We didn’t get the result we were looking for up in Newcastle, but as team we’ve looked at the positives.

After six weeks together it was great to finally get out there for Round 1, the team was ready and so was I!

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I arrived in Newcastle on Saturday with the rest of the team, so it was great to have some time in between training to enjoy not only our first official game together, but also our first away trip for the season. We’ve really gelled well as a squad during all the pre-season preparations, so even though there’s a lot of fresh faces in the side we ventured into our first game as a tight-knit group.

I think it’s fair to say we’re like a family now. We’ve had a lot time to build those bonds and it’s awesome to have that connection with the girls. When times are tough and we need to pull through we’ll know we’ve got each others back’s.

Before the game Richard Byrne announced the big news that Ellie Brush and Erica Holloway were chosen as co-captains, two very experienced players who I was delighted to see fill that role. I was especially stoked for Erica as we both started our Wanderers journeys back in 2015 and she already has so much respect from the team. She’s got maturity, experience and it’s going to be a privilege to play under her.

As a captain you need that confidence and knowledge to guide new players and without a doubt both those players possess those attributes.

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It was absolutely sweltering as we came out of the tunnel before kickoff. The on field temperature climbed to around 30 degrees so the drinks breaks were a welcomed respite. It’s a big part of the mental game when your adrenaline starts going you have to forget about the heat and concentrate on the moment. At the end of the day it’s a level playing field so it was just as hot for them as it was for us.

We were unlucky to go a goal down early in the first half and I think we really became stronger and well structured as the game progressed. In the second half we kicked it up a gear and looked confident and dangerous up front. Rosie Sutton was unlucky not to come away with a goal after her promising performance as striker. Joining her up front was Erica Halloway and together the pair came tantalizingly close on numerous occasions in front of goal.

Marlous Pieete was excellent in moving up through the left and had produced some great one on one chances. She was linking up with Lo’eau La Bonta well all game and eventually they set up Erica for our goal. I’m really excited to see where we can take our attacking play in the next few rounds.

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Reflecting on the game I think we need to bring out that attacking confidence right from the start. We turned the ball over a little too much and in that heat holding the ball was vital.

The first game nerves are out of the way now for all our debutante players and we’ve already made improvements in our ability to hold the ball and spread the defense during training this week.

Adelaide United are up next for our first home game of the season. Each year brings new changes to a side, so it’s hard to make a judgement on how strong the reds will be, especially considering they had a bye during Round 1.

We expect every game to be a tough game. Either way we’re ready to head in there and show them what we’ve got!

There were some great aspects to our opening performance but there’s always room for improvement. I’m eager to see if our work during the week will translate into a result come Friday night.

Western Sydney Wanderers take on Adelaide United this Friday at Marconi Stadium. Kick-off is 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the gate and the game is not televised.

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A Western Sydney Wanderers defender, Alix will be writing a column before every Red & Black home game for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.