An intriguing fixture awaits as premiers Perth Glory host a new-look Newcastle Jets playing their first match of the season.
The Glory secured a handy 2-1 comeback win at Melbourne Victory last weekend but it took the attacking quality of Westfield Matildas pair Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr to do so. That pair, and also keeper Mackenzie Arnold, will all be absent this weekend on Australia duty, and they leave huge holes to fill.
One of the few positives for the Glory is the availability of American midfielder Nikki Stanton who has linked with the club, after spending the past season at New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC alongside Foord and Kerr.
The Jets are yet to win in seven trips across the Nullarbor, but this weekend represents one of their best opportunities to do so. The ability of the Jets to gel in their first outing of the Westfield W-League season could go a long way to determining their hopes of victory in the west.
Through the arrivals door is some decent talent in the shape of captain Gema Simon, Chloe Logarzo and under-rated forward Jenna Kingsley. Fans will also have their first look at what international imports Megan Oyster and Caprice Dydasco will bring, with both arriving from Washington Spirit.
“We’re going to look to our big signings to make an impact,” said coach Craig Deans. “Our US signings, our Matildas and our experienced senior players are going to be crucial this season.”
Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Saturday 24 October 2015
Ashfield Reserve, Perth
Local kick-off: 4pm (7pm AEDT)
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Perth Glory squad: 2. Sarah Carroll, 3. Kim Carroll, 4. Katie Holtham, 5. Shannon May, 6. Carla Bennett, 7. Nicole Stanton, 8. Shawn Billam, 11. Emily Henderson 12. Katie Schubert, 13. Danielle Brogan, 14. Caitlin Doeglas, 15. Angelique Stannett (gk), 16. Thia Eastman, 18. Gabby Dal Busco (gk), 19. Ella Mastrantonio
Ins: Angelique Stannett, Nicole Stanton, Emily Henderson (all promoted)
Outs: Caitlin Foord, Samantha Kerr, Mackenzie Arnold (all Westfield Matildas duty)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Hannah Southwell (gk), 2. Sophie Nenadovic, 4. Megan Oyster, 5.Caprice Dydasco, 6.Cassidy Davis, 7.Gema Simon (c), 8. Kobie Ferguson, 10. Rhali Dobson, 11. Ashley Brodigan, 12.Chloe Logarzo, 13. Adriana Jones, 17. Jenna Kingsley, 18. Claire Wheeler, 19. Hannah Bromley, 20. Claire Coelho (gk)
Ins: Megan Oyster (Washington Spirit, USA), Gema Simon (Melbourne Victory), Chloe Logarzo (Sydney FC), Jenna Kingsley (Western Sydney Wanderers), Kobie Ferguson (Emerging Jets, NNSWF), Ashlee Brodigan (Emerging Jets, NNSWF), Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit, USA), Hannah Bromley (Northbridge, NSW), Adriana Jones (Central Coast Mariners, NSW)
Outs: Hayley Crawford (injured), Ashley Spina (Brisbane Roar), Katherine Reynolds (Washington Spirit, USA), Angela Salem (Washington Spirit, USA), Victoria Huster (Washington Spirit, USA), Amber Neilson (retired), Emily van Egmond (FFC Frankfurt, Germany), Grace Macintyre (injured), Emma Stanbury (Manly United, NSW), Renee Rudder (Moreton Bay United, QLD)
Unavailable: Tara Andrews, Georgia Yeoman-Dale (both Westfield Matildas duty), Brooke Miller, Elizabeth Copus-Brown (both HSC)