Spence out for season

Brisbane Roar’s Brooke Spence will play no further part in the 2009 Westfield W-League season after breaking her ankle in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Melbourne.

Brisbane Roar-s Brooke Spence will play no further part in the 2009 Westfield W-League season after breaking her ankle in Saturday-s 1-1 draw with Melbourne.

The defender is still waiting on final confirmation from her doctor but says she will most probably be looking at eight to 10 weeks on the sidelines.

The 21-year-old said it would be hard for her to watch from the sidelines.

“I-m a very energetic type of person and will definitely find it hard to watch and not play,” she said.

“My roommate who is (Roar teammate) Lauren Colthorpe has already yelled at me for trying to do some gym stuff at home!”

Spence has been a consistent performer for the Brisbane Roar side throughout both seasons in the Westfield W-League and coach Jeff Hopkins said her presence would be sorely missed.

“Last year Brooke played more of a left-back position, but this year she-s moved into the centre with Shorty (Kate McShea) and they-ve been excellent together, and you can tell by the amount of goals we haven-t conceded,” Hopkins said.

“She has been outstanding all year, she gets better and better each game and this is a big loss for us.”

Nevertheless, there are numerous players that are capable of taking her place in the Roar defence that has only conceded three goals all season.

The consistency of Kate McShea and Clare Polkinghorne in the back four, matched with Karla Reuter-s return to form and the experience of Pam Bignold means that the Roar-s defence will maintain their dangerous edge.

Ellen Beaumont-s versatility can-t be underestimated either, the midfielder slotting into the right back position with ease in the Roar-s last two outings.

Spence said Hopkins will have no trouble filling her spot.

“Our squad has so much depth and there are lots of players who I-m sure are more than willing to take my position.”

Hopkins said it was a chance for one of the players to step up.

“Brooke has really made that position her own and she was only ever going to lose it with an injury like this but this is an opportunity for someone else to come in and stake a place.

He said even injury wouldn-t keep Spence away from supporting her teammates.

“Knowing Brooke she-ll be there at all the games supporting whoever comes in and helping wherever she can.”

Brisbane Roar take on Adelaide United this Sunday at Ballymore Stadium from 6pm, to be preceded by a youth league match between Brisbane and Melbourne at 3pm.

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