*Header photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)
Fresh from scoring her first career hat-trick for the Westfield Matildas, Sky Blue star Caitlin Foord is looking to bring that confidence back to Sydney FC ahead of their #BigBlue clash at Jubilee Stadium on Sunday 25 November (kick off 2:30pm AEDT).
Foord said the combination of her treble against Chile, and the Sky Blues’ Round 2 Westfield W-League result, would be the perfect driving factors for three points in Kogarah.
“Scoring for your country is always a special moment, let alone scoring three, so I’m stoked with that,” Foord said.
“It was a sense of disbelief once I scored the third, I’ve been struggling a bit with my confidence of scoring lately so to be able to score three on the international stage is a big confidence booster.
“I think it’s just a given bringing that confidence from the Matildas back to Sydney FC. It’s all coming back to me game by game following my injury and I’m feeling better each game and getting closer to where I left off which is pleasing,” she continued.
“I can’t wait to get back out with the Sydney FC girls obviously. Coming off the back of our result against Melbourne City we’ll be definitely looking to redeem ourselves.
“It’s a bit like our last couple of games with the Matildas. We had a loss and were disappointed with that and we wanted to come back out and get the win.
“We’ve had plenty of time, with the week of preparation and players being away, so it’s in our favour.”
Foord believes the Sky Blues’ 2018/19 squad is one of the strongest she’s been a part of, as she said she’ll feel even more at home at Jubilee Stadium with a large number of family members living in the area and attending.
“With the team we have this year, it’s one of the best teams Sydney FC has had on paper,” Foord said.
“With the internationals we’ve had come in this year I think we have a very strong side and definitely a side that, if we’re playing at our best as individuals and as a team, we can go all the way this year and hold the trophy up at the end of the year.
“It [Jubilee Stadium] is a lot closer to home and I have a bit of family around that area so they’ll obviously be able to come to the game,” she continued.
“The double headers are always exciting and I hope that The Cove can get down and cheer us on before the men.
“It’s always exciting playing before the A-League team and it’ll be a big boost for us.”
Sunday’s #BigBlue double header at Jubilee Stadium coincides with Female Football Round, and reflecting on the women’s game, Foord said she’s excited for women’s football in Australia.
“It’s definitely taken off [the women’s game]. Each year it’s grown a little bit more,” she said.
“This last year or two has gone a higher step which is exciting for us. This is where we feel like it should be and to have so much more room to grow is exciting.
“So many young girls are playing now and it’s a lot different now than when I first started playing and that’s exciting for the women’s game in Australia moving forward.”
Sydney FC face Melbourne Victory in a massive #BigBlue double header at Jubilee Stadium on Sunday 25 November. Tickets are selling fast so secure your seats today and don’t miss a moment of Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League action.