With Round Six done and dusted on the pitch, all that remains is for the Impetus A-League Women writing team of Kieran Yap, Kris Goman, and Ben Gilby to hand out their awards for player, coach, and event of the week (10/1/22).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kieran: Cortnee Vine she’s unstoppable at the moment. Vine is playing with absolute confidence and it’s hard to choose between her goal or her brilliant assist for Sydney as her best highlight of the win against Perth.
Kris: This week I’m going with Sarah Langman from Western Sydney Wanderers. She stopped eight shots, had a great game and won it for the team. It was very close between her and Clare Hunt though.
Ben: Another sensational performance from Cortnee Vine makes her the obvious choice for me. She’s the gun player in the competition right now and deserves to make the final 23 for the Asia Cup.
COACH OF THE WEEK:
Kieran: Adrian Stenta. It was an impressive win for Adelaide United. Stenta has built a well-balanced team and after a rough start, they’re starting to find form. This was their best 90-minute performance so far.
Kris: Cath Cannuli. Despite their position on the table, Western Sydney Wanderers have the second-best defensive record in the league, only behind Sydney. They have problems scoring but no problems keeping other teams out. They are the only team to take points from Sydney and have only lost one game – against table toppers, Sydney. They just need to work on finishing but Cannuli has the defence well sorted.
Ben: Hard choice this week with Cath Cannuli well worth the nod, but Adelaide United’s form over the past two rounds puts Adrian Stenta narrowly ahead for me. It took a while for the team to settle after the loss of several key players, but the Reds are now well organized at the back and looking so dangerous in attack. Is this their year for Finals…?
EVENT OF THE WEEK:
Kieran: Bryleeh Henry’s penalty. She took responsibility for a crucial spot-kick to deliver Western Sydney’s first win of the season. It was a really well-taken penalty and it’s great to see a young player step up at the moment.
Kris: The announcement of the Matildas squad and seeing all the A-League Women players getting their call up. I was especially stoked to see Cortnee Vine get the nod after coming back to form from her ACL injury last year.
Ben: Bryleeh Henry’s comprehensive dispatch of Western Sydney’s penalty to clinch their first win of the campaign which put them in touching distance of the top four.