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Carlton triumphant in United Through Football women’s tournament


It was goals and tackles galore at the inaugural women’s United Through Football indoor soccer tournament that took place over November 19-20 at the Huddle at North Melbourne Football Club.
The two day event featured 6 teams of Horn of African community women from the Flemington, Carlton, Reservoir, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Heidelberg, North Melbourne and Dandenong flats.
In a tense and thrilling final Carlton eventually overcame a spirited Flemington 3-0. In the 3rd place playoff North Melbourne beat Flemington B team 2-1.
Victorious Carlton captain, Amira, was thrilled with her team’s performance saying “It was an honour to captain Carlton in this tournament which was played hard but with a beautiful spirit.”
“It was great fun yet the competition from the other teams was fantastic.  A big thanks to the sponsors for making it happen and we can’t wait to defend our title and bring the girls together again. Go Carlton!”
Carlton’s Amira also won the Golden Boot Award with 6 goals and was joint winner of the Player of the tournament with Flemington’s Levon.  The Dandenong team won the most sportsmanlike award.
Australian Somali Football Association (ASFA) Event Organiser and Committee member Ridwan Mohamud was pleased with the event and said “We have a lot of girls who are very passionate about their soccer and have good skills that they want to improve.  We hope to grow this event into a longer tournament and we could not have asked for a better showcase”
In addition to the football, Melbourne Heart Community Engagement Manager and Melbourne Victory W-League player Louisa Bisby delivered a workshop to the attendees entitled “Goal setting, healthy lifestyles and football” including drug and alcohol awareness and their impact on community.
Flemington player Zaynab Mohamud loved the intensity of the games saying “It was end to end soccer with 25 goals over 12 games and things got very physical at times.  But I made new friends and it’s about time us girls had a competition for us. Thanks ASFA”
The event was held at the North Melbourne Football Club and proudly supported by Football Federation Victoria and the United Through Football Program, City of Melbourne, City of Moonee Valley, Red Elephant Projects and Melbourne Heart.
The Australian Somali Football Championships for Men takes place over 6 days commencing December 24, 2011 at Debney’s Park in Flemington.
Over the past three years, through the support of VicHealth, the United Through Football program has assisted approximately 8,000 newly arrived and culturally and linguistically diverse communities unite through Football. In 2011, under the United Through Football brand, Football Federation Victoria has funded over $110,000 to assist 40 community clubs and over 3,000 newly arrived individuals, predominately from Horn of Africa countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, participate in their sport of choice.
Football Federation Game Development Manager Salv Carmusciano is optimistic about the female talent in the community and said “United Through Football gives us the opportunity to put more events on to unify the community and build participation by overcoming the barriers.  We look forward to providing more opportunities and in time we hope to see a Horn of African woman represent her community in the W-League.”
 Date:  November 21, 2011
ASFA Media Contact: Ahmed Dini – 0402 695 879 or dini_ahmed@hotmail.com

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