Australian Masters Games

Premier Coach shows how it's done

Tina Fong - 7 October 2015

South Australian Premier Women’s League Coach, Marie Spagnoletti, knows what it’s like to have a winning team. Her Metro United team took out the Premier League and Cup Double this year.

Spagnoletti is hoping to add to her winning tally, with gold at the 15th Australian Masters Games , this time with herself on the field.

The soccer coach and player is part of the 30+ Women’s team, “Marshene”, which includes three other coaches from the same local club.

The thirty six year old says she has had lots of support from the squad she coaches with most out to watch her games, “I have been paid out though and there is a lot of pressure on me to perform!”

Spagnoletti says the Masters Games ethos is a perfect fit for her club’s culture which is one of a strong community which loves their sport and looks after each other. Indeed, “Marshene” is completely made up of former and current Metro players.

A win against Melbourne United today means two wins thus far for the Adelaide team in the lead up to the finals.

The women’s soccer coach says having so many coaches in her Masters team should be an inspiration for all the younger players they help develop.

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still do it albeit at a slower pace. You can compete and have fun, the sport is played in good spirit and we are all playing for the love of it.”

The 15th Australian Masters Games are underway in Adelaide, October 3-10, featuring more than 10,000 participants from across Australia and around the world.

The Australian Masters Games is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia. 

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