Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon has four-year unbeaten domestic run ended by PSG


For the first time in almost four years, Lyon has tasted defeat in the French women’s first division, ending an 80-game unbeaten run.

Marie-Antoinette Katoto’s strike in the 11th minute earned Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 home win over the reigning champions on Friday (local time) in Paris.

Matildas star Ellie Carpenter, who signed for the team earlier this year, started the game at right back for Lyon, but could not get back in time to stop Katoto’s strike from trickling in across the face of goal.

It was the reigning European champions first loss in the French first division since December 12, 2016 and just its third in the past 10 years.

The result put PSG on top of the standings with 25 points from nine games, one point ahead of Lyon.

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Lyon had not been beaten in any competitive match since the French Cup final in May 2018, when PSG were also the opponents.

Over the past few years, Lyon has developed a reputation as the strongest women’s team in the world.

The women’s team is treated on a par with the men’s team, sharing a training ground and other facilities — a rarity in the women’s game.

Lyon has won the past 14 Division 1 Féminine titles in a row and the past five women’s Champions League titles in a stunning era of success.

Lyon have won five-straight Champions League titles.(Pool via AP: Villar Lopez)

However, that is not the longest run of consecutive titles in the women’s game in Europe.

SFK 2000 Sarajevo holds the current record and is currently on an 18-year run of consecutive Bosnia and Herzegovina championships.

The longest unbeaten run of matches in women’s football is 101 games, by US college team North Carolina between 1990 and 1994.

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Lawyers for accused killer Ricardo Barbaro tell court Ellie Price was alive when he left her


Lawyers for Ricardo Barbaro, who is accused of killing a woman before going on the run, have told a court she was alive when he left her, and have raised the possibility there was an “alternative offender”.

Ellie Price’s body was found in an apartment in South Melbourne in early May by police officers conducting a welfare check, with investigators later revealing that she had died under violent circumstances.

But police were unable to track down Mr Barbaro, who sparked a manhunt and was ultimately arrested in Sydney’s western suburbs before being extradited back to Melbourne.

Today Mr Barbaro’s barrister, Mark Gumbleton, told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court that the pair had a turbulent relationship, and raised the prospect that someone else may have killed Ms Price.

“Mr Barbaro was in the company of the deceased … and it’s alleged that he leaves the South Melbourne property where the deceased was ultimately found,” Dr Gumbleton told the court.

Homicide investigators accuse Mr Barbaro of murdering the mother-of-one some time between April 29 and May 4, 2020.

The court heard Ms Price had stab wounds to her back.

“She was still alive after 4:30am on April 29,” Dr Gumbleton said.

“Her body, regrettably, was not found until the afternoon of May 4.”

Defence lawyer to cross-examine victim’s family

Dr Gumbleton today successfully convinced a magistrate to let him cross-examine Ms Price’s mother and sister, who live in Tasmania, telling the court they could speak to the nature of the pair’s relationship.

“Was he always violent towards her? Was she violent towards him?” he said.

The court heard Ms Price had attempted to extort money from another man, telling him that she would go to the police with a rape allegation unless he paid her $25,000.

Victoria Police found Ellie Price’s body in her South Melbourne apartment on May 4.(ABC News: Billy Draper)

“This is a woman who had mental issues, abused illicit substances, was a loner, and was also erratic in her behaviour,” Dr Gumbleton said.

He also raised concerns over a knife found at the scene, telling the court that the defence had not received any information about it, including whether any DNA or fingerprints had been found.

“We want to know … what the hell has happened with the knife?” he said.

“We want to know everything about the knife.”

Magistrate Marita Altman acknowledged this and ordered the prosecution to clarify if any testing had been done.

“It does seem unusual that at the very least there isn’t any information as to even the most perfunctory examination of the knife, which could have occurred very, very early on,” she said.

Mr Barbaro will return to court in May 2021.



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AFLW Draft | Richmond Tigers take Ellie McKenzie at No. 1


“Her versatility and ability to run through the midfield is pretty handy, and she’s quite aggressive. We really like that.

“She is the sort of player we are looking for – someone that is not afraid to get their hands dirty but then on transition can run really hard and damage the opposition.

“There have only been the three games this year and she played well in all of them, but she is someone that has been setting the junior footy world alight for a long time and lots of people are aware of Ellie and her skill.”

With pick No. 2 the Western Bulldogs sprung a minor surprise, overlooking forward Alyssa Bannan for fellow Knights products Jess Fitzgerald.

