United sign Dawber and McNamara to new deals


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Adelaide United is delighted to announce the re-signings of Chelsie Dawber and Matilda McNamara ahead of the impending Westfield W-League season.

Dawber experienced a breakout year last campaign, scoring two goals and providing two assists on her way to collecting the Club’s Rising Star award.

The 20-year-old striker joined the Reds in 2017 and has registered 19 appearances.

Dawber spent the offseason with Adelaide City in the local Women’s National Premier League (WNPL) and bagged a formidable 33 goals in 14 matches in all competitions. 

Speaking on recommitting to the Club, Dawber said: “I’m really happy to have re-signed with Adelaide United for another season.

“I want to play each week consistently this season, bringing my best form to the field every game. 

“Our squad of girls has been together for a number of seasons now and I believe, if we play our best each week, anything is possible and we might even win the competition this year.”



The Club’s Westfield W-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “We’re thrilled to have Chelsie on board for the upcoming campaign.

“She is one of the most promising attackers in the state and her challenge this year will be to build on her solid season last year, and I’m confident with the right service she will be a prolific striker.”

Meanwhile, McNamara returns after enjoying a strong finish to last season, where she played in four of the final five games, impressing at centre-back.

The 21-year-old defender also spent the offseason with Adelaide City and appeared in a total of 15 matches, netting two goals.

After signing a new deal, McNamara said: “I’m very happy and excited to re-sign for this new season and can’t wait to get started with the girls. 

“I think it’s going to be a really good year for us. 

“Individually, I want to get a lot more minutes under my belt and I feel this is our group’s best chance to make finals, which we’re aiming for – and nothing less.”


Stenta, said: “After being brought in last season, Matilda quickly demonstrated her quality and took her opportunity towards the end of the campaign. 

“Her composure and ability to read the game as a central defender is very good and I look forward to seeing her progression continue.”

Adelaide United Head of Women’s Football, Ivan Karlović, added: “Both Chelsie and Matilda will be important players for us for the new season.

“They have both had dominant seasons in the WNPL and I am looking forward to them continuing that in the upcoming W-League season. 

“It’s great to see the squad coming together nicely in readiness for the new season, and further announcements will made in the not too distant future.”

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