Australian sport has many examples of families of elite athletes, from the Campbell sisters in the pool to Mark and Sarah Blicavs in AFL and Basketball.
Laura, Matthew and Amelia Spiranovic
The Spiranovic’s collect medals with Victorian WPL honours, Champions league glory and Asian Cup success contributing to what would be an impressive family trophy cabinet.
Older brother and Socceroo central defender Matthew has had a storied career that has included the Bundesliga, J- League, and the A-league, he was vital to the historic Socceroo side that won the 2015 Asian Cup on home soil and the Western Sydney team that brought home the 2014 Asian Champions League.
He represented Australia 36 times, most prominently in the 2014 World Cup, where his experience and passing from defence helped win the side plaudits against highly rated opponents Chile, Holland and Spain.
Youngest sister Laura is well known to W-league fans where she represented Melbourne Victory first from 2011-2013 and then returning from 2015-2018, the centre forward was crucial in her second stint as Victory fielded a largely inexperienced side.
“She’s powerful and can score inside and outside the box with both feet. She’s quite dynamic,” is how English striker Jodie Taylor described Laura when she arrived at Victory and the Geelong born forward scored some important goals, memorably netting a late winner against Sydney FC in 2012.
Sisters Laura and Amelia found success with South Melbourne playing four seasons together and winning the Victorian Women’s Premier League in 2011. South Melbourne defeated Sandringham in the final with Laura claiming that season’s Golden Boot with 26 goals and Amelia lifting the trophy as captain.
After 69 games with Geelong Galaxy in the NPLW, Laura signed with Croatian club ŽNK Split in 2019, joining the exciting parade of Australian players forging careers in Europe.
Laura Spiranovic goal for Victory 2017
Farewell video and Geelong Galaxy highlights.