Alamein FC captain Emma Checker says teammate Janna Lawson has talent to make a splash in the W-League if someone can bring out the best in her potential.
Alamein will meet premiers South Melbourne tomorrow afternoon in the NPLW VIC semi-final and Checker has happy to wear the underdog tag.
The Matilda said teammates Lawson, Kelsey Minton, Jacynta Galabadaarachchi and Rachel Alonso have impressed her this season.
Lawson is a wide attacking midfielder and played 27 games this season, scoring seven goals and Checker said she was good enough to play in the W-League.
“I don’t like calling out individuals, but Janna has standout qualities that not many girls in NPL or Australia have,” Checker told The Women’s Game.
“She’s got pace, she’s quick and she’s smart. I think if you’ve got pace as a footballer then it’s the perfect combination out wide.
“If you give her a bit more learning and time to get experience, she’s someone I think can make it and someone that has a lot of talent.
“We have pace out wide with Janna and she has absolutely shone this season. She’s played well against good players and she’s beaten them.
"It’s players like her in our team that can make a difference.
“We’re lucky that a lot of the girls we have, have the ability to do it and I think that’s one of the best things about our group - they’re quality people.”
Alamein finished fourth this season and Checker admits the other sides are expected to prevail on paper.
South are favourites for the game at Lakeside Stadium, finishing first in the regular season on 63 points with guns Lisa De Vanna and Melina Ayres helping them to finish first.
Checker’s side have beaten South twice this season out of their three encounters and the winner of this semi-final will play in the Grand Final at AAMI Park against Calder United or Bulleen Lions.