The Matilda's old girls network is strong and putting the boys to shame. The latest to nominate her GrassRoots club is Hayley Crawford, Matilda #121. Hayley was the only player to make her debut in the '03, playing against Sth. Korea in the Australia Cup. Hayley claims Argenton Utd JSC as her GrassRoots club playing out of Jack Edwards Oval in Newcastle's western suburbs.
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Greg Werner began playing in 1965, with the GrassRoots club of Socceroo skipper Murray Barnes, a change of suburb at age 6 and a new club, one that would become the GrassRoots club of Rob Wheatley & after a 27 year hiatus came back to playing with the GrassRoots club of Socceroos Steve Perry, Richie Bell, Chris Iconomidis & Matilda, Justine Fisher, one could say that the links with the NT are ingrained.
At age 55, when his body gave up on playing, he took up the whistle to stay actively involved. In November of 2014 he created the GFP on Facebook to fill the void left by those in control of the game & in January 2016 launched this website.