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Perth Glory women make sacrifices to keep their season alive in torrid seven recreation, five-week road trip

Perth Glory women players will make personal sacrifices to kick start their season as they venture into uncharted waters in the New Year with a rugged seven-game, five-week road trip.

They will not have played for three weeks with border restrictions preventing travel after their opening home and away wins against Brisbane Roar.

They start the tour on New Year’s Day against Adelaide United before moving to a Sydney base ahead of games against Canberra United (twice), Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix.

Most of the 23 players, some of them teenagers, have never experienced such a long tour and some have taken annual or unpaid leave to make the trip.

But coach Alex Epakis, who has also not experienced such a tour, is confident they can maintain their impressive start.

He warned players when they signed this season that they could face a tough time on the road.

“There is going to be sacrifice but all players are on board,” Epakis said.

“When we signed players I did my best to paint a picture of what the season could look like.

“It’s not something that has shocked them. I told them to be prepared for the unexpected.

“There is going to be hiccups along the way because of all the variables but we have to be agile and pivot as those situations present themselves.

“It’s not ideal but we don’t see it as a challenge that we can’t overcome together.

“It fits the theme of this team.

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Camera IconPerth Glory coach Alex Epakis and his team face a tough start to the season. Credit: Unknown/Perth Glory

“We’ve been dealt difficult cards and we have players who have had to become resilient to be where they are at in their careers.

“Everyone in this group is prepared and ready to fight that little bit more to ensure we come back home with something in our pockets.”

Epakis said mechanisms were in place to ensure a safe and supportive environment especially for the younger players.

“Player safety and welfare is paramount,” he said.

“We’ll be giving extra attention to those younger girls.

“Well also try and make the living situation as independent as possible because being in a team environment for five weeks can create a burn-out effect.”

Epakis said time without a game had stopped momentum but allowed players to recover from niggling injuries.

“We would have liked to keep playing games but having a bit of time off has allowed some of the players who are carrying knocks to get back up to speed,” he said.

COVID continues to wreak havoc on the A-League with Western Sydney Wanderers confirming a player from its men’s team had tested positive.

The positive test throws Wanderers’ A-League Men’s fixture against Newcastle Jets on Boxing Day under a cloud of uncertainty.

It follows news that Melbourne City’s match with Brisbane Roar on December 27 was shelved due to six City players testing positive.

Both City and Brisbane’s FFA Cup quarter-finals scheduled for Wednesday have already been postponed.

Melbourne Victory have had a number of squad members deemed as “close contacts” and their FFA Cup round of 16 match against the Gold Coast Knights in Queensland was also postponed.

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