Across the board for Sydney FC, the 2018/19 season was one of definite success. With championships in the W-League and A-League, this will go down as a memorable year in record books.
|Almost heaven, Jubilee Stadium…|
Let\’s start off with some coverage of the championship winning Sydney FC W-League side, captained by Teresa Polias.
The opening 4-5 weeks of the season were not ideal in the slightest. Bar an opening round 3-0 thumping of rivals Wanderers, there was little consistency from the side and just weren\’t cohesive as a team. A mixture of players not quite being at full fitness, interruptions with international breaks, and just not enough time to prepare.
A big 5-1 win over Brisbane Roar put the side back on track for the season, and from there things just started to click. Princess Ibini\’s impact off the bench soon became the X-Factor of the starting XI, with the 19 year old scoring 4 goals and assisting 3 goals. Around this time also saw Amy Harrison\’s full recovery from her anterior cruciate ligament injury from last year, which is always great to see players come back from – especially considering how well she played last year before copping the injury.
Caitlin Foord and Savannah McCaskill\’s partnership really blossomed after January, allowing for a great finals run-in. Matildas forward Caitlin Foord\’s confidence was high by the end of the season, scoring 10 goals and putting in some of her best performances for Sydney. Foord also bagged the most assists of any Sky Blue player, with 5.
At times Sydney honestly played some of the best football I\’d seen in the W-League season even if their early season form cost them too much to win them the Premier\’s Plate. The finals series was a different story however, and it was a joy to see centurion captain Teresa Polias finally lifting the W-League trophy as captain. Arguably the most important player in the team and most definitely the heart of the club.
Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe picked up the Goalkeeper of the Season award at the Dolan Warren Awards night, and definitely a deserved win. With a decent amount of chopping and changing of her two central defenders, she did a fantastic job throughout the season and saved many points. Thankfully for Sydney, she\’s still got another year left at the club on loan from Washington Spirit.
Something worth noting too is how high quality all the W-League finals matches were. All three games in the finals campaign were top spectacles and produced football that the A-League can only dream of for finals football. The future remains bright for the women, with the leadership of Teresa Polias and management of Ante Juric a dream combo.
I\’ll be looking forward to the World Cup kicking off in just over 2 weeks time, especially with 5 Sydney players selected in the Australian squad.
Player of the Season: Teresa Polias
Best Performance: Sydney FC 4-2 Perth Glory
Best Goal: Savannah McCaskill header vs Perth Glory
Best Performance: Sydney FC 6-1 Melbourne Victory
Best Goal: Alex Brosque vs Melbourne Victory
Thanks for reading this season review. I plan on writing a larger piece about the Grand Final itself once I\’ve had a bit of time to work on a few other projects, but it\’s safe to say Perth was a great host city for the A-League Final. It was brilliant catching up with so many other Sydney supporters over the weekend – this club has such a great family feel to it and I can\’t quite capture how great it feels to be in The Cove on nights like that.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me this season by way of sharing my articles, donating on ko-fi, and by interacting with me on twitter. The off-season will be long and will suck, but we\’ve got some happier memories to keep us going through the long winter this season.
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