This weekend had a full slate of excellent women’s soccer down under. The Westfield W-League Semi-finals most definitely did not disappoint and it is now down to two teams with just one more game left in this 2013-2014 season.
The 2013-2014 W-League regular season has officially come to an end, leaving us with four teams to battle it out for the right to be called the champion. Entering the weekend, Sydney FC was atop the standings with Canberra close behind and Melbourne threatening. This weekend’s results however, made an impact on the final standings before the playoffs.
I once read somewhere (apologies to all my former literature teachers who would chastise me here for lack of parenthetical references) that “Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.”
I can’t say the above quote completely explains or excuses my column-writing hiatus for the past couple of months, but there is something to the notion of keeping personal refinement of one’s soul as a private and personal process that is difficult to expose to the masses (in this case, you, the readers).
The truth is, I am a brutally honest writer. That’s just my style. As Ernest Hemingway once asserted? Admitted? Lamented?: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is just sit down at a typewriter and bleed…”
Well, I do most of my writing from a half-broken laptop rather than a typewriter, but I’m usually right there with Hemingway — bleeding for what I believe needs to be said. It’s just not always that simple when the truth is difficult to expose, I guess.
With that being acknowledged, let’s get (re)started.
It’s been a fun season of Westfield W-League play and just as quickly as the season started, we only have one week left of regular season play. The top four teams have booked their semifinal places, the only thing left to sort in the last week of the season is what position each team will finish in.
With just two rounds left, the W-League playoff picture is starting to take form. Several teams grabbed crucial points this weekend, as the top four table spots are being claimed.
Melbourne dropped points late this week and with Sydney winning both of their games, there’s a tie atop the table. Canberra found a way to shake off their losing streak and Perth finally grabbed a much-needed three points.
Each year, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recognizes writers for their contributions in its Annual Writing Contest.
Morgan Andrews, now at Notre Dame, won for high school entry for her work in Our Game Magazine‘s March 2013 issue. You can read it below.
Melbourne was able to hold their spot on top of the table while Brisbane and Sydney attempted to keep pace with wins of their own. Adelaide was looking to build on their recent good form, however Western Sydney spoiled their chance for three points.
Two blowouts and two shutouts rounded out the first W-League weekend of 2014 and these first results of the new year showed a rather wide gap between the top teams in the league, and those struggling at the bottom of the ladder. As Melbourne looked to continue their fine form, Adelaide continues to surprise.
This weekend the last week of play before the Westfield W-League winter break. Heading into Round Six, Melbourne was looking to maintain their position atop the ladder, Sydney was hoping to continue their season long undefeated streak and Canberra was looking to gain momentum heading into next Round’s match with Melbourne. Read more