Record-breaking Cass Davis the shining light on another dim night for Newcastle

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As Newcastle Jets slumped to a sixth loss in seven matches on Tuesday, Cassidy Davis continued to make waves with her on-pitch excellence.

The 27-year-old Davis featured in her 109th consecutive A-League Women’s match in the 2-0 defeat to Melbourne City.

Incredibly, Davis has now broken the record for most consecutive A-Leagues matches played by any man or woman.

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Davis moved ahead of Western United defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley’s previous record of 108.

The milestone is especially remarkable considering the context of the A-League Women’s and its significantly shorter seasons than the A-League Men.

Whilst Topor-Stanley’s record was achieved over four-and-a-half seasons, Davis has been chipping away at the record since her debut in 2013.

To have not missed a single A-League Women’s match in nearly ten years, all spent playing for the Jets, is a truly special achievement.

Newcastle coach Ash Wilson was full of praise for her midfield stalwart post-match.

“She [Davis] is a tremendous person and a great professional in this game,” she said.

“I’m so proud of her.”

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Wilson recognised the often-overlooked side of a player achieving such remarkable consistency over a long period of time.

“It is incredible the way she conducts herself as a professional,” Wilson said.

“The amount of time, effort and energy she puts into her game and her recovery so that she can play for the Jets week in week out – it’s amazing.

“It’s a fantastic achievement.”

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As well as deserving praise for her endurance over many years, Davis was also a standout performer on the pitch on Tuesday night.

The Jets were more than competitive against their highly fancied opponents, generating numerous guilt-edged chances which they failed to convert.

Whilst inefficiency in front of goal ultimately cost Newcastle, Davis more than played her part in creating the opportunities and dictating the game from midfield.

The record-breaker was arguably the best player on the pitch with her consistently intelligent and well-executed passes leading to regular sights on goal for the Jets forwards.

Wilson attributed Davis with further credit for her role off the pitch.

“This year in particular she has been a really fantastic leader,” Wilson said.

“The young girls take a lot from her. She is a really important voice and motivator within the group.

“I honestly just cannot believe she has played 100 games without being injured – it is a real testament to how she prepares herself and what she does to be the best athlete she can be.”

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The glowing review from Wilson is unsurprising considering how instrumental Davis has been for Newcastle, especially in recent seasons.

No doubt the stability afforded by a player like Davis is a dream for any coach.

Even Melbourne City coach Rado Vidosic could hardly hide his admiration for Davis’ achievement.

“I think it is just unbelievable,” Vidosic said.

Still, Vidosic saw the bigger picture and used Davis’ record as further evidence of the need for longer A-League Women seasons.

“I think I am like a broken record, but the players need more games,” he said

“We need to extend the season and that way we can start producing more players like this.”

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Nonetheless, the night belonged to Davis for her extraordinary feat against the odds.

Whilst Newcastle will be eager to move on quickly from this season, Davis has given the past few months some much-needed silver-lining.

Feature Image Credit: Newcastle Jets FC

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Oscar Rutherford
Oscar Rutherford
Sports tragic studying Law/Arts at Monash University. Second-best paid Oscar working in football who has been to China.

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