That meant Bannan slipped through to Melbourne with the third pick in the Victorian draft pool, selection No. 5 overall. St Kilda took Dandenong Stingrays ball magnet at pick No. 6.

In between those selections, West Coast nabbed Claremont midfielder Isabella Lewis at pick No. 3 while Adelaide picked Teah Charlton, clearly the standout player in the South Australian league.

Gold Coast (Annise Bradfield), Brisbane (Zimmorlei Farquharson) and Greater Western Sydney (Tarni Evans) all did as tipped with their respective top 10 selections.

Geelong went for home-grown talent Darcy Moloney to round out the top 10, while the Bulldogs landed defender Sarah Hartwig (11) and versatile tall Isabelle Pritchard (16) with later picks in the first round.

THE 2020 TOP 10

  • 1.Richmond – Ellie McKenzie (Northern Knights)
  • 2.Western Bulldogs – Jessica Fitzgerald (Northern Knights)
  • 3.West Coast – Isabella Lewis (Claremont Women’s FC)
  • 4.Adelaide – Teah Charlton (South Adelaide)
  • 5.Melbourne – Alyssa Bannan (Northern Knights)
  • 6.St Kilda – Tyanna Smith (Dandenong Stingrays)
  • 7.Gold Coast – Annise Bradfield (Bond University)
  • 8.Brisbane – Zimmorlei Farquharson (Yeronga South Brisbane WFC)
  • 9.GWS – Tarni Evans (Queanbeyan Tigers – Women)
  • 10.Geelong – Darcy Moloney (Geelong Falcons)

Carlton took defender/midfielder Mimi Hill from the Oakleigh Chargers at pick 12, North Melbourne selected midfielder/forward Isabella Eddey at 13, Fremantle selected defender Sarah Verrier at 14, and the Dees picked Sandringham Dragons forward/midfielder Eliza McNamara at pick 15.

Collingwood ended up using their first selection to take father-daughter pick Tarni Brown, the daughter of former captain Gavin, at pick 19. St Kilda matched a bid for their father-daughter player Alice Burke at pick 24.

Key forward Sarah Perkins joined her third AFLW club, taken by Gold Coast at pick 23. Perkins was an All-Australian and premiership player with Adelaide before having a brief stint as a top-up player this year for Melbourne.

The Pies grabbed emerging ruck Amelia Velardo at pick 25, and outside midfielder Joanna Lin at 26.

Northern Territorian Stephanie Williams landed at Geelong with pick 27.

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Richmond takes classy midfielder Ellie McKenzie number one in AFLW draft



Richmond has pounced on gun midfielder Ellie McKenzie with the prized number one pick in Tuesday night’s AFLW draft.

McKenzie, a creative, attacking midfielder from the Northern Knights, is set to add instant class to a Richmond side that went winless in their inaugural AFLW season.

Beyond young gun Monique Conti, the Tigers’ midfield struggled to go with the AFLW’s best in their first season and the classy McKenzie is set to significantly bolster their on-ball division, while at 176cm, she can also swing forward.

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The Western Bulldogs had three picks in the first round and opted for pacy midfielder Jess Fitzgerald, who was McKenzie’s teammate at Northern Knights, with pick number two.

Players nominate for the state they wish to be drafted to.

With pick number three, West Coast had the first choice of the WA talent pool and snared explosive midfielder Isabella Lewis — who has a background in trampolining.

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Adelaide had the entire South Australian group to choose from and selected tough on-baller Teah Charlton with pick number four.

Melbourne rounded out the top five by selecting a third Northern Knights product — key forward Alyssa Bannan — with pick number five.

The draft was held in a virtual format for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with clubs dialling in to AFL House to make their selections.

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AFL 2020: Ellie McKen


She is also the younger brother of former North Melbourne rookie Tom McKenzie.

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“She’s going to be a 10-year player wherever she ends up,” said Marcus Abney-Hastings, who coached McKenzie in the NAB League.

“Her skill set and the way she plays, it’s absolutely exceptional to be honest. In the three [Knights] games we had we played her forward and she just doesn’t get beaten one-on-one.”

Rivals expect the Western Bulldogs to take forward Alyssa Bannan, also from the Knights, at pick No. 2. The Dogs enter the draft with a strong hand, holding three first-round selections.

“For a girl her size, the pace, the power that she has, I don’t think anybody within the AFLW would have seen that for a long time,” Abney-Hastings said of Bannan.

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Melbourne have pick No. 5, which is the third selection in the Victorian pool. Athletic ball-winner Tyanna Smith from the Dandenong Stingrays has been strongly linked to the Demons at this selection.

