Onions eyes Glory in W-League grand final

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Perth Glory’s Jenna Onions battles with Adelaide United’s Veronica Latsko in the W-League this season.
Camera IconPerth Glory’s Jenna Onions battles with Adelaide United’s Veronica Latsko in the W-League this season. Credit: Mark Brake/Getty Images

Albany soccer star Jenna Onions hopes the final chapter in her remarkable debut season with Perth Glory will result in silverware as the teenager prepares to play her part in Saturday’s W-League Grand Final.

Onions signed with the Glory in October and has enjoyed a spectacular ride ever since, starting in four games and playing a total of 401 minutes in defence while rubbing shoulders with Australia’s biggest soccer talent, Sam Kerr.

Glory, on the back of a hat-trick from Kerr, booked their place in the championship decider with a 4-2 win over Melbourne Victory last Sunday and they now face Sydney FC in their chase of an elusive title.

Despite not playing a part in Sunday’s gripping semifinal win, Onions said she rode every moment on the sidelines and was pinching herself at being involved in grand final week.

“I was sitting on the bench and I was on the edge on my seat the whole time,” she said.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be playing in a grand final.

“I can’t wait for it and I’m just trying to enjoy (the week) as much as I can.”

Albany teenager Jenna Onions is enjoying a dream season with Perth Glory women's team.
Camera IconAlbany teenager Jenna Onions is enjoying a dream season with Perth Glory women's team. Credit: Ian Munro

Glory finished seven points clear on top of the regular standings — an achievement the club has had previously, but both past grand final appearances have resulted in defeat.

Onions said when joining the Glory a few months back, she could never have imagined things panning out this way.

“As a kid you always dream about it,” she said. “But it’s been a dream come true the past couple of months.

“I had no idea what I was getting into but to be here and in a grand final, playing with the likes of Sam is amazing.”

With her mum and two sisters travelling to Sydney to be in the stands at Jubilee Stadium, Onions said she was both nervous and excited and was confident if given the chance to get onto the pitch.

“Getting onto the pitch would be a massive achievement,” she said.

“We’ve only played Sydney once and it was a home game.

“On paper, Sydney have a wonderful team but we have great faith in our squad and are very talented.”

The W-League Championship decider will start at 1.30pm WA time, live on Fox Sports.

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