When Teresa Polias leads Sydney FC into battle in Sunday's Westfield W-League Grand Final, the Sky Blues skipper will have plenty of familiar faces cheering her on at Allianz Stadium.
A teacher at McCallums Hill Public School, Polias regularly sees her students at her matches and admits it’s always a special moment seeing their faces in the crowd.
There were some of her former students in the crowd at Saturday's semi-final win over Newcastle Jets at Leichhardt Oval, with one sign in the crowd dedicated to the Sky Blues pocket rocket.
Ahead of the Westfield W-League decider against Melbourne City, Polias said she was expecting to see even more familiar faces in the crowd, with the hype of the clash already spreading throughout the school.
“After Saturday’s game I got a pleasant surprise, I saw a student and his family that I’d taught a couple of years back and was still at the school I’m at,” Polias said.
“I’ve had a few students over the years come out and watch. Every season I’ve been playing and teaching I’ve had some great supporters and a lot of students and their families come out to a lot of games which is really nice.
“It means a lot to know that I have support from everybody in all areas of my life. More than anything I hope to show young girls especially that they can be what they want to be and follow their dreams as well and hopefully that might inspire them too.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of people I know out there on Sunday, I know a lot of work colleagues and family and friends are going to be there. It’s going to be very special having a home Grand Final,” she continued.
“A few kids have come up [this week] and said they saw us on TV and wished us luck [for Sunday], likewise the parents. There’s a bit of buzz starting to stir.”
Coming up against the side in the decider that sparked the Sky Blues current 10-match undefeated run, Polias said Ante Juric's squad are ready for battle.
“It’s such an awesome feeling [to be in the Grand Final],” Polias said.
“I had a feeling that Melbourne would pip Brisbane but you never really know. Whoever we play, we know if we play to our best we can take the game.
“It’s an interesting matchup, two big teams and that win against them earlier in the season set us on that run which makes for a really interesting final. It’ll be a tight contest and whoever is most clinical will take the game.
“It’s everything you want, it’s why we play [to win a home Grand Final]. If we got there in the end on Sunday it’d mean the whole world to me and the squad.”