Brisbane football fans are in for a treat as the Roar welcome fellow traditional competition heavyweights Canberra United on Sunday.
There will be a host of Westfield Matildas on show, plus numerous international imports headlined by Japan Women’s World Cup winner Yukari Kinga.
The two sides boast a tremendous history, including a competition record four meetings in the finals dating back to a match-up in the maiden Westfield W-League Grand Final.
The Roar’s line-up has been strengthened by the week, with Tameka Butt’s recent return set to be followed by the return of another club stalwart, Brooke Spence. An opening comeback 2-1 win over Sydney FC was followed a tough scoreless draw at Perth Glory. Those results leave the two-time champions Brisbane second and a win here would give them a massive early platform.
Canberra United head north in the unfamiliar position of bottom spot, albeit having played just once, and that was again champions Melbourne City. Indeed, United turned in a tremendous performance last weekend, creating numerous chances but unable to deliver the killer blow.
This contest is always a highlight on the Westfield W-League fixture list, and one not to be missed.
Brisbane Roar FC v Canberra United
Sunday 20 November 2016
Venue: A.J. Kelly Field
Kick-Off: 4:00PM (Local) (5:00PM (AEDT))
Referee: Rachel Mitchenson
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Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Nina FRAUSING-PEDERSEN, 3.Amy CHAPMAN, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5.Brooke SPENCE, 6.Angela BEARD, 7.Sunny FRANCO, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 10.Katrina GORRY, 11.Maili FORBES, 12.Allira TOBY, 13.Tameka BUTT, 14.Summer O’BRIEN, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 17.Emily GIELNIK, 18.Maddy EVANS, 20.Georgina WORTH (gk) **one to be omitted**
Ins: 5.Brooke SPENCE (returns from injury)
Unavailable: 9.Cortnee VINE (fractured fibula – 4-6 weeks)
Canberra United squad: 1.Trudy BURKE (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 4.Clare HUNT, 5.Jenna McCORMICK, 7.Ellie BRUSH, 8.Hayley RASO, 9.Jasmyne SPENCER, 10.Grace MAHER, 11.Michelle HEYMAN, 12.Hannah BREWER, 13.Celeste BOUREILLE, 14.Ashley SYKES, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 19.Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20.Georgia BORIC (gk), 22.Stephanie OCHS **one to be omitted**
Ins: 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN (promoted), 20.Georgia BORIC (return from injury)
Outs: 21.Georgia STEWART (not selected)
Unavailable: 15.Emma CHECKER (knee – 5 weeks)