It’s definitely been quite a dramatic start to the season.

All three games have been really different in their own ways. The first game we didn’t hit the ground running, it was a lot of new players being put together and you could tell that.

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It’s enough of a problem trying to beat the opposition and their threats but in the last two games it’s almost like we’ve had to beat ourselves first.

We have managed to overcome it but we make it hard for ourselves.

Back to back wins is great and it’s so important in this league given how short it is. It’s a statement to our rivals and gives myself and all the girls so much confidence heading into our next game against Perth Glory.

Preparation for Saturday’s game has been going really well and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against the best.

What will be interesting is how both sides adapt without our big players who are away on international duty.

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Sam Kerr is such a big figurehead and is playing so well for Australia and Perth at the moment. For ourselves Michelle Heyman and Ellie Carpenter are such massive icons of the Matildas and are such big performers for us.

I’m looking forward to the challenge of coping without them and want to step up myself to really help guide the team.

A big part of my game has been organising my teammates. Because I’m naturally a centre-back I know if you can communicate and get the team in front of you in a good shape you can have a better game.

Heather Garriock has really encouraged me to organise the girls and have a leadership role in the team. We don’t always have players who want to be vocal but I think it really helps the younger girls especially to guide and support them through the matches.

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As the weather gets hotter though you’ll probably hear me less and less on the pitch because all my focus will be on staying cool! I’m really not used to this heat that I know is coming.

We’ve also had a big boost this week with Elise Thorsnes joining up with the squad. She’s arrived looking fit, healthy and ready to go this weekend and will hopefully make up for the big couple of players we have missing.

We’re obviously back at McKellar Park for the next two games which is great because we all really love playing there.

We want to make it a fortress and a really hard place for our opponents to come and play and the best way to do that is to get the three points on Saturday.

 

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