Dawber aiming for big season after Rising Star award


After a claiming the Westfield W-League Rising Star, Chelsie Dawber explained her desire to continue improving her game.

It was a breakout season for the 20-year-old, who netted two goals and provided two assists for Adelaide United Women.

Dawber was glad that she was able to play with regularity after injuries limited her involvement during the 2018/19 iteration.

“It was pretty exciting, finally playing without any injuries and getting lots of matches in,” she said.

“And I think that showed on the pitch, but I think the main thing for me was confidence and believing in myself and backing myself to go out there and perform each week.”

The striker has bagged a staggering 26 goals in 10 matches across all competitions with Adelaide City this season.

Dawber said her challenge now is to replicate some of that scoring prowess in the upcoming Westfield W-League campaign.

“I’m hoping to bring my scoring form from the WNPL and step that up in the W-League,” she said.

“And keep performing and then who knows where that will take me.”

The striker also discussed the change in the dugout with former assistant Adrian Stenta replacing Ivan Karlović as Head Coach, with the latter moving into a newly created Head of Women’s Football role.

“I’m quite excited him (Adrian Stenta) and Ivan (Karlović) are quite similar,” Dawber continued.

“So I don’t think it’ll be too much of a change, which I think is good to build on the last few years having Ivan.

“But I’m excited to see if he does bring in any changes and see what will happen in the next season.”