Round 12 of the A-League Women saw some huge games in the Finals race as well as clashes between sides looking to pull away from the lower reaches of the table. Our writing team for the competition. Ben Gilby, Kris Goman, and Kieran Yap highlight who caught their eyes this week (21/2/22).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ben: If Cortnee Vine was the player of the first half of the season, then Adelaide United’s Chelsie Dawber is going to be a serious contender to take that crown for the second half of the campaign. She is starting to show the form and scoring consistency that she’s threatened for the last few seasons. On the scoring sheet once more this weekend as Adelaide took another massive leap towards the Finals. An honorable mention also to Perth Glory’s Cyera Hyntzen whose runs and delightful back pass for her team’s second goal on Saturday was sublime.
Kris: Ash Brodigan. Gave 100% all-match long for Newcastle Jets against the Wanderers with a lot of damaging runs. Created the penalty that equalized and scored a beautiful goal for her first ever in the A-League Women.
Kieran: It’s Chelsie Dawber. She might also be the best striker in the competition. She’s intelligent and has perfect technique in the box.
COACH IN THE WEEK:
Ben: Alex Epakis. To go to AAMI Park and set his team up to produce a fantastically sustained attacking performance was brave, but completely his style. Every time you think Perth might have missed their Finals chances he keeps the belief in the team to pull off another superb win. After two months on the road.
Kris: I really can’t decide between Cath Canulli of Western Sydney and Ash Wilson of the Jets this week. It was the battle of the bottom dwellers and they were both facing embarrassing records if they didn’t score. Both teams rose to the occasion and produced an enthralling match, so a draw between the coaches too seems fitting.
Kieran: Alex Epakis. It was close between him and Rado Vidosic, but Perth Glory won on the road (again) against the reigning champions and kept them to their only scoreless game this season.
EVENT OF THE WEEK:
Ben: Sydney’s trip to Melbourne. They had looked impregnable all season, but dropping a 2-0 lead to Victory and going down 2-1 to City saw the end of both their clean sheet record and unbeaten run. They gave it a real good go to hit back in the second half against City and were within minutes of beating Victory. Two huge games and outcomes.
Kris: Perth’s win over Victory. To see them come from the wooden spoon last year to bring a serious finals contender had been wonderful. This win over Victory is one of their most important and keeps them in the race for the finals.
Kieran: Catherine Zimmerman’s late equalizer against Sydney FC last Wednesday. It was a well-executed left-foot volley to send Victory fans into raptures. Gotta love some late drama.
We’ve been keeping a tally of all the votes for player and coach of the week during the season which will count towards naming our player and coach of the season.