In the 5th round of the WSFL, La Cumbre came up against last seasons premiers, and national finalists Stirling FC. Stirling FC, has a star student team including the likes of Melbourne City attacker Mariana Tabain, and Matilda (Australian Representative in Football) Ella Mastrantonio.
“Its great to have quality womens players in the WSFL, it forces everyone to raise their standard or you’re going to get embarrassed by national and international level football players” -Gerardo Soto Womens head Coach.
Cambio Cumbre’s womens squad has been training two nights per week in order to raise the level of the womens side and match the successes of the mens side. “Its a process we need to go through, its hard to teach futsal to players who have never learnt the sport before properly, but all the girls are progressing well.” – Gerardo Soto
A new edition to the Cumbre squad this season is Lucy Jones. Jones, has been the engine for the side over the first 4 rounds with the absence of key WSFL players of Lindsey Jobling, & Chelsie Winchcombe, and is making a smooth is transition from football to futsal.
La Cumbre suffered their first defeat of the season against Stirling FC. The two sides were level 2-2 with less than 10 minutes on the clock, however the experience and quality from the Stirling side was too much as they extended the score to 4-2 before the final whistle.
“It was our best game so far this season, we really took the game to Stirling and the results shows that. Its a great opportunity to play against players of that calibre, as it makes you step up as a player and pushes you to your limits” – Lucy Jones
La Cumbre were also missing star player Cam Harel, who is overseas on holiday. The next round will prove crucial as the top four are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Next weekend, La Cumbre come up against rivals Fremantle Futsal Club who sit 4 points ahead with a game in hand.