Western United is delighted to confirm the signings of Adriana and Melissa Taranto for the Club’s inaugural Liberty A-League Women season.
The twins have both shone in Calder United’s NPLW Senior side for a number of years, controlling games with their quality and eye for goal in midfield.
This will be a return to the A-League Women for the pair, who both debuted for Melbourne Victory in the then-named W-League as 16-year-olds in 2015 while also representing Australia at youth level.
As they put pen to paper on their contracts together, both sisters said this would be a moment they would never forget.
“It means so much, not only individually but to sign on together is amazing. We’ve played in the same team since I can remember, so to play at the highest level in Australia – we just can’t wait,” Adriana said.
“We’ve been wanting to push to get into the A-League again, so for the opportunity to join a Club like Western United who has done so much with its men’s team, and with the partner club at Calder, it’s something we’re super excited for,” Melissa added.
Growing up together and being alongside each other on each step of their respective journeys, the sisters added their close relationship will carry onto the pitch.
“It’s like when you get a team that really knows each other, that foundation of knowing how each other plays. When we’re on the field together, we know each other so well. Hopefully we get a few games together,” Melissa said.
“I don’t think we’ve ever not played on the same time. I believe it’s because we both make each other stronger on the field, knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and pushing each other. Together we are very, very strong,” Adriana said.
Western United A-League Women Head Coach Mark Torcaso has witnessed the Tarantos’ development at Calder United and is eager to see them return to the top of the game.
“Mel and Adriana have been standout players in NPLW for some time, and it’s really overdue that they have another opportunity at professional level,” he said.
“I’m really honoured to be able to give them both that opportunity here at Western United. They have both grown and developed so much and are more than ready for this chance.
“They’re tenacious, willing to work and learn and will both be great for the group in the inaugural season.”
Despite both naturally being central midfielders, Adriana and Melissa have each deputised at striker at teams during this NPLW season, the former having scored an impressive five goals in 13 games.
While vice-captain Adriana has missed a portion of the season due to a leg fracture, Melissa played a key role in Calder’s recent NIKE F.C. Cup success, scoring the winner in the semi-final and netting again in the final, where she also won the Theresa Deas Medal for best on ground.
They join Calder United teammate Alana Cerne in signing on for Western United’s A-League Women side ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.