Tongan Royalty at Glenwood

By Lawrence Machado
Tongan Princess Latufuipeka brought a rare spot of royalty to Valentine Sports Park, Glenwood, when she visited her national women’s team.

The Tongan national women’s squad are training at Glenwood and were bowled over when Princess Lātūfuipeka visited them last week. The players showed their appreciation with a traditional Tongan colourful song and dance show. Football NSW’s Venue and Facilities Manager Claudia Meek said it was a huge thrill to have royalty in their midst.

“It was amazing and an absolute honour to have Princess Lātūfuipeka visit Football NSW headquarters as I believe it’s been many years since we’ve had royalty appear at the precinct,” Meek said. “We are currently looking after the Tongan women’s national football team and to have had a visit from the princess herself, you could see what it meant to the team, they were all so very grateful.”


Hills United in the Right Lane

Classy striker Imogen Lane broke a deadlock in the 80th minute last Sunday to extend Hills United FC’s unbeaten run to 11 matches in the FNSW League One Women’s First Grade.

In-form Lane’s strike saw the debutants hold off a fierce challenge from third-placed UNSW FC 1-0 at Hensley Athletic Field. Lane is in terrific form this season, scoring regularly as the table leaders dominate the opposition.

The Hills, led by Desiree Galea, are now eight points clear at the top with 33 points, followed by Gladesville Ravens (25) in second spot, who have played a game less.

Earlier in their 10th round clash, Hills United FC thumped Central Coast Mariners FC 3-1 at Bella Vista Public School’s synthetic turf. Ellen Berios gave them a 1-0 advantage at the breather before Stefanie Trovato and Imogen Lane stretched the lead in the second half.