Roar Women Head Coach Jake Goodship is expecting one of the toughest tests of Westfield W-League pre-season when his squad faces the NPL QLD All-Stars tomorrow evening at Dolphin Stadium.
The fixture forms part of a blockbuster double header in Redcliffe, with the Women’s fixture at 5pm to be followed by a Men’s clash at 7pm. Get your tickets HERE.
With the NPL Women’s season wrapping up less than seven days ago, Goodship says there will be opportunities and minutes on offer for plenty of players tomorrow night.
“It’s good to get straight back into the things. We’ve only had a handful of players for a few days, but the young players have been in for a few weeks now so it’s a good opportunity for them to showcase what they’ve got,” Goodship said.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to creating and developing the depth in our squad, and that link with our youth side in the QAS & the [Westfield] W-League side here.
“There’ll be a lot of players who get minutes and opportunities, so it’s exciting for us staff to watch.
“It’s also a great celebration of female football and football in general.”
The Roar have welcomed back a number of the club’s favourite daughters with Westfield Matildas stars Tameka Yallop, Emily Gielnik & Kim Carroll already locked in for the upcoming campaign.
Goodship has also added some of the finest out of the NPL Women’s competition to his squad with the likes of Golden Boot winner Mariel Hecher & Capalaba FC star Billie Murphy earning their first crack in the Westfield W-League.
The Head Coach has been impressed with what his new brigade have added to the mix.
“They’ve got great leadership skills – great characters, great people and they fit what we want,” Goodship added.
"There are still plenty of experienced players in that All-Stars squad and they’ll be a really good team – it’ll be our toughest game of pre-season.”