Football South Coast are proud to announce the introduction of the Julie Porter Cup to the Women’s Football calendar in 2022.
This inaugural event is named after local Matilda’s legend, Julie Porter. Julie broke the barrier and caused a stir when she started playing in the boy’s competition in under 11s for Thirroul Junior Soccer Club. In 1978, Porter was part of the first ever Illawarra Women’s competition.
In 1981, Porter made her first Matilda’s appearance. She went on to represent Australia in the green and gold 19 times and was the regions first ever Matilda’s player.
Emi Skopal, Head of the Women’s Football Council said, “Initially the concept was for a Pre Season Cup, however the recent wet weather has meant we will play the tournament during the first few rounds of the competition proper. With the introduction of this tournament, we wanted to honour Julie and are proud that we can acknowledge her though this event”.
Julie Porter said, “I am deeply honoured”.
The 2022 Julie Porter Cup, will incorporate Division 1 women’s teams from Albion Park White Eagles, Kiama Quarriers, Shellharbour, Warilla, Bulli, Thirroul, UOWFC and Woonona.
The maiden round will kick off on Sunday the 10th of April at 12:00pm, with games taking place at Ian McLennan Park.
Football South Coast are delighted to honour Julie’s incredible football achievements with this new tournament and are excited to add to the Women’s Football calendar for 2022 alongside the existing Bonnie Lassie Cup.
The Bonnie Lassie Cup will be entering its 44th year in 2022.