PHOTO: Pete and The Cove with Sydney FC at last season's Grand Final

As the W-League has grown in the past six seasons, so has it appeal.  Not just to female supporters but to male supporters also.

In our travels to W-League matches we meet some dedicated male supporters of the league and thought we would chat to them about observations and thoughts.

A women's coach and referee, for Pete Nowakowski, attending and supporting the Sydney FC in the W-League was never even in question.

Being a big supporter of women's football, what was your first exposure to the W-League?

I knew of the W-League in 2008-09 but it wasn't until the 2009 season that I got to watch Sydney FC play live at the SFS against Central Coast Mariners. It was then that I got hooked on the competition.

What struck you most about the W-League?

At the time I had no previous perception of the state of women's football in Australia. All I knew was that there were some big name players like Sarah Walsh who played for Sydney FC and that was about it so had no idea about the quality of football or the teams who were playing in the comp.

Are you a regular at matches and how involved are you?

As often as I can. I'm at almost every Sydney FC W-League home game volunteering as a stretcher bearer, and I try to go along to as many Wanderers W-League games as I can.

What is the best part of the evolution of the W-League?

I love the fact that now in the competition we have world class players mentoring the next generation of footballers - and the fact that we are attracting world class players to come to Australia.

It also puts a smile on my face knowing that active supporter groups are getting along to W-League games and singing and cheering for the 90 minutes. The girls really appreciate that support.

You are a part of The Cove, have you been able to get them out to matches?

It wasn't easy to begin with but after the W-League Grand Final in 2013 against Melbourne Victory on the 27th January, a number of the Cove supporters realised just how good the W-League competition actually is.

A core group of roughly 30 supporters have now been coming along to Sydney FC W-League games consistently which is brilliant to see and hear.

Any players you are currently enjoying watching play?

There isn't any one particular one player who I most like to watch, instead there are a number of players who I cheer from the sidelines: Amy Harrison at the moment is my favourite player at Sydney FC.

She has such a bright future ahead of her if she continues her current form. Hayley Raso from Brisbane Roar is a joy to watch because of how hungry she is to get the ball and fearless she is in front of goal.

Getting to watch Jess Fishlock ply her trade at Melbourne Victory is brilliant because she is such a dominant player for the girls in dark blue and her experience on and off the ball is the perfect education for the next crop of footballers.

Has your support translated to the Matildas?

Yes I think it has. With so many of the Matildas squad playing their football in the W-League, it means that we get to watch an almost 'W-League All Stars' squad take the field whenever the national team get to play.