Adelaide United’s Emily Condon is set to play her 50th W-League game this Sunday when her team faces off against Canberra United at McKellar Park.
Albeit this special achievement in her life being cut short when she copped an ankle injury minutes after coming off the bench for her Matildas debut, it did not ruin the significance of the experience for the youngster at all.
“That was a really special moment, being able to play for the Matildas and represent my country at the highest level in the sport that I love,” she said.
“It was super awesome that I got given the chance to travel with the team to the Algarve Cup, and just being able to get on the park was really special.”
While it was hard to pinpoint a favourite memory, Condon singled out Sam Kerr as her favourite player that she has played with and against, and said that it is nothing like coming up against a world-class player.
Condon has her eyes set on making the Matildas team again soon, and her long-term goals are to be a regular player within the squad and potentially play at a World Cup or even the Olympic Games. She might even venture to Europe for club football one day too.
But for now, Condon is happy playing at home locally, and instead, is focussing on the W-League which has come to the business end of the season.
Adelaide is currently having their best season to date, sitting at third place on the table going into Round 11. They could possibly make their maiden finals series, but Condon said the whole team is not getting ahead of themselves yet.
She does have plenty of praises for her fellow teammates, however.
“I think it’s credit to the calibre of players we have. We’re really gelling well as a team this season and everyone is getting along off the pitch, which has really helped and shown on the pitch as well.”
“It’s our coach Ivan Karlović’s second year with us now, [the continuity] really helped and I think what he’s been able to do with the team has been really good.”
Catch Emily Condon in action as Adelaide United take on Canberra United on Sunday, January 13, at McKellar Park from 4:00PM (local time) - Live on Telstra’s MyFootballApp.