Sydney star’s incredible streak not enough to close the gap on fellow Matilda: Liberty Fantasy Review

Catch up with the latest Official A-Leagues Fantasy talking points from Round 21, brought to you by Liberty.

Another brilliant weekend of Official A-Leagues Fantasy action has been and gone and several high-scorers caught the eye, creating the big talking points at the end of Round 21 in the Liberty A-League.


Heyman a lock as Liberty A-League’s scoring leader despite Vine’s hot form

Not even a formidable scoring average of nearly 30 points per-round across the past three Liberty A-League match weeks was enough for Sydney FC winger Cortnee Vine to bridge the gap on the Liberty A-League’s leading fantasy scorer, Michelle Heyman.

The Canberra United legend has a four-goal lead on top of the Liberty A-League Golden Boot leaderboard and is a near-certainty to clinch that prize after the final round of the season – and in fantasy, the 35-year-old is head and shoulders above her competitors on the league-wide scoring charts.

Heyman has 272 points on the board from her 21 games this season. Scoring at an average of 13 points per game, the Canberra spearhead begins the final round 37 points ahead of the next-best scorers: Hannah Keane and Sophie Harding (235).

Vine sits fifth on the scoring charts and although Heyman is a lock to finish this fantasy season as the Liberty A-League’s highest-scoring player, the Sydney FC winger’s recent form has made her the most damaging fantasy player in the game.

A three-round average of 29.7 is far and away the best of any player in the league, eclipsing the 23.7 three-round average Melbourne City winger Holly McNamara put on the board before her early-season injury.

Vine scored just 45 points across her first six appearances in an injury-hampered start to the season but her form beyond Round 12 has been frightening. Only once has Vine dropped under 10 points in a single round and her last three totals of 23, 33 and 33 again have blown the competition out of the water.

Heyman reigns supreme, but Vine has the chance to jump Vesna Milivojevic, Harding and Keane into second on the season scoring leaderboard with one last haul in Sydney’s final game of the regular season: the Big Blue against Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon.

Teenage Canberra keeper shapes as the perfect last-round fantasy punt

Chloe Lincoln is shaping as one of the stars of Australian football’s next generation – but in the present, the 19-year-old Canberra United goalkeeper is proving a genuine fantasy weapon.

Lincoln returned from international duty with the Young Matildas for Canberra’s Round 21 clash with Wellington and a Round 17 catchup game against Sydney FC in midweek and kept two clean sheets in a pair of 1-0 wins. Lincoln was a rock at the back in her side’s shock win over the Sky Blues and her fantasy output soared as a result, with a 32-point haul the second best of any player in Round 21 behind Vine’s 33.

Lincoln and Canberra round out the regular season against Brisbane Roar at Perry Park on Saturday afternoon and with a $237k fantasy price tag, the teenage shot-stopper is well worth consideration for fantasy managers looking to make one last tinker to their squads.

Lincoln is owned by just 7% of managers playing Liberty A-League Fantasy this season, and is the seventh-most selected goalkeeper in the game league-wide.

Lincoln and Vine were two of three players to eclipse the 30-point mark in Round 21 along with Sydney FC midfielder Mackenzie Hawkesby.

The high-scoring trio led the way in the Fantasy Team of the Week.

Fantasy Team of the Week – Liberty A-League, Round 21

Player (points)

GKP: Chloe Lincoln (32)

DEF: Sarah Clark (24), Cannon Clough (21), Holly Murray (19), Jordan Thompson (18)

MID: Mackenzie Hawkesby (30), Sasha Grove (22), Taylor Otto (18)

FWD: Cortnee Vine (33), Sophie Harding (28), Lauren Allan (28)