This league is short and sweet so you’ve got to find some early form and hit the ground running.

The first few sessions before the Melbourne game were about setting shapes and responsibilities for the season and it was like throwing a brand new team together.

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Since then I feel we’ve kicked on and gelled both on and off the pitch as we learn other’s strengths and weaknesses. The tactics have started coming together within the squad and we’re definitely getting in the right mind-frame to claim our first win.

There were a lot of positives to take away from the game in Melbourne, we still have a hell of a long way to go on putting it all together. Structurally we did well but we only executed our plan for 45 minutes rather than the full 90 and you can’t afford to do that in this competition.

I don’t think we had played and trained enough together by that point but having said that we had enough chances, we were disappointed in the goals we conceded through a few mistakes but we definitely could have taken a point or three points. Day by day, session by session we’re getting better and stronger so there’s a hell of a lot more to come from this team.

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I think Victory could surprise a few teams this year, they gave Melbourne City a pretty tough battle last weekend and they should give everyone a good test this season so in reflection it wasn’t bad going down to them.

Clare Hunt is making some really good progress in returning from an injury and Nicki Flannery is still getting back to full fitness.

The younger girls in the squad really provide an enthusiasm to the environment, they’re mature beyond their years and extremely fit and athletic. They’re very ambitious in the game as well which is pleasing to see.

As a team, we’ve reviewed the game and I think we need to believe in ourselves and our ability to play some top quality football. We tried to force the ball and often rushed it against Victory but I think when we are patient we can find a way through any defence in the league.

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Canberra are very respectful to our opponents, we know our strengths and weaknesses and that if we fulfil our strengths we can come away with a result in any game. Sydney has a very dynamic forward line and we’ll have to be wary of that but our front line is just as potent if not more than theirs so I think we can really test them on Sunday.

Defensively we need to be more compact up and down the pitch and not let our opponents stretch us and break away and moving forward we need to have numbers on the break to take advantage of our skilful forwards.

I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the home fans. Canberra is pretty well known in Australia for having a good women’s supporter base, more so than in England as well so that will be exciting. The travel between cities here is incredibly different to England so you really need to learn to make your home advantage count.

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We’ve been working pretty hard in our week off doing some fitness testing and we had a game against the Canberra United boys team but we’re feeling mentally refreshed.

It doesn’t matter how you perform in training it’s the 90 minutes on the weekend that count and I think we’re ready to get our first points of the season.

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