15 January 2018

Garriock praises quiet leader Heyman on her 100th game

| Dominic Unwin
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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 12: Laura Alleway of Melbourne City FC puts pressure on Michelle Heyman of United as she shoots at goal during the round two W-League match between Canberra United and Melbourne City FC at GIO Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images).

Canberra United coach Heather Garriock has praised skipper Michelle Heyman after the striker made her 100th W-League appearance on Sunday.

Heyman starred in and scored for Canberra as they ran out 2-nil winners over Western Sydney Wanderers at McKellar Park.

Despite having managed United for less than a year, Garriock said Heyman had already exceeded all expectations.

“She’s more than delivered in terms of expectations,” Garriock said.

“I’ve got very high expectations of the whole group and I’m not stopping here, I think she’s got even more to give.”

Garriock said while the Matildas striker wasn’t the loudest leader, her actions on the pitch are proving invaluable.

“I think she’s a fantastic leader, I think both on and off the field she leads by example. She’s not a vocal leader on the field but by her actions she’s a very positive person.

“She’s the heart and soul definitely. Anyone who hears of Canberra United links that with Michelle Heyman’s brand of course.

“To have 100 games in the W-League and the majority with Canberra United she should be proud of herself because we are proud here.”

When asked to reflect upon her achievement Heyman herself admitted it had been a long time coming.

“I hoped and I thought by now I would have had more [games], I was hoping that the league would definitely be a lot longer than what it is at the moment,” Heyman said.

The striker has contributed 61 goals in her career in the capital and said she wouldn’t have wanted to bring up her century anywhere else.

“It’s a pretty exciting feeling. I’m very happy to be able to do it with Canberra United.

“It’s just been a fun journey, I’ve loved playing for the clubs I’ve played for and it’s been fun winning a few finals and making all the friends I’ve got, it’s my life, I don’t really do anything other than this.”

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