Last Saturday's Sydney Derby saw Bankwest Stadium filled to the brim, engulfed in passion from both sides of Sydney. Lucky for us, this W-League season will feature a show-stopping derby at the same venue, with even better narratives.
Remy Siemsen, Ellie Brush, Mackenzie Haweksby and Amy Harrison are four players set to tick a controversial box, crossing the floor to play for both Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Brush, Siemsen and Hawkesby join Sydney FC following a traumatic season at the Wanderers while Grand Final winner Amy Harrison makes the trip down to her spiritual homeland in Parramatta.
All I can say is thank you to everyone at @sydneyfootballclub! The last 7 years have been nothing shy of amazing. My time in Sky Blue will always be so special to me. 💙Onto the next adventure .. pic.twitter.com/tqfeum94zo— Amy Harrison (@amy_harrison7) October 23, 2019
Last season saw 1,511 fans attend Leichhardt Oval's derby heroics from Caitlin Foord in a 3-0 win for Sydney FC.
But one player that watched with frustration was new Sky Blue recruit Siemsen, who was in red and black only a few months ago.
"Last season didn't pan out how I'd hoped," Siemsen told The Women's Game. "I experienced it and it was a mental barrier travelling out to the west and not getting the game time I was hoping for."
Her new teammate Ellie Brush has defected to the harbour side of the city and speaks of a breath of fresh air joining Sydney FC.
"It was a rollercoaster season, that's why I'm looking forward to playing for Sydney FC," Brush told The Women's Game.
"Sydney are consistent and have a successful history, that's something that the Wanderers didn't have.
"Our performances were very inconsistent and they didn't have the leadership you'd hope the team had."
Both players are excited about the opportunity to play at Bankwest Stadium and hope the women's Sydney Derby can attract bigger crowds as the venue adds another chapter to the rivalry and is sure to make mouths water.
"We want to grow the game and derbies are a big part of that," said Siemsen. "We want more atmosphere and make it feel like a huge rivalry.
"Western Sydney will always want to beat Sydney FC and Sydney will always want to beat the Wanderers.
"There's no disrespect off the field but on the field we are competitors and we are rivals, that's how it is, once we are on the field, it's game time!"
The first Sydney Derby of the W-League season will be held at Bankwest Stadium on December 20.