Round 5: W-League players to watch

It’s so far been a thrilling W-League, which has seen some quality marquee players come out and perform week in and week out.

So let’s take a look at who you should keep an eye out for in Round 5 of the Westfield W-League this weekend:

1. Melbourne Victory #9 – Natasha Dowie

With an impressive three goals in four rounds, British import Dowie is the League’s leading goal scorer and is single handedly helping Melbourne Victory stay afloat. Although her team only has a single point, the attacker is well on her way towards the W-League’s Golden Boot.

2.  Canberra United #11 – Michelle Heyman

The two-time W-League Golden Boot recipient has started off her season strong once again, scoring two goals for long time club Canberra United. She brings with her an impressive CV flexing her golden boots for Australia in the Asian Cup, the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

3. Sydney FC #19 – Leena Khamis

The loyal Sky Blue has scored two goals for her team this season after a ACL injury in 2014. The talented attacker returned to be named in the Matildas’ 2015 World Cup squad and has continued her dominance ever since. Khamis’ awareness and accuracy in front of goal adds to her raw passion, flare and emotion over the 90 minutes.

4. Melbourne City #7 – Steph Catley

The 22-year-old has been an integral part of the W-League since 2009 and continues to prove herself with her overlapping attacking ability and defensive nature for Melbourne City this season. The Orlando Pride player brings the physical nature of the US national league, along with her extensive experience with the Matildas in the 2015 World Cup and the recent Rio Olympics.

5. Adelaide United #12 – Adriana Jones

With football running through her veins, the born and bred Novocastrian fled the flock and took her talent to Adelaide this season where she has proven to be an integral member of her side. Jones has managed to score two goals in the opening rounds for her side by using her speed, skill and attitude each match.

6. Perth Glory #20 – Sam Kerr

The speedy attacker returned home to Perth Glory this season and leads her team with two goals under her belt. Kerr returns to captain her side after playing with US National Womens Soccer League team, Sky Blue FC in 2015/16. However the Perth local is best known for representing Australia in numerous Asian Cups, World Cups and Olympic campaigns.

7. Newcastle Jets #9 – Jennifer Hoy

The Chicago Red Stars player loans her skills to Newcastle Jets this season and has already been flexing her goal scoring ability with two to her name. The Princeton graduate has been a strong addition to the side helping add structure, speed and strength to the Jets’ attack in the final third.

8. Brisbane Roar #10 – Katrina Gorry

The midfielder/striker cemented her mark on Australian football when she was named 2014 AFC Women’s Player of the Year. Gorry continues to bring her experience, speed and technicality into the midfield for Roar after representing Australia in the 2015 World Cup and the recent Rio Olympics.

9. Western Sydney Wanderers #15 – Ellie Carpenter

No doubt you’ve heard this players name before – the youngest athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Undoubtedly the upcoming face of women’s football in Australia, she brings her strong defensive nature to the Western Sydney side.

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