Butt marks 100th W-League appearance with win

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When Brisbane Roar defeated Adelaide on Friday night midfielder Tameka Butt became just the second player to reach 100 Westfield W-League appearances for the club.

It was a typically tireless performance from the electric midfielder as the Roar secured a hard fought 1-0 win thanks to Hayley Raso’s 86th minute strike.

Butt has played in all 10 seasons of the Westfield W-League and started her career at the club as a 16-year in the competition’s inaugural season.

Since then Butt has gone on to win two Westfield W-League Championships in the 2008-09 & 2010-11 seasons as well as being awarded the Julie Dolan medal in the 2013-14 season.

The 26-year-old is Brisbane Roar’s all-time leading goal scorer with 48 goals to her name with only Butt’s Matildas teammate Lisa De Vanna has scored more goals in the competition.

The Mudgeeraba Soccer Club junior has amassed 60 appearances for the Matildas while her club career has seen her play for sides in the United States, Germany, Japan, Sweden and Norway.

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Brisbane Roar coach Mel Andreatta was full of praise for Butt following Friday’s win – the Roar’s first home victory on 2017-18 campaign.

“What can you say, she’s a top person and player, and year after year she wants to come home, she wants to help this club progress and help bring the younger players through.

“Off the pitch she’s just as much a pro coaching and doing all the little things well, I could stand here and talk to you for half an hour about the qualities of Tameka.”

The icing on the cake for Butt is the fact that Friday’s win sends Brisbane Roar to the top of the Westfield W-League standings for at least 24 hours.

The victory edges Roar three-points ahead of nearest rivals Perth Glory, Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets who are all yet to play this weekend.

Andreatta said she was delighted to be top and by the desire shown by her group of players.

“I’ll take it for 24 hours, 12 hours, it’s a nice place to be and the even nicer feeling is that the girls are hungry and they want to keep improving, they’ll be ready after this weekend to do that.”

Brisbane Roar’s next Westfield W-League fixture is away to Canberra United on Sunday December 3rd.

 

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Thibault Berthier
Thibault Berthier
Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.

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