Keep up to date with all of the action in week 3 of the Westfield W-League.
Perth Glory v Adelaide United Saturday 5 November 2011 nib Stadium, Perth Local kick-off: 12 midday
Both sets of teams will have long marked this particular fixture on their calendar. Aside from being the live TV match, it is a contest both will consider one which can kick-start their campaign. Although Perth Glory and Adelaide United have lost both of their outings to date, there have been some positive signs upon which respective coaches Jamie Harnwell and David Edmondson will be looking to build. And after significant change of squad personnel, it is this part of the season in which they will expect to see some cohesion developing. The match will also be the Glory-s annual National Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser.
After a flat showing in a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne Victory on the opening weekend, the Glory led Canberra United until the hour mark before falling 3-2 to the team from the nation-s capital and the lethal shooting boots of hat-trick heroine Michelle Heyman. New young goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold appears to be an impressive last line of defence, while at the other end of the field, New Zealand international Emma Kete scored on debut in a performance that indicates she will be a significant asset. However, the Glory-s preparations for their first home game of the season were hindered after being delayed in Canberra until Wednesday.
Adelaide have endured a torrid start after opening against frontrunners Canberra, and following that up with a visit to Newcastle as the Jets unleashed their new star-studded line-up. The Newcastle frontline, led by an inspired Lisa De Vanna, scored three unanswered goals, but the Lady Reds will not be the last to be undone by the Matildas dynamo this campaign. The youthful United squad will again have to make do without their trio of Australian U-17 players - Emma Checker, Grace Henry and Ebony Philcox. Live and Exclusive on ABC1 from 3pm AEDT
Perth Glory squad: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 3. Carys HAWKINS, 4. Erika ELZE, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Katarina JUKIC, 7. Sadie LAWRENCE, 8. Tanya OXTOBY (c), 9. Katie HOLTHAM, 10. Jaymee GIBBONS, 11. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 12. Danielle CALAUTTI, 13. Elisa D-OVIDIO, 14. Emily DUNN, 15. Lara FILOCAMO, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Emma KETE, 20. Kristy TESCHINSKY (gk) *two to be omitted In: Jaymee Gibbons (promoted), Danielle Calautti (promoted) Out: None Unavailable: Sarah Carroll (International duty - Australia U-17)
Adelaide United squad: 20. Kristi HARVEY (gk), 2. Ruth WALLACE, 3. Anna GREEN, 4. Daniela DI BARTOLO, 5. Abby ERCEG (C), 7. Racheal QUIGLEY, 8. Leanne SLATER, 9. Marijana RAJCIC, 11. Ashleigh GUNNING, 12. Greta FRENCH-KENNEDY, 13. Vanessa REED, 14. Donna COCKAYNE, 18. Georgia MACRI, 19. Nenita BURGESS, 1. Sian MCLAREN (gk) In: Sian MCLAREN Out: Katherine EBBS (suspended) Unavailable: Emma CHECKER, Grace HENRY, Ebony PHILCOX (All international duty - Australia U-17), Angela FIMMANO (injured)
Sydney FC v Canberra United Saturday 5 November 2011 Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Local kick-off: 3pm
A top-of-the-table meeting between the teams means that this clash - always a highlight on the fixture list - will take on added importance. Traditionally it is Sydney who would have the upper hand, but this time United are in pole position as the only team with a perfect record after two matches. A win here would provide Canberra, who have never beaten Sydney in four attempts, with a massive jump on their rivals. It would also be a measure of revenge for a comprehensive semi-final defeat against the Sky Blues the season before last.
For the first time in their short history, Canberra have won both opening matches to a W-League season with Jitka Klimkova-s side hitting the ground running after a solid pre-season. The Czech coach has quality in all positions across the park, nowhere more so than attack. The prolific Michelle Heyman has bagged five already, the always enterprising Caitlin Munoz has scored twice, while new American signing Taryn Hemmings is already shaping as one of the league-s best new recruits.
