• Natasha Dowie celebrates a goal for Melbourne Victory (Getty Images)
Despite being ranked outsiders, Melbourne Victory coach Jeff Hopkins is hoping for a similar W-League derby result to their last clash.
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1 Nov 2017 - 10:26 PM  UPDATED 1 Nov 2017 - 10:26 PM

In two mediocre W-League seasons, one result stands out for Melbourne Victory.

The A-League powerhouses have been battlers in the women's game, finishing bottom of the league the past two seasons.

But for one glorious afternoon in January, Victory were the toast of the competition.

Jeff Hopkins' side defeated Melbourne City, the title-holders that would go on to defend their championship, 2-0 in a result that was out of the bag.

The sides meet again on Friday night, and Hopkins is hopeful of a similar result.

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"What it would do is, more than anything, reinforce we're a good side," he said.

"There's a belief building but there's still some self-doubt after two years.

"We've got enough players that remember that game - how we went about it, the performance, and the feeling it gave us.

"It was the real highlight of the season last year and it's good we have enough people here that remember that feeling."

This season, Victory have improved their investment in their women's side, retaining English striker Natasha Dowie and bringing in Matildas defender Laura Alleway from City.

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Victory were rewarded with a round one win over title hopefuls Canberra United and Hopkins wants to kick on against City, the undisputed heavyweights of the women's game.

"The budget I've been given and the support ... it's making a huge difference," Hopkins said.

"We've definitely freshened the group up and brought in some talented younger players like Kyra Cooney-Cross, Tiff Eliadis, Whitney Knight.

"We've brought Natasha back, she'll be a kingpin, and we've brought in players to support her like Melina Ayres.

"As soon as I realised Laura might be available I jumped in. She was really keen to come.

"Our aim is to make finals this year and we're good enough to do that. And if we make finals you never know where that takes you."