Sydney skipper ready for latest derby

Since season one of the Westfield W-League, matches between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar have always had a derby feel.

This Sunday will be no different as the Sky Blues host the Roar at Central Coast Stadium for the pair’s first meeting of the campaign. Sydney can all but nail down a top-three spot with victory, while the Roar need a win to keep their realistic hopes alive.

Sydney FC skipper Teresa Polias has seen more than her share of derbies having been involved with the Sky Blues since season one of the competition.

Here the Westfield Matildas midfielder talks through Sunday’s Fox Sports/ABC TV game at Central Coast Stadium and the Sky Blues ambitions for the rest of the campaign.

It seems to be starting to come together now for Sydney FC after a slow start?
Teresa Polias:
Definitely, we had a bit of a rough start, but credit to (coach) Dan (Barrett) he worked out our problem areas and we have fixed it up now. Defensively we are a lot better and we know our roles. We have yet to hit our peak, but I guess it is a good time to start.

Do you feel the team has enough momentum now to stay in the top-three?
Yes, I think so. I don’t want to speak too soon but it feels like we are hitting our straps now. Finding that form just when we needed it, with three big games coming up which are really important and we want maximum points.

These are always massive matches between the two teams, so no doubt this is a bit of a highlight on the calendar for all the players?
No doubt it always is.  A traditional rivalry if you will. It is always a big game no matter the circumstances, and can always go either way.

Does the derby against the Roar go up an extra level in terms of physicality or pace?
I think so. There is always that extra element in derbies. No matter where the teams are on the table, and it's the same in the Sydney derby.

No doubt you feel Brisbane have more than enough firepower to win, even though they are struggling a little on the ladder?
No doubt. There are a young team and will be a force in the years to come. But they still have the likes of Tameka Butt, Clare Polkinghorne and Katrina Gorry to guide the younger ones. We certainly can’t be complacent in any way, and I’m expecting a great game.

Do you feel the dynamic of the Westfield W-League has been different this year with the arrival of Melbourne City?
They have set a benchmark football-wise and also administration as well. It is great to see a club putting so much into their women’s program and hopefully others follow because they set a really great example.