Fedele ready to lead Bulls’ charge

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The Harvey Bulls new women's team captain Doma Fedele says the team is very grateful for the new women's club rooms.
Camera IconThe Harvey Bulls new women's team captain Doma Fedele says the team is very grateful for the new women's club rooms.

She can bend it like Beckham and has played alongside the talented girls who make up the Perth Glory soccer team.

Doma Fedele was one of the South West’s best soccer players and has a long list of achievements to her name.

Hailing from Harvey, Fedele saw out her junior career with the Harvey Hawks before being selected in several State teams and representing WA.

In 2016, Fedele won the prestigious South West Player of the Year award for her exceptional performance and good sportsmanship throughout the season.

Two years later, she was selected to play in the National Premier League in Perth.

However, after 15 years of living, eating and breathing soccer, Fedele was struggling to juggle the enormity of the league.

It was a huge committent when paired with teaching at Australind Senior High School, so she decided to make the switch from soccer to country football.

Like many of her soccer teammates, she made the courageous jump, following the exciting introduction of women’s footy to the South West Football League.

It was difficult to adjust at first because all I knew was soccer.

Doma Fedele

However, after a bit of training, Fedele found football did not stray too far from soccer, with many of her soccer skills transferable to football.

Today, she is the newly appointed captain of the Harvey Bulls and is hoping to lead with pride, poise and passion.

Harvey Bull's captain Doma Fedele was "surprised" to get the tap on the shoulder for the club's captaincy role.
Camera IconHarvey Bull's captain Doma Fedele was "surprised" to get the tap on the shoulder for the club's captaincy role. Credit: Picture: Briana Fiore

She said she was looking forward to leading the Bulls’ charge and hoped their season would get the green light after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The girls have been keeping busy and have been participating in online fitness challenges,” Fedele said.

We have been submitting videos and challenging each other to work out.

Doma Fedele

Fedele said Bulls coach Adrian Kirk gave them a hard pre-season.

“We will definitely be ready if the season does start,” she said.

Fedele said despite losing a few strong players, the Bulls still looked sturdy.

“We lost a few players for various reasons but we picked up some gifted players,” she said.

“It will be exciting to see where they will be able to take their game and what they will be able to bring to the side.”

The new players are not the only thing causing excitement at the club. Fedele also welcomed the completion of the new Harvey Bulls Women’s club rooms.

We are the first women’s side to have our own change rooms in the whole of the South West league.

Doma Fedele

“A huge thank you to the club and everyone involved in making this a reality.”

Fedele said the captain announcement came as a huge shock to her.

“It was definitely a big surprise, but I am absolutely honoured to lead such a great group of girls.

“I think we will be competitive, despite losing a few players.

I am excited to work with our vice-captain Mel Fry and the leadership group.

Doma Fedele

However, the captaining gig is not Fedele’s first rodeo. The 27-year-old was selected to captain the Landmark South West team last year.

She led them all the way to victory, winning the tournament’s grand final and was one of just five Bulls players selected for the All-Star team.

Fedele said women’s football had come a long way and hoped the new club rooms would also help to increase the junior girls’ participation numbers at the club.

The season could start beyond May 31, after being put on ice following the impact of COVID-19.

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