Club Spotlight: Northern Redbacks Soccer Club (WA)

In the Northern Redbacks Women’s Soccer Club’s newly constructed club rooms, is a wall of honour that would be the envy of many football communities. 

Amongst all the trophies and pennants, taking pride of place is a photo gallery boasting names of past and present – Matildas Lisa De Vanna, Collette McCallum and Kim Carroll, as well as international representatives from New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Wales and even Zambia. 

For 28 years the Northern Redbacks have been entirely dedicated to developing and nurturing women’s football in Perth, Western Australia. 

Northern Redbacks Soccer Club


For 19 of those 28 years, Tim Hodgson, Head of Football Operations has been a key driver of the club’s growth in various capacities.  He has witnessed the club steadily build from one team to seven teams, with players competing across all levels of Australian women’s football.  

“We are a progressive, ambitious, women-only soccer club, and pride ourselves in our ability to provide an environment where female players can enjoy their sport,” said Hodgson. 

“We also want to give the expertise and guidance to those that have ambition to further their soccer careers.” 

Tim Hodgson and Redbacks
Tim Hodgson at the Northern Redbacks home ground

This mission has not only seen the Redbacks claim 14 WA Women’s Premier League Championships and eight State League Women’s Cups, but also produce a legion of Matildas, Young Matildas, Junior Matildas, W-League players and high calibre coaches. 

“Our sole focus is to the women’s game and to the development of youth female football players,” he said. 

“Our committee is continually looking to improve our environment to ensure that females are given the best opportunity to achieve their football ambitions. The committee has worked tirelessly to obtain funds to improve our facilities to achieve this aim.” 

Funding support of $500,000 from the Stirling Council and former WA Premier Colin Barnett has seen the Redbacks provide crucial women’s specific changeroom facilities. 

More recently the Federal Minister for Stirling, the Hon Michael Keenan, announced that the club was successful in their application for a grant from the Community Sport Infrastructure program to install a fourth light tower.


Hodgson credits their strong gender balanced committee and an army of volunteers for the gains in recent years. 

“All the volunteers that have been part of our club have made a significant contribution to our success and continued growth.

It’s difficult to single out individuals as they have all been committed to achieving the same goal.

“They have all bought in to our club’s vision and brought their own experience and expertise to enhance that.”

Northern Redbacks have produced players participating at all levels of women's football
Northern Redbacks have produced players participating at all levels of women's football

Hodgson believes the facilities upgrades in recent years provide a solid foundation for the club to continue to do what they do best; develop women’s football. 

“We have facilities that have been upgraded to be female specific and our playing venue is used seven days a week by female-only teams,” he said. 

“The future for the Northern Redbacks is a bright one. We now have teams playing overseas including in the upcoming Gothia Cup. We want to build to the stage that, whether they are Matildas or not, all our teams will be able to travel interstate and internationally to have that experience.” 


FACT BOX

Club Name:

Northern Redbacks Women’s Soccer Club

Member Federation:

Football West

Foundation:

1991 (rebranded as Northern Redbacks in 2003)

# of Teams:

7

# of Players:

105

Social Media Links:

Facebook: Northern Redbacks Womens Soccer Club
Instagram: @NorthernRedbacks
Twitter: @NorthernRedback

Honour Roll

  • Nicola Williams – current Assistant coach AC Milan (Italy)
  • Tanya Oxtoby – current Head coach Bristol City (England WSL)
  • Lisa De Vanna – current Australian international
  • Collette McCallum – former Australian international
  • Hayley Crawford – former Australian international
  • Carys Hawkins – former Wales international
  • Demi Vance - former Northern Ireland international
  • Nadine Caldwell - former Northern Ireland international
  • Carol Howes – former Zambia international
  • Renee Leota – former New Zealand (currently playing)
  • Kim Carroll – former Australian international and current W-League player (currently playing)
  • Sarah Carroll – former Young Matildas and current W-League player (currently playing)
  • Morgan Aquino – current Young Matildas and Perth Glory goalkeeper (currently playing)