Garriock to reflect on time at Canberra

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In her last game in charge at home, Canberra United head coach Heather Garriock said that it has been an emotional few weeks, and that she is proud of how her players performed.

In her last game in front of the McKellar Park crowd, Garriock’s players put in a dominant performance to snap a four-game losing streak, beating Adelaide United by three goals to one. Garriock says that performance was one for the fans to enjoy and Simone Charley’s goal was one of the best she had seen.

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“So proud of these players, regardless if we were playing finals, you see the character out there.

“The third goal is probably one of the best goals I’ve seen by a team, especially under me. I’m just delighted to get the win.”

United’s poor form had put them under pressure in previous weeks, and having not scored in their last four outings, you could have expected them to struggle again. Garriock says that pressure is something that you will often see in elite sport, but there was not any on her side as they put on a show.

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“It was more about enjoying ourselves, like we did, and why we fell in love with the game first and foremost. Then the girls just played.

“Some of the girls that stepped up today in particular young Laura Hughes to score that goal to start off the game, is just outstanding. I’m really proud of her and the rest of the girls.”

Since it was announced that the club was parting ways with Heather Garriock, it has been an emotional time for the former Matilda, and it was on display as she celebrated her sides goals.

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“I had a tear in my eye especially after Leena’s celebration and then Simone’s as well. That’s emotional because obviously you spend a lot of time with these players day in and day out.

“For these players to show their respect, I thought it was a really nice moment.”

Despite not having made the finals in her time at the club, Garriock says that she is grateful for the time she spent as head coach, and that she has learnt plenty.

“I’m a big self-reflector, and personal development is something I pride myself very highly on. I’ve got a lot of learning to do and one thing I am very grateful for is my time with Canberra United.

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“There is so many moments that I’ve learnt the hard way as a coach, and I think this time I’m going to look back on, and it’s going to be a vital part of my coaching career.”

Canberra have one match left in the season travelling to face the Brisbane Roar, as they look to send their coach out on a high.

“It’s great that Brisbane are coming off the back of a loss to Perth, and it’s even better that we are going to up there coming off the back of a win.”

 

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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