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La Fiamma women’s team eyes Perth competition as they seek to challenge themselves against the best

Lachlan AllenMidwest Times
Oliva Bidwell celebrates after scoring the opening goal
Camera IconOliva Bidwell celebrates after scoring the opening goal Credit: Jake Santa Maria/RegionalHUB

A move to the Perth metro competition has not been ruled out as La Fiamma looks to provide greater competition for its women’s team, which has been undefeated for four years.

La Fiamma claimed the women’s league final last month, beating Chapman Athletic 3-2 to cap off another undefeated season.

The Reds won 15 out of 16 games during the regular season, conceding just three goals in the process.

The team also showed they could match it with the best from Perth, downing Woodvale FC 1-0 in a friendly.

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Club president Mark Gray said the move to a Perth competition was something they wanted to achieve, despite the logistical issues.

“The hardest part about getting to Perth, and I’ve made a few inquiries, is I don’t know if the teams are going to travel up to Geraldton,” he said.

While a full switch to the Perth competition is not on the cards this season, Gray said he hoped to get some more games against metropolitan sides.

“So what we’re going to try and do next season if we can, might be too early, maybe the following season, we want to try and insert the team into the Metro cup at the beginning of the year,” he said.

“Where they just go out on the weekend, we can travel down and play two or three matches.”

“The team hasn’t been beaten in four years,” Gray said. “We’ve drawn a few matches but to try and keep a record like that is is quite difficult, especially when you realise that you’ve got everything to lose and the team that’s playing against you wants to win.”

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