Perth Glory’s Shannon May is set to join the W-League centenary club when she takes to the field against Newcastle at Dorrien Gardens this evening.
The 27-year-old was just 17 when she played her first game for Glory against Sydney FC in 2008. She becomes the first player in Glory’s W-league history to reach the milestone as a one team player.
“It’s definitely something that I’m super proud of, it’s a massive honour to play for this club and to make 100 appearances is something that I’m really proud of,” she said.
She never envisaged making it to 100 games when she pulled the shirt on for her first game.
“I didn’t even know if it would continue for 10 seasons. I was young and I was just happy to be playing and for there to be a women's team was awesome, especially for a team that I grew up supporting. I was super stoked to be a part of it.”
The first squad back in the inaugural season was mostly local players who had grown up playing together through various State and NTC squads.
“We were really really close, which was probably a good thing being friends and playing together for a while, and when I look back at the team now, not many of them are playing anymore!”
This milestone brings into sharp focus the benefits her experience offers the current squad, and she feels that her calmness and experience helps the younger players in the team.
“I pick them up when they’re feeling low, calm them down a little bit, try to help them out as much as I can, and do my part in trying to guide them and mentor them and make sure they stay positive on the field and off the field as well,” May said.
Over the years she’s played with and against some of the finest players in Australia but singles out Matildas legends Collette McCallum and Sam Kerr as two of the absolute best.
“She (Collette) was one of my role models growing up. Training alongside her I learned a lot, positionally and tactically and she’s just an all-round great person,” May said.