A-League Women Team of the Week: Round 12

Rhianna Pollicina. Image: @Melbourne City twitter

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 12 of the A-League Women season, (and some catch-up games).

Four of the top five teams played each other in the last five days of football. Adelaide continued to enhance their final’s chances, while Sydney’s undefeated run came to an end after a hectic schedule.

Elsewhere, Newcastle and Western Sydney’s match ended in dramatic fashion.

Here are some of the most influential players to take the field this week.

Goalkeeper and defenders

Gk: Casey Dumont (Melbourne Victory)

Dumont was at her very best in the rematch of last season’s epic Grand Final. Melbourne Victory was up against the league’s most dangerous attack, and a Sydney side undefeated at the time.

It took two goals of the highest quality to beat her, but she kept Victory in the game as Sydney tried to add more. Dumont was quick off her line and strong under the high ball.

She was a huge reason Victory was able to launch a comeback.

RB: Kim Carroll (Perth Glory)

One half of Perth Glory’s outstanding defensive effort against Melbourne Victory on Saturday, Carroll was impassable at the back in one of Glory’s biggest games of the year.

For the first time this season, Victory was kept goalless. Carroll was a big reason why.

The other reason was her defensive partner.

CB: Claudia Mihocic (Perth Glory)

Perth Glory fans have been made to wait for Mihocic to make her debut for the club. When she finally got her chance, she did not disappoint.

The former FV Emerging captain was composed on the ball and did not put a foot wrong defensively. Goal difference may be vital at season’s end. Glory’s clean sheet was an important achievement in her first A-League Women’s start.

LB: Tyla-Jay Vlajnic (Melbourne City)

Vlajnic not only did a terrific job against Sydney FC’s Cortnee Vine, but she was also an attacking threat for Melbourne City as they ended the premiers undefeated run.

Her right-footed curling pass cut out the entire Sydney defence and landed perfectly in the stride of Kaitlyn Torpey to prod home.

When “T.J” plays well (which is pretty often), City are at their best

Midfielders

Mackenzie Hawkesby (Sydney FC)

Hawkesby is one of the most mobile, hardworking, and creative players in the league.

In the draw with Melbourne Victory, she was a constant threat from midfield.

An early chipped pass should have resulted in the opener for Rachel Lowe. In the second half, she slipped another clever pass beyond the defence.

Sydney had to settle for a point on Wednesday night, but Hawkesby remains a highly watchable footballer.  

Rhianna Pollicina (Melbourne City)

“Mini” frequently appears in this column, for the simple reason that she is in the form of her life.

Pollicina scored her sixth goal of the season for Melbourne City as they registered a crucial win against Sydney FC.

She scores goals from midfield and is essential to the attack. Her goal was the result of an excellent finish into the bottom corner against the league’s best defence.

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Dylan Holmes (Adelaide United)

The former captain regained the armband for her 50th game for Adelaide United. The club has now officially had their best season on record and is headed for finals.

Holmes added an assist for the second game in a row. Her run and defence-splitting pass set up Chelsie Dawber to seal the result.

Ashlee Brodigan (Newcastle Jets)

Brodigan got herself into good positions for The Jets against Western Sydney. She looked dangerous and despite missing some chances kept pressing for a goal.

It came at the most crucial moment. Her injury-time finish secured a point for Newcastle a week after they narrowly lost to Sydney FC.

Brodigan scored with a calm finish under the pressure of the moment to the relief and celebration of Jets fans.

Forwards

Chelsie Dawber (Adelaide United)

The Adelaide striker is in the team of the week for the second time in a row. She scored a brace against Wellington Phoenix, and once again opened the scoring for her team.

Dawber played much of the game under duress following a concerning knock to the knee in the first half.

Although she looked sore, she was still able to score a second after a neat finish.

Fiona Worts (Adelaide United)

Worts and Dawber feel almost inseparable now. The twin threats are equal atop the golden boot standings with 10 goals each. A week after scoring five, Worts added another against Wellington.

Faced one-on-one with Mackenzie Barry, she ran past her on the outside, She shot across goal and beyond Brianna Edwards as Adelaide completed another impressive win.

Cyera Hintzen (Perth Glory)

The American striker did not score but was tireless and dangerous against Melbourne Victory. She defends from the front, can carry the ball from deep, and dribble in tight spaces.

Her work rate keeps midfielders and defenders occupied. Perth Glory has made many strong signings this season. Hintzen is one of the most regularly impressive.

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