Unusually Sydney coach Alen Stajcic has only limited attacking options to choose from for this key match-up. American superstar Megan Rapinoe has finished her all-too-brief cameo in Australia, goal-sneak Leena Khamis has another fortnight of club commitments in Denmark, while player of the year Kyah Simon is still many weeks away from an injury return. On the positive side, Stajcic will be aiming to get more minutes from Heather Garriock and Caitlin Foord, who both came off the bench last weekend. Youngster Foord looked particularly potent in her half-hour on the park, setting up the winner for Rapinoe.
Sydney FC Squad: 1. Allison LIPSHER (gk), 15. Thea SLATYER, 3. Danielle BROGAN (C), 5. Estelle JOHNSON, 6. Servet UZUNLAR, 4. Renee ROLLASON, Kylie LEDBROOK, Teresa POLIAS, 9. Sarah WALSH, 12. Teigen ALLEN, 8. Caitlin FOORD, 13. Brittany WHITTFIELD, 14. Rachael SOUTAR, 7. Heather GARRIOCK, 20. Monique JACKSON (gk) In: Rachael SOUTAR (promoted) Out: Megan RAPINOE (returns to US) Unavailable: Kyah Simon (injured), Victoria Balomenos (injured - season), Leena Khamis (overseas - 1 week), Alisha Bass, Sham Khamis (both international duty - Australia U-17)
Canberra United squad: 1. Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2. Caitlin COOPER, 3. Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 4. Christine WALTERS, 5. Kahlia HOGG, 6. Caitlin MUNOZ, 7. Ellie BRUSH, 8. Hayley RASO, 9. Grace GILL, 10. Snez VELJANOVSKA, 11. Michelle HEYMAN, 12. Sally ROJAHN, 13. Nicole SYKES, 14. Ashleigh SYKES, 15. Sally SHIPARD, 16. Ellyse EPERRY, 18. Taryn HEMMINGS, 19. Jennifer BISSET, 20. Aroon CLANSEY (gk) *four to be omitted Unavailable: Leah BLAYNEY (injured)
Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets Saturday 5 November 2011 Cleveland Showgrounds, Brisbane Local kick-off: 4pm
While the match in Sydney may decide which team goes top after round three, the contest between champions Brisbane Roar and title aspirants Newcastle Jets could prove to be equally pivotal come season-s end. The new-look Jets cruised to a 3-0 home win against Adelaide last weekend, but it is this match which will truly indicate if they are contenders or pretenders.
The Roar had the bye last weekend meaning momentum is yet to be built, but it does mean the team had extra time to recuperate after battling to a torrid 1-1 draw in Sydney on the opening weekend. For now though Jeff Hopkins side must continue to do without the overseas-based trio of Kim Carroll, Elise Kellond-Knight and Aivi Luik for a few more weeks.
The Jets conversely are overflowing with options on their playing roster, led by their World Cup quartet of new signings; goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri, midfielder Emily Van Egmond, striker Lisa De Vanna and Germany defender Ariane Hingst. The exciting line-up has caught the imagination of the Novocastrian football public with a record local crowd turning out for the opener last weekend. A win in Brisbane will set up their season nicely going into another potentially epic clash against Sydney the following weekend.
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Casey Dumont (gk), 2.Laura Alleway, 3.Karla Reuter, 4. Clare Polkinghorne (c), 5.Brooke Spence, 6.Joanne Burgess, 9.Catherine Cannuli, 10.Lana Harch, 12.Ashley Spina, 13.Tameka Butt, 14. Vedrana Popovic, 15.Sasha McDonnell, 16.Michaela Hatzirodos, 17.Emily Gielnik, 19.Ellen Beaumont, 20.Hoshimi Kishi (gk) * one to be omitted Unavailable: Elise Kellond-Knight, Kim Carroll, Aivi Luik (all overseas - 1 week)
Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Melissa BARBIERI (gk), 2.Hannah BREWER, 3.Alanna KENNEDY, 4.Gemma PEARCE, 5.Alex HUYNH, 6.Nicola BOLGER, 7.Gema SIMON, 8.Linda O'NEILL, 9.Tara ANDREWS, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 12.Monnique KOFOED, 13.Stacey DAY, 14.Bronte BATES, 15.Rhali DOBSON, 16.Cassandra KOPPEN, 17.Ariane HINGST (c), 20.Alison LOGUE (gk) *three to be omitted Unavailable: nil
BYE: Melbourne Victory