THEY SAID IT: "There's bigger things in life that are more important, I guess than football. They won't know that at this present time but they'll all be better for it and I think they'll all be stronger players moving forward." - Canberra coach Njegosh Popovich after a 3-3 draw with Melbourne City meant his charges fell short of a finals spot to Melbourne Victory on goal difference.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK: City star Holly McNamara is about to link up with the Matildas and she headed into the international break in stunning form. The winger teed up Hannah Wilkinson and Rhianna Pollicina for goals against Canberra, then

THE MOMENT: Chasing the premiers plate, it took Sydney FC until the 15th minute to break through against Newcastle. Princess Ibini turned a ball back from the byline for Mackenzie Hawkesby to calmly chip Georgina Worth and the Sky Blues never looked back from there.

BEAT THAT: Vesna Milivojevic scored a brace against City but her second goal to equalise was simply stunning. The Serbian international danced through City's defence and when they backed off, she cut inside onto her left and lashed home.

STAT ATTACK: THREE. Sydney FC made history by becoming the first A-League Women team to win three consecutive premierships. They just keep on getting better under Ante Juric.

TALKING POINT: Can anyone stop Sydney FC? They have been foiled in the past two grand finals by Victory but they look at another level this year while Victory have clung to a finals spot by the skin of their teeth.

UNDER PRESSURE: After another disappointing season, and with Central Coast about to enter the league, Newcastle desperately need to have a big off-season to stay relevant.

WHAT'S NEXT: The international break is here, then it's finals time. Sydney host Western United in a semi-final while City host Victory in an elimination final.