Fletcher leading her side through the unknown

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It was a season of uncertainty from the very beginning – not knowing whether it was going to go ahead, let alone where and who they were playing – but Canberra United have had their captain at the helm leading the way.

Kendall Fletcher and her side have come to the end of the season better than they started, with a finals berth for the first time in three seasons.

Having not made the finals since the 2016/17 W-League season, it was always going to be a big task to strive towards glory in the nation’s capital.

Although they headed into the unknown this season time and time again, Fletcher said the team was well prepared for what awaited them.

“It has been a bit of a challenge. I think the good thing was, the club did a good job setting our expectations with us from the beginning,” she said.

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“This is going to be a season unlike any other. We are not going to know what’s going to happen, we need to just be prepared for that.”

Despite the challenges Fletcher and co have had to face, the team in her corner has made life during these uncertain times easier to deal with.

”How we have developed over the season, from where we started to now, has just been fantastic,” she said.

“The resiliency of the group, the way we play together, it’s actually such a fun group to be a part of, and to be able to get some results and to be able to see your work paying off, that you’re putting in, has been incredibly rewarding.”

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On top of what is already an impressive team to be leading out each week, Fletcher knows how mature the youthful side of hers really is.

Pointing out her 16-year-old centre-back partner Jessika Nash as a prime example of playing well beyond her years.

“She plays with such maturity, I can’t believe she is 16-years-old. And that’s across the board,” she said.

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“A lot of these players are actually quite young, but the way they carry themselves, the respect they have for the game, the respect they have for the club and what we are trying to build is actually quite inspiring and fun to be a part of.

“It’s a big part of why I’m still playing.”

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