This fixture normally is one of the highlights of the season and this should be no different with Brisbane-based fans and ABC TV viewers alike set for some high-quality fare.
Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC
Sunday 21 September 2014
Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre, Brisbane
Local kick-off: 3pm
** Catch all the action Live* at 3.00pm nationally on ABC1. Or from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay at 3.30am on Tuesday. (*No live broadcast in WA or Vic this weekend due to ABC’s pre-existing commitments.)
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The number of internationals that will be on the park numbers well into the teens, while history proves that entertainment, and perhaps a few fireworks, will be in store.
A new-look Sydney side started brightly with a 2-0 win last Sunday over the always combative Adelaide United. The result was achieved despite the Sky Blues perhaps fielding a line-up unusually devoid of headline-names, but this weekend marks another test in the development of a still fledgling starting side.
However, new American duo Samantha Johnson and Jasmyne Spencer both proved their value on debut, with the latter nabbing both goals to help fill a large void left by some of the off-season departures.
The Roar, for their part, will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss at Perth Glory. So too, perhaps a dose of revenge will be in the back of the mind after an unexpected 4-0 rout by the Sky Blues when the pair last met in January.
Brisbane are again set to be without key defender Brooke Spence and iconic German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, though the under-rated Kate Stewart is an able deputy between the sticks.
History suggests a tight contest is likely with the 15 previous encounters matching up evenly with five wins apiece.
Whatever the outcome this time, it is the fans who are likely to be the winners.
Brisbane Roar squad: 2. Laura ALLEWAY, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 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, 15. Brooke GOODRICH, 16. Angela BEARD, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 19. Ayesha NORRIE, 20. Kate STEWART (gk), 21. Teagan MICAH (gk)
Ins: Ayesha Norrie (promoted)
Unavailable: Nadine Angerer (Germany national team duty – one week), Amy Chapman (knee – one week), Brooke Spence (hamstring – one week)
Sydney FC squad: 1. Casey Dumont (gk), 3. Elizabeth Ralston, 14. Olivia Price, 18. Heidi Makrillos, 4. Alesha Clifford, 10. Renee Rollason, 6. Servet Uzunlar, 16. Samantha Johnson, 15. Teigen Allen, 2. Teresa Polias, 11. Natalie Tobin, 7. Nicola Bolger, 5. Jasmyne Spencer, 8. Amy Harrison, 12. Chloe Logarzo, 20. Alyssa Harris (gk)
Ins: Alesha Clifford (returns from injury)
Unavailable: Kyah Simon (knee – five weeks), Ellyse Perry (knee – one week), Trudy Camilleri (quad – one week)