How past Grand Final failure fuels Rigby’s hunger

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Perth Glory players Natasha Rigby and Sam Kerr have spoken on home soil for the last time before travelling to Sydney to play for Glory’s first ever W-League title.

Fresh from knocking off premiers Melbourne Victory in a stunning 4-2 win last Sunday away from home, Glory took off for Sydney this morning to do it all again, this time against Sydney FC in the grand final on Saturday afternoon.

Glory defender Natasha Rigby was a bundle of nervous energy at Perth Airport early this morning, but is confident in her side’s ability to come out on top after a solid week of preparation.

“I think we’ve done everything we can,” Rigby said.

“We’ve had a really good week at training, we’ve come off massive momentum from the weekend, so we’re just really excited and pumped to go into it.

“We’ve beaten Sydney before and we’ve knocked the premiers out of the way already, so I think it’s going to be an amazing game and really exciting.

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“The energy is amazing, so hopefully we can come away with the win.”

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With thoughts of the heartbreak suffered in her first grand final loss for Glory against Melbourne City in the 2016/17 season, Rigby is optimistic about her side’s chances this time around.

“I’m so nervous right now already,” Rigby said.

“I’ve made one grand final before and we unfortunately got knocked out in that one, so I think this is our shot.

“It would be amazing, I can’t really explain it.”

Glory’s only encounter with Sydney this season was one of their standout performances, when they came from behind in scorching conditions to defeat their grand final opponents 2-1.

That game was decided by two second half headed goals by Sam Kerr, and she remained fully focused on the task at hand as her team prepared for one last inter-state journey for the season.

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“We’ve both [Perth and Sydney] watched video on each other, we know how we play, so I think it will be a good game and played in good spirit,” Kerr said.

“It would be a dream come true.

“I’ve said it a thousand times; I’d trade in all my personal awards for this one.”

The grand final kicks off at 1:30pm local time at Jubilee stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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.