 beat Noranda on penalties and in the under 18’s, it will be a repeat of the recent cup final as Rockingham City will face Ellenbrook United in the Division 1 final.

And onto those sides where is so near, but now can start planning for next season. Rockingham City under 13’s South Division 1 side lost 5-2 against Armadale and Baldivis of south Division 2 went down 2-0 against Beeliar Spirit. In the under 14’s, Rockingham City lost 4-1 to Belmont and the under 15’s lost 2-1 against Western Knights. Under 16’s Division 1 side Warnbro Strikers lost 4-3 against MUM FC. Port Kennedy’s under 18’s in Division 3 lost 2-1 to Aubin Grove.

In the Girls top four semi finals, Rockingham City lost 3-1 to Kingsley Westside in Division 2 but Mandurah City progressed to the Division 4 final after beating Mindarie 3-1. Finally, Rockingham United lost 4-0 to Woodvale in the under 16’s Division 3 semi.

O’Brien’s Magic

The state league division 1 top goalscorer, Joe O’Brien was the hero for Mandurah City on Sunday afternoon as they beat title winners Olympic Kingsway 1-0 in the top 4 final at Dorrien Gardens.

Mandurah started the game on the front foot and had lots of early pressure in the first 20 minutes of the game but were unable to break the deadlock. Kingsway then got into the game and with neither team creating a clear goalscoring opportunity, the game remained 0-0 at half time.

The second half started the same way as the first but Alfie Brincat in the Mandurah goal was the busier of the two keepers producing a series of fine saves to keep a clean sheet.

The crowd were then sensing that it would take a moment of magic to seal the game for either side and it was O’Brien’s wizardry, with his only opportunity of the game who sealed the win for Mandurah.

Kinsway tried to get back into the game but then they were reduced down to 10 men, it was effectively game over for them and the Dolphins got the deserved victory.

Joe O’Brien’s winners medal and smile!

Mandurah March On

The crowd weren’t quite singing about going to Wembley but Mandurah City will be travelling up to Dorrien Gardens on Sunday to face Olympic Kingsway in the State League top four final.

Despite having to be without suspended player coach John Baird and guest player Leigh Griffiths being ineligible to play finals football, it was left to Alex Grayson to have one of his best games in some time to inspire Mandurah to their 4-2 win over Western Knights.

Mandurah started off the game on the front foot and it was no surprise they took the lead on 12 minutes with Joe O’Brien making the most of a goalkeeper mistake to score, but the Knights hit back immediately when a short corner was eventually played into the box and went directly into the net.

The game then became a midfield battle but just a couple of minutes before half time, Grayson got Mandurah’s second goal, again from a mistake from the keeper.

The Western Knights coach was obviously not impressed as at half time, the goalkeeper was substituted and it may have been an inspiring change as the Knights scored their second goal as Campbell run through and lobbed Mandurah keeper Brincat to make it 2-2.

Thoughts of extra time or penalties were starting to creep in before Byrne scored Mandurah’s third, before potentially Mandurah’s player of the year, Murray Mackintosh scored the decisive forth goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Western Knights tried to get back into the game before losing their shape and discipline as Abram’s was shown a second yellow Cardin the 89th minute which effectively killed off and faint hope of the visitors getting back into the game.

So onto Sundays final against league winners Olympic Kingsway at 3pm on Sunday afternoon at Dorrien Gardens, home of Perth Soccer Club.

Junior Teams In The Top 4 Cup

Here is the list of teams who will be taking part in this year’s top 4 cups, with there semi finals fixturesdetails where known.

Under 13’s Division 2: Port Kennedy v North Beach 10.20am at Maida Vale Reserve

Under 13’s South Division 1: Armadale v Rockingham City 9.00am at Maida Vale Reserve

Under 13’s South Division 2: Beeliar Spirit v Baldivis 10.20am at Maida Vale Reserve

Under 14’s South Division 2: Rockingham City v Belmont 9.00am at Aubin Grove Reserve

Under 14’s South Division 3: Port Kennedy v Canning City 11.40am at Butlers Reserve

Under 15’s South Division 1: Baldivis v Sutherlands Park 1.00pm at Maida Vale Reserve & Rockingham City v Western Knights 1pm at Maida Vale Reserve

Under 16’s Division 1: Warnbro Strikers v Carramar Shamrock Rovers 9.00am at Rosalie Park

Under 16’s Division 2: Noranda City v Mandurah City 1.20pm at Rosalie Park

Under 18’s Division 1: Rockingham City v MUM FC 1.00pm at Aubin Grove Reserve

Under 18’s Division 3: Port Kennedy v Aubin Grove United 1.30pm at Rosalie Park

Under 14’s Girls Division 2: Rockingham City v Kingsley Westside 10.20am at Butlers Reserve

Under 14’s Girls Division 4: Mandurah City v Mindarie 1.00pm at Maida Vale Reserve

Under 16’s Girls Division 3: Rockingham United v Woodvale 11.40am at Aubin Grove Reserve

Mid Week Football Action

There are semi final games to be played, so here is the list of mid week fixtures that you can go and watch.

Tuesday 6th September: Fremantle City v Rockingham City 7.30pm – State League Division 1 reserves semi final at Wauhop Park

Wednesday 7th September: Mandurah City v Western Knights 7.30pm – State League Division 1 semi final at GenesisCare Stadium

The Sunday Review – Juniors

It was the last weekend of the regular season for our junior teams, here is a round up of results from Sunday and who has won their leagues.

Under 13’s Division 2: Port Kennedy had a forfeit- Port Kennedy win the league, Congratulations.

