Rhali Dobson to call time on W-League career


Melbourne City FC can today announce that this Thursday night’s W-League match will be the last of winger Rhali Dobson’s career.

Dobson will finish her career with a total of 109 appearances and will hope to add to her tally of 13 W-League goals in her final match.

Click here to read Joey Lynch’s great piece on Rhali’s career and decision to retire.

She has been at City since 2017 and will appear in the City blue for the 46th and final time against Perth on Thursday.

Dobson was apart of City’s championship winning squad of 2018 and the historic double winning squad last season, making 13 and nine appearances across those respective campaigns.

She retires to spend more time with her partner Matt who was diagnosed with brain cancer six years ago and following a couple of previous surgeries, will now start aggressive radiotheraphy until the end of May before undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for 12 months.

Rhali will be participating in an 150km walk in conjunction with the Mark Hughes foundation to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research. Click here to donate to this great cause!

Rhali Dobson said: 

“My career in the W-League allowed me to show the people you can be feminine and still be fierce, you can be shy but determined and driven; you can be a highly educated athlete with perseverance, and having high expectations and willing to fight for them is highly valued. 

“The W-League built me an extended family….but more importantly, this beautiful game brought me Matt on a rainy day almost 8 years ago.”

Melbourne City FC thanks Rhali for her contribution to the Club and wishes her and Matt all the best in the future.