Jets take points in top-four battle

Brisbane Roar Women have fallen short in Sunday’s Westfield W-League clash against Newcastle Jets in front of a strong crowd at A.J Kelly Park.

Jets attacker Arin Gilliland netted a first-half hat-trick for the visitors against a Roar outfit that dominated chances in the opening 45 minutes but were unable to make the most of their opportunities.

Head Coach Mel Andreatta says her side were forced to pay by the Jets for not being more clinical in attack.

"It's disappointing. The result certainly isn't indicative of the preparation and we need to improve on some of the areas that defined the match in the first half," Andreatta said.

"They executed their set pieces well and we have to improve in our defending of them which we did in the second half.

"We created alot of chances but we need to be more ruthless and clinical in the front third, which we will keep working on."

Emily Gielnik returned in full force in her first start of the season, making an impact throughout the 90 minutes and regularly causing issues for the Jets defence and keeper Britt Eckerstrom.

Brisbane’s American midfielder Celeste Boureille was also tireless throughout the contest and stood up to a tough task against Australian international Emily Van Egmond.

The ladies in orange will now prepare for the Round 8 clash at Suncorp Stadium against Melbourne City on Sunday, 17 December (3:30pm KO QLD time).



  • The Roar Women returned to A.J Kelly Park in front of a 1,282-strong crowd on Sunday afternoon in a top 4 showdown against the Hunter-based Jets.
  • The home side dominated chances in the opening 45 minutes but were made to pay on the counter by the Jets who made the most of their opportunities, finding the net three times.
  • Emily Gielnik played a starring role on both sides of attack, running with speed at the Jets defence
  • Clare Polkinghorne was strong in defence once again, leading the Roar back four and denying chances for the visitors


Newcastle Jets - Gilliland 15' - 0-1
Mackenzie Arnold rushes out to clear a long ball in behind the Roar defence but Arin Gilliland reacts well and fires home from long-range.

Newcastle Jets - Gilliland 31' -  0-2
The Jets attack on the counter and Gilliland again puts the ball in the back of the net, this time from inside the area.

Newcastle Jets - Gilliland 39' - 0-3
Gilliland completes her hat-trick and puts the Jets well in the ascendancy before the break.



Westfield W-League 2017/18: Round 7 - Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets
A.J. Kelly Park, Kippa-Ring
Sunday, 10 December

Brisbane Roar 0

Newcastle Jets 3 (Gilliland 15', 31', 39')

Half-time: 0-3