We bring you all the ins and outs for Round Four of Westfield W-League action.
We bring you all the ins and outs for Round Four of Westfield W-League action.
Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar Saturday 10 November 2012 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Local kick-off: 1.30pm Referee: Rebecca Durcau
Catch the Action live streaming online from 2.00pm AEDT at www.abc.net.au/w-league and Nationally on ABC1 from 5pm
Adelaide United have endured a rigorous examination in the opening weeks of the season and after a narrow defeat in Perth, the Lady Reds threatened a stunning victory over Canberra United before eventually succumbing to the champions. And it doesn-t get any easier this weekend for Adelaide who host Brisbane Roar in their first home outing since round one, when they defeated Western Sydney Wanderers. The match is also set to mark the first appearance of New Zealand striker Sarah McLaughlin since her memorable treble on debut in that match.
So too, Brisbane are set to welcome their own key personnel back from injury. Most notably, former Australian player of the year Elise Kellond-Knight will take her place on the left flank after 12 months out with a knee injury. Though several players are to undergo fitness tests, coach Belinda Wilson also hopes to field Matildas attacker Tameka Butt after a week-s absence. Following their disappointing 3-1 loss to arch-rivals Sydney FC, the Roar will consider three points a must from their visit to Adelaide.
In another step to improve the professionalism of the Westfield W-League, match officials will for the first time this weekend use a communication system in the Round 4 match between Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar at Hindmarsh Stadium.
From Round 5, under a sponsorship arrangement with L & W Sports Communications, the equipment will be provided at all matches for the remainder of the Westfield W-League season.
The communication system has been used in the Hyundai A-League for the past five seasons and is an additional tool used by referees to make better decisions. The system will enable improved communication and information sharing between officials in the Westfield W-League.
Adelaide United squad: 1. Kristi HARVEY (gk), 2. Ruth WALLACE, 3. Alex NATOLI, 5. Abby ERCEG (c), 6. Cassandra TSOUMBRIS, 7. Racheal QUIGLEY, 8. Sarah McLAUGHLIN, 9. Marijana RACJIC, 11. Grace HENRY, 12. Elise WHORLOW, 13. Ann MAYO, 14. Lorena MAGGIO, 15. Emma CHECKER, 18. Georgia MACRI, 19. Holly PATTERSON, 20. Kelly BARLTROP (gk) (*one to be omitted)
Ins: Sarah McLAUGHLIN (returns from injury), Marijana RACJIC (returns from absence) Outs: Jenna McCORMACK, Laura JOHNS, Jessie WHAREPOURI (all omitted) Unavailable: 16. Jess WATERHOUSE (Australia U-16)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Hoshimi KISHI (gk), 2. Laura ALLEWAY, 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 5. Brooke SPENCE, 6. Ashley SPINA, 7. Erika ELZE, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9. Emma PITTMAN, 10. Lana HARCH, 11. Vedrana POPOVIC, 13. Tameka BUTT, 14. Georgia CHAPMAN, 15. Hannah BEARD, 16. Sachiko TATSUOKA, 17. Emily GIELNIK, 18. Kate STEWART (gk), 19. Katrina GORRY, 20. Joanne BUCKLEY (gk) (*four to be omitted)
Ins: Elise KELLOND-KINGHT (returns from injury), Tameka BUTT (returns from injury), Hannah BEARD, Joanne BUCKLEY (both promoted) Outs: None Unavailable: Rebecca PRICE (knee - 1 week)
Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory Saturday 10 November 2012 Wanderers Oval, Newcastle Local kick-off: 4.30pm Referee: Peta McCallum
Newcastle Jets are another expecting to field a critical part of their line-up with the return of Emily van Egmond in the centre of the park. Off-setting Van Egmond-s return is the unavailability of experienced defender Stacey Day who is suspended after a red card in the narrow 1-0 loss on the road against Melbourne Victory last weekend. The home side, however, can ill-afford another loss after dropping to bottom spot.
Perth, for their part, must overcome their second trip across the Nullarbor within a week. However, the Glory are buoyed by yet another big name signing with Matildas icon Lisa De Vanna rejoining her hometown club after several years away, including last season with the Jets. Also set to take her place in Glory colours at last is Aivi Luik, with the Australia midfielder missing the opening weeks though injury after joining from Brisbane Roar. Luik-s drive in midfield should complement Collette McCallum-s broad range of passing, making the heart of the Glory midfield the envy of many Westfield W-League teams.
Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2. Hannah BREWER 3. Hayley CRAWFORD, 4.Gemma PEARCE, 5. Tori HUSTER, 6. Angela SALEM, 7. Gema SIMON, 9. Tara ANDREWS, 10. Emily van EGMOND, 11. Kate HENSMAN, 12. Tiffany BOSHERS, 14. Sammara SCHMITZER, 15. Alishia FOOTE,18. Michaela HATZIRODOS, 20. Alannah ROSEWOOD (gk)
Ins: Emily VAN EGMOND (returns from injury) Outs: Stacey DAY (suspended) Unavailable: 8. Madeline SEARL (injury)
Perth Glory squad: 1. Carly TELFORD (gk), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Sasha ANDREWS, 7. Aivi LUIK, 8. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 9. Rosie SUTTON, 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D-OVIDIO, 14. Collette MCCALLUM (c), 15. Liz MILNE, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 19. Shawn BILLAM, 20. Zoe PALANDRI (gk) (*three to be omitted)
Ins: 7. Aivi LUIK (returns from injury), 11. Lisa DE VANNA (signed from Linkoping, Sweden), 16. Thia Eastman (promoted) Outs: None Unavailable: Kirri BOLTON (hip - 1 week), Jaymee GIBBONS (knee - 2 weeks)
Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United Sunday 11 November 2012 Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney Local kick-off: 2pm Referee: Kate Jacewicz
After their historic maiden Westfield W-League victory, newbies Western Sydney Wanderers face the challenge of tackling reigning champions Canberra United for the first time. The Wanderers may be short on x-factor but their win over Perth Glory proved they are big on heart. This week they are boosted by the return of mercurial forward Catherine Canulli, while Sweden international midfielder Louisa Fors will add much-needed experience.
