Round Eight of the A-League Women may only have had three matches, but there were some superb efforts to reward. Impetus‘ writing team for the competition, Kieran Yap, Ben Gilby, and Kris Goman announce who caught their eyes at the weekend. (24/1/22).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kieran: Jada Whyman was brilliant in a massive game for Sydney FC. Her team has been so dominant this season but when she’s been needed, she’s been fantastic and fully deserving of equalling the record for seven consecutive clean sheets.
Ben: She is in the form of her life. Deborah-Ann de la Harpe was dominant for Perth Glory against Western Sydney Wanderers. Let’s put aside that goal for a moment and focus on what she did across the 90 minutes. Hugely influential runs down the wing and accurate balls into the box and viciously inswinging corners that caused continual chaos in the Wanderers defence.
Kris: Rachel Lowe. Two goals in the top-of-the-table clash is pretty impressive. She was all over the field and put in a huge effort topped by two solid goals.
COACH OF THE WEEK:
Kieran: It’s Alex Epakis. Perth Glory have had border closures, injuries, and COVID cases to deal with recently. Epakis’ side plays their way no matter who is out of the team. The move of Sofia Sakalis to centre-forward was great and they deserved that win.
Ben: Despite such a statement-making win and performance by Ante Juric’s team, I’m going to look beyond that and go for a head coach who is working in almost impossible situations with everything off the pitch going against his team, yet on it, they are producing their best performances of the season. Alex Epakis, has seen injuries and COVID cases mount up before hearing that he and his team are effectively stranded over 2,400 miles from home for the foreseeable future. Yet the belief, desire, and determiation that he has instilled into his young Perth Glory side is incredible. A great performance and victory means there’s only one choice this weekend.
Kris: Alex Epakis. Very impressive effort by Glory this week against the Wanderers. It pains me to say it as a Wanderers fan, but they looked the better team and got the result. Given their circumstances with COVID-19 and being shut out of their home state, to keep the morale up and perform like this is outstanding.
EVENT OF THE WEEK:
Kieran: Deborah-Ann de la Harpe’s goal. Just amazing.
Ben: That goal by Deborah-Ann de la Harpe. She showed what a punch she packs from a free-kick last week when she smashed an effort against the bar at Newcastle. This week’s effort was a dream way to score your first A-League Women goal.
Kris: Deborah-Ann de la Harpe’s goal. Perfect free-kick. Gotta be the goal of the week. Perfect placement and weight, it was the difference between a draw and a win. A thing of beauty.
We’re keeping a tally of all the votes for our player and coach of the week awards with the respective winners being announced after this year’s A-League Women Grand Final.