FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK!
To honour, recognise and represent all the wonderful girls and women at Whitehorse United, we are featuring our new Senior Women's Coach, Liana, Under 14s player, Mia and Under 10s player, Alice.
NAME: Liana Iaconis
ROLE: Senior Women's Coach
OCCUPATION: Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING SOCCER?
19 years! Since I was 9.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO COACH?
When the opportunity arose to coach the seniors, I thought it'd be silly to say no! I've played with all these girls and I know how much of an amazing bunch they are, so I thought it would be awesome to be able to see out the rest of the season with them. After a few bad injuries over the years, I'm finding it harder and harder to get my body back to playing at my full capacity. I can't see myself ever walking away from soccer, so to be able to still be involved with the club and the team, is an awesome opportunity and I'm excited to see how the girls respond.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE AS A COACH?
I think to just be able to get the girls back to enjoying football again, that'll be an achievement for me. We've had a bit of a rocky start to the season which is unfortunate but these things happen! So if I can get the girls back to being committed to playing for each other and for the club, and to bring the enjoyment back for them, then I'm happy!
Soccer, of course, and AFL
BEST MEMORY OF PLAYING AT WUSC?
Playing for Whitehorse as a whole has been amazing for me. I came to the club to enjoy my football again and to play with a group of girls who have not only been teammates to me over the years, but also good friends. It was something I was extremely excited about. I think just being able to walk out on the ground every week with my friends is the most exciting thing about playing for this club.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I can't think of three but my top two would have to be Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds - I love them both as individuals and think Ryan Reynolds is hilarious.
FAVOURITE MOVIE ABOUT SPORTS?
Bend It Like Beckham
INTERESTS OTHER THAN SOCCER?
I love the beach, cycling and running. I also have a little sausage dog who loves going for walks with me and playing at the park. I love cafe hopping, brunching and am a sucker for a good coffee.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW KIT?
I'm loving the new kits for this season! Being able to give the girls uniforms that are female cut, and are better shaped to our body, is important for the future of female football. It shows that the club is really supportive of us not only as players, but as women, and I think for a lot of the girls, this is the first club where they've been given a uniform that is female cut, which is super exciting!
Left: Mia Fukuhara Right: Alice WIllats
M: Under 14 Girls A: Under 10 Girls
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING SOCCER?
M: This will be my fourth year.
A: I started playing in the Kick Off program when I was 4 and in a team from age 9
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE POSITION TO PLAY?
M: Midfield A: Midfield
WHAT OTHER SPORTS DO YOU LIKE PLAYING AND WATCHING?
M: I really like to play and watch basketball and football.
A: Soccer and netball
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPORTS PLAYER AND WHY?
M: My favourite sports player would have to be Sam Kerr. I think she is an incredible player and a great person over all. She is a great role model to have and I aspire to be like her.
A: Caitlin Foord, because she plays for Arsenal and the Matildas. She also plays in a similar position.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW WUSC UNIFORM?
M: I think the new uniform is really cute! I love the design on the front and the pacman looking pizzas make it that much better.
A: I like the new uniform
WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE?
M: Some hobbies of mine are hanging out with my mates, going out skating (on a skateboard, not roller skates!), and shopping.
A: I enjoy soccer, netball, horse riding and gymnastics
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
M: I really want to be a lawyer
FAVOURITE TV SHOW AND FAVOURITE MOVIE?
M: My favourite TV show is Brooklyn 99 and my favourite movie is The Fast and Furious
A: I like the movie Hamilton and my favourite TV show is Brooklyn 99.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL?
M: My favourite subject at school would have to be PE.