A-League Women mid-season report card: Perth Glory

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Approaching the halfway point of the A-League Women season, how are Perth Glory shaping up?

Semester Summary: Coming off the back of a season in which they finished bottom with a measly point, the only way was up for Perth Glory this year.  The Glory are currently in sixth place with two wins, a draw and two losses.

They started the season brightly with back-to-back wins against Brisbane Roar. However, this early momentum was halted due to COVID and the side faced three weeks without a game.

Returning on New Year’s Day, the Glory suffered a 4-2 defeat to Adelaide United. This was followed by a 0-0 draw against Canberra United and a 4-0 defeat to Sydney FC in the space of a week.

Given the disruptions, Glory can be happy with their efforts so far and find themselves two points off a finals spot with seven games to play.

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Areas of excellence: Commitment

When it comes to this Perth Glory team, one thing you can’t question is their commitment.

Relocating to New South Wales to continue their season, shows you the spirit this side possesses.

While it would be easy to complain given the circumstances, they just get on with it.

Considering many of the players either work full time or study at university back in WA, the impact of moving across the country cannot be understated.

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Areas in need of improvement: Defence

Perth’s defence has come unstuck in the past week conceding four goals against both Adelaide and Sydney.

Coach Alex Epakis would have been particularly disappointed with his side’s performance against Adelaide, as they conceded some cheap goals.

If Glory want to move up the table, they must tighten up and improve on their goal difference of negative four.

The side will need to lean on the experience of defenders Natasha Rigby and Kim Carroll and hope Courtney Newbon continues her good form in between the posts.

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Top student: Alana Jancevski

Playing as a right-sided midfielder, Jancevski has been a bright spark for the Glory this season.

The 18-year-old leads the scoring charts for the side, chipping in with two goals.

Just five games into her debut season at the club, she hasn’t looked out of place and will hope to continue her good form.

Signing her to a long-term deal looks like a great bit of business and Perth Glory fans can look forward to more impressive performances in the years to come.

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Needs improvement: Mie Leth Jans

The Danish international hasn’t been at her best this season and seems to still be adjusting to life in the A-League Women.

Starting four out of five league games for Glory this season, she has put in some inconsistent performances from midfield and is yet to find her rhythm.

However, given her quality, she will be hoping to improve in the second half of the season and become a key player for the side.

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Grade: C+

Outlook: While it would be easy to say Glory have disappointed this season, context is important.

The side has faced COVID disruptions for the second year in a row, all while trying to bring together a new-look squad into a system that gels.

Despite these issues, there’s more than enough quality in Glory’s side and you would expect them to kick on from now until the end of the season.

Feature image credit: Jason McCawley

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Lachlan Allen
Lachlan is a recent Journalism graduate from Curtin University. He will be covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-league season

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