Strong minded: Gülcan Koca and her impact on young fans

Emerging Sports Writer Program participant Sienna Nobile spoke with one of her heroes, footballer Gülcan Koca, reflecting on the athlete’s journey and their first encounter. “People aren’t a fan of you because they dislike you. They’re a fan of you because they admire you.” Humble is the perfect word to describe Turkish-Australian footballer Gülcan Koca. …

Culture collisions and active support in women’s football

Danielle Warby spoke with Bonny Boles, co-founder of the Melbourne Victory Vikings and Brodie Wales, president of Matildas Active Support about active support in football. Last month, a W-League Melbourne Derby was marred by a group of Melbourne Victory supporters hurling abuse, and a glass bottle, at Melbourne City’s Teagan Micah. So, what does it …