Diminutive Knights midfielder Jessica Fitzgerald is highly unlikely to slip below St Kilda’s pick No. 6.

West Coast are poised to select one of midfielder/forward Shanae Davison, midfielder Isabella Lewis or defender Sarah Verrier at pick No. 3, which is the first selection in the West Australian pool of the state-based draft.

Adelaide have the entire South Australian pool to pick from with exciting midfielder/forward Teah Charlton the standout in the SA class and expected to be taken at pick No. 4.

Geelong Falcons midfielder Darcy Moloney should be available at the Cats’ first pick (10 overall) although the Cats can now select from the entire Victorian pool. Sandringham Dragons defender Sarah Hartwig could be another option in this pick range, while the Northern Territory’s Stephanie Williams is squarely in the mix.

Tuesday night will also bring confirmation of the prices clubs have needed to pay to pick up their father-daughter selections. Tarni Brown (Collingwood) and Alice Burke (St Kilda) are both expected to cost their clubs second-round selections. Gold Coast are set to select former Adelaide and Melbourne spearhead Sarah Perkins and Janet Baird from Arnhem Land.

The draft will be based out of AFL House with clubs to dial in remotely as a result of the coronavirus.

Draft predictions:

  1. Richmond: Ellie McKenzie (Northern Knights, 176cm midfielder/forward)
  2. Western Bulldogs: Alyssa Bannan (Northern Knights, 178cm, forward)
  3. West Coast: Sarah Verrier (Peel Thunder, 168cm defender)
  4. Adelaide: Teah Charlton (South Adelaide, 169cm midfielder/forward)
  5. Melbourne: Tyanna Smith (Dandenong Stingrays, 167cm midfielder)
  6. St Kilda: Jessica Fitzgerald (Northern Knights, 163cm midfielder)
  7. Gold Coast: Annise Bradfield (Southport, 170cm utility)
  8. Brisbane Lions: Zimmorlei Farquharson (Calamvale/Yeronga, 172 cm forward)
  9. Greater Western Sydney: Tarni Evans (Queanbeyan, 180cm utility)
  10. Geelong: Stephanie Williams (Darwin Buffaloes, Geelong Falcons, 162cm forward)

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Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon team claims fifth-straight Champions League crown, beating Wolfsburg


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August 31, 2020 10:01:16

Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon extended its European dominance by beating Wolfsburg 3-1 to win its fifth-straight women’s Champions League title on Sunday.

Key points:

  • Ellie Carpenter moved to Olympique Lyonnais from Portland Thorns in June
  • Lyon’s triumph is its fifth Champions League crown in a row
  • Carpenter, who has 42 caps for the Matildas, was an unused substitute in the final

Eugenie Le Sommer, Saki Kumagai and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir scored for Lyon as it clinched a record-extending seventh Champions League trophy.

Carpenter, who was an unused substitute in the final, moved to the French giants in June, a move that has instantly paid off in terms of silverware.

The victory confirmed the 20-year-old Matildas star has joined a powerhouse club, and should she be able to force her way into the starting XI, there will likely be plenty more silverware to come.

Wolfsburg, seeking its third title after back-to-back triumphs in 2013 and 2014, got on the board with Alex Popp after its French rival had opened a two-goal lead in the first half.

Wolfsburg also lost the final to Lyon in 2016 and 2018.

Le Sommer scored in the 25th minute before Kumagai added to the lead shortly before halftime.

Gunnarsdottir sealed the victory in the 88th after Popp had got Wolfsburg on the board in the 58th.

“We played a great season, we can be proud, and I can proud to be part of this team,” Popp said.

Lyon’s Le Sommer, Wendie Renard and Sarah Bouhaddi each won their seventh European title, moving them one clear of the men’s record held by Paco Gento.

“It’s actually quite difficult to believe we have managed our fifth straight title, to be honest,” Bouhaddi said. “We’re super proud of ourselves, it was a very difficult competition.”

It was the fourth final between the two clubs, and their third in the past five years. Wolfsburg’s only triumph over Lyon came in the first final between the teams in 2013.

It was Wolfsburg’s first loss in 41 games, since a 4-2 home defeat in the Champions League quarterfinals against Lyon in March 2019.

Lyon still hasn’t lost a competitive match since the French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain in May 2018.

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Ellie Price’s son, family and friends mourn alleged murder victim at funeral in Hobart


The family of Tasmanian woman Ellie Price, who was allegedly murdered in Melbourne two months ago, have farewelled her at a funeral service in Hobart, telling mourners they will never get over her death.

