Hayley Taylor-Young playing for Canberra United Academy in 2019. Photo by Capital Football.

With the news that Capital Football is working towards the commencement of senior competitions in 2020 on the weekend of July 18th, Beyond 90 is – with some excitement –  resuming Season 2020 previews. This edition features Canberra United Academy.

Previously published previews for season 2020:
Belconnen United
Tuggeranong United
Monaro Panthers
Canberra Olympic
Wagga City Wanderers
Woden-Weston FC


Team news from coach (and Capital Football Technical Director) Scott O’Donell

NPLW1 Coaching team for season 2020:
Scott O’Donell and Eddie Senatore

NPLW1 squad – players gained:
Anna Hunt – Western NSW Mariners FC (NPL 2 NSW)
Sofia Christopherson – Woden-Weston FC

NPLW1 squad – players lost:
Mia McGovern – Belconnen United
Steffi Lejins – Gungahlin United
Izzy Mulhall
Molly Lawless – Illawarra Stingrays
Emily Jensen
Demi Nikias – Woden-Weston FC
Bianca Kimpton – Belconnen United
Jaide Trewin

Any changes to the women’s programme for the club this season ?
Added an U13 team this year.

Aims for the 2020 NPLW1 season ?
To provide the best possible environment for the players to develop as individuals and as a team unit.


Player profile: Hayley Taylor-Young

Sasha Grove (Number 12, left) and sister Annie had outstanding seasons in 2019. They together with Hayley Taylor-Young (who has her first W-League season under her belt; Hayley is also pictured above) will be key to CUA’s performances in 2020. Photo credit: Capital Football

How many seasons have you played NPLW1 with your current club ?
Three seasons. 

Likely onfield position ?
Winger or striker.

What’s got you excited about the season ?
I think what’s got me most excited about the season is looking forward to the challenge and pressure involved with such a short season.

Who is a rising star in your team that fans should watch out for ?
Anna Hunt.

Anna Hunt (left) played with the Western NSW Mariners in 2019, and was selected for the Junior Matildas in 2018. Photo credit: centralwesterndaily.com.au

Are there any match-ups you are particularly looking forward to ? (This could be a specific opposition player, and/or another club)
I’m looking forward to playing against Belconnen United and Canberra Football Club because they’ve always been our toughest competition.

Follow all our ACT NPLW coverage.