Midfield Magic Star

Taylah Orzel is a young Footie star making every post a winner in heartland Aussie Rules. A beautician by day and a footie super star come game time, the 24 year-old mid-field dynamo is a star performer for the competition leading Royals women’s footie team based in the beautiful sea side port town of Albany, situated at the bottom of Western Australia.

Royals, or the Royals Football and Sporting Club as it’s officially known, has had a team in the Great Southern women’s league since 2018 and they’ve been either at the top or runners up ever since, the women’s game thriving in the South West, especially since the game went professional for women at the top level in 2017.

There are currently six teams contesting the Great Southern Women’s League and they are Royals, Denmark-Walpole, Mt Barker, North Albany, Albany and Railways with Royals so far unbeaten this season.

Taylah instantly took to footie when she started playing in 2018 and in last year’s grand final win over Railways she won the Best On Ground trophy during a match in which she was brilliant, prolific through the midfield, collected a stack of possessions, cut off numerous opposition attacks and set up her side going forward.

A talented all-round sportswomen, Taylah plays netball in winter and plans a return to basketball as well where she is equally talented.

She has aspirations of going further in the game and has already been told she has the potential to make to reach the top level. Taylah also played in the Country championships last year where her outstanding form continued.

The humble star has a refreshing philosophy on her footie. Full on and very competitive during matches, Taylah said the best thing about playing footie for Royals is, “It’s a great competition. I love the running and fitness involved in footie and I love the social side of things, being social with a great bunch of girls and winning is just a bonus.”

A talented all-round sportswomen, Taylah plays netball in winter and plans a return to basketball as well where she is equally talented.

Albany born and bred, Taylah loves her home town, known for its stunning beaches, Misery Beach, close to Albany township, voted the most beautiful beach in Australia this year. In fact when she’s not involved with work or footie, she can usually be found at one of the regions many stunning beaches, camping, surfing, walking her dog or catching up with mates.

Footie is big in Taylah’s family. Her partner Ryan Flick plays in the premier men’s division in the Great Southern men’s footie league and her cousin Matt Orzel has payed premier division in Perth and now plays for North Albany. Her grandad Bob Golding has a rich history with the Royals club, being a life member and a former coach and trainer.

Best of the best - Taylah Orzel with her best on ground awards after last years grand final

Mum and dad Eddie and Vanessa are both keen Royals supporters and Taylah has a younger sister Savannah and older sister Hannah, a brother Connor and half brother Jarrad.

The women’s league is very popular in the South West and Royals headquarters at Centennial Park in Albany is always packed out with hundreds of spectators on game night. Starting off with four teams originally in the competition there are now six, Denmark/Walpole and Mt Barker the latest additions.

I had the privilege of watching the Royals ladies deal to Denmark-Walpole in Denmark (situated 50kms from Albany) last year and the ground was packed with a great night of entertaining footie.

As well as the women’s team, Royals fields a premier men’s team and age group teams in the Great Southern Leagues, the footie code really thriving out west. The senior men’s team have enjoyed amazing success, winning six grand finals in a row between 1999-2004 under head coach Darrell Panizza and now the women’s team is building a dynasty of it’s own.

Albany born and bred, Taylah loves her home town, known for its stunning beaches, Misery Beach, close to Albany township, voted the most beautiful beach in Australia this year. In fact when she’s not involved with work or footie, she can usually be found at one of the regions many stunning beaches, camping, surfing, walking her dog or catching up with mates.

WINDING DOWN Nothing like a good Western Australian wine for Taylah to relax with after a typically busy week

The Royals women’s squad this year comprises: Letisha Alexander, Hayley Ashboth (vice-captain), Jessica Broome, Taylah Burt, Denika Favas, Leah Field, Stephanie Francis, Gracie Gibson, Rachael Goetze, Patricia Hoveler (vice-captain), Nardia Humphries, Natalie Jarvis, Henrietta Lilford, Sophie Loveridge, Kelsey McMorran, Cecile O’doherty, Taylah Orzel, Elizabeth Pattinson, Lowanna Singleton, Imogen Sivwright, Callie McNamara, Kylie Douglas, Bree Davy, Nicola Thomas, Kathryn Jennings, Selma Waldeck, Joslyn Pass, Caitlin Aggiss, Tayla Volker, Keara Rogers, Cassandra Fletcher, Tahlia Ladd, Olivia Mai,

Coach; Collin Pass, assistant coach Trevor Craig

Best of the best - Taylah Orzel with her best on ground awards after last years grand final

Footnote: Albany is situated at the bottom of Western Australia 418km from Perth. It has a population of around 36,000 people and Princess Royal Harbour is where the New Zealand troops left from to fight at Gallipoli.

Interview & Words by John Alexander | Header Image: Taylah Orzel in action. dominating Midfield. Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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