Football journalists and broadcasters from throughout England gathered at the annual Football Writers Association Awards at the Landmark Hotel on Thursday. The fundamental function of the night was to honour and pay tribute to the feminine and male gamers that the FWA’s members had voted as their footballers of the yr.
As you’ll know, Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Australia, was the ladies’s winner (receiving over 40% of the vote) forward of Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema and Lauren Hemp, whereas Liverpool’s Mo Salah was a second-time winner of the males’s award.
She Kicks’ Jen O’Neill had a fast chat with Sam simply forward of the dinner. You can watch it right here or rapidly learn what the mega-chilled, tremendous striker and super-suited Sam needed to say under…

FWA Women’s Football of the Year Sam Kerr on winning the award and the way maybe this season has in comparison with earlier award-winning seasons in different leagues in different nations:
Every yr I try to be the finest participant I may be. I believe once I was youthful, I took it without any consideration generally however now I admire it extra and I admire all the folks that helped me have the ability to do what I do on the discipline so it nonetheless is gratifying.
On having her dad and mom and Nana Kerr come over to London to see her play this season:It was their first time seeing me play for Chelsea which sounds bizarre as a result of I’ve been right here for 2 years now. It was good to have them in the crowd. My household are actually proud of me and a giant half of my success and my profession. So yeah, it was an incredible feeling.
On Karen Carney, former Chelsea star, saying that she [Sam Kerr] is the distinction, that with out her Chelsea wouldn’t be in the driving seat for the title:I believe that’s my position as a quantity 9 to attain the objectives and I’m in a really privileged place – I play for Chelsea, one of the finest groups in the world. But I really like that problem. I really like being the the driving drive of any group I’m in and I really like the place I’m. I really like what I do. And I get excited when folks say issues like that.
On the incontrovertible fact that 10 completely different Chelsea gamers, together with her, acquired votes for the Football Writers’ award and the way a lot enjoyable is it to be taking part in in that Chelsea group:Amazing. I imply, the group is so proficient. There’s so many gamers that might win this award simply inside our group and I really feel actually fortunate to be an element of it. Every day I’m going to coaching and practice with some of the finest gamers in the world, who I believe are significantly better footballers than me! But I’m simply actually proud to fly the flag for Chelsea and I do know the ladies are actually proud however it’s a group effort. These sorts of stuff you don’t win them alone.

On preserving the award for the ‘Kerr-by’ duo (Fran Kirby has gained this award twice in its earlier 4 years and although sadly sidelined at current ‘Kerr-by’ partnership was important for Chelsea final season and for the first half this season too):Yeah, clearly I had a extremely nice relationship with Fran on the discipline and hopefully there’s extra to come back of that however like I mentioned, I’m simply comfortable, as she could be, we’re flying the flag for Chelsea and we now have a powerful group and so many gamers may have gained this. So I’m actually proud to win it and hopefully she’s again on the market with me quickly.
Her report exhibits 40 objectives in 45 WSL video games in her time with Chelsea and Emma Hayes says that the WSL has improved Sam however that that’s all all the way down to Sam’s diligence and laborious work. How does she suppose that taking part in in the WSL has impacted her sport:I believe it’s in all probability made my sport extra all-rounded. I believe once I performed in the NWSL it a bit of bit extra transitional and attacking-minded. Now it’s a bit of bit extra tactical and I’ve to play in small areas and with my again to objective, which I wasn’t tremendous robust about once I first got here right here. But now I believe I’m getting an understanding for the English League and I’m loving it.
Amongst the match-winning objectives, epic celebrations and tackling pitch invaders – what’s been a second that stands out for Sam:To be sincere, I believe in all probability the previous few weeks. We’ve solely gained by one objective every sport and once we went all the way down to 10 males at Tottenham in all probability everybody wrote us off and in opposition to Villa everybody in all probability thought we’d tied and misplaced the league. So the final couple of weeks, simply the group’s togetherness to remain along with so many key gamers out. It’s been an actual group effort to be the place we’re, going into the final sport of the season.
Captaining the Matildas to fourth in the Olympics in the summer time and changing into Australia’s all-time report goalscorer earlier this yr, on how robust it’s flying again after which returning and taking part in 48-72 hours afterwards and being a match winner for Chelsea:I believe being an Australian I’m used to that. I believe we journey in all probability greater than some other nationwide group in the world, perhaps aside from New Zealand. Sometimes it really works. Sometimes it doesn’t. It’s nearly doing all the things you may to be ready for the sport. I believe the FA Cup [final] in opposition to Arsenal, I got here again and I used to be flying once we went to Wembley after which the semi closing [in April] I got here again and I wasn’t feeling too nice. So you do all the things in your energy however generally it’s out of your arms. I get pleasure from the the trip and the course of and like I mentioned at the begin I’ve tons of folks that assist me to be at my finest.
On this yr having been phenomenal however with Australia as co-host of the Women’s World Cup, how good 2023 will likely be:  I believe Australia a sporting nation so we’re actually going to embrace the ladies’s sport and hopefully take it to new heights. After France in 2019 the sport’s elevated a lot, so hopefully, Australia can actually promote what the ladies’s sport is about. And I is likely to be biased however I believe we now have one of the most stunning nations in the world. So hopefully everybody enjoys it simply as a lot as we’re going to get pleasure from taking part in at house in entrance of packed stadiums.

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