Melbourne Victory W-League’s ace midfielder Christine Nairn praised the W-league’s standard of play and looked ahead to this Saturday’s clash with Canberra United, which will also be the curtain raiser to the A-League’s first Melbourne derby of the season.
“The team is really excited, being the curtain-opener for the men for the Melbourne derby. We’re excited to be here, excited to potentially play before a sell-out crowd. We can’t wait to get started,” said Nairn.
“They have the best fans that I have seen so far in this league, especially on the women’s side. We’re excited to put on a show for them”
Victory look to be shaping up nicely as they look to defend their W-League title, having recovered from their shock opening round away loss to Newcastle to be undefeated from their past five matches, no mean feat considering a tough schedule to start the season.
“It’s been great, we’re still working on putting a full 90 minutes together. But we’ve managed to get some results out of a tough schedule so far. We’ve had away games in big cities like Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra, we can build off those results.
“It’s very important for us to go back-to-back, we know that each and every game, we have a target on our backs, everybody is going to give us their best game. That’s what great players do, they rise to the occasion. We’re ready for each and every team, whatever they throw at us.
“Canberra is a great team, have been unfortunate with a couple of results they’ve had, but they’re always a great side and we’re looking forward to putting on a good match for the fans.”
Nairn also paid tribute to Premiership-winning coach Dave Edmondson’s successor, Joe Montemurro, and young starlet winger Beattie Goad.
“He’s a great guy, he talks with his hands a lot and he’s very passionate about everything he does, which is what you want from a coach. He’s one of the hardest working coaches, he cuts video, he does absolutely everything for this team and I’m blessed to be under a coach that wants to be here as much as he does.
“Our youngest player in the group has impressed me a lot, Beattie Goad, she’s a great player, she’s young and willing to learn. That’s one of the keys to being a young player, being open to changing your game style and just trying to get better each day, the sky’s the limit for her.”
The quality of the W-League players and play is something that has impressed Nairn, who has not looked out of place in her new surroundings.
“The quality of play, the quality of players stands out. It’s a possession-oriented style and I think that plays to my strengths and our strengths as a team. We’re exciting to watch, we want to get the ball down and play pretty soccer.
“It’s right up there with the American league, you have a little bit of younger players here that are willing to learn and do whatever it takes to make the league better every year. I’ve heard from players like Jess Fishlock and Lisa de Vanna, who just rave about this league, that’s the reason I came here, to be part of such a prestigious league and club.”
Melbourne Victory and Canberra United kick off this Saturday October 25th at 4:30pm.