Geraldton on the global stage as players share in World Cup fever

Jake Santa MariaMidwest Times
Geraldton representatives at the game on the weekend
Camera IconGeraldton representatives at the game on the weekend Credit: Supplied

As Australia and New Zealand are gripped by World Cup fever, some of Geraldton’s young women’s talent got to be on the world stage over the weekend.

While Perth did not have the opportunity to host the Maltidas, WA was still on the world stage, hosting four group matches, including Jamaica’s 1-0 win over Panama on Saturday night.

As part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Perth games, 12 flag bearers and five chaperones from Geraldton participated in the pre-game formalities having the opportunity to share the pitch with some of the best players in the world.

Mid West community participation officer Tanya Amazzini said it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and would not be forgotten.

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“It was an extremely inspiring and thrilling experience for the 12 young female players who were selected to represent not only their Geraldton clubs but also women’s football on a global stage,” she said.

“The energy and excitement from the fans in the stadium was truly electrifying, and being part of such a historic moment has left a profound impact on everyone involved.

“We extend our thanks and sincere gratitude to Football Australia and Football West for providing this wonderful opportunity to our regional players and volunteers.”

All six junior clubs were represented, with those present either chosen through a draw or expressions of interest.

Locally, Chapman Athletic and Abrolhos will have a chance to claim the first bit of silverware on offer this season as they made their way through to the Knockout Cup Final, with wins over La Fiamma and Geraldton Rovers respectively.

The final will be played on Saturday August 26 at Charles Eadon Clarke Oval.

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