Inspirational, spirited, gritty and tough are just some of the words to describe the 3-1 win over Melbourne City at the weekend in what was Perth Glory’s last home match of the season.
While the finals campaign is no longer in sight, there was still plenty to play for in the hearts and minds of the players, coaches and the 5821 loyal fans and members.
That was illustrated by Danny Vukovic’s brilliant performance which produced 10 saves on the day- the highest from any ‘keeper this season; that effort was matched by an entertaining hat-trick by young sharp-shooter Jamie Maclaren.
Club chairman Tony Sage said he was moved by the team’s win.
“It was amazing courage and fortitude to put on a performance like that especially with five senior first team players missing” he said.
Mr Sage said he understood why many fans didn’t turn out on the day. But stressed the road to recovery had already begun.
“I understand the emotions of the fans but the players are hurting just as much as them and need your support. Clubs in Australia and all around the world have suffered the same sanctions or worse and have rallied together and in all cases have become stronger” he said.
Mr Sage acknowledged at "The Chairman's" function on Sunday, that as the owner, he was ultimately responsible for how the club was governed and had already put in place a wide-ranging review of the company’s internal protocols and processes by independent auditors so nothing like this would happen again.
As far as next season was concerned Mr Sage sent this message to the club’s fans and members.
“Kenny Lowe is committed and has shown his credentials in his first full season. We have assembled a squad that has shown we are capable of winning. This has been a record for Perth Glory Football Club in points, goals scored, wins, and away wins. Our youth team also did us proud, the women's team made the Grand Final and our average crowd, TV numbers, memberships and merchandise sales are all records this year” he said.
“And I am confident the club will have its Glory, come season 2015/16”.
Mr Sage also paid tribute to the volunteers who have tirelessly worked at each of the A-League, Youth league and NPL matches.
"I'd like to thank our trusted volunteers who roll up their sleeves every week and dedicate their time to help give the fans and members a great day out. These people are family and going forward, I will do my absolute best to ensure this family stays together" he said.
Perth Glory travels to Western Sydney this weekend, for its final match of the season against the Wanderers on ANZAC Day.