U16's Make History!


The UWA U16's have qualified for this season's Cup Final following a dramatic comeback 3-2 win over Perth Glory's NPL side.

Not only was this the club's first ever win over Perth Glory, but it's the first time a non-NPL club has made the Cup Final at this age level, a testament to the progress achieved under the Technical Director and coach Gerhard Janssen.

Janssen, who was unable to attend the match due to his U18's commitments, was full of praise for his side following the win, but was swift to credit stand-in coach Kapembwa Sikaze for his tactical nous during the match.

"Kapi took charge of the boys and did a brilliant job," he said. "He had to adapt to Glory's style of play and he changed our typical formation, which proved a masterstroke.

"We were 2-0 down and struggling to play our natural game, but his changes enabled us to gain the ascendancy in the second half, we were all over them."

Janssen also insisted this is just one of many indicators that this squad has the capacity to compete and excel at the NPL level if given the opportunity.

"These sorts of results go to show we are on par with NPL clubs when it comes to quality and talent on the pitch.

"After beating NPL teams like Balcatta in pre-season last year, this cup result proves that it's not just a one-off performance, it shows we can confidently play at this level.

"We were missing three of our top players as well, while Cooper Allen had just returned from overseas."

With uni 3-2 up with 10 minutes remaining, it was a typically nervy end to the match, with the defence under sever pressure, but they stood firm to ensure a spot in this week's Cup Final.

Be sure to go down and support the boys in green at Ashfield Arena on Saturday the 25th of August from 1:30PM, as they look to bring home another piece of silverware just weeks after the U15's secured the league title.