Determined De Vanna Delighted With Success

Sydney FC striker Lisa De Vanna said there was never any doubt she’d feature in the 2019 Westfield W-League Grand Final on Saturday.

Carrying an injury from the Sky Blue’s Round 14 encounter against Melbourne City, De Vanna was determined to get on the field, underlying her commitment to Sydney FC in the 2018/19 season.

“I’m pretty stubborn, they tell me to rest but mentally I haven’t done it for so long so I can’t rest,” De Vanna said.

“I hurt myself a little bit against Melbourne City so Ante was just making sure I was alright before the game. It was touch and go but I was glad to get on the field.

“It’s just trying to negotiate what I can and can’t do. I’ll train properly this week now [ahead of Matildas camp]. There’s a goal that I want to achieve and that’s winning the World Cup.

“Once I’m fit and healthy mentally physically and emotionally, I’ll back myself.

“As long as I continue to be a good person first and then a player it’s up to the coach if they want to pick me. I can only control what I can bring to a team.”

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De Vanna films the Sky Blues' title celebrations post-match.

Reflecting on her fourth Westfield W-League Grand Final success, De Vanna said it was a just reward for the Sky Blues following their strong ending to the 2018/19 season.

“It’s nice, we started off real slow but we’ve finished strong so it’s good to get the rewards in the end,” De Vanna said.

“The last two games particularly we’ve shown a bit more character and with that character we got the results.

“At the end we got the result and that’s all that matters.”