Our Roar Women are partway through a month-long Westfield W-League break, but are remaining focused on the challenges ahead for the final rounds of the season.
Jake Goodship’s squad last donned the orange on January 16 before their bye in Round 11 and now a lengthy international break.
With the players enjoying a week off last week, defender Carson Pickett joined fellow Americans Rylee Baisden and Celeste Boureille on a refreshing trip to Tasmania.
“I went with Rylee and Celeste, the Americans, and we went to Tasmania – “Tassie”,” Pickett said
“It was one of the best trips of my life. I haven’t heard much about it, and even a lot of Australians haven’t been there. We just went on a whim and it was seriously the most beautiful place I could imagine.
“We did this amazing hike & we got to see the most beautiful places.
“I knew Australia was beautiful but to go there and see all these beaches along the way – I’m such a beach person so I think we all really enjoyed the beach and the lookouts.”
The Roar sit three points behind fourth-placed Melbourne Victory on the Westfield W-League ladder with everything to play for with three rounds left in the regular season.
“We’re very much still in it. There’s no reason to keep looking at the ladder, we’re hand-in-hand with the Victory so if we just do our job we can get there in the end,” Pickett added.
“We need to keep scoring and trying to get a lead early, and then closing out games.”
Pickett is confident that the squad can keep on top of their game with a host of Westfield Matildas players absent for the upcoming weeks before the squad reunite ahead of a season-defining clash against Perth Glory on February 15.
The squad are without national team member Mackenzie Arnold, Clare Polkinghorne, Elise Kellond-Knight, Katrina Gorry & Tameka Yallop, who have all been selected for upcoming Olympic Games qualifiers in Sydney.
“We all have a common goal whether it’s the girls with the Matildas or here,” Pickett continued.
“At the beginning of the season, we set our sights on the finals. No matter where we are, we know our goal and we want to train just as hard as anyone else.
“It’s definitely tough but I think the senior players left here, like us internationals – we just sort of carry the crew because it can get daunting at times.
“But again, we have a common goal and I think that if we carry and lead, I think we can reach our goal.”