Soccer: Kerr heroics put Perth Glory Women in striking distance of first premiership

Samantha Kerr. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
Samantha Kerr. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

PERTH Glory Womens’ team is within striking distance of its first premiership this season, thanks largely to striker Samantha Kerr.

Ms Kerr said this week that the team was looking forward to a home final against Sydney this weekend.

“A home final is obviously a bonus; every footballer dreams of playing a semi at home. Sydney will come out firing, we beat them last time in Perth, and especially after a loss,” she said.

“The ball is in our court; if we play well we will win this game.”

A win over Sydney could book Perth a home grand final, depending on the outcome of the Canberra v Melbourne game.

“If we don’t get the home grand final we are happy to go anywhere; wherever we go, we are going to play and we have a point to prove,” she said.

While disappointed with copping a suspension, Ms Kerr saw the upside to missing the win over Western Sydney and having a week off before the finals.

She credited the entire squad for Perth’s stellar season.

“I have had a bit of success scoring goals, but really the team has been awesome and as a club we have had a great year. I knew from the start we had a good squad but to finish equal-first is something else,” she said.

Ms Kerr said a Perth Glory Womens’ premiership would be a “huge” boost to women’s soccer in WA.