Fan base was season highlight for Wanderer star

IN A soccer season that she said was over all too soon, former Matilda and current W-League Western Sydney Wanderers player Catherine Cannuli says her team had a great first season despite the W-League season only running for 12 rounds.

"The season went quite quick because of the limited rounds," Cannuli, of Prestons, said.

"I think money-wise the league can't afford to run that long."

Cannuli says the biggest highlight of the season for her was at the last game against Sydney FC with the appearance of the Wanderers' support base The RBB (The Red and Black Block).

"The RBB came out and we had over 1500 people come out and support us," Cannuli said.

"The atmosphere was amazing."

In the 2011 season, Cannuli played for Brisbane Roar and the previous year played for Sydney FC.

She said playing for the Wanderers against Sydney FC, made the inaugural derby matches all the more interesting.

"It was pretty exciting. I've played with most of the Sydney girls," she said.

"At the first match it was still new so it didn't mean so much but the second one was the last game of the year and the crowd made it really feel like a derby.

"The match was quite intense.

"The intensity was a lot higher this time.

"The atmosphere really pushed it up."

Next season, Cannuli hopes the team will continue to improve and that the W-League sees a bigger crowd turn-out at matches.

"We are definitely looking for a top four finish next season," she said.

"We would also love to see bigger crowds and more rounds included.

"More television coverage and live internet streaming too."

Cannuli has recently set aside the green and gold, pulling away from the Matilda's side to concentrate on other aspects of her life away from soccer.

"I want to focus on the future and build up my business. (She runs Oasis Tanning & Beauty in Liverpool.)

"I had been neglecting it a bit with football commitments and I'd like to focus back on it."

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