I had the enormous pleasure of being live a Nestrata Jubilee stadium for Sydney FC’s double header, and as I sat there watching the Womens team yet again batter their opposition, I couldn’t help but think that they should’ve been the second game of the double header. After a thoroughly entertaining 6-0 win over Canberra United they have further pushed themselves clear by 8 points of Melbourne City, however City do have 1 game in hand.
Ive been saying for over a year now on the Circle in Rectangle show that if you’re not watching the Liberty A-League womens games week in week out, you need to start. If you’re like me and enjoy goals and attacking football, this league has it all. And Sydney FC over the past 2 seasons under coach Ante Juric have been the benchmark. And this season they have started in amazing form.
After today’s win the Sky-Blue girls have an impressive record of 7 games, 6 win and 1 draw with an unbelievable goal difference of +22 having only conceded 1 goal so far this season. And what made tonight’s game even more impressive was the fact that today they were without arguably the best striker in the league in Remy Siemsen and the unbelievably quick and deadly Courtney Vine, 2 of the key parts of the Sky Blues impressive start to the season.
As I blogged yesterday, the biggest part for me of this potentially historic squad is Mackenzie Hawkesby. The way she’s been playing this season is other worldly. For a midfielder she already has 5 goals through those 7 games and has been heavily involved in a huge percentage of Sydney’s goals this season. Surely what she’s been doing this season has earnt her a spot in that Matildas team, but for some bizarre reason, she still hasn’t gotten her much much much deserved call up. When you’re the best player in the best team in the league, surely you get a call up, particularly since the squad only has 4 outright midfielders in the team, but I made the case for her yesterday, check that blog out for my proper feelings on the matter.
Despite how the season is going so far, I have no doubts in my mind that Ante and the girls would be frustrated at the only points they’ve dropped this season against the Western Sydney Wanderers with a 0-0 draw in the first Sydney Derby of the season. No doubt that is a fixture that the side has circled as a chance to send a message to the only team to hold their high-powered offence to no goals. Obviously, they have some tough fixtures ahead against the defending Champions Melbourne Victory, seemingly much improved from last season Melbourne City and always unpredictable Adelaide United. So, talk of a potentially undefeated season, which Ive heard from some fans and pundits are very premature, but they’ve certainly been very hard to breakdown and score against.
The Sky-Blue women are somewhat of the only shinning light this season for the club. While the men’s performances haven’t been terrible and they are still well and truly in the finals hunt, the Womens side are possibly the best chance for the Club as a whole to win a title, although the men are still alive in the FFA Cup with a semi final game against the Central Coast Marines on Tuesday night. When it comes to the main trophies available (Premiers Plate, Championship and Club Championship) if the club is to claim any silverware this year it will surely come from the Ladies in Sky Blue.