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Northern Redbacks

PO Box 19

Westminster, WA 6061

info@northernredbacks.com.au

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Club History

1991: Formed as Morley Windmills

1993: Relocated and became Stirling Vasto, changed name to Stirling Reds

2001: Tim Hodgson, (then coaching One-Team-Club Stirling Reds) and Reds captain, Luciana Colangelo, were concerned about the need to have a Premier Reserves side by 2004 in order to remain in the Premier Division. Attempts to amalgamate with other clubs were unsuccessful.

 

2003: Rebranded as Northern Redbacks. Rita Berry and Louise Hinchcliffe from Sorrento FC approached the Reds with the view of sharing facilities. The Sorrento women's club was bigger, with four to five teams and were keen to establish their own identity.
​This brought the women from Stirling Reds and Sorrento together to form the club now known as the Northern Redbacks.
​The name Northern Redbacks, was chosen to send the message that the club was not specific to any district and open to everyone and Redbacks was chosen because this spider is known and feared for its tenacity and nasty bite.

2006: The Western Waves (pre-cursor to Perth Glory) was established and the team comprised of our entire first-team squad. The rebuilding process started and we eventually got back to some success three years later in 2008  by winning the State Cup.

2011: We relocated to our current home of Celebration Park, Balga. The facilities were not acceptable for female players, so we lobbied the Stirling Council for an upgrade. All of this off-field upheaval seemed to have little effect on our Prems though, as they claimed the league and cup double for the 1st time in seven years.

2012: The then Premier, The Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, became aware of the state of the facilities and provided funding of $500 000 to Stirling Council for an upgrade. This enabled us to have female appropriate changing room facilities and our own club room. We also won the cup for the 5th successive season.

2013: We had one of our most successful seasons by winning the Night Series and Premier league title and going unbeaten in the process. The Prems played 21 games, won 20, drew 1 and lost 0, scoring 99 goals and conceding just 12. The season ended on a high, as the Prems won the Interstate Challenge Cup on penalties against Adelaide City in Adelaide. Going down 2-0, the team clawed it's way back to 2-2 at full time and then played an additional 20 minutes of extra time before winning the penalty shoot out.

2015: Work commenced on our new clubrooms and we also re-invigorated our juniors program by introducing a U15's squad, having not had a junior team for 3 years. The need for a junior program was recognised by the committee as a high priority for the club as a means of ensuring we could meet any requirements for the possible introduction of a Women's NPL competition in WA. 

2016: The works on our new clubrooms were finished and were formally opened by the then Premier of WA the Honourable Colin Barnett, and we were finally able to have a place we could call ours and be able to welcome guests before, during and after games. We celebrated this milestone in the clubs history with another league and cup double for our Prems.

2017: The hard work put into our juniors program began to pay off, as our U15's squad won the league and cup double and we had 2 players from that squad go on to represent WA in the National Championships in Coffs Harbour. The U15's were joined on Cup Final day by our Prems who claimed their 8th cup win.

2018: The club fielded its largest number of teams in one season, with 3 junior teams and 3 adult teams, marking a huge growth for us. We again won a league and cup double with our juniors and 4 players played for WA in the National Championships

2019: The clubs growth reached new heights as we had 7 teams and over 100 players, with nearly 80% of those players being under the age of 21. We also secured sponsorship from the Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA) to enable us to send a U16's team to take part in the World Youth Cup (Gothia Cup) in Sweden thus becoming the 1st ever female team from WA to do so. Our on-field successes continued with our U14's and U16's winning their leagues, the U16's and U18's winning their cups, the U14's and U16's winning their top 4 finals. and the Prems winning our third double. On a memorable Women's and Girls Cup final day, we competed in 4 of the 5 finals and won 3 of them. Off the field, we secured funding for a 4th light tower to help us expand our training facilities even more.