So we're halfway through the season now and I think the teams that will challenge for the title, Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners, have separated themselves from the pack.
I still think that Brisbane are the team to beat (can anyone say depth? they have it in spades), but there are also a few variables that I think may just come into it. Like say, game-breaking players who can completely change a match in minutes. Which is what brings me to this next post, who is the best player in the Westfield W-League? And the nominees that have been chosen in a very scientific manner (ie, just me), in no particular order, are...
Michelle Heyman – Central Coast Mariners. Kind of came out of nowhere to be leading the goalscorers, but is physically strong and can find the back of the net. Was the leading goalscorer in NSW women’s premier league this year.
Lisa de Vanna – Perth Glory. The only other player in the league to have been nominated for FIFA women’s world player of the year (in 2007), but hasn’t been as successful in Aussie leagues as she has overseas.
Collette McCallum – Perth Glory. One of the Matildas best set-piece takers, continually drives Perth forward.
Lydia Williams – Canberra United. The goalkeeper had a rough start, but has done well over the past three weeks to help her team to some much needed points.
Sarah Walsh – Sydney FC. After coming back from a broken leg in the last 12-months, Walsh has hit top-form again and is equal leading WWL goalscorer with four.
Tameka Butt – Brisbane Roar. has been injured for the past few weeks but is a quick exciting midfielder, with an emphasis on quick, who provides Brisbane with a host of scoring options.
Ellen Beaumont – Brisbane Roar. the lanky midfielder has caused opposition defenders plenty of problems so far this year – pinching three goals.
Melissa Barbieri – Melbourne Victory. Still the number 1 Matildas keeper and still very hard to get past.
Clare Polkinghorne – Brisbane Roar. One of the toughest defenders going around.
Katie Thorlakson – Melbourne Victory. The Canadian striker hasn’t performed in every game, but she does have past form. Before two knee reconstructions she scored 23 goals and had 24 assists in one college season. The only player with more? American great Mia Hamm.
So what do you think? Is there anyone else that springs to mind? Particularly from Newcastle and Adelaide, as I haven’t had the chance to watch them much this year, is there a player or two that has stood out above the rest? But do remember that this is the best of the best. The game-breakers. If there are anymore, let me know.