Local teen keeper Courtney Newbon is set to make her W-League debut tomorrow afternoon when third placed Western Sydney Wanderers take on Perth Glory at BankWest Stadium.
The 19-year-old Sydney University NPLW star originally hails from the Sutherland Shire, but played some of her junior football for the Macarthur Rams, right in the heart of Wanderers' territory.
Newbon, who has patiently sat on the bench this year as American import Abby Smith starred for the Wanderwomen, will finally get her chance after Smith suffered a knee injury that will keep her out for four weeks.
Her team mate at Sydney Uni, Sophie Magus, has been elevated to reserve goal keeper.
Newbon, who studies Applied Science at the same university, delivers pizzas for Domino's in between stacking shelves at Woolworths when she's not studying or playing football. But come tomorrow she will be on the big stage playing for her local club.
Newbon’s rise comes as no surprise to those who know her. She was the hero in the NSW NPLW Grand Final last year, saving two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the Students beat Northern Tigers.
Her Sydney Uni team mate, Lani Johnson, was thrilled to see her close friend finally get a W-League debut.
“I’m so proud of her achievements in the W-League so far,” she said. “She is an amazing keeper and is sure to have a big future ahead of her in football.”
Johnson, who also plays and studies with Magus, was happy to see NPLW players get a chance in the big time.
“We’re good friends both on and off the field, and I’m very proud of them both on a personal level,” she said. “I wish them both the best of luck for tomorrow!”
Newbon played 23 games last season for the Students in First Grade as they claimed the League/Grand Final double again.
Magus played only four games for the Uni First Grade team in 2019, but chalked up 19 Reserve Grade games as the Students also made the Reserves Grand Final.
Newbon and Magus add to the rich local flavour at the Wanderers this season with Courtney Nevin, Alex Huynh, Amy Harrison, Vesna Milivojevic, Alix Roberts and Susan Phonsongkham all hailing from western Sydney.
Wanderers will be hoping to bounce back against Glory tomorrow after last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Brisbane.
Lynn Williams arrives back from her US Olympic training camp in a major boost for the Red and Black. It will be a special day at Bankwest Stadium tomorrow as Ella Mastrantonio plays her 100th W-League game, while Irish import Denise O’Sullivan waves goodbye as her guest contract ends.
Kickoff is at 4pm with the A-League game between the Wanderers and Perth to follow at 6.30.