Best internationals of 2019/20 - Rebekah Stott
In a Melbourne City outfit brimming with stars, it's hard to find anyone who performed better than New Zealand international Rebekah Stott throughout City's invincible 2019/20 Westfield W-League campaign.
City went undefeated through the 2019/20 Westfield W-League season drawing just one game and winning 13 - including a 1-0 win over Sydney FC in the Grand Final - scoring 33 goals and conceding just five along the way.
Stott featured 12 times for City throughout the 2019/20 campaign, forging an uncompromising defensive combination in front of goalkeeper Lydia Williams and alongside Lauren Barnes and Emma Checker in a back three.
The only blemish on City's record - a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets in Round 1 - came before Stott's arrival from Norwegian Toppserien outfit Avaldsnes, but from the second round of action onwards City never looked back, securing win after win as they romped to a Premiership-Championship double.
Stott scored two goals, assisted one and clocked eight key passes, six blocks, 23 tackles, 27 clearances, 27 interceptions, 17 dribbles, 759 passes (second-most in the league) at an accuracy of 85%, whilst winning 20 fouls and conceding a measly two throughout the season.
These simply outstanding statistics helped Stott to five berths in the Westfield W-League Team of the Week throughout the season (Rounds 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10) and nominations for Player of the Month in December and January.
City kept nine clean sheets in the 12 games Stott played throughout the 2019/20 campaign as they waltzed their way to the Premiers Plate and ground out a 1-0 Grand Final win to clinch what was Stott's fourth Westfield W-League Championship in City colours.
Amongst the abundance of Australian and international stars in the City squad Stott not only shone brightest as their best import of the season, but as the key cog in the league's best defence and one the top performers in the league's best-ever side.
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Stott's two goals came at very different stages of the 2019/20 campaign.
She headed home the first in a gritty 1-0 win over Perth Glory in Round 6; the goal came at a time when City were winning but winning ugly, grinding out one-goal victories seemingly every weekend.
And just like her sides form the goal wasn't pretty, coming from a Steph Catley free-kick which rattled the crossbar, was headed toward goal by Kyah Simon only for Stott to dive in on the line and get the ball over the line between a number of Perth bodies.
Stott then had to wait until City's Semi Final clash with Western Sydney Wanderers to score her second of the campaign.
The 26-year-old thumped home City's third in their 5-1 win over the Wanderers, capitalising on a blunder from Abby Smith in goal for the Red and Black to lash a volley from close range into the roof of the net.