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K-K unsure on City's W-League win streak

  • K-K unsure on City's W-League win streak

Melbourne City's dominance of the W-League could be hurting and not helping the national women's football competition.

Joe Montemurro's side has sat on top of the table since a 6-0 away walloping of Sydney FC in their first ever match.

Since then, they've beaten all three previous champions and earned bragging rights over Melbourne Victory in a six-game winning streak.

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The premiership looks as good as won at the halfway mark, with City eight points clear of second-placed Canberra United.

In fact, the only women to have scored against City have been Matildas Ashleigh Sykes and Michelle Heyman for Canberra, and Victory's Whitney Knight.

Australian international Elise Kellond-Knight, watching from the other side of the world at German club Turbine Potsdam, isn't convinced City's dominance is a good thing.

"They're setting the bar at a new high standard, they're probably the best team put together (in W-League history)," she said.

"But it's at the detriment of the other teams.

"They've recruited a lot of players and its depleted the other teams.

"I'm not sure its a great thing but it's interesting to watch."

City play Melbourne Victory again on Sunday.

Kellond-Knight, who won two W-League championships with Brisbane Roar, religiously checks the Australian league results.

She caught up with her W-League compatriots in the Matildas camp this week, which wrapped up with a 1-0 win against the Republic of Korea on Sunday.

"It was our best performance since the World Cup four months ago," she told AAP.

"Everyone was really satisfied with not only the result but how the team played and performed."

The night could have been a double celebration for 'K-K'.

The 25-year-old was nominated for the AFC Player of the Year award alongside Japanese internationals Aya Miyama and Rumi Utsugi.

However at the awards ceremony, AFC officials delayed the announcement.

No one from the confederation informed Kellond-Knight, who said it was "quite bizarre".

The AFC is yet to advise on when the award will be made.

Australia won two awards at the New Delhi awards night, for the best men's national team and for best coach; Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.

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