Scoring goals to take on world

FORMER Lidcombe Waratah Daniela Galic has continued to show why she is a superstar of the future with a first half hat-trick in Melbourne City’s 5-0 romp over Adelaide United last week.

This was ahead of them falling to Western Sydney 1-0 on Sunday but still remaining the ladder leaders.
The 17-year-old, who hails from Berala, is in her second A-League Women’s season with City, and has seven goals and six assists in only 28 games.
Turning 18 in June when she can start to field offers from overseas, Daniela said she was grateful for the A-League experience but the dream is to play for a European club.
“My parents are from Croatia and we still have family there so to land a contract in Europe would be great,” she said.
Playing a starring role for the Young Matildas’ at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2022 in Costa Rica, Daniela is looking to shine again in March’s U-20 Women’s Asian Cup in Uzbekistan.
A top four finish will ensure the Young Matildas qualify for October’s U-20 Women’s World Cup in Columbia.
“It’s a great team so I think we’ve got a pretty strong chance,” she said, adding that Matilda Stephanie Catley is her role model.
After starting her journey at Lidcombe Waratahs in the Granville District Football Association, Daniela played NPLW junior football for the FNSW Institute in 2017 at the age of 10 and has blossomed into one of the most exciting footballers in the world in her age group.
Lidcombe Waratah Club President Michael Cush said there was little doubt there would be a major play for her services overseas once she turned 18.
“But for now, her focus will be on keeping City in the top four and helping the Young Matildas qualify for Columbia,” he said.
“She’s certainly got the right attitude and happily came to our junior training day recently, signing autographs and inspiring all the kids.”