W-League: Keeping up with the Jets

It may be the Westfield W-League off-season, but it’s certainly not tools down for our women who are spread throughout Australia and the world still plying their trade.

From tearing it up in the local WPL to preparing for a massive NWSL campaign in North America ahead of the impending FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Jets have players all over the globe.

We’ve taken a look at how the women are travelling, who’s performing well, and a permanent move to Newcastle which will have Jets fans excited.

There are ten from the side currently playing in the NPL NSW Women’s competition with various teams. Four are with the Emerging Jets - Claire Coelho, Tessa Tamplin, Renee Pountney, and Paige Kingston-Hogg.

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They’ve all played a part so far this season, and have picked up one win from their opening four fixtures in the competition.

A further half-dozen W-League Jets play for various teams in the NPL NSW Women’s competition – Hannah Brewer for the North Shore Mariners, who were beat 3-2 by the Emerging Jets this weekend gone.

Three Jets – Teigan Collister, Clare Wheeler, and Cortnee Vine – play for Sydney Uni who currently top the NPL NSW Women’s ladder.


Hot on their tails are Sydney Olympic, for whom Pana Petratos has scored three goals in three matches. Sophie Nenadovic made her first appearance for Manly United on the weekend in their 3-0 loss to FNSW Institute.

Across in the United States, there are a number of Jets gearing up for the impending NWSL season. Arin Wright is back in Chicago ahead of the Red Stars season opener against North Carolina Courage on April 14.

Two Jets will face off elsewhere in the first round of the NWSL – Britt Eckerstrom’s Portland Thorns face off against Orlando Pride who feature Emily van Egmond.

Closer to home, five Jets play in the local Women’s Premier League but washouts, hot weather, and Matildas duties have limited opportunities around Newcastle.

Cassidy Davis and Jenna Kingsley have played just the one game so far – a 9-1 demolition job of Adamstown in the opening round. Libby Copus-Brown is in the same boat, with just one game under her belt for Wallsend.

Tara Andrews
Photo: Marina Neil, Newcastle Herald

Tara Andrews isn’t having similar issues getting games in the legs, with three so far this season for New Lambton. She’s in red hot form too, with twelve goals thus far.

The other local Jet, Gema Simon, has played just the one match off South Wallsend’s two fixtures so far as she’s been spending time in Sydney with the Matildas ahead of June’s World Cup

Off the pitch, there’s been movement for one relatively fresh-faced Jets woman with Larissa Crummer taking up residence in the city of Newcastle. She's currently recovering from that leg break she suffered against Adelaide, with her sights set on a W-League return.