There are few more inspirational sights in the Westfield W-League than Brisbane Roar pocket-rocket Katrina Gorry, and the midfielder came to the fore on Sunday as two-champions secured a much-needed point against Melbourne Victory.
‘Mini’ showed all her trademark energy and range of passes to help Roar come from behind in the grand final replay.
Gorry talks here about the Roar’s stuttering start to the season, FIFA Women’s World Cup ambitions and much more.
It seemed like a very tough contest against Melbourne Victory on Sunday, and worthy of a Grand Final rematch. How was it on the field?
Katrina Gorry: It was definitely exactly like a Grand Final. Melbourne are always a great team. We needed to put some points on the board, so we came out firing. I thought we were the better team and deserved to win, but we just didn’t put some chances away.
How important was it to get something out of that game?
It was pretty important. We have been struggling to get points, and is what we need to do if we are to be in the top four. We have had a rough start. We have Newcastle up next, and we have to win the next game, or even six games.
It feels like that every single opponent is tough this year, is that how you see it?
The competition is just so even. Every team has picked up some good signings, and every team is performing. So you pretty much just have to take the points when you can.
Been a tough start for the Roar, but have you been happy with your own form?
I think I have had a slow start, honestly. The Melbourne game was the first time I felt everything came together, so looking to build on that now.
It’s obviously a very talented squad at the Roar, so what do you put the form slump down to?
It has definitely been a rocky start. I guess every team comes through rough patches and I guess this is ours. We have been so successful over seven years, so I guess there was always going to be a slip at some point, and we have to just build over the next few games and hopefully things will happen.
Has the mood in the squad dropped over the past few weeks?
It has definitely been tough with the losses. It is hard to stay positive after a few losses. But we were pretty happy with the game on Sunday. We were disappointed with the draw, but we will take the point. We were all pretty positive after the game, so we will bring that to training this week.
On a personal level it is a big year for the Matildas with the Women’s World Cup coming up. Is that in the back of the mind?
During W-League, not really. We have own goals for our team. We want to maybe bring home another championship, and then hopefully I can focus on the World Cup after that.
How was your overseas experience with Kansas City in the recent NWSL season?
It was a great experience. We had some amazing players, we had a great team culture. I met some awesome people as well, and overall it was just a great experience. And we ended up winning the championship as well.
On a lighter note, which team-mate would you want alongside you when the going gets tough (even though most of your team-mates would probably say you, if asked the same question)?
Each and every one of them. But if I had to name one I would say Clare Polkinghorne. When she makes those big tackles, or driving forward runs it really boosts the energy within the team. She is definitely a leader on and off the field.
And finally how will you spend your Westfield Player of the Match voucher?
Not sure, I have brought so many clothes and shoes when I was overseas, but it will probably go on something like that.