A potentially season-defining contest looms as Newcastle Jets host Brisbane Roar with the pair increasingly shaping as direct combatants for a semi-final berth.
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
Saturday 25 October 2014
Magic Park, Newcastle
Local kick-off: 1pm
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Though just halfway through the season, there is an increasingly small margin for error for those sitting in mid-table.
The Jets boast a five-point gap over the Roar and a win here for the home side would set up a massive hurdle for the increasingly desperate Roar.
History, however, is against the Jets who have collected just one win in their nine matches against the Roar. They have also lost all six home matches against their northern counterparts.
Newcastle have benefitted from having an unchanged squad, and a lack of injuries have meant coach Peter McGuiness has been able to field a similar XI in almost every game.
The Roar will bring their usual star-studded roster to Newcastle, although goalkeeper Nadine Angerer will be absent as Germany tackle France in a glamour European friendly.
Roar deputy Kate Stewart may not grab the same headlines as her colleague, but she lacks little for ability between the sticks.
For the Jets, it will be a case of beware the wounded giant. Last week the Roar played with rare ferocity against Melbourne Victory, even if they had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Hannah Southwell, 2. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 3. Hayley Crawford, 5. Katherine Reynolds, 6. Angela Salem, 7. Tori Huster, 8. Amber Neilson, 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Emily van Egmond, 11. Rhali Dobson, 16. Cassidy Davis, 17. Grace McIntyre, 18. Clare Wheeler, 20. Claire Coelho (GK), 24. Brooke Miller
Unavailable: Ashley Spina (knee – season)
Brisbane Roar squad: 2. Laura ALLEWAY, 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 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, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 18. Sunny FRANCO, 19. Ayesha NORRIE, 20. Kate STEWART (gk), 21. Teagan MICAH
Ins: Ayesha Norrie, Teagan Micah (both promoted)
Outs: Nadine Angerer (international duty – one week)