Roar Women primed for Glory challenge

Brisbane Roar Women's Head Coach Mel Andreatta says her side will take a similarly-aggressive mindset into Sunday's clash with Perth Glory to the one that saw them take three points in last week's season opener in Sydney.

Fighting hard to force turnovers has been a focal point for the Roar, and despite the Sky Blues kicking-off in the first half, Katrina Gorry had the ball in the back of the net after 17 seconds following some good work from Allira Toby.

Andreatta says that mentality won't change against the Glory on Sunday.

"[Last week] we went straight in from the kick-off to get the ball back, it paid dividends and we will be doing that each week. Going forward, we’ll focus on continuing to improve that aspect but adapting when teams try to figure out how to manage our aggression," Andreatta said.

The Roar come up against a table-topping Perth Glory side led by in-form Westfield Matildas striker Sam Kerr.

A battle for the ages is set in the Roar defence with Brisbane captain Clare Polkinghorne tasked with the job of keeping one of the most dangerous female footballers in the world.

"I think as a team we’re preparing to manage the entire Glory side. She [Kerr] is served by some quality midfielders and a back four who look for her early. There are 11 players on that park and we’re prepared to take on all of them," Andreatta added.

Polkinghorne is expecting a tough test from a Glory side that downed defending Champions Melbourne City in the first round.

Polkinghorne


“I’m very excited to be playing against Sam, she is in great form coming off a massive season in the United States and Perth Glory are coming off a very solid win last week.” Polkinghorne said.

“They are going to be a very strong team and no doubt Sam will play a massive part in their success.”

As the second round of Westfield W-League season 10 dawns, both clubs are coming into the game with form and three points under their belt.

The Roar will be looking to maintain their good record at Suncorp Stadium this Sunday.

They won both matches at the venue last season and Polkinghorne backs her side to put in another committed and strong display against the Glory in round 2.

“Its always nice to start the season with a win and we are looking at building from that performance leading into Sunday's game," Polkinghorne added.

Westfield Matilda and Club stalwart Tameka Butt is in line to play her first match of the season after returning from a stellar season in Norway.

Polkinghorne, who is the only women to have played 100 games for the Roar, says the side will be boosted by the return of a player set for her 98th Westfield W-League appearance.

“Tameka will be a massive asset for us this weekend," she said.

“She is fit and ready to go, so it will good for us to have her back and get her in the midfield applying pressure.”

Toby


MATCH DETAILS
Westfield W-League 2017/18 Round 2: Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory.
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sunday, 5 November, 1:30pm KO (QLD time)

BRISBANE ROAR SQUAD

Goalkeepers: 1.Mackenzie ARNOLD, 30.Kirsten VEREEN

Defenders: 2.Carson PICKETT, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 14.Summer O'BRIEN

Midfielders: 3.Amy CHAPMAN, 6.Celeste BOUREILLE, 7.Ayesha NORRIE, 10.Katrina GORRY, 11.Natalie TATHEM, 18.Lucinda PULLAR

Attackers: 9.Wai Ki CHEUNG, 12.Allira TOBY, 13.Tameka BUTT, 15.Abbey LLOYD, 16.Hayley RASO

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 3.Amy CHAPMAN (promoted), 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY (returns from international duty), 13.Tameka BUTT (promoted)

Outs: 19.Hollie PALMER (not selected)

Unavailable: 20.Georgina WORTH (illness – 1 week)

KEY STATS

  • Only Melbourne City has had more shots on target than the Roar so far this season.
  • Brisbane made the most crosses of any side in the opening round with  37.9% accuracy - the second best in the league.
  • Brisbane is the only side to have scored in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time while Perth is the only side to do so in the 15 minutes following the interval.
  • Allira Toby and Rachel Hill are the only players to have scored multiple goals so far this campaign.