The Association recognises that the girls and ladies in our member clubs also want to play in and enjoy the pressures of knock out competitions and so in recent times we have introduced annual competitions. The first was the Presidents Cup for our All Age Ladies. The other 3 competitions, or more specifically the trophies the teams play for are named in honour of ladies who have made a contribution to our Association and soccer football in Western Sydney.
Lyn Nielsen was a well respected GDFRA referee who could comfortably referee both men and women’s football matches at all levels. Lyn was a GDFRA member from 1997 to 2013. In 2004 she became the highest graded female referee as she was the first female member to obtain Full Class 1 status. Aside from her talents as a referee she was highly regarded as a person who was energetic, personable and always a helpful volunteer being respectful of others. This gained Lyn the respect amongst her referee colleagues who awarded her with Life Membership in 2010. The GDSFA member clubs also respected her greatly and honoured her contributions with the Lyn Nielsen Cup in 2008. Lyn died in 2013.
Mary Fox was introduced to soccer football through the Granville Waratah Club, first becoming a team manager in 1979 and then in the early 1980’s joining her Club’s Committee as the Publicity Officer, a position she held for 6 years, followed then by becoming the Club’s Secretary for 12 years, retiring in 2000. Whilst fulfilling these club roles she also nominated to join the Association’s Management Committee, being elected as the Assistant Registrar in 1990, retiring from the position in 2000, but stayed on in an unofficial capacity for a further 2 years. Towards the end of her time on the Association’s Management Committee, her contributions were acknowledged with an Association Life Membership and by having this Knock Out Competition Cup named in her honour in 2008.
Kyah Pam Simon (born 25 June 1991) is a Western Sydney girl from Quakers Hill who debuted for the Matildas at only 16 years of age in August 2007 as a striker. In 2011, Simon became the first Indigenous Australian player to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup. She has played for Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australian W-League and for the Boston Breakers and currently the Houston Dash in the American National Women’s Soccer League. She is a well respected senior member of the National Matilda team and an inspiration to our local and all Australian female soccer football players. We honour her contributions to Western Sydney female football with the naming of this cup in 2019.
The Association first introduced female football with an All Age Ladies competition in the 1990 after the collapse of the Holroyd Women Football Association which took in teams from Granville, Blacktown and Southern Districts Soccer Football Associations. Shortly thereafter a knock out competition was introduced within our Association and the All Age Ladies teams played for the President’s Cup.