5 things to look forward to: City v Victory

Our first home game of the season!

After starting off our Westfield W-League campaign with back-to-back away fixtures, we finally will play at home this Sunday!

Unfortunately due to considerable damage to the pitch, the fixture has been moved from Frank Holohan Soccer Complex to CB Smith Reserve. We look forward to playing at Dandenong City very soon, keep an eye out in the coming weeks for fixture announcements.

You won't want to miss Jenna McCormick and her teammates in action for the time at home this season, click here to get your tickets!

WL v Victory

A massive Melbourne Derby

It doesn’t get much bigger than a Melbourne Derby and that is exactly what we are faced with in our home opener!

After a draw and a last-minute loss to open our season, Rado Vidosic’s squad will be eager to put in a good performance in their first game in front of home fans.

As City did, Victory opened their season with a scoreless draw to the Roar so will also be hungry to get three points on the board.

City claimed both Derbies last season, winning at home 1-0 thanks to a 89th minute Yukari Kinga close range finish and winning 0-4 at Lakeside Stadium through a Claire Emslie double and goals to Emily van Egmond and Kyah Simon.

Rhali’s 100th

One of City’s fan favourite will this week made her 100th Westfield W-League appearance!

Attacker Rhali Dobson has been playing in the W-League since the age of 16 when she debuted for Newcastle Jets.

The Wauchope product played 63 games for the Jets before joining City ahead of the 2017/18 season.

In her time at the Club she has made 36 appearances and scored two goals while being part of two Westfield W-League championships and one premiership.

Click here to hear Rhali's thoughts on the milestone, her career so far and life away from football!

More quality from Kira

City fans got their first glimpse of Japanese attacker Chinatsu Kira last Sunday and would’ve liked what they saw.

Having only come out of hotel quarantine last week, Kira was never expected to complete the full 90 minutes as she has only just had a chance to meet her new teammates and coaches and get into training.

Rado Vidosic turned to her in the 62nd minute and she did not disappoint, recording an assist just 15 minutes into her City debut.

Kira’s beautifully flighted set piece found the head of captain Jenna McCormick who gave Canberra goalkeeper Sally James no chance with a bullet of a header.

With a full week of training and spending time with her teammates now under her belt, hopefully we see more of Kira in Sunday’s derby.

The rivalry is real

Melbourne Derbies are already big enough usually but this one will be even bigger than normal with three City players coming up against their old team for the first time.

Jenna McCormick – who has been wearing the captain’s armband in place of the injured Emma Checker, played every game for the Victory last season but has now made the switch across town. 

Teigen Allen joined McCormick at Victory last season and made eight appearances for the club while fellow defender Sam Johnson also last played in the W-League for City’s cross-town rival, spending both the 2016/17 and 2018/19 seasons at that club.

Both will be eager to put in a solid performance against their former club and play a big part in a first City win of the season.

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