The Christmas break can bring all sorts of drama but we are in better shape than ever.

This week we worked hard and had a heavy load in training. We kind of had to with all the food we ate!

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All the girls were happy to train over Christmas despite the food comas.

Most of them were quite sore to begin with but as the week progressed our bodies got over the massive lunches and just dealt with the pain.

It was good to do that because it enabled the girls to push themselves and show them that in a game we can push ourselves harder to get any result out of the match.

To be honest, we’re looking good.

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We’ve had a bit of a break, which has refreshed us and made us have a bit of time to think about how we want to finish the season.

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I just hope it clicks on Friday Night because we deserve something from this season.

We are a quality side and morale is still very high in this team, but we have to keep working to kickstart a strong run before we turn on to the home straight.

That being said, it has been a bit of a quiet week. I had the Americans over for my Christmas, which was a great time (for them as well I hope).

It was the big Italian feast you would expect from a surname like mine, with the entrée, main and thousands of deserts.

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As I’ve always said, building that connection and doing what you can to help teammates is crucial especially with the Americans being away from family.

The holiday period is always hard for them so I just try to make them feel at home as much as possible.

In other news, bringing on-board an assistant like Travis Dodd has been awesome.

Travis is a really great guy and a smart coach. We’ve learnt a lot from him and his attacking philosophy already, so we couldn’t have asked for anything better than the club legend we got!

Hopefully his input alone leaves us in a good spot as we face Sydney FC tonight.

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Of course the key against a side like Sydney is to be defensively organised with the quality they have in attack.

But if we are strong, communicate and work hard to catch them on the counter like we played against Perth we’ll be close to the mark.

It would be great for the club to finish on a high. Not only for ourselves but for the coaching staff because they do put a lot of effort in to our training sessions and matches.

So for their sake and the sake of our fans I hope we can finally take that next step further and push to secure that unlikely finals spot.

Of course it will be hard.

But anything can happen in this league, so why not go for it?

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