Sydney FC returns to Westfield W-League action today as they take on Adelaide United in Week 6. The match also sees a much welcomed return to the line up of prolific striker Leena Khamis.
Khamis back to lead the lines | TWG
Perth Glory take on Brisbane Roar in Week 5 of the Westfield W-League. In all aspects it’s a big game for the girls in purple as they look to get their season back on track and take down the defending champions. If they are to do both, its fairly certain that midfielder Ella Mastrantonio will have played a large role.
Mastrantonio to direct Perth's play | Brett Klucznik
In front of a Newcastle Jets' Westfield W-League record crowd last weekend, the Hunter club kicked off their 2011/12 campaign in style with an impressive 3 – 0 win over Adelaide United. Amongst the goals was rejuvenated striker Lisa De Vanna who scored a brace.
New club, new challengers | Getty
Australia's number two goalkeeper, it would be easy for Lydia Williams to get frustrated. Instead Canberra's custodian has racked up experience in the best women's league in the world featuring the likes of Marta, Cristane and Abby Wambach. This season Williams will lead United alongside Ellie Brush as the capital side strive to go one better.
Sydney FC have plenty of well known stars and Matildas within their ranks. It’s one of the reasons that the Sky Blues find themselves in this Saturday’s grand final. However, the contributions of their lesser known players have been equally important. One such player is the 152 cm pocket rocket, Teresa Polias.
Considering Brisbane’s big cache of stars and national team players, it’s not difficult to understand why Jeff Hopkins and the Brisbane Roar Women had yet to sign an import in the first two seasons of the Westfield W-League.
So for them to go against the policy, it must have taken a unique player to change their minds. Enter Trinidad and Tobago star Kennya Cordner.
Cordner just another of the Roar's attacking options | Getty
In terms of women's football, there is probably no better training ground than the US collegiate system. It's not the easiest place to hone your craft but if you can survive its physical and emotional demands, you will come out a player to be reckoned with.
At just 18, Blue Mountains native Leah Blayney took on that challenge as she chased her dreams. And, despite a nervous beginning, she thrived.
Blayney controlling Canberra's midfield | Getty
From a very young age it was clear that Sydney FC and Matildas’ striker Kyah Simon was a very special player. The NSWIS graduate appeared to have it all; technical ability, electrifying pace and that all important eye for goal.
A stellar season for Simon | Cam Wheeler
A female football friend of one mine once said “if you haven’t done one knee in your career, you’re not trying hard enough!” It’s a distressing fact that female athletes are close to ten times more likely to injure their ACL and require a knee reconstruction than their male counterparts. In fact the WA Women’s Premier League this season, the eventually winners Balcatta SC had at least 4 players who were required to go under the knife.
Following that adage, you can’t accuse Canberra United’s Caitlin Munoz of not trying. The United and Matildas’ striker last season went under the knife making it the third time in her career.
Caitlin Munoz in action for Canberra United | TWG
“Everyone acknowledges she runs on jet fuel, which burns at twice the speed, but the havoc she creates in her 20 or 30 minutes is brilliant.” - Craig Foster, SBS Football Analyst
You are 18 years old and have been playing football for just two years and a goalkeeper for just six months. You are the first team's reserve goalkeeper and the team has just been promoted to the WA Women's Premier League.
Leading into the next game, the starting 'keeper is ruled out and your in. You're excited right? Then you find out you are playing the Stirling Reds, the dominant side in the competition, and their striker is Lisa De Vanna.
De Vanna in full flight for the Matildas | Cam Wheeler