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WLeague Goalkeeper of the year

June 11, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Lydia Williams named 2016 PFA Women’s Footballer of the Year

January 16, 2017 By: Penny Category: W League

Matildas and Melbourne City goalkeeper Lydia Williams has been named the 2016 PFA Women’s Footballer of the Year.

Voted on by all of the PFA’s female members, Williams was selected ahead of her Matildas teammates Alanna Kennedy, Elise Kellond-Knight, Emily van Egmond and newly crowned AFC Women’s Player of the Year Caitlin Foord.

“Over the past few years we have had a really hectic schedule and a lot of ups and downs and to have the backing of the girls means so much,” said Williams.

“Besides the players, people don’t see what goes into being a footballer day in day out and to receive that recognition is incredible.”

For club and for country, Williams again had a stellar 2016 making 10 appearances for the Matildas, 23 appearances for NWSL side Houston Dash (15), Canberra United (4) and Melbourne City (4).

During the Matildas Rio 2016 Olympics campaign, Williams was a rock for the national team with her performances vital to Australia’s qualification for the Olympics for the first time in 12 years.

In the Olympics itself, the 28 year was solid throughout making crucial saves for Australia during the group phase and the ultimately fateful quarter final against hosts Brazil.

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“The first time I won the award was when I was breaking into the team. This time around there has been a lot of history-making events and I have experienced so many highs with the girls and this is the most rewarding recognition I can imagine.”

Williams club from in Australia and abroad was also stellar with the shotstopper the winner of the Save of the Week twice for the Houston Dash and nominated on 9 other occasions.

2016 saw Lydia Williams considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world and her peers agreed with her second PFA Footballer of the Year award.


PFA Footballer of the Year

2010: Servet Uzunlar
2011: Elise Kellond-Knight
2012: Lydia Williams
2013: Sam Kerr
2014: Katrina Gorry
2015: Elise Kellond-Knight
2016: Lydia Williams

WILLIAMS REFLECTS ON RIO OLYMPICS

August 31, 2016 By: Penny Category: WA on the world stage, World Football

Matilda’s goalkeeper Lydia Williams says representing her indigenous heritage at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was a dream come true and meeting her childhood hero Cathy Freeman made her speechless. Along with her teammate Kyah Simon, Lydia Williams has always been a proud exponent of her Aboriginal culture and both players followed in the footsteps of Australian athletic legend Freeman when they competed in Brazil.

After the Matildas were knocked out of the women’s football tournament Williams got the opportunity to meet her idol and the 28-year old says representing her community at the Olympics was an honour. “It’s everything that I dreamed of,” she said. “I’ve been watching the Olympics since before I was playing football, so for me being an Olympian was such an incredible thing.”

“To represent both my country and my culture is a pretty special thing and I’m proud of myself and proud of the girls. Obviously Kyah is as well, it’s a pretty special moment. The time to reflect on it will be after this – which I haven’t really reached yet. I’m definitely proud of the impact I’ve had on the Australian team and the people back home and my family. “

The Matildas were so close to playing off for a medal but lost on penalties to the host country and Williams says she was blown away by how the Brazilian crowd supported their team and the Australians. “It was one of the most amazing experiences that I’ve ever had,” she said. “When the Brazilian anthem was going on and the whole crowd stopped and sung with them.”

“Just reflecting on a moment in women’s sport – it was incredible to see a country get behind their women’s team. I had great respect for the crowd they applauded us after the fantastic effort that we put in and the girls have nothing to feel anything except but proud because we took it to them and it could’ve gone either way at the end.”

The Aussies led eventual gold medallists Germany 2-0 in their second group game before it finished in a 2-2 draw and coupled with the result against Brazil, Williams says exciting times lie ahead. “This team can achieve anything,” she said. “To have the support and the backing of friends and family back home and the fans and the footballing people that’s incredible.”

“It’s only going to grow the game even more and we are really excited for it. This team is still quite young, our average is still 24 and in another four years it’s going to be 28. For us it could’ve been anything can happen with the penalty. We proved that we can compete with anyone in the world and we were just so close but we are really excited to see what we can bring in the future.”

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