Melbourne Victory striker Darian Jenkins is calling for the club's fans to once again turn up early and support the team as they look to book a home final with a win over rivals Sydney FC at Marvel Stadium.
Gates open at 4:15pm before the Victory women kick off tomorrow’s Super Saturday double-header against the Sky Blues at 5:00pm.
Heading into the final round, Victory sits third on the table, two points adrift of second-placed Sydney and three points clear of fifth-placed Brisbane Roar.
A draw against Sydney would be enough for Victory to secure a top-four finish, while three points will secure a home semi-final.
Jenkins said the atmosphere at the last double-header was amazing, and with plenty on the line, is encouraging Victory fans to turn up in full voice.
“It was one of the bigger turn-outs we’ve had all season,” Jenkins said.
“It was great to feel the support, hopefully we can have more people show up because we had a great game the last time we played a double-header.”
“Come out and support your women’s team.”
The 25-year-old scored a brace in last week’s 7-0 thumping of Newcastle, earning her a place in the W-League Team of the Week.
The second-highest away winning margin in Westfield W-League history was not only a confidence boost for the squad, but a template in preparation.
“There was a mix-up with our flight, and we were at the airport for an extra six hours, we got in really late, and I think it was really good that we were able to come together and have such a great result.”
“Everybody is excited and feeling confident and we just know we have to keep the same energy that we went into the Jets game with.”
“The fact that we’re at home and don’t have to travel is even more exciting.”
Jenkins also revealed the return of a familiar face has strengthened the team’s structure at the crucial stage of the season.
“Now that we have Jen McCormick back from Matildas camp and we can have our three centre-backs, Ange Beard is able to move up to the left.”
“We’ve got the speed factor on both sides, offensively and defensively, it’s been huge for us.”
Victory, last season’s Premiers, is bidding to reach the finals for the second straight campaign and for the seventh time in 12 Westfield W-League seasons.