The lure of winning trophies played a key role in the New Zealand international Paige Satchell's decision to join Sydney FC.

Sydney FC finals run

  • The Sky Blues have already won the Premiers plate.
  • Sydney FC now turn their attention to the Championship run.
  • They will meet Melbourne City in their semi-final this Friday.

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Fast forward seven months later and it was Satchell's accurate finish in last weekend's 1-0 win over Adelaide United which secured the Sky Blues back-to-back A-League Women's premierships.

The premiers plate won, Satchell is immediately craving more success as Sydney aim to land the double that eluded them last season with a grand final triumph.

The first step in that quest is Friday's semi-final against Melbourne City at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium -- with the winner advancing to the grand final.

"Ultimately when I signed with Sydney I knew they were a great team," Satchell told the Australian Associated Press.

"They've made finals pretty much every season, so yes I knew with them I was hoping that we would be able to do really well this season as well.

"Hopefully we can do it and get the double. I know the girls are really pushing for it and it's something we've been working towards all season."

Satchell's match-winning hand against Adelaide has created a selection headache for coach Ante Juric, with Matildas forward Cortnee Vine set to be available to face City after being rested last week with a calf niggle.

Vine missed last year's grand final loss to Melbourne Victory -- a game in which fellow forward Remy Siemsen came off early with her own injury -- and it is that experience that has Juric happy to find himself being forced to choose which of his stars will face City.

"We needed more depth and quality to be honest with you," Juric said.

"She's (Satchell) done a great job ... it makes it tough to get starters from that but they're all starters in their own right."

Adding extra spice to Friday's game, City were the only team to beat Sydney during the regular season, claiming a 2-1 win at AAMI Park last month.

Satchell was in the United States with the Football Ferns at the She Believes Cup for that match, watching it from a hotel alongside compatriot and City ace Rebekah Stott.

There'll be no love lost between the two on the pitch, while fellow Kiwi Hannah Wilkinson looms as City's biggest goal threat after notching her 12th goal of the campaign against Western Sydney last weekend.

"At the end of the day we're competitors for club level but then we're teammates at national level so we have a great level of respect for each other," Satchell said.

"It'll be good to see them again tomorrow night and even though I'm good friends with them - I do hope we beat them."


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