‘We’ve got the Westfield W-League Premiers’ Plate, do your best to try and get it off us’.
That’s the message from Brisbane Roar coach Mel Andreatta ahead of the Westfield W-League 2018/19 Season.
Roar were the most consistent team of last season, finishing the regular season in top spot with just two defeats for the campaign and the best defence in the competition.
While they fell to eventual champions Melbourne City in the semi-finals, Andreatta says the team is determined to stay at the top of the Westfield W-League and aren’t fazed by being the team to catch.
“Other sides always want to play well against Brisbane Roar - it’s a club that is known for its success,” Andreatta said.
“Teams go to another level against us, but we want to keep that Premiers Plate and we’ve been working hard over the last six months to improve on areas to help us do that.
“We showed last year, especially with the establishment of the Roar Corps, that Brisbane is a difficult place to visit - it’s a growing support base, it’s loud, it’s proud, and it gives us that extra support that makes it hard for opposition sides to deal with.
“We don’t see it as pressure, we see it as an opportunity. What better way to start the season than with the Premiers Plate.”
Roar open the new season with a home clash against Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, October 29.
The clash is one of three double-headers with the Hyundai A-League side throughout the 2018/19 Season.
“It’s a fan’s dream to come and watch two entertaining football teams go head-to-head with quality players on both sides,” Andreatta said.
“It’s great to open the year at Suncorp Stadium, our fortress, our home, where we had a lot of success last season.
“We were away for our first game last season and it’ll be great to start this season in front of our own fans.”