A potentially classic Westfield W-League encounter lies in store for national TV viewers and local fans as the champions host the competition’s most successful club on Sunday.
Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
Sunday 16 November 2014
Lakeside Stadium, Sydney
Local kick-off: 3pm
* Catch all the action Live at 3.00pm nationally on ABC TV. Or from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay at 3.30am on Tuesday.
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The match also marks Brisbane Roar’s first return to Melbourne since losing to the Victory in last season’s Grand Final. Incredibly that is Melbourne Victory’s only win over the Roar in 13 matches.
If they double their number of wins over Brisbane, or in fact even draw, the Roar’s finals aspirations will be extinguished with two rounds remaining.
So while the equation is simple for the Roar, the Victory also have little room to move. A win will keep alive their hopes of a top-two finish and a home semi-final, but defeat will open up the prospect of missing the finals altogether.
The good news for the home side is that the central defensive pairing of Emma Checker and Lauren Barnes return, while youngster Beattie Goad is also available after performing well for the Westfield Young Matildas on their recent trip to Vietnam.
So too, Belinda Wilson has plenty of option to choose from with the return of her national team quartet and also Westfield Matildas defender Laura Alleway from injury.
The pair met just a month ago and played out a torrid 1-1 draw in a high-tempo, high-quality contest. A repeat of that will make for superb viewing for TV fans and local fans alike.
Catch all the action Live nationally at 3.00pm Sunday on ABC1, or catch up from Monday on ABC iView with a full replay each Tuesday at 3.30am.
Melbourne Victory squad: 1. Brianna DAVEY, 2. Hannah BREWER, 5. Lauren BARNES, 6. Gema SIMON, 7. Stephanie CATLEY (C), 8. Amy JACKSON, 9. Racheal QUIGLEY, 10. Christine NAIRN, 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 15. Emma CHECKER, 16. Beattie GOAD, 17. Gulcan KOCA, 18. Elli REED, 20. Cassandra DIMOVSKI, 29. Caitlin FRIEND
Ins: Emma Checker, Beattie Goad (both return from Westfield Young Matildas), Lauren Barnes (returns from overseas), Cassandra Dimovski (returns from injury)
Outs: Alexandra Natoli, Tiffany Eliadis (both omitted), Erin Herd (contract expired)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Nadine ANGERER (gk), 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, 15. Brooke GOODRICH, 16. Angela BEARD, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 20. Kate STEWART (gk)
Ins: Laura Alleway (returns from injury), Angela Beard, Larissa Crummer, Brooke Goodrich (all Westfield Young Matildas)
Outs: Ayesha Norrie (omitted), Pam Bignold, Isobel Dalton (short term contract expired)
Unavailable: Amy Chapman (calf – one week)