3. Natasha Dowie has a ready made career when she retires

While the game wasn’t of the highest quality, arguably the best performance was in the commentary box where Melbourne Victory star Natasha Dowie gave some fabulous insight into the game.

A player known for her intelligence and excellent ability to read the play, Dowie was able to provide some tactical analysis as well as help fans understand decisions made by players and coaches alike. 

It is always refreshing when a recent player can help fans at home relate to the action. Dowie is well respected and knows her stuff. Her knowledge came through loud and clear and the best part was she delivered it with professionalism. 

We need more astute thinkers in the commentary box and Dowie is someone who has the brains to help drive the women’s game forward.

What she has done on the field speaks volumes but her intelligent and practical commentary will make the powers that be listen. That is vital. We need females with credibility to speak up.

Dowie behind the microphone is a wonderful thing for the women’s game.