Do you remember when the W-League kicked off in November? It seems so long ago now that it almost seems hypothetical. What did we care about then? The delayed release of the season schedule? The late player signings? Was it the invisible marketing campaign? The sporadic stadiums and the bizarre kickoff times? Maybe it was all of them...
A year after missing finals football for the first time in club history, Melbourne City beat Sydney FC 1-0 on Steph Catley's 15th-minute goal to climb back to the summit of Australian women's football and, in doing so, stand alone as four-time W-League champions.
Ahead of the game, captain Catley sang the praises of her side's form under Rado Vidosic's coaching and, while they might not have been at their best at AAMI Park on Saturday, City prevailed.
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Melbourne City have become the first team to claim four W-League championships, completing an unbeaten season with a 1-0 victory over Sydney FC at AAMI Park.
City captain Steph Catley scored Saturday afternoon's only goal in the 15th minute and was named best afield for a superb individual performance, although Sydney more than held their own against the premiers.
"The fact that we still got over the line, even though we might not have played our best football just shows how much this team wants...
Sydney FC W-League skipper and Grand Final regular Teresa Polias admits it's been more difficult than usual to focus on what will be her sixth appearance in a season decider.
But more than anything Polias feels fortunate that the Australian women's showpiece game against Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Saturday is set to proceed, while so many other sporting events have fallen by the wayside due to the coronavirus situation.
With so much attention being focused on events outside of sport, it's been...