South Melbourne FC is delighted to announce Tiffany Eliadis as Senior Women’s captain and Natalie Martineau as vice captain ahead of the 2018 season.
Eliadis, a South junior, made her first team debut in April 2010 at only 14 years of age. With the exception of the 2016 season, she has been part of the senior setup ever since, playing nearly 150 league matches and scoring 91 league goals. She has been part of four South championships (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017) and three premierships (2013, 2014, 2017). Individually, she has won the FFV Gold Medal twice (2013, 2014), the Women’s Premier League golden boot (2013, 2014) and last year was judged as the best player on the field in SMFC’s penalty shootout triumph over Geelong Galaxy in the Grand Final.
Canadian-born Martineau joined SMFC in 2013 from Louisiana State University in the USA. She made her league debut in April of that year and has since amassed 112 league games, scoring 23 goals. The Canadian U20 international remained with the club when it was excluded from the inaugural NPLW season in 2016. She has been an integral part of four championships (2014-2017) and four premierships (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). She was the best player on the field in the 2014 Women’s Premier League grand final and State League One’s best player in 2016. Nat has represented Victoria twice and has won several club awards.
Speaking with smfc.com.au, SMFC Women’s Football Director Gabrielle Giuliano shared her thoughts on the appointments. “Both Tiff and Nat are great leaders and have shown a great love for the club. Apart from one season, Tiff has been with us since she was a young girl and Nat showed tremendous loyalty by sticking with us when we dropped a level in 2016. I’ve got no doubt that both will do a fine job as we look to defend our championship status this season.”