Foundation Canberra United captain Ellie Brush leaves W-League club on eve of season
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Foundation Canberra United captain Ellie Brush leaves W-League club on eve of season

Foundation Canberra United captain Ellie Brush has split from the W-League club as she weighs up her soccer future one month before the season starts.

It's understood Brush and Canberra United parted on good terms, but coach Heather Garriock said the 29-year-old's AFL women's commitments made it difficult to juggle both sports.

Canberra United defender Ellie Brush's double life is underway.

Canberra United defender Ellie Brush's double life is underway.Credit:Rohan Thomson

"She won't be coming back to Canberra United, she currently resides in Sydney and is playing AFL as well," Garriock said on ABC Grandstand.

"To travel from Canberra to Sydney with AFL and football commitments, I wasn't too keen on that."

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Grace Gill, centre, will lead Canberra FC in the grand final on Sunday.

Grace Gill, centre, will lead Canberra FC in the grand final on Sunday.Credit:Graham Tidy

Brush played for the GWS Giants in the inaugural AFL women's season and was a massive part of Canberra United's top of the ladder W-League finish.

She will play for the Giants again this year, but her W-League future may be at either Sydney FC or the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Defender Brush was one of Canberra's foundation players in 2008 and is the only player in the club's history to reach 100 W-League games.

Meanwhile, Canberra FC is hoping to erase the memory of back to back heartbreak when they aim to end Belconnen United's National Premier League women's dynasty on Sunday.

Belconnen will be gunning for a record fourth consecutive treble to underline the club's dominance over the past five years.

But Canberra FC will be hoping to make it third time lucky off the back of consecutive grand final defeats at the hands of their rivals.

Canberra FC captain Grace Gill is aware of Belconnen's ability to perform under pressure, having played in the past two grand finals.

But Gill feels her side can strike while the iron's hot as they edge closer to nabbing an all-important win.

"We know that they're very adept when it comes to finals football, they've got a lot of experience throughout the squad and we will absolutely have our work cut out for us," Gill said.

"Belconnen are at a level that everyone has really aspired to be at, they've set the benchmark, but over the last couple of years teams have been closing that gap.

"Our results have progressively improved against them this season and I think this year we have a group that is more than capable of getting a win in the grand final."

Canberra FC coach Mark Risteski has enjoyed a successful first year with the club, but said he to have had his eyes on Belconnen long before stepping into the role.

"I've been watching them carefully for the last couple of years and I think this year could be our best chance yet," Risteski said.

"I'm really happy with the girls this season and if we come through with a win on Saturday I'll be even happier. I think it would be great for the girls and the club if we could finally take them down."

Belconnen United coach Antoni Jagarinec is looking forward to the challenge as they prepare for what could be their toughest test yet.

Jagarinec has been delighted with a lift in competition this year, as teams continue to step up their efforts to dethrone the club and interrupt a long-lasting dynasty.

"Canberra FC are a good team and they've been building over the last five years, each time we play them it gets harder," Jagarinec said.

"I think they definitely have the potential to come away with a result against us, if we play the way we know we can we shouldn't have any problems, but we certainly can't underestimate them.

"Football in Canberra is getting closer every year, games we were winning by three or four are now being decided by just the one goal, so it's challenging us to improve on our game and it's really exciting."

Belconnen won last year's grand final 1-0 at Deakin Stadium.

NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE WOMEN'S GRAND FINAL

Sunday: Belconnen United v Canberra FC at McKellar Park, 4.30pm.