It was a sublime finish to 2017 for our Roar Women, but Mel Andreatta’s squad is well aware there is a long way to go in Westfield W-League season 10.
The Roar Women ended the calendar year two points clear at the top of the ladder following two crucial victories over Melbourne City and Perth Glory.
The squad returned to training in the new year squarely focused on Friday night’s clash against Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium (4:20pm KO) and Andreatta says there is no sign of complacency.
“The girls have shown already this season that they are able to re-focus well, regardless of the result. I’m sure we’ll see a similar response on Friday,” Andreatta said.
The Victory head to Suncorp Stadium in seventh position on the ladder with just two wins to their name and not a single point picked up on their travels, but the Roar are aware of the dangers their opponents can pose.
Attacker Natasha Dowie sits inside the top-10 goalscorers in the league with five goals to her name and netted a hat-trick in the sides’ last meeting.
“There are no easy games. She [Dowie] will want to show why she’s a marquee striker and will be a big threat. She has been serviced well and they also have a strong backline that allows them space and time to build up and also protect their own goal,” Andreatta added.
Brisbane’s defence has been a cornerstone of their success so far this campaign with keeper Mackenzie Arnold keeping a league-high five clean sheets.
“The squad understands that we defend as group and that there is no one person who doesn’t have a responsibility at any point. They work tirelessly and value the importance of it which gives us time and space when we do get the ball back,” Andreatta said.
With five rounds to play in the regular season, the Roar are focused on continued improvement and building into this year’s Finals Series.
“What we are getting better at is identifying moments when we can go forward quickly and knowing when we have to regain the ball and control possession,” Andretta said.
“There is a massive commitment here to being better. As individuals, all the players have clear goals for areas in their game in which they want to improve.
“As a coaching group, we’re working hard to support them in the pursuit of both individual and team goals.”
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Westfield W-League Round 10: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Friday, 5 January (4:20pm KO)