Alana Muprhy celebrates her goal. Image: @aleaguewomen/ Twitter

There were records in defence, braces in attack and stars in midfield to make up the Team Of The Week in week 10.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 10 of the A-League Women season.

Week 10 of the A-League Women’s season saw some important wins and some new records created. The race for the final four is entering its final stretch and some international forwards hit the score sheet.

Goalkeepers and defenders

Goalkeeper: Jada Whyman (Sydney FC)

Melissa Barbieri celebrated her 25th year as a footballer with a win for Melbourne City and Sarah Langman pulled off some terrific saves for Western Sydney. But it was Sydney FC’s record-breaking goalkeeper who made the headlines this week.

The 2-0 win over Brisbane Roar brought up her eighth clean sheet in a row to overtake Lydia Williams’ run of seven.

Whyman was called into action several times to deny Roar’s attack. She denied Shea Connors and Katrina Gorry is a display befitting her new status in the competition’s history.

RB: Charlize Rule (Sydney FC)

Rule started as a forward and was called into the Matildas squad against Brazil as an attacker. At Sydney FC this season, she has made an impact as a fullback.

Defensively, she was kept on her toes by the pace of Connors for Brisbane.  However, she scored one and set up the opening goal for her side. Effectively she was the difference in the game.

CB: Nat Tobin (Sydney FC)

The league’s best defence may have been unfairly overlooked in this column at times. The teams dominance makes it hard for them to stand out. However, eight clean sheets in a row cannot be done without a strong defence.

Nat Tobin is the heart of the reigning premier’s back four.

Against Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC recorded yet another clean sheet with Tobin an impassable obstacle.

LB: Winonah Heatley (Melbourne City)

Melbourne City conceded a rare goal against Western Sydney, but Heatley was fantastic at the back yet again.

She is calm in possession and has enough pace to recover if strikers get goal side of her.

Heatley has achieved a remarkable level of consistency this season, her Matildas call-up may initially have been a surprise, but she is one of the best defenders in a side challenging for trophies.


Grace Maher (Canberra United)

The former captain is a barometer for Canberra United. She was at her influential best as her side salvaged a draw from two goals down against Perth Glory.

Maher’s first major contribution was to step up to take the penalty. Allira Toby was brought down in the box, and it was Maher who took responsibility.

Canberra is still yet to win a game, and the pressure was on Maher. She was ice cold in the moment.

In the dying moments, she swung in a dangerous free-kick that resulted in the equalising goal.

Maher only needs a moment to change a result. This round was another reminder of that.

Alana Murphy (Melbourne Victory)

She is just 16 years old, a regular starter in the A-league Womens, and has just scored her first goal for Melbourne Victory.

Murphy has been excellent as a deep midfielder. In her time deputising for Kyra Cooney-Cross, Victory has a perfect record. She was one of her team’s best contributors in the win over Wellington.

Although her goal was serendipitous. It was a dangerous, inswinging ball that was going to cause trouble even if it did not float over the keeper.

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Alex Chidiac (Melbourne Victory)

Football just looks better when Chidiac is in full flight. Against Wellington, she was instrumental in the 2-0 win. Her dribbling caused constant issues for The Phoenix defence, and her movement and passing created the second goal for Tiffany Eliadis.

Chidac was everywhere for Victory. Her work rate matched her skill in one of her best games for Victory this season.

Emily Condon (Adelaide United)

Condon is in the best form of her career. In Adelaide’s 3-0 win over Newcastle, she was at her creative best.

The Red’s playmaker almost always looks to pass the ball forward, can wriggle out of trouble, and is becoming known for her curling free kicks.

She was not on the score sheet this week but is a worthy inclusion in the team of the week.


Fiona Worts (Adelaide United)

The English striker is in fine form as Adelaide races towards the finals.

Against Newcastle Fiona Worts scored twice, and could easily have had more.

Her first goal was spectacular. A half-volley on her left foot after controlling on her right to cap off a near perfect team move.

The second was textbook follow-up work from a striker. Arriving to tap home the ball after Chelsie Dabwer’s shot was spilled by the goalkeeper.

Maria Rojas (Sydney FC)

In the absence of Remy Siemsen, Maria Rojas has changed from a tricky forward into a consistent goal scorer.

Her goal against Brisbane was typical of her inventive and unpredictable style. Rule’s cross bounces in front of the defence and the Chilean international swiveled to send it into the net.

It was as brilliant as it was unexpected.

Cyera Hintzen (Perth Glory)

The American striker was brought to Perth to score goals. Her season has been interrupted by injuries, but when she has played, the scoresheet usually bears her name.

Two goals against Canberra were typical of her style. She anticipates the passes, gets goal side, and finishes with composure.

Glory has a wide array of attacking options, but Hintzen might be the best pure center forward that they have.

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