Celebrating Captain Teresa Polias' 10 years with the Sky Blues, we sat down with the club legend to reflect on her time in the Westfield W-League and discuss what's kept her in Sky Blue since 2010.
1 – 10 years since your made your Sydney FC debut, can you believe it?
Wow! It's quite hard to put into words because while that's such a long time ago, the years have passed in a flash and here I am reflecting on my time with Sydney FC. It's hard to believe in a way and I'm so grateful to have been with the club for so long. There are so many experiences, achievements and memories that I'll forever cherish and that's thanks to the club, the belief they've had in me and the opportunities they've created for myself and our Women's team.
2 – What do you remember if anything from that first game of yours?
One regret I'll always have is not documenting my footballing experiences over the years. I truly wish I had written a journal over the years. Some people have a phenomenal ability to retrieve memories of their experiences and I'm unfortunately not one of them. So no I regrettably can't recall much about my first game with Sydney FC. What I can recall though is that I didn't score!
Something that I'll never forget is the desire to join Sydney FC- my home club. When Staj [Alen Stajcic] expressed his wishes to sign me I was over the moon and it meant a lot to me. I knew that at Sydney FC I would learn and develop as a person and a footballer and I've wanted to repay that faith in me ever since.
3 – How does it feel to have represented Sydney FC for so long and now Captain the side?
Being able to represent a team for so long makes you feel a strong sense of pride and responsibility. To Captain the team is a huge honour that's intensified that. I'm not perfect and whatever I've lacked as a Captain I've always made sure to give 100% on and off the field and try to be a positive role model for my teammates and fans who aspire to be elite footballers. To me leadership is about what you do even more than what you say.