McKenzie Weinert | From America to Australia

It’s been a strong start to life in Melbourne for American McKenzie Weinert as our girls in blue are now four games unbeaten.

The 25-year-old has found the back of the net twice and says she’s “only just getting started”.

“I’m really enjoying my football at the moment,” she said.

“It was hard to adjust at first, but now that I’ve adjusted, there’s so much more to come; hopefully just keep growing as the season goes on.”

While scoring has “definitely” helped her confidence, Weinert says her teammates have been her biggest supporters in adjusting to life down under.

“Playing with the girls on the field, they just make it so easy and they do everything to help build my confidence,” McKenzie explained.

Having moved to Melbourne from American NWSL side OL Reign, the attacker explained the biggest difference between the two leagues is the amount of young talent playing every week.

“There’s a lot of younger players at the Club, whereas in the US, if you’re young, you generally go to college and by the time you’re a professional, you’re 22 or 23,” she said.

“Playing with the younger girls and seeing them develop has been really interesting.”

Coming off an international break, Hopkins’ side site 4th on the Liberty A-League table after having won three of their last four matches.

“We had a rough start to the season, so seeing us progress this much in such a short time has been great,” Weinert explained.

“I think we really just put our heads down and started working and developing in the areas where we needed to.

“Once we got that first win under our belts, we’ve been sailing from there.

“This is only the beginning, there’s still areas we’re working on to keep improving throughout the season.”