Harch looks for Adelaide win
Lana Harch says Brisbane Roar won’t be underestimating bottom-placed Adelaide United when they come to Ballymore Stadium for the Westfield W-League clash on Sunday.
Lana Harch says Brisbane Roar won-t be underestimating bottom-placed Adelaide United when they come to Ballymore Stadium for the Westfield W-League clash on Sunday.
United, along with the Newcastle Jets, are yet to record a win in the Westfield W-League this season and sit at the bottom of the ladder with just two points and a goal difference of negative 17.
In stark contrast, the women in orange are sitting pretty at the top of the Westfield W-League and are yet to lose a game in the 2009 season.
Harch, who will celebrate her 25th birthday next week, said it was important to be in the right frame of mind ahead of any game in the Westfield W-League.
“They-ve (Adelaide) obviously found it challenging in the league, and they-ve had some big 6-0 losses against Sydney and Central Coast,” she said.
“But at this time of year it-s important that we need to expect a tough game and take the game as seriously as we would any other.”
The experience within the Roar camp and the youthfulness of the Adelaide squad is another contrast.
While the home side will field up to eight Matildas in their starting eleven, the Adelaide squad, following the retirement of their inaugural captain and Matilda great Di Alagich last season, is comprised of all-local younger players with the focus on developing South Australian talent.
Harch has fond memories of the last and only time these two sides have met- the opening round game in the 2008/09 season where she became the first player to score for the Roar in the Westfield W-League and went score another in the 4-1 win.
She said she was hoping to replicate her efforts on Sunday, but that wasn-t her main concern.
“Last year was a great year and that first game was very special, scoring the first goal for the Roar but especially being at home made it an exciting experience,” she said.
“Hopefully this weekend I-ll be able to do the same and score one or two, but I really just want to the whole team to do well.”
Looking ahead to the finals series, Harch said that the Roar would not be taking their foot off the pedal.
“With just a couple weeks to go until, hopefully, semi-finals, it-s very important that we consolidate wins and get the result we need,” she said.
As well as being named the Player of the Match for last season-s Grand Final victory against Canberra United, where she opened the scoring and then set up Tameka Butt to score the second, Harch capped off an impressive year when she also picked up the Westfield W-League Player of the Year at the inaugural awards ceremony.
However, football isn-t the only priority in Harch-s life, the former Toowoomba Raiders junior is now a full-time English and Physical Education teacher at Westside Christian College.
Regulars at Ballymore would notice Harch-s pupils who come out in their colours each week to show their support for their favourite player.
“It-s a privilege being a teacher and I-m lucky to be at a school where they love their soccer,” she said.
“It-s great when they come down to Ballymore and show their support and make some noise.”
Brisbane Roar-s match against Adelaide United kicks off at 6.00pm on Sunday 22 November at Ballymore Stadium, preceded by a National Youth League game between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory at 3pm.
Tickets available from the Football Queensland office or at the gate, Clyde Road, Herston - $5 adults and $2 concessions.