Roar hoping for big performance against Victory

Brisbane Roar defender Kate McShea says her side is looking for another strong Westfield W-League performance against Melbourne Victory this weekend heading into the final stretch of the season.

Brisbane Roar defender Kate McShea says her side is looking for another strong Westfield W-League performance against Melbourne Victory this weekend heading into the final stretch of the season.

Last time the two sides met in round two, the Roar claimed a 1-0 win but were made to fight hard for the three points with substitute Ellen Beaumont snatching a winner in the 86th minute.

Former skipper McShea said that there was no way her team would be underestimating the fourth-placed Victory, who have had a mixed bag of results this season with three draws, two losses and a draw to their name.

“Although we beat them last time, Melbourne have probably been the strongest team we-ve come up against this season," McShea said.

“They-re a very physical side.”

With a number of the Victory squad based in Brisbane and training every week with the Roar, McShea said the atmosphere at training next week was definitely in the back of the minds of the Brisbane team.

“There are a lot of Queenslanders in the team so we-re definitely looking to get the bragging rights at training!”

Roar coach Jeff Hopkins gave the squad plenty of recovery time this week, but McShea stressed that the focus at training was on quality rather than quantity.

“After travelling to Canberra last week training has been focused a lot on recovery, quiet but short and sharp to make sure we-re ready.”

In a boost for the reigning champions, the Roar will also welcome back midfield dynamos Tameka Butt and Lauren Colthorpe into the squad.

Butt has been troubled by a hamstring on and off this season, but made a memorable cameo against Canberra last week while Colthorpe hasn-t played since the draw with Sydney three weeks ago.

McShea said the whole squad have been helping the two recover in time for the Melbourne game.

“This week we-ll have Meeks (Tameka Butt) and Loz (Lauren Colthorpe) back playing too, so we-ve been easing them back in.”

Brisbane Roar host Melbourne Victory at 6.00pm on Saturday 14 November at Ballymore Stadium.

The match will be preceded by a National Youth match between the Roar and the Central Coast Mariners, starting at 3.15pm.

Tickets are available at the Clyde Road entrance, Herston - adults $5 and concessions $2.

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