Brisbane Roar will this weekend return to the Westfield W-League Finals for the first time since 2016 and bring some impressive form with them.
A ninth win of the season against Canberra United on Sunday was enough for the Roar to finish as Premiers, three points clear of nearest rivals Sydney FC.
The result extended the Roar’s unbeaten run to six matches, dating back well into 2017, and saw Mel Andreatta’s side finish with the best defensive record in the league.
While defence has been a cornerstone of Brisbane’s Premiership run this year, eight goals in the final two games suggests the City defence will have their hands full on Sunday.
The Roar followed up a 4-2 win away against Adelaide in the penultimate round with another four-goal haul against Canberra on Sunday.
Dangerous attackers Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik both found the back of the net and the latter says Brisbane’s attacking flurry has confidence sky-high.
“We get in such good positions but we had been lacking in finishing those chances and put games to bed,” Gielnik said.
“Scoring so many goals in the last few weeks has not only helped us get the three points but has upped our confidence.”
Gielnik says the key to the Roar’s success so far in Westfield W-League season 10 is a feeling of togetherness and trusting in each and every player to fulfill their roles.
The 14-time Westfield Matilda also said competition for places each week has brought the best out of the squad and created a healthy competitive environment.
“We’re a one-in, all-in kind of team,” Gielnik continued.
“There have been good, positive vibes all season. The key thing is that everyone gets along both on and off the field which I think has been key to our success.
“We have such a strong squad and nobody’s spot is safe – Mel has some tough decisions to make every week. That’s really important and has driven that competitive culture.”