VenuesWest Ambassador Tash Rigby Celebrates 100th Game for Glory

VenuesWest Ambassador and Perth Glory captain Tash Rigby celebrated her 100th game on Saturday.

Tash Rigby, the captain of Perth Glory's women's team, celebrated her 100th game milestone in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Melbourne Victory at Macedonia Park on Saturday night.

This achievement underscores Rigby's dedication to the club she has represented since 2016, and her commitment to a sport she hopes to see flourish following the Matildas' visit to Perth and the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Reflecting on this significant milestone, the VenuesWest ambassador expressed immense gratitude and love for the sport and her team.

"It was amazing, and the game itself was a really tough battle with Melbourne Victory," she remarked.

"I’m feeling so loved and grateful for the opportunity, to step out for the 100th time for the Glory was incredible. I've been playing for Glory for about 8 to 9 years, and it's been an absolutely incredible journey.”

Rigby also spoke highly of those who have supported her throughout her career, emphasising the crucial roles played by her coaches, teammates, and family.

She is currently one of four ambassadors for VenuesWest for 2023/24 alongside para-athlete Rhiannon Clarke, pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall and rower Genevieve Hart.

"My support systems have been phenomenal. I wouldn't be here without every teammate, coach, and staff member who has helped me get to this point,” Rigby said.

“VenuesWest have really helped and supported me too, and my friends and family have been massive, they're such an incredible emotional support for me.”

Rigby's aspirations in football extend well beyond her 100-game landmark.

She's focused on leading Glory to continued success after an unbeaten start to the season and advocating for the growth of women's football.

"Seeing Australia rally behind our girls and women's football was amazing," she stated.

"We're working so hard to attract those fans to the A-League because it's such a fantastic competition.

“I think every single game there has been an increase in attendance, I think when you are successful as well, it does create a little bandwagon.

“We would love to see as many people down at our games as possible. It's such a fantastic family environment and it’s open to everyone.”

Rigby expressed optimism about the future of football in Western Australia, highlighted by her experience training and playing a practice game at the newly built Sam Kerr Football Centre, the 14th venue in VenuesWest’s portfolio that is named after her former teammate.

When Kerr left the Glory for Chelsea in 2019, it was Rigby who stepped up as captain.

"The centre is state-of-the-art, equipped with everything you could need and more," she said.

"Sam has been an incredible player and mentor, both on and off the field. It's wonderful to see her legacy honored in this way.”

Rigby is currently preparing for a two-game roadtrip where the Glory will take on Wellington and Melbourne City before returning to Perth to face Sydney at Macedonia Park on Sunday 17 December.