Who's who in the W - Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets unveil their squad ahead of this season's competition.

Newcastle Jets have named their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign and with a couple of notable additions, will be looking for a similar end result to their first campaign. Last season was one to forget and after finishing bottom of the table without a win; things can only go forwards.

After the opening Westfield W-League season where they finished second, hopes were high for the year two competition. However, after narrowly losing out to Canberra United in the play-offs, there were changes in the personnel department, leaving a very different looking squad for the upcoming challenge.

This time round though, the squad has been bolstered with several additions, most notably Westfield Matilda Thea Slatyer. Impressive signings also include Sasha McDonnell and Kara Mowbray.

Two interesting additions also come in the form of goalkeeper Allison Lipsher (who played for top American side Boston Breakers last season) and Nicole Cross who also played in the US.

Aside from the newcomers, Newcastle have retained the services of former Westfield Matildas Amber Neilson and Hayley Crawford who have the knowledge and experience to help the team improve on last year-s campaign.

Coach Wayne O-Sullivan has again decided to put his faith in the crème of his young stars from last season, including Tara Andrews, Hannah Brewer and Carlie Ikonomou who all showed promise last time round. Coach Sully knows only too well how a short season means a good start is important.

“There-s only 10 games and our hopes and outcomes are the same as anyone else-s. If we make it to the finals, anything can happen.”

He-s sure that his squad have learned lessons from last season and has a very positive outlook ahead of this season-s opener.

“Last year was about building and establishing a full-time competative female programme. We've got a lot more stability now and the introduction of experienced senior players with domestic and international experience will compliment or younger players. My top ambition would be to make the finals.”

It-s sure to be a tough season again for the Newcastle Jets but with a better mix of youth and experience this time round, they-re sure to be an improved outfit. The addition of experience from the US also adds to their push for this season.

Newcastle Jets Squad Westfield W-League Season Three

Allison LIPSHER(Goalkeeper), Hannah BREWER(Defender), Hayley CRAWFORD(Defender), Nicole CROSS(Defender/Mid/Forward), Gema SIMON (Defender), Renee CARTWRIGHT(Midfield), Tara ANDREWS(Forward), Amber NEILSON(Midfield), Sasha McDONNELL(Forward), Leia SMITH(Forward), Kara MOWBRAY(Forward), Melissa FEUERRIEGEL(Forward), Thea SLATYER(Defender), Carlie IKONOMOU(Defender/Midfield), Alex HUYNH(Defender), Alison LOGUE(Goalkeeper)

CONFIRMED ARRIVALS: Sasha Mcdonnell (Fulltime NNSWIS previously Queensland), Kara Mowbury (Full Time NNSWIS previuously Melbourne Victory), Melissa Feuregill (returned from college america ), Thea Sltayer (previuos Canberra), Alex Hyung, Nicole Cross (LA Pride) and Allison Lipsher (Boston Breakers), Kate Hensman.

CONFIRMED DEPARTURES: Caitlin Jarvie, Lauren Mahoney, Emma Stewart, Pele Ingles, Emma K Dewhurst, Stacey Day

Newcastle-s Fixtures

November: Sat 6, 2:30 PM Adelaide United W-League Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide

Sat 20, 3:00 PM Brisbane Roar W-League Wanderers Oval, Newcastle

Sat 27, 3:00 PM Sydney FC W-League Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown

December: Sun 5, 5:00 PM Perth Glory W-League 6PR Stadium, Perth

Sat 11, 3:00 PM Canberra United W-League EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle

January: Sun 2, 3:00 PM Melbourne Victory W-League Wanderers Oval, Newcastle

Sat 8, 3:00 PM Adelaide United W-League Wanderers Oval, Newcastle

Sat 15, 5:00 PM Canberra United W-League Deakin Football Stadium, Canberra

Sat 22, 2:00 PM Brisbane Roar W-League Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

Sat 29, 3:00 PM Sydney FC W-League Wanderers Oval, Newcastle