Another season of highly unpredictable Westfield W-League action has almost come to an end with the Grand Final between Perth Glory and Melbourne City primed for a first ever night Grand Final this Sunday (7:30pm AEDT live on Fox Sports and ABC TV).

This of course means the always controversial W-League Team of the Year from The Football Sack.

Between ten writers, The Football Sack has watched every single match of the season live with all ten coming together to collectively decide the Team of the Year.

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Some of the Contenders

Goalkeepers
Georgina Worth – Brisbane Roar. The young goalkeeper has stepped up this season, claiming a penalty save in a must win match and continuing to improve. She is part of the goalkeeping future in Australia.
Jada Whyman – Western Sydney Wanderers. At just 17, this was a coming of age season for the young goalkeeper as she shone bright despite her side’s defensive fragilities: making ten more saves than any other keeper in the competition with 48.
Katelyn Rowland – Newcastle Jets. After an injury, she stepped in and proved to be a dynamic goalkeeper. Along with her shot-stopping, her goal kicks became a league best.
Lydia Williams – Melbourne City. A rock between goals this season, keeping three clean sheets to help City retain a top four position.
Trudy Burke – Canberra United. Arrived in Canberra for a second stint after time in Melbourne. Has made the #1 spot her own with a string of strong performances.

Defenders
Adrianna Romero – Perth Glory. The Mexican international enjoyed a stellar debut season providing great pace and width down the right flank.
Alanna Kennedy – Sydney FC. The towering stalwart of the Sydney backline was as steady as ever as FC’s defence remained one of the league’s best.
Cassidy Davis – Newcastle Jets. A versatile player, she went from defensive mid to central defence and never looked back! She’s been nicknamed ‘the bank’ for her consistency.
Clare Polkinghorne – Brisbane Roar. An incredible leader both on and off the pitch! Reaching 100 games for Roar, her team will be hoping for many more with the unbelievable central defender she is.
Ellie Carpenter – Western Sydney Wanderers. Though not as spectacular as her breakout season last year, the 16-year-old has continued to show plenty of potential in the red and black become renown for some blistering runs forward.
Emma Checker – Canberra United. Has stepped up in the absence of Ellie Brush, providing a commanding presence in the heart of defence. A strong leader.
Georgia Yeoman-Dale – Sydney FC. With blistering pace to match her defensive skill-set, the young fullback showed her quality consistently throughout the campaign.
Hannah Brewer – Canberra United. Tenacious defender who left Melbourne City in search of more game time. Dominates the left back position no matter who she’s up against.

Helen Petinos – Western Sydney Wanderers. A veteran of the Western Sydney side, Petinos remained an integral figure for the Wanderers this season as she impressed across the pitch.
Jenna McCormick – Canberra United. Solid wing back and a consistent performer for United.
Laura Alleway – Melbourne City. Played and started in every match this season and recorded a passing accuracy of over 80%. Outstanding.
Megan Oyster – Newcastle Jets. A solid defender helped the Jets keep multiple clean sheets and controlled the back line with class.
Rebekah Stott – Melbourne City. New Zealand born 23-year-old Stott showed her versatility this season with 58 clearances, 608 completed passes and a crucial brace in the penultimate league fixture to keep the dream of back-to-back titles alive.
Samantha Johnson – Melbourne Victory. The American defender on loan from Chicago Red Stars has been a solid inclusion into Jeff Hopkins’ line up. The Victory manager will be praying he can retain Johnson’s services next season.
Steph Catley – Melbourne City. The 22-year-old captain was a super performer while her natural on-field leadership was profoundly inspiring.
Stephanie Ochs – Canberra United. Another American import who has flourished in Australia. Strong and consistent, Ochs would be one of the first names down in any coach’s line-up.

Midfielders
Arin Gilliland – Newcastle Jets. Finals contention was possible thanks to her control in the midfield. She proved a vital asset to the squad as the team lost control of the games when she was out injured.
Celeste Boureille – Canberra United. Midfielder who arrived from Portland Thorns and has applied herself well in the W-League. Good in the air and an ever-present figure all over the pitch.
Danielle Colaprico – Adelaide United. American Danielle Colaprico held Adelaide’s midfield together this season. The young American was excellent going forward and back, regularly helping her side transition defence to attack.
Grace Maher – Canberra United. One of the brightest performers this season at only 17 years of age. Has stepped up to run the show in midfield and finished the regular season with the most assists.
Jess Fishlock – Melbourne City. Player and coach, the Welsh international is one of the best talents in the league and willed her team towards the finals after ending a frustrating six-match winless streak in Round 13.
Katrina Gorry – Brisbane Roar. Everywhere you look on the field, Gorry is there. Known for her high intensity work rate and sharp crisp balls.

