Sydney FC captain Nat Tobin to reach 100 games in Grand Final

Sydney FC’s Liberty A-League Captain Natalie Tobin is set to make her 100th appearance for the Sky Blues in this Sunday’s 2023 Liberty A-League Grand Final.

Incredibly Tobin made her debut appearance for the club in the 2013 Grand Final, ten years ago as a 16-year old.

The now 26-year old FC lifted the trophy that day after a 3-1 win thanks to a Sam Kerr diving header, and goals from Nicola Bolger and Kyah Simon.

Tobin in 2013

It’s a feat Tobin would love to recreate a decade on.

“It was fantastic to be able to win the Championship as the youngest member of that squad, but to be able to do it this weekend as Captain will be even sweeter,” she said.

“To reach 100 games for this amazing club is something I am very proud of and to do it in a Grand Final will be a great feeling.

“We are all pumped and excited for the game, it’s going to be an incredible occasion and we are determined to prove we are the number one team in this country.”

Tobin lifting the Premiership Plate with her team earlier this season

Tobin will become only the third player to reach the milestone, following in the footsteps of Sky Blues legend and former Captain Teresa Polias and current team-mate Princess Ibini.

In total she has played in 86 regular A-League Women’s matches, seven finals series games, five Grand Finals and one International Women’s Club Championship match.

Head Coach Ante Juric praised a marvellous achievement by the Sky Blues skipper.

“Natalie is a model professional and a phenomenal Captain for Sydney FC,” he said.

Tobin with friends Mackenzie Hawkesby and Jada Whyman

“To have reached this milestone over ten years at the biggest club in the country is a remarkable achievement and shows above and beyond dedication to Sydney FC and to the game.

“She is fully deserving of all the accolades that come her way and I hope the girls can put on a show and win this Grand Final for her and for each other.”

Tobin has scored six goals in her Sydney FC career and will play in her sixth Grand Final this Sunday.