Round Ten of the A-League Women saw Sydney break a long-standing record and the two Melbourne sides along with Adelaide United earn significant wins in the Finals race. Impetus’ writing team of Ben Gilby, Kris Goman, and Kieran Yap reveal who caught their eye this weekend (7/2/22).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ben: In a dramatic encounter at Viking Park, one player was prominent in her team’s performance. Perth struggled to supply their in-form striker Cyera Hintzen for much of the first half. When she was provided with service she scored. In the second half, the American’s pace and power shone through as she hit a deserved second – her fourth in four games. Withdrawn as a means of managing her return from injury saw the Perth attack significantly weakened as they gave up a 3-1 lead. These facts all emphasize her dominance in the game. Honourable mention also to Holly McNamara, who made an excellent return to the competition after making her Matildas debut in the Asia Cup.
Kris: Fiona Worts. She’s been in the shadow of Chelsie Dawber to a certain extent but has been very solid. She came into her own this weekend with two goals and a great performance in attack.
Kieran: It’s Jada Whyman. Her record-setting eighth consecutive clean sheet was perhaps her most difficult to get. Brisbane launched multiple attacks and she made several great saves. It was one of her best performances for the season.
COACH OF THE WEEK:
Ben: Another week and another impressive performance from Sydney FC. An imperious record-breaking defence along with a well-linked attacking threat who exchange positions and work in tandem to make the most of chances. They are a pleasure to watch and a credit to the work of Ante Juric who is keeping them ticking over beautifully.
Kris: For me, it’s Jeff Hopkins. Great performance by Victory with a few players still missing due to covid and being with the Matildas. To come back after a bit of a break and get the win over a very good and ever-improving Wellington team away showed something special.
Kieran: Ante Juric. Sydney is a well-oiled machine and an undefeated season is becoming a real possibility. Their ability to keep winning convincingly despite missing Remy Siemsen and Cortnee Vine deserves praise.
EVENT OF THE WEEK:
Ben: Despite going ten games without a win, the belief and desire in Canberra United to come from 3-1 down in the closing moments to draw 3-3 for the second time this season shows real character. It was a superb game to watch. How many goals in the last minutes of games this season across the competition now?!
Kris: I think Holly McNamara’s goal was a beauty. Wonderfully struck and made the difference for the win.
Kieran: It’s Lily Alfeld being subbed off for Brianna Edwards and the captain jubilantly celebrating the debut of her apprentice from the sideline for Wellington Phoenix.