Sydney's Olympic Stadium To Host A-League, W-League Derby Doubleheader
On Saturday at the Olympic Stadium, the W-League will share the Sydney derby "spotlight for the first time," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The women's match was scheduled as the "curtain raiser" for the biggest match in Australian domestic football and "one of the big nights in Sydney sport." The "rapid rise" of female sport in Australia continues with the prospect of a record crowd for a women's football match and the occasion is "certainly not lost on the players." Sydney FC defender Amy Harrison said, "That gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I've only been a spectator here so it will be nice to actually be on the field and get amongst it. It's crazy. Looking around, I can pick out the seats I've sat in and it's a very different perspective looking up from the ground." Western Sydney Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab "praised" the scheduling of the W-League game alongside the A-League derby, "claiming the men want to share the evening with the female players." The inclusion of two derbies back-to-back is "expected to heighten the rivalry, adding to the tension, drama and spectacle of the event." Santalab said, "It's a great moment for both clubs and women's football to have a derby before our game because women's football is really taking off. It is now where it should have been a long time ago" (SMH, 12/6).