The Football NSW Institute started the season like a house on fire and looked an unlikely team set to challenge the likes of Sydney University, Northern Tigers and so on.
But only three wins in the competition after round six saw them spiral down the ladder and finish in 8th place.
The undisputed quality and talent this squad possessed was highlighted with their victory against Sydney Uni, who as we all know would go on to do the double. It was the only stroke against Uni’s name all campaign.
This year, Jaime Gomez takes the helm and will look to repeat his feat with the same club in 2014 when they won the Championship.
Unlike most other teams in the competition, the Institute’s main aim is to produce the next Matildas superstar and team performance isn’t at the top of the agenda.
“We are looking to compete and perform in the WNPL competition as a team in a very strong league.
“Our focus will not only be to improve the teams performance but to improve each individual player so they can take the next step in their careers.”
Going through the Football NSW system, most of the girls have played together for a number of years, something Gomez believes will help this side in 2020.
“The players are a close unit that push each other at every opportunity.
“Their attitude and application has created a team environment that encourages constant improvement. This will assist them in some tough matches ahead.”
One familiar face that will also be assisting Gomez on the coaching front is former A-League player Corey Gamiero.
The Institute will host the Blacktown Spartans on day one of the new season on the 8th March at Valentine Sports park.
Player Signings: Brianna Edwards
Player Departures: N/A
Up and Coming Stars: Charlie Rule, Jess Nash
Players to Watch: Sheridan Gallagher, Aideen Keene, Holly McNamara
By Nikola Pozder, NPL NSW Women’s 1 writer