Soccer: Glory skipper Kerr named captain in W-League team of the season

Samantha Kerr of the Glory looks to cross the ball during the W-League semi-final between Perth Glory and Sydney FC at Perth Oval last Sun.  Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Samantha Kerr of the Glory looks to cross the ball during the W-League semi-final between Perth Glory and Sydney FC at Perth Oval last Sun. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

PERTH Glory’s Sam Kerr has been named captain in the inaugural W-League Team of the Season.

The accolade follows the Glory clinching hosting rights to Sundays’ W-League grand final after defeating Sydney FC 5-1 in its semi-final.

Having polled the highest number of votes of any current W-League captain selected in the team, Kerr said she was honoured to captain the players’ team.

“It’s a privilege to be voted in the team and to be named as the captain is something that I’m very proud of,” Kerr said.

“Being voted on by your peers makes this recognition very special.

“On and off the pitch it has been a very enjoyable season due to the team culture and I’m super proud of the players at the Glory.”

Headlined by a host of world-class players with over 600 international caps and nine having appeared at the FIFA World Cup, the team contains five players set to feature in this weekend’s showpiece.

The 2016-17 PFA W-League Team of the Season, as chosen by the players, is as follows:

GOALKEEPER: Lydia Williams (Melbourne City)

DEFENDERS: Steph Catley (Melbourne City); Alanna  Kennedy (Sydney FC); Clare Polkinghorne (Brisbane Roar); and Megan Oyster (Newcastle Jets)

MIDFIELDERS: Jess Fishlock (Melbourne City); Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar); and Yukari Kinga (Canberra United)

FORWARDS:  Sam Kerr (c) (Perth Glory); Natasha Dowie (Melbourne Victory); and Ash Sykes (Canberra United)

SUBSTITUTES: Jayda Whyman GK (Western Sydney Wanderers); Kim Carroll (Perth Glory); Christine Nairn (Melbourne Victory); Adriana Jones (Adelaide United); and Alexandra Chidiac (Adelaide United)

REFEREE: Kate Jacewicz

PFA President Alex Wilkinson said the team highlighted the outstanding calibre of players in the W-League.

“On behalf of the PFA Executive I would like to congratulate all those selected in the inaugural PFA W-League Team of the Season and for their contribution to what has been another highly impressive campaign for the competition on the pitch,” Wilkinson said.

“The quality of play has once again risen and the league continues to attract some of world’s best players.There is no reason why we can’t one day have the best women’s competition in the world.”