Newcastle Jets face a tough test as champs Canberra United visit town but this season’s Westfield W-League has proven far more competitive than any prior season of the competition proving that results don't always go to form.
The Jets started their campaign brightly with a hard-won point at Perth Glory and then a rare win at Melbourne Victory. However, last weekend’s somewhat unlucky last-minute defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers will have left the Jets a little deflated.
They now face the added pressure of tackling a talented and highly experienced United outfit. They are also battling a terrible record against the side from the nation’s capital which has reaped just a single win and a draw from 11 meetings. They did, however, collect a 3-3 draw at home against United last season ending a run of nine consecutive defeats against that opponent.
Canberra, for their part, face their own test of character. United crashed to a hefty 4-2 loss against Melbourne City last weekend – only the second time they have conceded four goals in a Westfield W-League match.
United have endured a mixed campaign so far, and were downed 2-1 by Brisbane Roar in the opening round, before impressively routing Sydney FC 3-0 the week after.
But there is no doubting Canberra’s quality, with several of their squad members spending the week in camp with the Westfield Matildas.
Newcastle Jets v Canberra United
Saturday 14 November 2015
Magic Park, Broadmeadow, Newcastle
Local kick-off: 2pm
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Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Hannah Southwell (gk), 2. Sophie Nenadovic, 3. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 4. Megan Oyster, 5.Caprice Dydasco, 6.Cassidy Davis, 7.Gema Simon (c), 8. Kobie Ferguson, 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Rhali Dobson, 12.Chloe Logarzo, 15. Elizabeth Copus-Brown, 17. Jenna Kingsley, 18. Claire Wheeler, 19. Hannah Bromley, 20. Claire Coelho (gk)
Ins: Elizabeth Copus-Brown (promoted)
Canberra United squad: 1. Lydia Williams (gk), 3. Julia De Angelis, 4. Kendall Fletcher, 5. Jenna McCormick , 6. Caitlin Munoz, 7. Ellie Brush, 8. Meg McLaughlin, 11. Michelle Heyman, 13. Nicole Begg, 14. Ashleigh Sykes, 15. Emma Checker, 16. Tegan Riding, 17. Veronica Perez, 18. Rebecca Kiting, 20. Melissa Maizels (gk)
Unavailable: Emma Kete (2-3 weeks)