Oxtoby the most Glorious

Perth Glory Women’s Captain Tanya Oxtoby was rewarded for her outstanding form and leadership in the side’s inaugural season by claiming the ‘Most Glorious Women’s Player’ Award.

Perth Glory Women-s Captain Tanya Oxtoby was rewarded for her outstanding form and leadership in the side-s inaugural season by claiming the ‘Most Glorious Women-s Player- Award.

Oxtoby led the team with courage and bravery and was a role model for many of the younger girls on the team with her experience adding a steadying factor to an encouraging opening season for the WA side.

Feisty midfielder Marianna Tabain and uncompromising defender Stacey Learmont also claimed awards at the Glory Women-s end of season awards night.

Tabain took out the ‘Golden Boot- award after netting four brilliant goals in just eight games. The teenager, 16, from Coogee, also took out ‘Goal of the Year- at the Westfield W-League Awards for her incredible goal in round nine against Adelaide United.

Learmont was awarded out the Players- Player of the Year as voted on by her team mates. Learmont, 23, from Thornlie, was surprised and thrilled to win the award but was a deserved recipient after giving her all throughout the season.

Despite a the 2008/09 Perth Glory Women-s team enduring a rocky start to their inaugural season they finished the season strongly and narrowly missed a final place but their performances left nobody in doubt that they will be the team to watch in 2009/10.

Perth Glory coach Nicola Williams said she was looking forward to building on the foundations laid in the opening season.

“The first few games of the season were a testing ground for the girls to build up confidence in their skills against the other premier teams. Once they had the belief in themselves that they belonged there, they really started to make their mark on the league,” Williams said.

“There is a lot of talent in WA and I have faith that we can build on that to make next season a great one for Perth Glory Women.”