Hannah Brewer hit the amazing milestone of 100 games in the W-League last weekend in the Jets’ close loss to Canberra United at McDonald Jones Stadium, and has lifted the lid on exactly what her appearance achievement means on a personal level.
“Obviously [it’s] a milestone I’m super happy about – it’s taken me 12 years to reach it,” Brewer said, looking back at her career from 2008 to now.
“A lot of sacrifices have gone into it and I see it as a reward for all of that. [The Jets isn’t] a club that everyone has the pleasure of being a part of. I think that’s what makes this all the more special because it’s back with the club I started with.”
The 26-year-old debuted for Newcastle in Australia’s top division all the way back in 2008, and made 46 appearances for the Hunter club in the next six years before switching south to wear Melbourne Victory’s jersey for 13 matches.
2015 saw the defender make a one-match cameo for City, before she headed north to Canberra United and played just over a dozen more matches in 2016-17. From 2018, she returned home to Newcastle, and heaped on 24 more games.
Now a W-League centurion, the Gosford-born star says she has always had her eyes set on making the Australian ton. She may have played in the American competition with Seattle earlier in her career, but the W-League has always been home.
“Part of the reason why I always wanted to reach 100 games was to prove to people that even if you can’t make it as an out and out professional footballer, you can still make something of yourself in your footballing career,” Brewer said.
It was especially important to her, the Jets stalwart told W-League.com.au ahead of the fourth-round Perth clash, that she could see new generational players that they could balance the W-League, and work and study commitments.
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“I love watching the young girls flourish and grow as footballers and I love being there to help them with that and help them achieve something that I have and something that I know is not easy,” she added.
That’s not her only driving force, however—her brother Tom also has cerebral palsy, and competes at Judo at a national level, and Brewer said the power and determination of his brother to keep moving forward inspires her every day.
“When things get tough, I do always reflect on what he’s been through and how he tends to overcome it and that pushes me and gets me through the challenges that I face,” she said. “He’s certainly my inspiration.”
It’s been a tough season so far results-wise for Brewer to bring up her shining achievement, but she admits the team has been unlucky in their first three outings, and things could have gone differently but for a few bounces.
We have taken a lot from our first three games, the positives we can take is that we’ve only lost games by one goal,” she said.
“That shows we’ve been in it right up until the end of the game and it also shows we’re quite strong defensively across the park. We have a young group of girls and it’s just decision making in the end.
We’ve got (into) good positions and the thing that lets us down is, unfortunately, our final decision. That comes with confidence. [Perth] is a big game for us now, we want to come away with the three points, and I think we’re more than capable.”
Brewer will make it 101 as she and the Jets head west to face Glory on Saturday, December 7. Their clash will begin for eastern coast viewers at 10.15pm AEDT, while the ladies in red and blue will play earlier in the evening at Dorrien Gardens.