Going down to Sydney FC in our final game obviously wasn’t the way we wanted to cap off this season. It was a tough game, one of the toughest we’ve had all year but I think we showed some of that resilience that we’ve brought into every clash we enter.

It’s never a pleasant feeling seeing your rivals get the better of you, but they’ve been such a formidable side this season and their place in the semi finals was definitely well earned.

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I always like to take the positives as they come, and this season has been one of learning for me and the Wanderers. We didn’t make the finals but I think we only got better as the games went on and had one of the strongest squads the Wanderers have ever put together. Our international signings will depart soon and it’s always hard when we split up for the off season, especially when you spend over 12 weeks together as a really tight nit bunch. Lo’eau LaBonta was amazing this year in the midfield, and Marlous Pieete was a great addition on the wing. Our other Dutch signing, Maruschka Waldus was so solid at the back all year and I think we worked really well together this year along with our other defenders.

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It was also great to see our youngest coming through and showing so much talent and potential for their age. Rachael Lowe and Susan Phonsongkham are some of the best young players to come out of the Wanderers and their future in football is looking bright whether they remain with the club or decide to move elsewhere. The whole squad gelled so well together in the offseason and the mix of young and old players translated well out on the field.

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We had a lot of close games this year, and it was frustrating that so many didn’t go our way. I think we really held our own against some of the strongest teams but just couldn’t put away our chances consistently enough and so often we conceded a late goal after holding them out all game. We were never really overwhelmed by teams but we certainly had areas where we needed to improve. I think toward the end of the season we started to gain some momentum and we showed just what can happen when everything clicks with the big win against Perth Glory.

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The Wanderers can only improve from here and I’m excited to see what the off season brings to our club. Every season of the W-League has its own set of challenges but it’s always a great environment to learn and develop as a player. It was also a great year for the development of the women’s game, a personal highlight for me was playing in the Sydney Derby at ANZ; it was a huge and historic moment to have seen how far the league has grown, and how much support has been behind all of us playing. As always there were plenty of highs and lows, bring on the next challenge!

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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.