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W-League review: Melbourne City shine again; Victory are becoming Dowie FC

Natasha Dowie of Victory celebrates a goal
Natasha Dowie has been in good scoring form for Melbourne Victory.

The W-League weekend in 280 characters or less

Sydney defeat Canberra 4-0 in a catch-up game before drawing 0-0 with Brisbane three days later; City stay top with 2-0 win over Newcastle; Victory climb into finals contention with 3-0 win over Adelaide; Wanderers bounce back with 3-1 win over Perth.

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Melbourne Victory (aka Dowie FC)

It's weird to describe Melbourne Victory as a dark horse given they're the reigning W-League...

W-League review: Kyah Simon's recovery is a boost for Melbourne City and Matildas

The W-League weekend in 280 characters or less

City extend their unbeaten streak with 4-0 thrashing of Canberra, Newcastle's game against Adelaide is rescheduled due to heat and smoke, and Western Sydney record their first loss of the season after a 4-0 drubbing at home to Brisbane Roar.

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Melbourne City's Kyah Simon (centre) could make her first Matildas appearance in over a year after hitting form in the W-League.

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Kyah Simon

Kyah Simon has had A Week. On Wednesday, the veteran striker was recalled by Australia for their Olympic qualifiers in February...

A-League 'in operational and learning mode' due to bushfires

While Australian football's summer scheduling has long had to contend with extreme heat, the bushfires currently gripping the nation has forced organisers to rapidly come to terms with a new threat posed by smoke-driven hazardous air quality.

Smoke has repeatedly buffeted Australia's major cities since the blazes began, with capital city Canberra recording the worst air quality in the world for several consecutive days.

A 2:00 pm recording of Canberra's air quality index (AQI) on New Year's Day...

W-League review: Good news for Melbourne clubs but Brisbane toil

The W-League weekend in 280 characters or less

City stay undefeated with 2-0 win over Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth forced to settle for a 2-2 draw, Victory claw their way into the top four with 2-1 win over Newcastle, and Canberra's game against Sydney is postponed due to bushfire smoke.

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Melbourne City celebrate after Aivi Luik scored against Brisbane Roar.

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Melbourne's clubs

As a Sydneysider (and a Sydney FC supporter), I've often been loath to compliment Melbourne and everything that exists...

W-League review: Goalkeepers shine, Wanderers reach #PeakDub

Matildas captain and star striker Sam Kerr sits down with ESPN to share her journey from Aussie rules to soccer and what coming home to Perth truly means.

The W-League weekend in 280 characters or less

Wanderers cement top spot on goal difference with 4-0 win over Canberra, Victory keep their finals hopes alive with 2-1 win over Perth, Sydney stay in touch with the top two after a jammy 2-0 win over Adelaide, and Brisbane climb into the top four with 2-1 defeat of Newcastle.

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Sarah Willacy
Adelaide United keeper Sarah Willacy was in fine form against Sydney FC.

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Goalkeepers

We've talked a lot in this column about how brilliant some of the competition's...