Newcastle Jets face a massive test of their title credentials on Saturday with a trip west to the home of high-flying Perth Glory.
Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets
Saturday 8 November 2014
Ashfield Sports Club, Perth
Local kick-off: 3pm (6pm AEDT)
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The Glory have been imperious this season in what has arguably been the club’s best campaign to date.
They opened with seven straight wins, and last weekend’s impressive victory over champions Melbourne Victory suggests their one-off defeat a fortnight ago against Adelaide United was a mere aberration.
The headline names at the Glory have been in imperious form this season, and new signing Caitlin Foord continues to shine in a new role in the heart of midfield.
The Glory boasts a strong record over the Jets, and in fact they have never lost on home soil to the visitors.
They Glory won 2-1 in Newcastle early this season in a tight match at a stage when the new-look Jets were still finding their feet. This is likely to be equally close.
Newcastle will have benefitted from their break last weekend, although on the debit side they will again be without young goalkeeper Hannah Southwell who is on Westfield Young Matildas duty.
Perth Glory squad: 1. Mackenzie Arnold (gk), 2. Sarah Carroll, 3. Carys Hawkins, 4. Bronwyn Studman, 5. Shannon May 6. Alanna Kennedy, 7. Gabrielle Marzano, 9. Caitlin Foord, 12. Kate Gill, 13. Elisa D’Ovidio, 14. Collette McCallum, 15. Shelina Zadorsky, 17. Marianna Tabain, 20. Samantha Kerr, Kathleen Waycott (gk)
Unavailable: Gabrielle Dal Busco (Westfield Young Matildas)
Newcastle Jets squad: 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, 12. Sophie Nenadovic, 15. Libby Copus-Brown, 16. Cassidy Davis, 17. Grace McIntyre, 20. Claire Coelho (GK), 21. Renee Rudder (gk)
Ins: Sophie Nenadovic, Libby Copus-Brown, Renee Rudder (all promoted)
Outs: Clare Wheeler, Brooke Miller (both omitted), Hannah Southwell (Westfield Young Matildas)
Unavailable: Ashley Spina (knee – season)