Last season this contest would have likely been a one-sided affair but 12 months can be a long time in football.
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
Saturday 27 September 2014
Perry Park, Brisbane
Local kick-off: 4pm
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Brisbane’s all-star side have unexpectedly opened with two defeats, despite reaching last season’s grand final and their status as perennial title challengers. The Jets, carry-over holders of the wooden spoon, look a completely different proposition this term.
Brisbane’s classy experience-laden side are simply too good to continue losing, but turning the near-misses into wins is the first task at hand.
Boosting their ranks even further this weekend is returning superstar goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, and Westfield Matildas defender Brooke Spence.
The Jets fly into Brisbane seeking to defy history, having collected just one victory against the Roar in the Westfield W-League.
Australia midfielder Emily Van Egmond and a cohort of American imports have undoubtedly been a pivotal reason for Newcastle’s turn-around.
The home side will also be wary of a pacy Jets’ forward line that has the potential to unsettle any defence, even one as high-quality as that fielded by the Roar.
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Nadine ANGERER, 2. Laura ALLEWAY, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 5. Brooke SPENCE, 6. Hayley RASO, 7. Kim CARROLL, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9. Larissa CRUMMER, 10. Katrina GORRY, 11. Vedrana POPOVIC, 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Natasha WHEELER, 16. Angela BEARD, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 18. Sunny FRANCO, 20. Kate STEWART (gk)
Ins: Nadine Angerer (returns from international duty), Brooke Spence (returns from injury), Natasha Wheeler (promoted)
Outs: Ayesha Norrie, Teagen Micah (both omitted)
Unavailable: Amy Chapman (knee – one week)
Newcastle Jets squad: 2. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 3. Hayley Crawford, 4. Ashley Spina, 5. Katherine Reynolds, 6. Angela Salem, 7. Tori Huster, 8. Amber Neilson, 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Emily van Egmond, 11. Rhali Dobson, 15. Libby Copus-Brown, 16. Cassidy Davis, 17. Grace Macintyre, 20. Claire Coelho (GK), 21. Renee Rudder (GK)
Unavailable: Hannah Southwell (overseas)