November 01, 2017

Sydney Olympic Football Club is excited to announce the first two players from our First Grade Women’s squad that will be returning for the 2018 season.

NSW NPL2 Women’s Player of the Year, Kate Halaska will be returning to Olympic in 2018, along with NSW NPL2 Women’s Golden Boot, Maddi Costanzo.

Both Halaska and Costanzo proved invaluable to Olympic’s 2017 Premiership winning campaign, in which the First Grade Women celebrated 14 games unbeaten heading into the Grand Final.

After an incredible season, both Kate and Maddi were recognised with awards at both the Football NSW Silver Medal Dinner and the Sydney Olympic FC Presentation Night.

Halaska has been with Olympic since the inception of its Women’s program and co-captained the First Grade squad alongside Kalista Tsoupis in 2017.

Her return to Olympic in 2018 shows her immense loyalty and secures a talented player and excellent leader for the squad.

“I’m really excited to be back with Olympic for the 2018 season,” Kate explained.

“I’ve been with Sydney Olympic since the Women’s program started and I’m looking forward to a great 2018 season to build on last season’s success”

Costanzo had a stand out season in 2017 and is looking forward to another season with Olympic.

At only 22-years old, Maddi managed 19 goals over the season to take out the Golden Boot and will be looking to top it in 2018.

“I’m really excited to stay for my fourth season with Sydney Olympic and I’m hoping to have another strong season alongside some great players,” Costanzo said.

“I like to stay committed to a club for as long as I can and Olympic are very supportive and accommodating with their players well.

“I’ve also built strong friendships that make playing alongside each other better as we connect well out on the field.”

2018 Women’s First Grade Head Coach, Bill Papas, expressed his excitement with retaining two incredibly valuable players for the season ahead.

“I’m very happy that we’ve re-signed two of the biggest names in the league who will help Sydney Olympic as we work to achieve NPL1 status.”

“We’re looking forward to having Kate and Maddi back on board in 2018 to build a strong team.

“Kate has amazing defensive qualities and leadership skills that will help us build our defensive foundation and can help us guide the team around the park.

“Maddi’s attacking prowess and her ability to create and convert incredible goal scoring opportunities helped her to become the top goal scorer in 2017 and is the start of a great foundation to be successful in 2018.

“We are building a team for next season that’s going to fight for promotion and that demonstrates passion and determination and we’re very pleased to have Kate and Maddi leading the campaign.

“I’m looking forward to working with elite players like Kate and Maddi as we work to build on the success Sydney Olympic FC enjoyed in 2017.

Trials for our Women’s program will be held this Sunday, 5th November at Strathfield Park. You can see all the details and sign up to attend here:

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