'Football the real winner'

Golden boot: Catherine Cannuli of Prestons says she'll be a Wanderer for life. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Golden boot: Catherine Cannuli of Prestons says she'll be a Wanderer for life. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

WHILE the strength of the Western Sydney Wanderers fan base has been well documented, few have as keen an understanding of what the support means to the club than the players themselves.

And its not only the men's A-League side that have been feeling the love, says retiring W-League Wanderers star Catherine Cannuli.

Cannuli, 27, said that the Wanderers had been blessed with a local supporters group that had grown in number from season one to two, and would continue to grow in the years to come.

"It is not surprising that they have such a big following," she said of the A-League squad.

Cannuli said she shared the disappointment of fans after Sunday's grand final loss to the Roar in Brisbane.

"I think football was the real winner on the weekend," she said. "More than 52,000 people turned up and it was such an amazing atmosphere.

"I wouldn't have expected less than 10,000 people [Wanderers fans] travel to the game . . . if only there were more tickets to sell."

Cannuli retired from W-League soccer at the end of this season. Last week, she received the Westfield W-League Golden Boot, for the most goals scored.

"It was a good way to finish up my career," she said. "For the 10-week season I scored seven goals. This is actually the record for a club in the women's league."

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