Welcome Back A League and W League Seasons

This article was written by Sydney FC member, Melissa Muscat.

It’s been a long five months, but the Hyundai A League and Westfield W League seasons are back. I’m one of the lucky ones who is a lover of both rugby league and football, so no off season blues for me, literally. In October, a week on from the NRL Grand Final, the football season begins and I have another blue team to support. March through to May becomes a little hectic with the two codes overlapping for eight weeks, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t imagine not having a team to support for six months of the year. I love being a member of two sporting families in alternate seasons. 

Matildas kit revealed with plenty of fanfare

This article was first written and published for the Roar.

The countdown is on to this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be held in June in France. For Australia’s Matildas, this will be their seventh-straight World Cup appearance.

On Tuesday another key milestone was celebrated when Nike revealed the 14 jerseys which will be worn by the national teams during the Tournament.

For our Matildas it was a significant day given that the squad will be wearing their own National Team Collection for the very first time during this Tournament. You won’t have to wait that long to see the kit in action, with it set to make its debut for a Matildas friendly against the number one ranked United States in Colorado (which is also the Matilda’s next game).

The design takes inspiration from Hosier Lane in Melbourne, the golden wattle and Australia’s landscape and looks to resemble contemporary Australia.

Sports stars’ hope for injury woes

This article was written by Melissa Muscat. 

Sport. It can enable you to feel the highest of highs and lowest of lows. As a true sports lover who watches passionately from the stands, I’ve witnessed both ends. When my team wins a premiership…not much else compares. When they finish last, you write the whole year off as a bad one. As a professional sportsman or sportswoman, the feelings and emotions must be at another intensity. Being part of an unsuccessful team is one thing, but when it involves matters out of one’s control like injury, that’s another level. There’s lots that can go wrong with the body but from knowing those who have endured the ACL rupture, it’s this one that seems the cruelest of blows to many athletes, namely due to the nine to 12 month time frame it takes to recover. Just last week our very own Socceroo Daniel Arzani was confirmed to have ruptured his ACL on debut for Celtic. Sending sincere get well wishes to our youngest World Cup hero, hoping his recovery is strong and swift.  

It’s time for all of us to #GetOnside

This article was first written for and published by the Roar

This week, the FFA officially launched its bid for Australia to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup with the hashtag #GetOnside and it’s been blowing up on social media.

This launch has been one of my favourite sporting social media campaigns of the year because the FFA have really gone back to basics. They’ve remembered that for most people, participation in and following sport is all about feeling part of something. Sport has the power to bring people together in a way almost nothing else can and this bid has brought together all sorts of football fans.