The 26-year-old was found dead in her South Melbourne apartment in May.

Ricardo Barbaro, 33, has been charged with her murder.

Outside the funeral, Ms Price’s mother Tracey Gangell said her daughter had touched the hearts of everyone she had met.

“She used to walk into a room and everyone would just stop and sort of look at her, she’d just light up room,” Ms Gangell said.

“She always cared for others, she had a heart of gold.”

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Ellie’s child Mostafa “Mossie” Price with by Ellie’s mother Tracey Gangell.(ABC News: Scott Ross)

Ms Gangell said Ms Price was dedicated to her four-year-old son, Mostafa.

“She lived for Mossie, she just did everything she possibly could to make him happy,” she said.

Ms Price’s friends and family wore pink to the funeral, her favourite colour, to match her casket.

A montage of photos was played showing Ms Price with her son, friends and family at home and on holiday.

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Four-year-old Mostafa Price helped escort his mother’s casket to the waiting hearse.(ABC News: Laura Beavis)

Funeral celebrant Lorna Long put Ms Gangell’s grief into words.

“I’ve lost my baby girl and all my hopes and dreams,” she said, reading from a eulogy Ms Gangell had written.

“My family and I will never get over this.”

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Ellie Price’s best friend from school, Kate, was among mourners at the funeral.(ABC News: Scott Ross)

Ms Price’s brother Dylan Taylor said he would never forget his “big” little sister.

“I’ll miss having drinks together and all of our laughs,” he said.

A young man in a black shirt and pink tie stands at a lectern
Ellie’s brother Dylan Taylor said he missed her voice.(ABC News: Scott Ross)

Ms Price was buried at Sorell, north-east of Hobart.

Ricardo Barbaro faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court in May and has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance in September.

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Motorbikes escorted the hearse carrying Ellie Price’s coffin.(ABC News: Scott Ross)



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Victorian police seek Ricardo Barbaro over death of Ellie Price in South Melbourne


Police investigating the death of 26-year-old Ellie Price in South Melbourne are calling for help from the public to find a man they wish to speak to over the death.

Ricardo Barbaro is wanted by police after Ms Price’s body was found in her Park Street apartment on Monday afternoon.

Detective Inspector Tim Day said Ms Price died in violent circumstances and had likely been assaulted on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week.

“The investigation thus far is indicating Ellie may have suffered an assault at that time and she [her body] may have been in those premises for a number of days, perhaps five days,” he said.

“She’s suffered a significant assault.”

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Ellie Price was found dead in her South Melbourne apartment earlier this week.(Facebook)

Inspector Day said the two had been in a relationship, but it was not clear what state that relationship was in when she died.

“Barbaro and Ellie were known to each other and are believed to have been in a relationship from time to time since about October 2019,” he said.

Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Fugitive Taskforce, along with other police units, have been unsuccessful in finding Mr Barbaro over the past three days.

A close-up photograph of Ricardo Barbaro, a man with short dark hair and a neat beard.
Police said Ricardo Barbaro and Ellie Price had been in a relationship.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

Ms Price’s car, a white 2017 Mercedes E350 sedan with pink numberplates with the registration 22ZERO, is missing from the property.

Mr Barbaro is described as being about 185 centimetres tall with a solid build, black hair and olive complexion.

The 33-year-old last lived in Southport in Queensland but is known to frequent the north-west and west of Melbourne.

Inspector Day said he was confident Mr Barbaro’s friends or family knew where he was and he advised them against protecting the wanted man.

“We know he will have had contact with family and friends,” he said.

“There will, we believe, be family and friends who know where he is or where he is going, what he is doing at the moment.

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Victoria Police found Ms Price’s body in her South Melbourne home on Monday.(ABC News: Billy Draper)

Speaking directly to Mr Barbaro, Inspector Day urged the man to hand himself in.

“If you’re listening Ricardo, the fact is we need to speak to you about the circumstances relating to Ellie’s death,” he said.

“This is not going to go away, this is an opportunity for you to come forward now. You may as well come forward right now.”

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Police are searching for Ellie Price’s car, a white Mercedes.(Supplied: Victoria Police)

Police have released pictures of Mr Barbaro and a car like the one Ms Price drove, in the hope of members of the public coming forward with information.

Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity near the intersection of Park and Ferrars streets, especially on Tuesday April 28 or Wednesday 29, is urged to come forward.

Inspector Day said anyone who saw Mr Barbaro should not approach him, but should instead call triple zero.

Anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.



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