How moving to Perth sparked Eliza Campbell’s ‘best season ever’

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Football has taken Eliza Campbell to Europe and back, but it’s been in her first season at Perth Glory where she’s felt at the top of her game.

“I think it’s probably the best season I’ve had so far,” Campbell told The Football Sack.

After two seasons with Adelaide United the 23-year-old decided to uproot and move to Perth for a new challenge.

The change paid off for Campbell who is now one win away from becoming a W-League champion, and credits the ease of settling in at her new club for her sparkling form this season.

“I think it’s been pretty easy, the club is welcoming and help with anything you need,” Campbell said.

“Everything was well set up and organised with good coaches.

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“They have been supporting me, and I think we all support each other which is good.

“It was a really good decision, they’ve looked after me well and we’ve played well as a team.”

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At 23 Campbell has already acquired extensive experience in a range of footballing environments, having played for both Adelaide and Newcastle Jets in the W-League, and spent two seasons in the Norweigian top flight at Medkila and Klepp respectively.

Add caps for under-17, under-23 and senior Matilda teams to her resumé and you have a young Australian goalkeeper who’s seen it all, but Campbell says the club environment in Perth ranks amongst the best she’s seen.

“I think it’s not too different to overseas,” Campbell said.

“It’s well set up and the staff are very caring towards everyone.

“There’s not much difference, but they’re more welcoming here.”

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Feeling at home has helped Campbell to shine for Glory this season, and the statistics show she’s been one of the outstanding performers in goal throughout the W-League campaign.

Campbell ranks fourth in saves this season behind Britt Eckerstrom, Sarah Willacy and Audrey Bledsoe, however she leads these three in total punches and clearances, while only Bledsoe has made more catches.

They’re statistics which point to a fantastic individual season for Campbell and she’s made her mark in style, earning multiple ‘save of the round’ nominations for a series of goal-denying stops throughout the campaign.

“I’ve been playing well, the whole team has and I can’t do anything without them,” Campbell said.

“I’m just trying to do my job, that’s all really.

“Everyone works hard for each other and tries to do their best, so it’s a good relationship between us all.

“The strikers are very good and we usually score a few each game, so if we do keep a clean sheet then we usually come away with a win.”

And considering the ruthless form of Sam Kerr and Rachel Hill in Glory’s shock win over Melbourne Victory in Sunday’s semi-final, one more solid performance from Campbell to go with her consistently solid output throughout the year could turn her into a W-League champion.

“We are used to travelling, so it’s the same preparation as we usually do,” Campbell said.

“We’re working hard and trying to do it for each other.

“We just have to play well and I think we can take it out.”

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Feature image credit: Darren Speedie, Vision Inspired Photography

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Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.