The #NPLWNSW competition is rich with fantastic goalkeepers and Sally James is one of those, standing between the sticks at the Blacktown Spartans.
James was a standout last year (not only because of her Fluro yellow kit) with some incredible performances and saves.
Her presence on the pitch for the Spartans is one where she breathes confidence into the rest of her team mates.
Three games played, three clean sheets and the Spartans are the only team in the NPL NSW Women’s competition yet to concede a goal.
“It’s a testament to the backline and we want to do all we can to make sure the opposition doesn’t get into those goal scoring scenarios and they’ve been solid at the back, they make me look good,” a modest James said.
Last Tuesday night against Sydney Uni, ‘The Highlighter’, as someone referred to James, pulled off an important last minute save after having nothing to do for almost 90 minutes.
“It’s a bit of a frenzy. Everyone’s head is all over the place and talking and communicating helps you keep in the game and aware all the time,” James said.
Into her second season at the Spartans, the Spartans custodian is enjoying life at Blacktown Football Park.
“I love it. The environment is amazing, all the girls, we’re a big family here and it’s massive thing to say, but I love these girls,” James said.
The Spartans have assembled a quality squad with a large number of Young Matilda’s within the team, meaning that expectations should be high.
“We want to make finals and maybe win the Premiership and hopefully go all the way,” said the Spartans number one.
After a tough run of injury, James’ aims are to keep healthy and fit and get back to the Liberty A-League Women’s competition.
“I had a bit of rough luck with injuries, so playing in full form and getting back into the Liberty A-League are my personal aims,” James concluded.
-By NPL NSW Women’s Chief Writer and Commentator Nikola Pozder