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.
The 20-year-old made her debut for Adelaide when she came on as a substitute, aptly enough, in a game against Canberra back in 2014.
At 15 years, four months and four days, Condon was also the youngest ever female player to pull on a Reds jersey. She went on to score her first W-League goal in the following match in a 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers.
Condon has been playing proudly for the shirt on her back ever since.
“It’s a really special moment for me, having played 50 games in the W-League,” she said.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to reach W-League standards ever since I started playing. To be able to do that and play my 50th game, especially for Adelaide United, for my home city, is something really special.”
From being a Port Pirie-based teenager doing multiple five-hour roundtrips to Adelaide for training each week, to now an experienced regular starter for the Reds, Condon has come a long way in her football journey.
“I think I’ve matured a lot and became more discipline as a player.”
“Having come into the W-League at such a young age, I’ve always played with older players who’ve had so much more experience. So, to be able to learn and gain experience from them was an amazing opportunity,” she said.
Condon also lauded the increase in professionalism within the league over the years – better venues, more investment, and most recently, having stand-alone Thursday (Hersday) night games.
She attributed these improvements as a result of the successes of the Matildas in recent years.
Along the way, Condon has also managed to catch the eye of Matildas’ head coach Alen Stajcic after a brilliant 2017/18 W-League season. She earned herself a call-up to camp and even better, her first senior international cap in a game against Portugal at the 2018 edition of the Algarve Cup.