In a decade of the W-League, only one team has made the finals every season and that is Sydney FC.
It is a phenomenal achievement by the team in sky blue and there has been only one player who has been there to see it all happen, Leena Khamis.
Khamis is the only remaining original member of inaugural Sydney FC W-League side, and now at 31, she has been part of it all, including the club's Premiership and two Championship wins.
In a competition where anything is possible, Khamis said that holding the record is something Sydney don’t take for granted.
“We are confident and we are excited to be part of the finals again for the 10th time,” Leena said.
“Every season is special but season 10 is a decade of the league and I think this one has that little bit extra special feeling,” she said.
However, getting to this point in the season to claim this record wasn’t easy. Sydney’s season didn’t start the way the team or fans expected, losing the first three games in the worst start to a W-League season since 2015/16.
The turning point for Sydney came in round four where they faced reigning Champions Melbourne City in a must-win game for the side as they headed into round five with a bye.
If they didn’t secure points, they would be in a nightmare scenario of going into the second half of the season with zero points from five rounds.
“We couldn’t let the season slip away from us so early,” Khamis said.
Sydney came from behind to snatch their first three points of the season, courtesy of a Remy Siemsen goal in additional time as Sydney beat Melbourne City for the first time at home.
Since then Sydney has not lost a game, only dropping points to at home to Newcastle after a 2-2 draw.
“I know we copped a bit of criticism after starting the season 3-0 but I had the belief in the team, we all did and we knew we would make finals again,” she said.
“Finals football is different, anything can happen and the competition has been so close this year but I definitely think that our team can go the whole way.
“We haven’t lifted the trophy in a few years so I hope it is this year.”
The last time Sydney lifted the Championship was in the 2012/13 season where they defeated Melbourne Victory 3-1 with goals from Nicola Bolger, Sam Kerr and Kyah Simon.
And while the team made the grand final two seasons ago, eventually losing out to Melbourne City, they want to be able to conquer that final hurdle this time round.
“We are more hungry this year, we know we haven’t won it in a long time,” Khamis said.
“We have the quality and we are playing with confidence.”
However, if results go their way today, they could be lifting the Premiership too but Khamis has said that the team isn’t focused on that possibility.
“We don’t want to get too carried away. We’d love to get the Premiership as well but that is relying on Brisbane’s result against Canberra,” she said.
“We’ve got a job on our hands already, it would be nice if Canberra could snag a win but if not, us winning will get us our home semi-final.”
After Melbourne City’s 3-0 win against Newcastle Jets last night, Sydney FC is guaranteed a home semi-final.
Catch Sydney FC this afternoon at Seymour Shaw as they face the Western Sydney Wanderers in the local derby.