Under 13’s South Division 1: Perth Hills United 4 Rockingham City 2

Under 13’s South Division 2: Port Kennedy 2 Fremantle City 4 & Aubin Grove United 1 Baldivis 0

Under 13’s South Division 3: Kwinana United 4 Warnbro Strikers 3

Under 14’s South Division 2: South Perth 0 Rockingham City 11

Under 14’s South Division 3: Port Kennedy 3 MUM FC 1 & Subiaco 3 Baldivis 2

Under 15’s South Division 1: Rockingham United 2 Sutherlands Park 5 & Western Knights 6 Rockingham City 3 & Baldivis 10 Canning City 0 – Baldivis win the league, Congratulations.

Under 16’s Division 1: Warnbro Strikers 2 Olympic Kingsway 1

Under 16’s Division 2: Mandurah City 2 Noranda City 1

Under 18’s Division 1: Rockingham City 0 Armadale 0

Under 18’s Division 3: Port Kennedy 3 Aubin Grove United 2 & North Beach 9 Baldivis 2

Under 18’s Division 4: Port Kennedy 2 Joondalup City 5

Under 14’s Girls Division 2: Baldivis 0 MUM FC 6 & Gosnells City 0 Rockingham City 1 – Rockingham win the league, Congratulations.

Under 14’s Girls Division 4: Baldivis Districts 4 Mindarie 4

Under 16’s Girls Division 3: Aubin Grove 5 Rockingham United 0 & Baldivis 0 Joondalup City 1

NPL Under 13’s Division 1: Rockingham City 1 Perth Red Star 3

NPL Under 13’s Division 2: Mandurah City 0 Fremantle City 2

NPL Under 14’s Division 2: Quinns 0 Mandurah City 3 & Armadale 2 Rockingham City 2

NPL Under 15’s Division 2: Mandurah City 2 Balcatta 4

NPL Under 16’s Division 2: Stirling Macedonia 2 Rockingham City 0

The Sunday Review – Masters

Port Kennedy’s masters south premier team played out an entertaining 3-3 draw away at Brozzy SC on Sunday. It was the same score line on Thursday night as Baldivis were held by Kelmscott Roos in the South Division 2. Back to Sunday Mandurah City lost 2-1 away at Fremantle City in the same Division. In the over 45’s south group A, AFC Rockingham lost 4-3 at home to Spearwood Dalmatinac and Baldivis had a bye in group B.

The Sunday Review – Men’s Metro Leagues

There were lots of goals I the men’s Metro leagues on Sunday, with 8 of the between Fremantle City and Mandurah City and fortunately it was Mandurah who came away 6-2 winners with four of the goals coming from Economidis. Port Kennedy got a good 3-0 win at home to Western Knights while another 8 goals were shared in the game between AFC Rockingham and Victoria Park with the latter running out 5-3 winners. No game for title chasing Peel United in the South Division 2 but Port Kennedy were on the end of a 2-0 loss away at Belmont Villa. In the South Division 3, Peel United beat Armadale 3-1 while South Division 4 saw defeats for AFC Rockingham losing 2-1 to MUM FC and Murray District Rangers also going down 2-1 to Queens Park.

The Sunday Review – Women’s Leagues

Baldivis Districts in the Amateur Division had a day to forget on Sunday as Dymowski for visiting side Subiaco scored 6 goals in the 10-0 defeat. Happier times at Port Kennedy in the Metro league south Division 1 as they beat Victoria Park 5-3 and won the league title, well done to all concerned! In south Division 2, Port Kennedy are so close to winning that league as well as they beat Canning City 1-0 while Mandurah City drew 2-2 with Kelmscott Roos while in south Division 3, Rockingham United had a 2-2 draw with South Perth United.

The Sunday Review – Amateur League

Peel United almost certainly secured premier league football next season with a fine 2-1 away win at Emerald FC. Goals from Mitch Kelman and the veteran Jack Richardson gave United the valuable 3 points. Port Kennedy in Division 1 also did themselves a massive favour by winning 1-0 away at Stirling Panthers, Warren scoring the vital goal in this game. Mandurah City in Division 2 are safe from relegation but they went down 4-1 at home to Canning City, while a 2-2 draw for Baldivis in Division 3 means they are still in the hunt for promotion. Warnbro Strikers in Division 4 had no game on Sunday.

The Saturday Review

We start our Saturday review from the game on Friday night where Mandurah City gained second place and a home semi final in the top 4 cup with a 4-2 win over Dianella White Eagles. Watched by another bumper crowd, the home side went into a 2-0 lead with goals from Van Dieken and captain for the night, Joe O’Brien before the visitors got back into the gamewith 2 goals to draw level at half time. The half time drinks were still being served when guest striker Leigh Griffiths made it 2 in 2 immediately after the restart while O’Brien got his second and secured the golden boot award with a clinical finish. The only sour part of the evening was player coach John Baird receiving a red card late on in the game that could potentially rule him out of the finals action.

An equally, if not more so impressive performance came on Saturday as Rockingham City travelled to 4th placed Fremantle City. The home side went 1 up before Shaun Mukwevho equalised before the home team scored a few minutes before half time to make it 2-1. Not many in the crowd would have guessed what happened in the second half, but goals from Carter and a Robbie Galvin double gave Rockingham a fine 4-2 win to leave them 6th in the final table and plenty of opportunities to build for next season.

The Saturday Preview

Our Saturday Preview starts on a Friday night as 3rd placed Mandurah City could go into second with a win against Dianella White Eagles. The game kicks off at 7.45pm and it costs $6 for entry and can be paid on the door.

Back to Saturday’s action and Rockingham City will be playing for pride as they travel up to Fremantle City.

This week sees the last round of league matches for the regular season so why not get out and support our local clubs.