In a repeat of their 2016 victory over Sydney FC, Melbourne City FC cruised to a 2-0 victory over the home team. Goals by Jess Fishlock and Jodie Taylor took the team ahead, and stout defense and goalkeeping helped keep Sydney off the scoreboard.
Sam Kerr scored a hat trick, but it wasn't enough to win the game for Perth, who has been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Just five teams have a chance of making the finals after 12 weeks of play.
After the Christmas break, the Roar maintained their place at the top of the ladder, but Newcastle and Sydney FC are hot on their tails. Sam Kerr ended 2017 with her first goalless game of the 2017-18 W-League season.