Brisbane Women out for the win
Brisbane's Westfield W-League side is out for a crucial three points.
Brisbane Roar know only a win will do against the Newcastle Jets on Saturday as the side sets its sights on claiming the Westfield W-League premiership.
The top of the table Roar have Sydney FC breathing down their necks and need to come away with three points in the final regular season match which kicks off at 2pm this Saturday at Ballymore Stadium.
While the Roar sit on 20 points this season, Sydney FC are only two points behind, but with two games to play.
Lauren Colthorpe is fully aware of the mathematics involved and says the squad is focused on the task at hand.
“The pressure is on and we have to get the three points to win the match... We really need to win this weekend to put ourselves in the best position to finish top of the ladder,” Colthorpe said.
“But I think that is how we like it, when we go into games that we have to win we seem to perform better.
“[The premiership] is a good thing to win and it will take us into the semis with a lot more confidence, so hopefully Sydney have a slip up in their next couple of rounds.”
Last time Brisbane faced Newcastle, the Roar came away with a solid victory, leaving the Jets in their wake 4-0.
However, Newcastle have shown that they also find the back of the net, powering to a 7-1 win over Adelaide United earlier this month.
“[Newcastle] have been doing really well the last few weeks, so its going to be a tough match and we will have to be ready for it,” Coltorpe said.
Converting goals has also been the focus at training in the Roar camps this week after coming away from a nil all draw last Sunday.
“We need to be better in the final third, we have struggled with that in the last few weeks,” she said.
“We seem to be creating but we are not converting them into goals.
“This week we have been working on our final third and making the right runs, playing the right balls and just being on the same page as each other.
“If we play well and start the game with our top forwards, we should hopefully dominate [Newcastle] and create lots of chances and hopefully finish them off.”
The Queensland floods acted as a distraction last week, preventing the Roar from training but Colthorpe assures fans that this week their focus is on snatching the three points from the Jets and setting up their finals campaign.
“With the floods we couldn-t train for about four days, this week we haven-t missed any sessions we have been out on the park all week and we are much better prepared,” she said.
While the women are doing their thing on the park on Saturday, the Hyundai A-League players will amongst the crowd collecting donations for the Premier-s Queensland Flood Relief Fund.