30/05/2024

Melbourne City defender Rebekah Stott. Photo supplied by Melbourne City

Full of confidence and belief after claiming the premiers plate and dismantling the Newcastle Jets 6-0 on aggregate, Melbourne City will look to put rivals Sydney FC to the sword in Saturday’s Grand Final.

The pair have met three times in the decider, with City attaining the upper hand on every occasion to provide an added boost on top of the home crowd advantage.

Coach Dario Vidošić and captain Rebekah Stott spoke ahead of the clash, as the latter explained what another championship in the cabinet would mean to her and the group.

“It would be so cool to come back home to Melbourne City and win the Championship alongside the Premiership would be so special to me and this group of girls really deserve it, we’ve worked so hard all season and it would be incredible,” Stott said.

“I was here from the very first year and I’ve been here for so long since, it’s just an amazing club. The facilities we get, the care we get from the club [is] just second to none. It’s home for me.”

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With the APL announcing that the Grand Final would be played as a standalone fixture during the evening, fans young and old are expected to flock at AAMI Park to witness two special clubs who have created their own dynasties over the years.

The 30-year-old sent a message to those who have never watched a women’s football match and why it will be a terrific spectacle.

“We will be playing the way we have the whole season, play some beautiful football, and hope to score some goals [to] make it a very entertaining evening,” Stott said.

“It will be aggressive, there will be lots of tackles flying in I’m sure, bodies on the line. But we hope to control the game and hope to see a nice style of football, so it’s good for all of the young kids to come see us play.”

Stott, as well as other players who missed parts of the season due to either international duty or injury, has forced Vidošić to reshuffle his squad to weather some challenging storms.

The Sky Blues have been in the same boat, making this Grand Final all the more remarkable when considering the squad depth at hand. Vidošić was asked how the two sides have overcome adversity.

“We still continue to play our way,” he said. “We just had to adapt a few little things, with maybe a few players changing their roles slightly. We still carried on normally as we would.

“But even in that tough patch we went through, the ball wouldn’t go in, it seemed; we would create lots of big chances but just couldn’t put them away and then we’d concede one or two and be and be punished.

“Throughout the season, every team sort of ebbed and flowed but I think overall we and Sydney have been the two that have managed it the best and now we meet on the final day.”

The 16th A-League Women Grand Final kicks off at 4:15pm AEST on Saturday at AAMI Park.

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