2008 was a good year for Racheal, She won the Golden Boot award at the Under 17 National competition, was one of 24 girls to go away with the Young Matildas to the AFC Under 20 championships in Malaysia and then to top it off was offered a position for Adelaide United in the inaugural year of the Australian W-League.
The first season the squad had a mixture of young and old players. With names like Di Alagich, Sharon Black, and Krysten Swaffer just to name a few. They also had Canadian player Leah Robinson. The team lost there first game against Brisbane Roar but then bounced back to win their next 2 games and a draw against Canberra United. The rest of the season did not go to plan and they proceeded to get the Wooden spoon for the first year. Racheal didnt manage to score any goals this season but then again she was only 17 at the time.
The second year saw an exodus of the older players out of the team leaving 6 players from the first year squad. There were no international players and most of the girls were from South Australia apart from 3 players from Queensland and one from New South Wales. In this year Racheal did herself proud and won the Most Valuable Player award and scored 5 goals in 3 of the last five games after she was taken out of midfield and put up forward as striker. The team drew 3 games and lost 7 to end up in 7th position ahead of Newcastle Jets.
The Third season was a shocker, Once again the team went through a big change. They had players flown in from other states every time they played so the whole team wasnt even training together. Some were flown in from Queensland, NSW and Victoria. We also acquired the services of Ashleigh Gunning from America but unfortunately that wasn’t enough, the team didn’t have time to gel with each other and it showed on the pitch. No game was won or even drawn and only 4 goals were scored for the whole season. Rach scored one of these. As you can tell the team ended up with the wooden spoon and at this point they had lost 12 games in a row.
The fourth season was lucky for the team to go ahead, the new owners of Adelaide United decided that they could not afford to keep the women’s team going so relinquished the rights to the football association in SA. So with new owners and a new coach and 3 international players it was looking to be a good year. Two New Zealanders, Abby Erceg and Anna Green and the returning Ashleigh Gunning. But once again it wasnt enough with only one win for the season and ending up with wooden spoon again after a 19 game losing streak. The year had one good moment when Racheal scored one of her two goals against Perth and it was named Goal of the Year, which was an overhead bicycle kick that any football player would be proud of.
If anyone wants to search it, it’s the third goal.
Onto the last season which has just been played. Once again only a few of the players from the previous year were selected for the team but it included 3 New Zealander players with Abby Erceg retaking the position as Captain and Sarah McLaughlin and Holly Paterson joining the side. The first game saw the team win in a thriller against new side Western Sydney Wanderers 4-3 with Racheal scoring the first goal of the season with a Penalty Kick. But then it started to go backwards again. With only one more win for the year the team ended with the wooden spoon for the 4th year with Rach scoring 4 goals for the season.
Hopefully 2013-14 season will go better for the team as the Head Coach has now moved on and still no word on the new one.
If anyone is interested in seeing some of the action of Racheal you can go to my You Tube Channel
Some videos cant be played in some countries because of the music attached but most can be watched.
Anyway this blog has gotten so big its a novel so I need to get the next bit out quickly so I dont bore everyone….
Racheal Quigley is now a player for the Kansas City Shock in the WPSL in America…. Im so excited for her and know she will make me even prouder over there… So stay tuned for updates to come and please feel free to leave comments.