Promising attacking star Kiara De Domizio has praised the National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s competition as the stepping-stone towards nailing an A-League Women’s contract with Western United thanks to a solid season at Sydney Olympic.
“The NPL NSW Women’s competition is undoubtedly one of the most competitive and highly ranked competitions across Australia,” De Domizio stated to Football NSW.
“The platform that it provides for players wishing to make it A-League Women’s is very important.
“I believe that the league has seen continuous growth in quality and the calibre of players year on year.
“This has been vital in helping me develop as a footballer.
“It is also fantastic to see improvements in facilities for NPL NSW Womens teams, the media and NPL TV, which all provided a supportive environment for female footballers to thrive.”
Having debuted with Sydney Olympic as a 17-year-old, De Domizio was part of the NPL NSW Women’s setup as a 13-year-old.
Throughout her years, the ambition of playing in Australia’s top tier Women’s competition was always high on the talented attacker’s radar and her dream was realised when Western United came knocking on the door for the 2023/24 A-League Women’s season.
“Initially, I was in contact with a few A-League Women’s clubs, before spending the first 2 weeks pre-season at WSW.
“In the midst of this, Western United FC Head Coach Mark Torcaso reached out and offered me to come down to Melbourne for a week to train/trial and I was up for the challenge.
“After a few training sessions and a pre-season trial game, I was beyond grateful to be offered a contract.
“This led to me relocating from Sydney.”
It was great way to end what was a tough season De Domizio endured at Sydney Olympic as the club missed out on playing finals football.
“As a team, I feel it was difficult for us to achieve consistency throughout the year, compared to previous seasons,” De Domizio stated.
“This can be attributed to a range of factors such as player rotations and injuries.
“However, there were some great moments too.
“On an individual level, my mentality from the start of pre-season was to ensure I elevated my game compared to last year, took full advantage of the opportunities presented to me and to grow in confidence.
“I put in a lot of work outside team training to fine-tune my skills and attributes while working on weaknesses and this evidently led to advancements in my game and growth as a football player physically and mentally.”