Which player has the most minutes for your ALW club this season?

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As season 2021/22 of the A-League Women approaches its finale, it’s time to look back at which player has played more minutes than anyone else at your club.

On Tuesday night, Cassidy Davis broke the record for most consecutive A-Leagues matches played by any man or woman.

Davis’ remarkable feat is a testament to her extraordinary fitness and professionalism.

However, the Newcastle Jet is not the only A-League Women’s player who has demonstrated extreme endurance in recent months.

It’s time to go through each club in the ALW competition and find out which player has spent the most time on the pitch as we near the conclusion of season 2021/22.

Whilst most players have missed meaningful portions of the season due to injury, a lack of fitness, or to fulfil national team obligations, the players listed below have been the most consistent presences in their respective teams.

The list excludes goalkeepers to make things a little bit less predictable.

Injury-time minutes have also been excluded except when necessary as a tiebreaker.

Adelaide United: Emily Hodgson (1170 minutes)

Kicking off the list is Adelaide’s ever-reliable defender Emily Hodgson. The 21-year-old has played every minute of the Reds’ finals-bound season. Fiona Worts came closest to Hodgson, whilst Chelsie Dawber, Matilda McNamara and Nanako Sasaki have also featured in every game.

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Brisbane Roar: Shea Connors (969 minutes)

The first instance where calculating injury time was necessary as a tiebreaker, American forward Connors takes the honours for Roar, having only missed out on 21 of Brisbane’s minutes this season. Connors takes gold but mere minutes behind is Jamilla Rankin with 966 minutes, whilst Larissa Crummer’s 962 minutes finalises the podium.

Canberra United: Ally Haran (1080 minutes)

The only player to have played 100% of Canberra’s minutes is their defensive stalwart Haran. An impressive display in her debut season at the club, Michelle Heyman is the only other player to have featured in every one of Canberra’s games. However, being subbed off on a few occasions early in the season cost Heyman top spot.

Melbourne City: Emma Checker (1170 minutes)

Another case of the ever-present central defender, Checker has been a rock at the back for one of the best defensive sides in the competition. Checker’s closest competitors are her centre-back partners, especially Tori Tumeth who only missed minutes in the first game of the season when she came off the bench late against Canberra.

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Melbourne Victory: Polly Doran (1166 minutes)

No Victory player can claim to have not missed a minute for Jeff Hopkins’ side this season, which is perhaps unsurprising considering their crazily congested fixture list over the last month. Still, Doran comes remarkably close having only been subbed off in the dying stages of Victory’s round one win over Adelaide. Catherine Zimmerman takes out second place having played 12 of Victory’s 13 fixtures.

Newcastle Jets: Cassidy Davis and Elizabeth Eddy (1080 minutes)

The first tie of the list comes in the form of two Newcastle players who have been on the pitch for every minute of the Jets’ campaign. Of course, Davis has been ever-present for just about the last decade so it’s not overly surprising to see her feature, but no doubt the experienced Eddy has proven to be one of the best signings this season. The American has shown her quality and versatility over the last few months, but the 30-year-old’s durability is arguably her greatest asset.

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Perth Glory: Natasha Rigby (1170 minutes)

Perhaps the most impressive inclusion on this list is Perth’s skipper, who has somehow played every minute of her team’s season despite the trying circumstances Glory have faced. The veteran defender has no doubt been an exemplar for her teammates throughout the last few months. One of the few players with more experience than Rigby, Kim Carroll, follows closely behind her captain having only missed the final half-hour of Glory’s (second) early-season clash with Brisbane.

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Sydney FC: Mackenzie Hawkesby and Charlotte Mclean (1170 minutes)

The second and final tie comes from the (seemingly) soon-to-be premiers, Sydney. Both Hawkesby and Mclean have enjoyed 100% game time for Ante Juric’s side, although Princess Ibini is unfortunate to miss out having only been withdrawn late in a couple of games. The stability of Sydney is unsurprising given their success this season, which is particularly apparent based on Rachel Lowe, Sarah Hunter and Ally Green each having also played every game for the Sky Blues this season.

Wellington Phoenix: Chloe Knott (1130 minutes)

Three Phoenix players have contributed to every Wellington game this season, but Knott edges out her teammates for the honour of most cumulative minutes. Another tiebreak was required to separate Knott from Zoe McMeeken (1074 minutes) and Ava Pritchard (1072 minutes), highlighting some of the brilliant efforts from Gemma Lewis’ young squad.

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Western Sydney Wanderers: Caitlin Cooper (1170 minutes)

How better to end the list than with another individual who stood out from the crowd by playing every minute of their team’s season. Defensive solidity has been one of the few positives from Western Sydney’s 2021/22 season, and Cooper has contributed significantly to that. Fellow defenders Danika Matos and Erica Halloway came close, as did Libby Copus-Brown, but yet again the defensive stalwart takes the crown for most minutes on the pitch.

Feature Image Credit: Kellie Lemon

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