Hopkins: We went to another level in Semi Final win

Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins felt his side went to another level in Sunday’s Semi Final win over Brisbane Roar.

Melina Ayres scored a hat-trick, Lisa De Vanna netted a brace and Catherine Zimmerman also struck in a 6-2 win as Victory reached its third Grand Final and first since 2013/14.

Hopkins was thrilled with his side’s performance and believes some of his players reached a new level.

“In terms of our quality today, I think we thoroughly deserved the game and some of the performances of some of our players went to another level,” he told Fox Sports.

“That’s what you hope when you get into finals and I was really pleased with a number of the girls today.”

Victory produced a clinical performance in attack while goalkeeper Gaby Garton, the back four and midfield also ensured a dangerous Brisbane side was contained.

Hopkins said it was that foundation which allowed Victory to claim its win.

“I think we were well aware what Roar could do to us if we weren’t disciplined in defence and coming off that 6-0 defeat earlier in the season,” he said.

“We were well aware of that so the performance of our midfield three, our back four and our goalkeeper was massive for us today and the performance was built off that defensive discipline, our pressure on the ball.

“Once we got on the ball I thought our quality was at a different level to what it’s been this year and obviously, just looking at the goals, some of the finishes were so clinical, great to see.”

Victory will face either Sydney FC or Canberra United in the Grand Final on Sunday, April 11.