Heyman makes dream comeback for Canberra

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It was a dream comeback to football that no one could have predicted, but Michelle Heyman had a game she will never forget – three goals and three points.

After a year away from the game, to score on your return would please any footballer, but to come back and score a hat-trick to win the game. No one could have expected that.

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Heyman’s hat-trick for the new look Canberra United squad has got fans excited for the upcoming season. And after their opening round performance, they have every right to be.

After coming back at half-time 0-2 down to complete a hat-trick to win the game is nothing short of miraculous. Despite the effort that was put in from all the stars in green, it was hard to look past their main striker.

Now that she is back running amuck on the pitch, after a year away from the game, Heyman believes she is back now better than ever.

“I definitely needed that year off,” she said.

“I was mentally drained, physically broken and just taking one year off, it just fixed my body. And now I’m feeling one hundred times better.”

Heyman was previously at United for eight seasons before taking two years away from the club. One of those years being spent with their opponents, Adelaide United.

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But with 89 caps under her belt in green, she was happy to be back and scoring once more.

“Being able to be back and playing for Canberra United is a very special moment for myself and to be able to grab a hat-trick on my first game back is unbelievable,” she said.

“it’s always the best feeling scoring a goal in front of this crowd. It’s something that I’ll never be able to forget.”

“It just feels like my first goal again for Canberra United.”

Despite the full team effort that was required to pull off such a comeback, United coach Vicki Linton knew just how much those goals meant for Heyman and the rest of the squad.

“You could see how much that meant to her and it means a lot to us as a club and as a team,” she said.

“To see her enjoying her football and performing like that.”

Feature image credit: Anthony Caffery

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Rory O'Connor
23 year old student at the University of Canberra studying Sports Media.

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