Fan favourite Tameka Yallop can’t wait to be back out in front of her home crowd for the second time this season when the Roar Women return to Lions Stadium to face the Wanderers on Thursday night.
Yallop played her first minutes for the Club since returning during the off-season last round, putting away her 50th goal for the Club in the process.
One of three foundation players in the squad, Yallop knows the crowd could be influential in handing the Wanderers their first defeat of the campaign.
“It’s always good to play in front of a Brisbane crowd & it’s great to start the season with two home games – hopefully we can make the most of this one,” Yallop said.
“It’s a good pitch & we can’t wait to get out there tomorrow
“They [Wanderers] have got some strong players, but we’re focusing on how we play & if we play our football then we know we’re good enough to get the win.”
A confident, energetic week on the pitch has the Roar Women primed to bounce back from a disappointing result against the Victory.
“Every point counts & you can’t afford to drop too many so getting the three points tomorrow night is really important,” Yallop continued.
A slow start, during which the Roar conceded two early goals, proved to be critical in the last outing, but Head Coach Jake Goodship knows his side’s best is more than enough to get the job done.
“This week, we’ve just reinforced what we did well last week. Take after the first 15 minutes or so & we were fantastic,” Goodship said.
“We’ve had a great week in training – really positive & full of confidence.”
Goodship has made one change from the squad that fell to the Victory with Natalie Tathem available once again after serving a one-match suspension on a pitch that the Head Coach classes as ‘one of the best’ in Australia.
“It shows why it’s Lions, in my opinion, is one of the best NPL clubs in the country – it’s a great surface,” he continued.
“We have 23 fit players available & tomorrow we’ll field our best 15 which will hopefully get the job done for us.
“We’ve got an exciting start to the season where we’re playing two of the top teams in the opening rounds. We want to be up there & to do that we need to be competitng against these teams – we did that last week & no doubt we will again tomorrow.”
Westfield W-League 2019/20 Round 3: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers
Lions Stadium, Richlands
Thursday, 28 November (6:30pm KO)
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Mackenzie ARNOLD (gk), 2.Carson PICKETT, 3.Celeste BOUREILLE, 4.Clare POLKINGHORNE (c), 7.Indiah-Paige RILEY, 8.Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9.Rylee BAISDEN, 10.Katrina GORRY, 11.Natalie TATHEM ,12.Allira TOBY, 13.Tameka YALLOP, 15.Claire FARRINGTON, 16.Hayley RASO, 18.Leah DAVIDSON, 19.Hollie PALMER, 20.Georgina WORTH (gk), 23.Isobel DALTON **two to be omitted**
Ins: 11.Natalie TATHEM (returns from suspension), 18.Leah DAVIDSON (promoted)
Unavailable: 6.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT (hamstring – TBC)
Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Abby SMITH (GK), 3.Sam STAAB, 4.Caitlin COOPER, 5.Courtney NEVIN, 6.Denise O’SULLIVAN, 7.Amy HARRISON, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9. Lynn WILLIAMS, 10.Kyra COONEY-CROSS, 11.Cortnee VINE, 15.Alex HUYNH, 17.Tiana JABER, 19.Susan PHONSONGKHAM, 20.Vesna MILIVOJEVIC, 23.Kristen HAMILTON, 30.Courtney NEWBON (GK) **two to be omitted**
Ins: 17.Tiana JABER (promoted), 19.Susan PHONSONGKHAM (promoted)
Unavailable: 40.Jada WHYMAN (injury – knee)
Referee: Isabella Blaess
Assistant Referee 1: Avrol Beecham
Assistant Referee 2: Maggie Price
Fourth Official: Rachel Mitchenson