W-LEAGUE: Romero & Rigby can’t wait for Grand Final


The duo couldn’t contain their pride and excitement at reaching the Westfield W-League Grand Final.

Saturday’s 5-1 semi-final thumping of Sydney FC booked Glory a blockbuster Grand Final berth at home to Melbourne City this Sunday at nib Stadium.

Three days on Mexican international Arianna Romero and fellow defender, Natasha Rigby, were still buzzing with exctiement after the team’s thumping display.

“It was an amazing game to play in,” Rigby said.

“We came off at half-time a bit jittery, but then in the second half just opened up and played an amazing game,” she said.

Perth’s stunning second half, which saw three goals in the final 15 minutes, secured the all important home advantage going into the Grand Final, with Melbourne City overcoming Canberra United 1-0 in extra time.

“We’re stoked to be having a home Grand Final, it’s an incredible opportunity to have,” the 24-year-old defender said.


Glory’s opponents Melbourne City are the reigning champions, having gone undefeated last season, with Romero noting their wealth of experience and dangerous players ahead of the massive match-up.

“On their attacks [Jessica] Fishlock is their playmaker, so we have to address that in training.

“We played them once before [this season] and we were lucky enough to get the win 3-2,” the star centre-back added.

The players also heaped praise on the influence and leadership of head coach Bobby Despotovski throughout their outstanding campaign.

“He’s a great guy and he’s been such a great leader for the team,” the Margaret River raised footballer said.

“Being a player, he can relate to us and he knows just the right way to get his message across,” Romero revealed.

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