Our skipper and teammate Kim Carroll both made the squad selected by Professional Footballers Australia.Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) is pleased to announce the inaugural PFA Jetts W-League Team of the Season.
Headlined by a host of world class players with over 600 international caps and nine having appeared at the FIFA World Cup, the team contains five players set to feature in this weekend’s Westfield W-League Grand Final.
Proudly supported by Jetts and PFA Major Partner LUCRF Super, the 2016/17 PFA Jetts W-League Team of the Season, as chosen by the players, is as follows:
GOALKEEPER: Lydia Williams (Melbourne City)
DEFENDERS: Steph Catley (Melbourne City); Alanna Kennedy (Sydney FC); Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar); and Megan Oyster (Newcastle Jets).
MIDFIELDERS: Jess Fishlock (Melbourne City); Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar); and Yukari Kinga (Canberra United).
FORWARDS: Sam Kerr (c) (Perth Glory); Natasha Dowie (Melbourne Victory); and Ash Sykes (Canberra United).
SUBSTITUTES: Jayda Whyman GK (Western Sydney Wanderers); Kim Carroll (Perth Glory); Christine Nairn (Melbourne Victory); Adriana Jones (Adelaide United); and Alexandra Chidiac (Adelaide United).
REFEREE: Kate Jacewicz
Having polled the highest number of votes of any current W-League captain selected in the team, Perth Glory skipper and Matildas forward Sam Kerr said she was honoured to captain the players’ team.
“It’s a privilege to be voted in the team and to be named as the captain is something that I’m very proud of,” said Kerr. “Being voted on by your peers makes this recognition very special.
“On and off the pitch it has been a very enjoyable season due to the team culture and I’m super proud of the players at the Glory.”
PFA President Alex Wilkinson said the team highlighted the outstanding calibre of players in the W-League.
“On behalf of the PFA Executive I would like to congratulate all those selected in the inaugural PFA Jetts W-League Team of the Season and for their contribution to what has been another highly impressive campaign for the competition on the pitch,” said Wilkinson.
“The quality of play has once again risen and the league continues to attract some of world’s best players.There is no reason why we can’t one day have the best women’s competition in the world.”
ABOUT THE TEAM OF THE SEASON - THE STATS
● 198 goals during the 2016/17 season by those selected
● 616 International Caps between them
● 9 have appeared at the FIFA World Cup
● 7 Olympians selected
Kerr and Carroll take on Melbourne City in the Westfield W-League Grand Final this Sunday at 4:30PM (AWST) at nib Stadium. Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2kN80GI.