Brewer has sights set on Matildas

If one were to head down to McKellar Park on a hot summer afternoon they may well think they have travelled back in time.

Chances are Canberra United would be playing and it is equally as likely that Hannah Brewer would be running around, dominating opponents and dishing out some less than pleasant tackles.

It almost takes you back to the glory days of football, when defenders were tough, uncompromising and not afraid to display their physicality.

While Brewer may have a touch of old school defender about her, there is not doubt her focus lies firmly towers the future, not the past.

Born in Gosford, the 23-year old has already gained a mountain of experience, including several W-League clubs, a season in Amercia and a Matildas cap.

Many players her age would no doubt be content with such an impressive CV but Brewer is determined to continue improving.

And for that, she needs to be challenged.

“I’ve absolutely loved my first season in Canberra,” she says.

“It was a decision that I made to move away from home again, purely for the challenging factor.

“Obviously we have quite talented girls down here in Canberra and I wanted to push myself to be a better player and I think I achieved that this year.”

Few would disagree, her coach Rae Dower continuously pointed to Brewer as her most consistent player.

And the feeling is mutual.

“I absolutely love Rae as a coach,” Brewer replies when asked how she found working under Dower.

“I think she’s quality off and on the park, she really knows her football. I only have positive things to say about her.”

Indeed, most of Canberra that has taken an instant liking to the defender, her aggressive playing style earning her raucous applause from the McKellar crowd.

While she times tackles perfectly and uses her physicality effectively now, it wasn’t always this way.

“It’s always been there [the aggression],” Brewer admits.

“I think as I’ve grown up and matured a bit in my football career I’ve managed to use that anger in my own game, my own playing style, as opposed to getting frustrated and taking it out on the opposition.”

Much of that is down to her experiences oversees as well as her short time in the Matildas squad.

In 2013 Brewer spent a season with Seattle Sounders, a time that taught her some valuable skills as well as discipline.

“I was in their second division but it was still a strong competition, obviously the college girls played in it so they’re all quality players as it is.

“It was quite physical, you had to be fit to play over there and the quality and standard over there was just as strong as here I think.”

Having notched a few more strings to her bow, the defender is now determined to take that next step.

When asked if adding to that Matildas cap, won in 2014, is in the back of her mind, Brewer is refreshingly honest, saying it has to be if she is to continue to grow.

“You always have to enjoy playing but you also have to have a drive and that’s something that I’m certainly striving towards throughout my career.

“I obviously had that cap and had that opportunity to be in and around the Matildas girls and training alongside them and it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had in my career and I certainly want to be back there.”

If this season was anything to go by, few would bet against it.

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