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Melbourne Metropolis captain Rebekah Stott is happy with how far she’s come

In New Zealand’s opening recreation on the World Cup, the Soccer Ferns had a shock 1-0 win over Norway after Stott’s Metropolis teammate and countrywoman Hannah Wilkinson scored the nation’s first World Cup purpose.

“That was unbelievable. Going into that, in entrance of the house crowd, was so insane, after which to get a win, our first winner at a lady’s World Cup it was so particular,” stated Stott.

“I believe the perfect evening of everybody’s life.”

Now, she’s within the throes of her seventh season with Melbourne Metropolis after being a member of the membership’s preliminary girls’s squad in 2015/16 alongside Matildas’ star and good pal Steph Catley.

The membership captaincy was sudden, she stated.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Stott stated. “I used to be simply stoked that the staff seen me as a form of a pacesetter within the group. I believe I’m a little bit of a distinct chief, a quiet chief.”

But in eight rounds, she has already grown as a participant and chief, together with in demanding extra of herself and her teammates.

“I’ve additionally realized to be a bit extra assured and when it comes to going to the coach and asking if we’d like one thing or simply form of speaking in that means,” she stated, added it’s been useful if she chooses to go down a training route post-playing profession.

In the thick of the action: Rebekah Stott of Melbourne City competes for the ball with Central Coast’s Rola Badawiya.

Within the thick of the motion: Rebekah Stott of Melbourne Metropolis competes for the ball with Central Coast’s Rola Badawiya.Credit score: Getty Photographs

After what’s been a formidable first season within the armband – wherein the group are adopting their coach’s Dario Vidošić trendy fashion recreation that includes, in keeping with Stott, “inviting the stress” to use the opposition – Stott will lead them in one among their largest season clashes: the derby in opposition to cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory.

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It was at all times going to be a giant recreation – “aggressive and fiery” as Stott places it – however extra so given Metropolis sit second on the ladder with Victory in third spot. If Metropolis declare a win, they may end the weekend prime of the ladder, and if not, might be leapfrogged by Victory, relying on purpose distinction.

“[It’s a] enormous alternative for us nevertheless it’s additionally an enormous alternative for them,” stated Stott.

“We clearly talked about all of it week. We’re going to go in laborious, and if there’s one recreation we don’t need to lose, it’s this Victory recreation.”

The sport kicks off a double header with the A-League males’s derby performed straight after.

And whereas Stott journey’s is much from over, when she does replicate she admits it’s fairly unbelievable to see how far she’s come.

“[When] I look again on my profession, I’ve gone to plenty of completely different nations, skilled completely different cultures, and gone to World Cups, Olympics and gone by way of one thing fairly loopy.

“So I’m very happy with myself.”

Now, her sights are set on one other championship with Metropolis.

Melbourne Metropolis play Melbourne Victory on Saturday, 22 December at AAMI Park in a double derby, kicking off at 5.00pm for the ladies’s recreation and seven.45pm for the lads’s.

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