ACE Women’s coach Jamie Sanckson says signing goalkeeper Jess Scicluna was “probably the last piece of the puzzle” for his 2021 squad.
The former Peninsula Power keeper has joined an ACE squad chasing promotion to the Brisbane Women’s Premier League (BWPL), where Jess has played the last four years.
She won three successive Elaine Watson Cup medals, and two Grand Finals with Power and has played in the NPLW.
“Jess is probably the last piece of the puzzle for our squad this year,” said coach Jamie.
“We have recruited well again in the off season and with the addition of a keeper like Jess – that has a great deal of experience, at a good level, is a huge boost for us.”
Jess said her options were limited with Power having moved back into the NPLW after three seasons back in the BWPL
“It was hard to leave Power and especially the girls, but I felt this was the year to do it,” said Jess, “some others have retired or left as well.
“After speaking to Jamie it seems ACE is very similar to Power in many ways … and the girls like to do things together.”
Jess Scicluna is the fifth major signing by coach Jamie Sanckson, following Bronte Geddes, Alexis Ball and Mykaela and Jorja Rolls.
“I’m looking at the quality of our squad now and I’m sure it will be an exciting year for the club and women’s football at ACE,” said Jamie.
Those five add to the nucleus of last season’s squad which just missed out on a promotion challenge in the closest of finishes to the halfway split.
Just five points covered the top seven teams at that point, two separated the top six and goal difference divided teams from fourth to seventh!