Westfield Matildas that starred in Round 1 of the Westfield W-League

The Westfield W-League is back!

Round 1 saw teams and individuals alike shake off any pre-season rust to quickly hit top form.

Among the more impressive performers were several Westfield Matildas stars and we've shone a light on a select few who stood out over the weekend.

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Foord flying into new season

Caitlin Foord looks set to make a genius of Ante Juric.

The Sydney FC coach has anointed the Australian star, often the victim of her own versatility, as his first-choice centre-forward and backed her to become the competition's top scorer.

With her first chance to repay the faith, the 23-year-old delivered two goals to bookend a confident 3-0 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday.

Her first, rounding international team-mate Jada Whyman, was an exhibition in composure in the penalty area.

And it was Foord who confirmed Sydney Derby honours for the Sky Blues by turning home Lisa De Vanna's unselfish pass shortly after Chloe Logarzo doubled the margin.

The athletic attacker spoke after the match of gaining renewed confidence from her decisive display, having wrestled this year with a foot injury that kept her out of the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

Only time will tell whether she can go on to outscore Sam Kerr - who missed Round 1 through suspension - but this exceptional start was extremely encouraging all the same for Westfield Matildas supporters.

Carpenter ices the contest as Canberra see off City

Ellie Carpenter picked up from where she left off last season with a top performance against Melbourne City on Sunday.

Canberra United's reigning player of the season was integral to toppling the champions, capping off a typically tireless performance with the goal that sealed her side's 2-0 triumph.

That the teenager was able to surge forward, complete a one-two and coolly sew up the points all in the 85th minute spoke volumes about her vast energy reserves.

Carpenter's formative off-season stint with Portland Thorns could see her ascend to a new level this season.

Ellie Carpenter

Elsewhere in the Westfield W-League

  • Laura Alleway helped keep Michelle Heyman under wraps and topped her team's pass count as Melbourne Victory started with a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Adelaide United.
  • She might have finished on the losing side, but City goalkeeper Lydia Williams still produced two stunning saves either side of half-time at McKellar Park.
  • On her 100th Brisbane Roar appearance, Katrina Gorry oozed class in creating four chances and winning eight of 10 duels during the 1-1 draw against Perth Glory.