Japan The Experience Of A Lifetime

Sydney FC W-League goalkeeper Casey Dumont has labelled the Sky Blues mobcast International Women’s Club Championship campaign as “the experience of a lifetime.”

Sydney FC W-League goalkeeper Casey Dumont has labelled the Sky Blues mobcast International Women-s Club Championship campaign as “the experience of a lifetime.”

Dumont said that competing at an international level was as good as it gets and listed plenty of positives for the Sky Blues to take home after they finished third, defeating Colo Colo Femenino 4-2 on penalties in the 3rd place play-off match.

“Nothing beats international games,” she said.

“It-s been an absolute pleasure. The team has bonded so well and it-s been so much fun. It-s definitely been the experience of a lifetime.

“We-ve been able to improve our game fitness, our game experiences, and our knowledge and also we got to see some of our biggest weaknesses.”

Dumont is looking forward to returning to the warm climate of Sydney, however she knows with it comes the return to reality as the girls prepare to go back to their day jobs.

“I won-t miss the cold, I definitely under-packed with that,” Dumont said.

“The environment has been really good, we live and breathe it [football] back at home, but we don-t get that 24/7 with the girls because we have to work [outside of football].

“In Japan soccer was the number one thing and everything else we could come back to, plus everyone liked getting away from reality.

“It-s been a great soccer holiday and to be able to walk away 3rd and show Australia does have a good top level has been great.”

The Sky Blues faced opposition from Europe, Japan and South America and Dumont was in awe at the differing styles of football on display.

“The Japanese style of football is amazing,” Dumont said.

“It-s quick and their touches are really quick so our decision making in knowing when to go, when to press and when to hold off was really tested but also you could see our strengths. We were taller, bigger.

“Colo Colo; you can-t beat a Chilean team,” she continued.

“I-d say Colo Colo were the hardest, with their touches and their street smartness in milking fouls. It was just good to learn little things like how we can do it, just playing smarter in our favour and also our team coming together.”

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