Sydney FC A-League Women 2021/22 season preview

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After defeat in the Grand Final by an extra-time goal, Sydney FC is determined to go one step better this year and secure both titles.

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Last season…

A-Leagues: 1st
Finals: Runner-Up

They’ll win the league because…

Sydney FC are a force to be reckoned with in the A-League Women, last season winning the premiership and losing the Grand Final by a single goal. They also have a history of record-breaking success, winning a total of three premierships and making it to the last four Grand Finals.

The Sky Blues have spent the last two months creating the perfect team; a distinctive mix of young blood and seasoned veterans give the squad a competitive edge against their opponents this season. And with head coach Ante Juric once again at the helm, Sydney FC fans will expect their team to take home the double.

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They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

The departures of skilled defender Clare Wheeler to Fortuna Hjørring and beloved team captain Teresa Polias has been a tough pill to swallow for the Sky Blues. The departure of the pair, who helped their team achieve tremendous success, leaves Juric with an important decision on which current players can fill the gap.

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Despite being the youngest member of the team, rookie defender Jessika Nash was chosen to be captain of the Junior Matildas when she was just 14-years-old. This shows a high amount of leadership potential at such a young age.

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The off-season brought…

New talent.

Despite losing Wheeler and Polias, Ante Juric is focused on building a strong team with young, hard-working players that he hopes will be the driving force to win a record breaking fourth Grand Final and defend their premiership silverware.

The new recruits include prominent Chilean striker María José Rojas and three promising newbies in Paige Satchell, Jessika Nash and Sarah Hunter. They join the returning talent of defenders Tash Prior and Angelique Hristodoulou and star attacking trio Remy Siemsen, Princess Ibini and Ally Green. The mix of new recruits and returning players creates a powerful squad.

Key Player

María José Rojas.

Rojas is the outstanding jewel of the Chilean national team. The 33-year-old has a wealth of experience that spans across four continents and six countries, including prior experience with Adelaide United.

Juric said Rojas’ dribbling calibre and fantastic first touch combine to make her the ideal player to strengthen their scoring strategy. The seasoned veteran is delighted about joining the legendary Sky Blues and is ready to utilise her expansive experience to guide the team towards success.

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One to Watch

Jessika Nash.

The 17-year-old has already made a name for herself as a blazing defender, winning Canberra United’s Young Player of the Year Award last season and featuring as a shining star for the junior team at the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship.

The disciplined defender is focused on progressing her career with the Sky Blues by becoming a strong presence in the team’s defensive line-up alongside Charlotte McLean, Ally Green, and Natalie Tobin.

Juric believes Nash adds a real quality to the team and will challenge her teammates to think outside the box.

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Ins: María José Rojas (Adelaide United), Paige Satchell (Canberra United), Sarah Hunter (Western Sydney Wanderers), Jessika Nash (Canberra United)

Outs: Teresa Polias, Clare Wheeler, Elizabeth Ralston, Allira Toby

Full Squad List

Head Coach: Ante Juric
Goalkeepers: Jada Mathyssen-Whyman, Katie Offer
Defenders: Ellie Brush, Ally Green, Angelique Hristodoulou, Charlotte McLean, Natasha Prior, Charlize Rule, Natalie Tobin
Midfielders: Mackenzie Hawkesby, Rachel Lowe, Taylor Ray
Forwards: Princess Ibini, Remy Siemsen, Cortnee Vine

Feature image credit: Jamie Castaneda

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Olivia Nunes-Malek
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/2022 season. Currently studying a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and Digital and Social Media) at the University of Technology Sydney.

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