Galea hoping to finish off her Hills United journey with Championship victory


Hills United FC captain Desiree Galea is taking her final bow in League One Womens on Sunday afternoon and hopes to finish on a winning note.

Galea has been a fixture in the competition for years, and she puts a lot of that down to her partnership with Hills United FC coach Alan Tasses.

The two have worked alongside each other for a decade and Galea has credited that to her longevity in the game and her success.

“I don’t know what playing for any coach, but Alan is like. We have worked together for 10 years, and I am used to captaining his teams. He is passionate and I enjoy the style of football. I’d rather not play than go to another team.” said Galea.

The defender was named the inaugural captain for the Hills United FC women’s side and had nothing but praise for the club which has treated the side equally since they were formed.

“I’ve never been at a club which treats the men’s and women’s side equally which is the way it should be. They go above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need. It is such a good club to join for my last year.”

Galea also etched her name into some Hills United FC history in scoring the first goal for the club in their 2-1 win against Northbridge Bulls FC back in February which has been one of her best moments in the season.

It has been a long season for Hills United FC. They have been going for much of the year and Galea is proud of her team.

“It’s been a long year. I am proud of the girls and our coaching staff for how they’ve pushed through to make the top four. We’ve definitely earnt our spot in the final and we’re ready to go.”

Sunday’s Grand Final will be a great spectacle between Hills United FC and Gladesville Ravens, the sides who finished first and second in the competition. Galea knows her side will be ready for anything that is thrown at them.

“One of the best aspects of the season is the way we have handled results and what has been thrown our way all season. We all stick together and remain positive.”

Looking towards the Grand Final, Galea could get the ending a lot of footballers dream about in going out on top with a win on Sunday.

“It would be next level to go out with a win in the Grand Final. My daughter will be there to watch and to share that with her would be amazing. Having my last year at Hills United FC alongside Alan has been great.”

The captain praised Hills United FC goalkeeper Sarah Easthope who has been tough to score past and even offered a pat on the back for anyone who does that.

“Our style is having everyone work as a cohesive unit whether that is pressing or defending. It starts with Sarah [Easthope]. She is hard to score against so if anyone can manage it on the weekend, I’ll give them a pat on the back.”

The League One Womens Grand Final is Sunday afternoon at 5pm at Valentine Sports Park. If you can’t make the game, it will be streamed live on NPL.TV.

By Justin Davies (@JustDavies90)