Brisbane Roar Women are backing their fitness base to be the key to success in Sunday’s penultimate clash of Westfield W-League season 10.
Temperatures are expected to soar above 40 degrees Celsius in Adelaide on Sunday, with kick-off pushed back by half-hour to 6pm local time (5:30pm QLD time).
After grinding out a result against two-time defending champions Melbourne City on Sunday in similarly scorching temperatures, Head Coach Mel Andreatta says her side has confidence in putting in a strong 90-minute performance, regardless of the conditions.
“We showed that we can still put a good performance together and get a result in hot conditions against City last weekend and it will be hot again on Sunday,” Andreatta said.
“It gives us confidence heading into Sunday's match that we’ll be ready for the challenge and know we’ll finish strong.”
As well as testing conditions, the Roar Women will be up against a confidence-filled Adelaide United side.
Despite sitting ninth on the ladder, the Reds recorded just their second win of the season in their last start against finals contenders Newcastle Jets and will be well-rested after a bye last weekend.
Brisbane won their only meeting earlier this season, but Adelaide pushed the ladder leaders to the brink with a last-gasp Hayley Raso strike the only goal in a tense affair.
“They [Adelaide] proved their capabilities against Newcastle and I’m sure they’ll be doing everything they can to get three points in front of their fans,” Andreatta said.
“We didn’t score until the final few minutes in our last game against them. They have changed their system a bit since then too and it’s proven effective. They’ve also had a few players come back in since we played them so it will be a great contest.”
Sunday’s clash is the Roar Women’s final away fixture of the Westfield W-League regular season with Andreatta’s having picked up an incredible 13 points from a possible 15 on the road this season.
“That shows that the things our leadership group have put in place has allowed for consistency in our preparation. That means, whether we’re home or away, the feeling is much the same,” Andreatta said.
“We’re in good form and I reckon we’ll see a good result.”
Westfield W-League Round 13: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Marden Sports Complex
Sunday, 28 January (5:30pm KO QLD time)