Scoring goals for fun: Dawber hopes to mirror WNPL form

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Chelsie Dawber returns to Adelaide United for the upcoming season after a standout campaign for WNPL treble winners, Adelaide City.

The 19-year-old attacker collected the WNPL golden boot and scored a combined 38 goals across all three competitions. She even scored a double hattrick on two separate occasions.

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Dawber joined the Reds in 2017 but concussion issues and injuries limited her W-League appearances to just nine in two seasons.

”Last season was frustrating because my injury made me miss games and training sessions,” she said.

”I think this year playing at Adelaide City helped develop my self-belief and confidence that I am good enough to play in the W-League and hopefully I get the opportunity to do so this season.”

Having spent six years in Football Federation South Australia’s development system, her numbers have been improving every year. In 2019, she more than doubled her tally from the previous WNPL season. She hopes her prolific form can translate into the W-League.

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”Obviously being in a good team like Adelaide City, who I’ve played with for a few years now helps but I think probably the biggest thing for me is confidence. So hopefully I can go into the W-League and do the same there.’’

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The Australian youth international re-signed for United along with her City teammates Georgia Campagnale and Dylan Holmes. It’s this consistency she believes will help her score goals this season.

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”It definitely helps when they play up front and in the midfield with me especially because they know what runs and what moves I make,” she said.

”It helps to have that bond on and off the field as well, you want to be there, you enjoy coming to training and you want to play well.”

New signings Mary and Ciara Fowler also join the Reds in 2019 and Dawber wants to thrive off their quality.

”I’ve seen them in training, they link up quite well together and it’s beginning to happen with many of the other players in the team.

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I hope I can benefit from playing with them,’’ she said.

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Dawber was the most prolific goal scorer in any WNPL member federation across the country. You’ll go a long way to find a more in-form player heading into a season.

Adelaide United will kick-off the new season away to Western Sydney Wanderers on November 14 before hosting defending champions Sydney FC the following week.

Feature image credit: Brenton Bessell, Adelaide City

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Lover of all things football. Covering Adelaide United in 2019/20 for TFS!

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