Ominously for the Wanderers, Canberra United are starting to find the kind of form which took them to an inaugural crown last term. Victory over Adelaide United returned Jitka Klimkova-s side to the summit, albeit ahead of Sydney FC only on goal difference. Intriguingly though, while the team from the nation-s capital have racked up eight goals in their past two matches, they have all come in the final 20 minutes.
Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1. Liz DURACK, 2. Samantha SPACKMAN, 3. Alexandra HUYNH, 4. Alesha CLIFFORD, 5. Olivia KENNEDY, 6. Rachael SOUTAR, 8. Vanessa HART, 9. Sarah WALSH (c), 10. Servet UZUNLAR, 11. Louise FORS, 12. Jessica SEAMAN, 13. Catherine CANNULI, 14. Trudy CAMILLERI, 15. Teigen ALLEN, 16. Linda O'NEILL, 17. Alisha BASS, 21. Georgia ROWNTREE (*two to be omitted)
Ins: Catherine CANNULI (returns from injury), Louise FORS (signed from Linkoping, Sweden) Outs: None Unavailable: Jenna KINGSLEY (knee - season)
Canberra United squad: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2. Caitlin COOPER, 3. Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 4. Christine WALTERS, 5. Grace FIELD, 6. Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 8. Hayley RASO, 9. Grace GILL, 10. Snez VELJANOVSKA, 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 13. Nicole SYKES, 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 15. Sally SHIPARD, 16. Catherine BROWN, 17. Ariane HINGST, 18. Samantha WOOD, 19. Jennifer BISSET, 20. Trudy BURKE (gk) (*five to be omitted)
Ins: 5. Grace FIELD, 8. Hayley RASO, 9. Grace GILL, 10. Snez VELJANOVSKA, 12. Sally ROJAHN (all poromoted) Outs: None Unavailable: None
Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Sunday 11 November 2012 Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Local kick-off: 4.45pm Referee: Kirralee Gardener
The Westfield W-League-s own version of the Big Blue will surely be a hard-fought contest despite the relative positions on the ladder. Sydney FC moved top with a highly impressive 3-1 win at the home of traditional rivals Brisbane Roar. The Sky Blues will be looking to continue their momentum as they prepare to make do without a host of players expecting to receive a national team call-up the following weekend, with the Matildas to compete in the East Asian Football Federation Championship.
Melbourne Victory got off the mark last weekend with a maiden win of the campaign against Newcastle Jets and, importantly, it was the kind of resolute showing that took the side to last season-s semi-finals. Now, two weeks after losing key players Ash Brown and Louisa Bisby to season-ending injuries, the Victory are buoyed by the arrival of two vastly experienced imports. Well-credentialed Wales skipper Jessica Fishlock comes to Australia having won the English Super League player of the year award earlier this week. Petra Larsson, another midfielder, arrives from Sweden-s Linkopings where she played alongside Lisa De Vanna, in arguably the world-s toughest league.
Sydney FC squad: 1. Sian MCCLAREN, 2. Teresa POLIAS, 3. Elizabeth RALSTON, 4. Sam KERR, 5. Meg McLAUGHLIN, 7. Nicola BOLGER, 8. Amy HARRISON, 9. Caitlin FOORD, 10. Renee ROLLASON, 11. Annalie LONGO, 12. Chloe LOGARZO, 13. Larissa CRUMMER, 14. Alanna KENNEDY, 15. Hannah BROMLEY, 16. Ellyse PERRY, 17. Kyah SIMON, 18. Brittany WHITFIELD, 19 Emma KETE, 20. Sham KHAMIS (gk) (*four to be omitted)
Ins: Meg McLAUGHLIN, Amy HARRISON, Hannah BROMLEY, Brittany WHITFIELD (all promoted) Outs: None Unavailable: Natalie TOBIN (hip - 2-4 weeks)
Melbourne Victory squad: 1. Brianna DAVEY (gk), 2: Danielle JOHNSON, 3. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 4. Rebekah STOTT, 5. Laura SPIRANOVIC, 6. Petra LARSSON, 7. Stephanie CATLEY (c), 9. Tiffany ELIADIS, 10. Jessica McDONALD. 14. Enza BARILLA, 15. Amy JACKSON, 16. Georgie KOUTROUVELIS, 17. Gulcan KOCA, 18. Cindy LAY, 20. Cassandra DIMOVSKI (gk), Jessica FISHLOCK (*one to be omitted)
In: Petra LARSSON (signed from Linkopings, Sweden), Jessica FISHLOCK (signed from Bristol Academy, England) Outs: 11. Caitlin FRIEND (knee - one week) Unavailable: Ashley BROWN (knee - season), Louisa BISBY (knee - season)