Founders included Norma Geribo

The origins of Russell Lea Women’s began with the Five Dock Club in about 1974. A group of women led by the club’s founders, including Norma Geribo (pictured), formed an all age ladies team.

The early days with the Five Dock club lasted until around the mid 1980’s when the women decided to go out on their own.

This gave them the chance to develop their own culture and promote women’s soccer away from the strong influence of the much bigger men’s club.

The Russell Lea Women’s Soccer Club was formed in 1986/7. It was at this time that the club’s founders became aware of the stronger women’s and girls’ soccer competition in the Gladesville-Hornsby District Football Association (which in time became North-West Sydney Women’s Soccer).

As the club was beginning afresh, it was accepted as a member of the burgeoning Gladesville-Hornsby Women’s competition. The club at this time saw the opportunity to grow and promote girls’ soccer as well.

By 1987, Russell Lea Women’s Soccer Club had four teams in Under 13’s, Under 15’s and All Ages.

The fledgling Russell Lea Club needed to come up with a new strip and logo when it was founded. Discarding the old green and gold Five Dock colours, the new strip was white with navy trim and white shorts.


Soon, this was replaced with the reverse of navy blue strip with white trim and navy shorts. These traditional colours have been kept until today.


The logo (pictured) underwent an evolutionary change 2006 and saw the addition of pink to the club colours.  2020 brings version three of the Russell Lea Women’s Soccer Club logo.  The colours remain the same, but the layout, modernised.

2006 Logo

Following its move to the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association in 2006, the club has undergone a number of big changes. The most obvious being the requirement to find and manage a home ground. This was found at Queen Elizabeth Park, Concord. The efforts on the part of club officials, players and parents in making this new responsibility work was outstanding. We also recognise the important contribution our sponsors play and thank them for their contributions.

Nearly all of the other clubs in the NWSWS and CDSFA are a part of existing men’s clubs. This is a great distinction for Russell Lea. As can be seen from this brief history, the club’s genesis was in promoting football for women.

We have developed a set of values which expresses this difference at Russell Lea. We are also promoting the ‘beautiful game’ for women and girls in the district, centering our efforts on the wonderful facilities at Queen Elizabeth Park.


Danielle North

Contact for:

Club questions, comments or concerns which don’t fit into the categories below



Vanessa Miller

Contact for:

Player/member welfare



KT Wlodarczk

Contact for:

Administrative matters



Sarah Potter

Contact for:

Anything financial



Paul Mumford

Contact for:

All registrations



Paul Rota

Contact for:

Forfeits or Reschedules



Frank Vidovic

Contact for:

Questions, queries & comments in regards to players/teams from Minitildas through to U16’s



Sandra Russo

Contact for:

Questions, queries & comments in regards to players/teams in WIL, All Ages and Over 30’s



Sandra Russo & Matt Montgomery

Contact for:

Anything coaching related


Danielle North

Natalie Rota

Contact for:

Uniform questions, queries,comments

Contact via TeamApp message


Danielle Wilson

Contact for:

Canteen and canteen duty questions, comments & queries



Paula Berkely

Contact for:

Entering scores/results

Contact via TeamApp message


Send an email to the general address rlwsclub@gmail.com

President's Award

Awarded to a member of the club who has gone above and beyond to assist the President and wider club community.

2019 - Frank Vidovic

2018 - Danielle North

2017 - Matt Montgomery

2016 - Craig Kann

2015 - Giugni Family

2014 - KT Wlodarczyk

2013 - Ruby Blinkhorn

2012 - Helena Miller

2011 - Robert Trainor

2010 - Jenny Hart

2009 - Leah Wilson

2008 - Richard Scandizzio

2007 - Kaiya Robertson

2006 - Jodie Wilson Fawkes

2005 - Conor & Ciara Rowntree

2004 - No recipent

2003 - Rebecca Ginty

2002 - Kathryn Griffiths

Beryl Crockford Memorial Trophy

Awarded to a team or individual that embodies the qualities of sportsmanship, team spirit and fair play. It is presented in memorial of Beryl Crockford a member of our over 30/2 team who lost her life tragically in a cycling accident.

2018 - Rosa Camelleri

Rosa volunteered to coach her daughter’s Under 10 team in 2018 and then thought she may as well play herself to gain more understanding and skills and to set a good example to her daughter and the girls she coached.

Cec Barlow Award (awarded by the CDSFA)

CDSFA Executive believes it is vital to recognise individuals who have provided consistent and invaluable service at Club and/or Association level over a number of years.

These contributions may be as coach, manager, trainer, administrator, official, president, secretary, competition secretary, treasurer, registrar, canteen manager, committee member, grounds person or a combination of these.

2018 - Jenny Hart

2017 - Chris Farrelly

2016 - Bob Chambers

2014 - Trevor Bell

2013 - Jodie Wilson


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Russell Lea Women's Soccer Club is Inner-West Sydney's only all-female soccer club. Training and Home games at Queen Elizabeth Park, Concord.

Email: rlwsclub@gmail.com

Post: PO Box 610, Five Dock, NSW 2046

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