Kendall Fletcher – Western Sydney Wanderers. Showing plenty of trademark American grit, Fletcher was a real springboard for Western Sydney in a deep midfield role completing 616 passes, the fourth highest in the W-League.
Nicole Stanton – Perth Glory. The combative American was superb in breaking up the play and propelling her team forward.
Paige Nielson – Western Sydney Wanderers. It was a successful first season down under for the American with her five assists the equal second highest in the league.
Sofia Huerta – Adelaide United. Sofia was a cut above in the W-League this season. The Mexican international is one of the most skilful players to play in Australia and her leadership was not lost on a young Adelaide side.
Tameka Butt – Brisbane Roar. Quick on her feet and technical on the ball, Butt has shown just why she has been an international time and time again, proving an asset to her sides attacking force.
Terasa Polias – Sydney FC. Solid as a rock, the fiery skipper proved Sydney’s heart and soul in front of the defence.
Yukari Kinga – Canberra United. Experienced Japanese international who has quietly gone about her business. Consistently a workhorse in the midfield, providing the backbone for Canberra’s final third.

Forwards
Adriana Jones – Adelaide United. Adriana’s attacking qualities were an asset to Adelaide’s goal scoring. Matched with Rachael Quigley and Sofia Huerta, she regularly fed the ball to create a number of chances. Also found the goal regularly herself.
Ashleigh Sykes – Canberra United. Golden Boot winner with 12 goals to her name. Started the season in good form and just got better after Michelle Heyman’s injury required her to step up. Highlights include a four goal haul against Perth.
Caitlin Foord – Sydney FC. Powerful, skilful and with flair to boot, the AFC Women’s Footballer of the year cemented her status as one of the very best.
Emily Gielnik – Brisbane Roar. The goal scoring force for Roar, she went from super sub to starting player when her shots continued to find the back of the net.
Erica Halloway – Western Sydney Wanderers. An unsung hero of the Wanderers side, Halloway was a constant threat down the wing and deserved more than her one goal and single assist.
Hayley Raso – Canberra United. Energetic winger who has given her all in every match. Her second stint in Canberra has been characterised by her work rate up and down that left-hand side.
Jen Hoy – Newcastle Jets. The goal scoring powerhouse behind the Jets, often rescued and helped get the team across the line to secure the 3 points each week.

Jenna Kingsley – Newcastle Jets. A fast and skilled forward helped to set up many goals and worked avidly up and down the line to attack and defend.
Katie Stengel – Western Sydney Wanderers. Six goals from twelve games wasn’t the worst of returns for the American striker who could make scoring look very easy and very hard at different points throughout the season.
Leena Khamis – Sydney FC. The veteran forward looked as dangerous as ever with the ball at her feet and running between the lines, bagging three goals and four assists for the campaign.
Natasha Dowie – Melbourne Victory. On Loan from the Boston Breakers the English international has scored nine goals this season, an impressive total considering the Victory’s struggles.
Rachael Quigley – Adelaide United. Rachael Quigley is a coach’s dream: hard working, strong, fast and skilful. The veteran striker was a revelation up front for a club that has traditionally struggled in that area. Finished the season in fine form with goals in Adelaide’s two huge wins over the Sydney clubs.
Remy Siemsen – Sydney FC. A breath of fresh air, the young forward burst onto the scene with her blistering pace and club-high six goals.
Sam Kerr – Perth Glory. The Glory skipper excelled throughout the season, scoring ten league goals. Her pace and finishing ability was eye-catching.

Coaches
Bobby Despotovski – Perth Glory. Added a free flowing passing game that cut open the majority of opposing teams. The Glory legend has expertly guided Perth to a Grand Final appearance after ending last season in eighth.
Daniel Barrett – Sydney FC. Continued his time at the helm with some astute additions which made the Sky Blues one of the most balanced and formidable teams in the league.
Jeff Hopkins – Melbourne Victory. The man with the toughest job in the W-League finally got Melbourne Victory playing some decent football. Next season will be a big step for the former Welsh international.
Rae Dower – Canberra United. Has managed to build one of the best all-round squads the W-League has ever seen. Consistently gets her side up for the big matches, especially after a tough result.

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W-League Team of the Year

Goalkeeper: Lydia Williams
Centre Backs: Alanna Kennedy & Laura Alleway
Wing Backs: Georgia Yeoman-Dale & Steph Catley
Defensive Midfielder: Teresa Polias
Attacking Midfielders: Jessica Fishlock & Sofia Huerta
Wing Forwards: Sam Kerr & Ashleigh Sykes
Centre Forward: Natasha Dowie
Coach: Bobby Despotovski
Assistant Coach: Rae Dower
Bench: Trudy Burke, Hannah Brewer, Grace Maher, Caitlin Foord, Remy Siemsen

Awards

Best Defender: Georgia Yeoman-Dale
Best Midfielder: Sofia Huerta
Best Forward: Sam Kerr
Player of the Season: Sofia Huerta
Young Player of the Season: Remy Siemsen

Feature Image Credit: Matt Johnson

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