Are Kerr and Hill among the best strike forces in Westfield W-League history?

Has there ever been a more potent attacking pair in the Westfield W-League than Perth Glory's twin sharpshooters?

It's a debate that will only gather merit as Sam Kerr and Rachel Hill continue to tear through opposition defences.

With three goals between them this season, the dangerous duo are on course to surpass the impressive 22 they scored together last term.

But even with their collective smarts, speed and composure, it's not exactly easy to earn a place in the pantheon of great Westfield W-League strike partnerships.

Here, we assess some of Kerr and Hill's most prolific forebearers.

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Leena Khamis & Kyah Simon (Sydney FC)

Filling the boots of an injured Sarah Walsh is a tough ask, but 19-year-old Kyah Simon did just that and then some in 2010/11.

The teenager stepped up with maturity beyond her years, scoring 12 times to scoop the Golden Boot and Julie Dolan Medal.

Her stellar season was aided by the equally clinical Leena Khamis as together they combined for 20 goals.

Having guided the Sky Blues to the Grand Final that term, Khamis and Simon proved their partnership was no one-off, notching another nine in 2015/16.

Leena Khamis and Kyah Simon

Michelle Heyman & Stephanie Ochs (Canberra United)

Michelle Heyman's ability to occupy multiple defenders helped make Canberra United a powerhouse in her time at the club.

Elise Thorsnes was a hit alongside Heyman, while Ashleigh Sykes and Caitlin Munoz provided goals and assists aplenty in the same attack for several successful seasons.

Though the centre-forward enjoyed more prolific campaigns than 2013/14, it was then that she perhaps dovetailed most effectively with Stephanie Ochs.

American forward Ochs provided width and Heyman dominated centrally, the pair tallying 13 goals between them to lift Canberra to second on the ladder.

Michelle Heyman and Stephanie Ochs

Sam Kerr and Kate Gill (Perth Glory)

"Kate and Sam complement each other so well. We're expecting a lot from them throughout the season," Glory coach Jamie Harnwell said on the opening weekend of the 2014 Season.

He wasn't disappointed.

At the start of her second stint with Perth, 21-year-old Kerr struck 11 goals to finish second in the Golden Boot standings.

She was outscored only by Gill, who relished the arrival of a pacy strike partner as she buried 12 of her own on the way to a Grand Final appearance.

Sam Kerr and Kate Gill

Lana Harch & Lisa De Vanna (Brisbane Roar)

Though not a partnership in the traditional attacking sense, Lana Harch and Lisa De Vanna always seemed to share a wavelength even when they weren't in the same starting XI.

The then-Queensland Roar established superiority in the competition's early years thanks in no small part to the ultra-competitive combo.

Harch - who like De Vanna could operate anywhere across the front three - made a habit of tiring out her markers, paving the way for the Westfield Matildas legend to impact proceedings off the bench.

The system worked to aplomb in 2010/11 as they notched four goals apiece to lead Roar to the decider, where De Vanna's winner sealed the silverware after Harch was forced off with a serious ankle injury.

Lisa De Vanna

 

Verdict

On the strength of last season, Kerr and Hill certainly look set to enter the conversation.

Where they ultimately rank will hinge on the outcome of Perth's attempts to turn their enviable scoring output into something approaching an equal measure of team success.

Glory finish sixth last season despite the exploits of their front two and it is telling that each of the partnerships listed above all reached the Finals Series as a minimum.

In Kerr and Hill, they at least boast the kind of immense scoring talent that can help make that a reality.

Rachel Hill (Glory)