Record Breaker Polias Thanks Teammates For Selection

Sydney FC Westfield W-League Captain has paid testament to her Sky Blue teammates for her Westfield Matildas call up for the 2019 Cup of Nations tournament.

The Sky Blues’ Captain said she was pleased with her performances in the 2018/19 season, labelling the title win as the highlight of her career, as she set her sights on more memories with the National Team following a three-year hiatus.

“I don’t know if it was the title itself [that aided in her selection] but I’m lucky to play alongside some fantastic players that make me look good,” Polias sheepishly said.

“The end result is the highlight of my career with Sydney FC but performance wise I was pretty happy this season, we had a really great team.

“Towards the latter end of the comp, the last few weeks and the Semi I was really happy with my performances.

“It came as a shock, a few people were hinting it at me but I honestly didn’t even really consider it [Matildas selection], I just tried to do what I could do on the field and this has happened,” she continued.

“I had to read over the email twice to make sure that it was actually my name. It took me a little while to process before I told my loved ones but I’m definitely very shocked.”

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Polias celebrates title success with the Sky Blues. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

Polias’ Grand Final win with the Sky Blues also saw her become the highest ever capped player in the Westfield W-League, and it’s another accolade that’s shocked the primary school teacher as she said she’s confident heading into camp under new Head Coach Ante Milicic.

“I didn’t know about it until after the finals [the record appearances],” Polias said.

“I’m very proud of that and it could have been more if I’d played in my second season. I’m honoured to have played one, let alone the amount I have so very happy.

“It feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye, it’s changed massively over the years for the better and made a lot of positive progress.

“My last camp was early 2016, it’s always a very elite environment and high standard of training so that should be the same,” she continued.

“There is a new Head Coach though so it’ll be different for everyone but I’m looking forward to a really high-quality experience.”