Round 1 W-League Preview- Brisbane Roar vs. Canberra United

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Round 1 W-League Preview- Brisbane Roar vs. Canberra United

Last week it was the return of the A-League. This week it’s the W-League’s turn, returning for an 8th season with Brisbane opening the season at home to defending champions Canberra United as part of a double header at Suncorp Stadium. Last year was one to forget for the women’s team as they missed the finals for just the first time in seven years, while Canberra went on to win the W-League Championship for the second time. Due to the disappointment of finishing 6th in the then 8 team competition, coach Belinda Wilson has made mass changes to the playing…

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Roar Unveil W-League squad and Slash NYL squad

Brisbane Roar over the weekend have confirmed the majority of their W-League squad for the upcoming season as they seek to return to the finals after missing out for the first time in the competition’s history last year. It is the outs which dominate the attention with a host of internationals all departing the setup, a list which includes Nadine Angerer (retired) Elise Kellond-Knight (Germany), Kim Carroll (Perth), Hayley Raso (Melbourne Victory), Laura Alleway (Melbourne City) and Sunny Franco (Sydney FC). Coming in for the Roar are a host of players from the NPL Queensland with Sofie Persson (Sunshine Coast)…

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Melbourne Victory W-League to take its place on the world stage

Melbourne Victory W-League will break new ground for the club when it heads off to Japan for the International Women’s Club Championship. The tournament will feature Melbourne Victory for the first time and the significance is not lost on either coach Joe Montemurro and captain Stephanie Catley. “It’s going really well, it’s such a relief going over with a finals spot,” Victory’s skipper Stephanie Cately said. “For the club, it’s massive, it’s the first time we’ve been able to go do the club championship and we’ve got a really strong team. “It means a lot, we don’t get much coverage…

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Heidi at home with familiar faces

It has been like slipping into an old glove for Heidi Makrillos, who has joined the Sydney FC W-League side reuniting with several of her former team-mates in a united Sky Blues team. Makrillos made her debut off the bench in the opening game this season (Sydney FC’s 2-0 win over Adelaide United) with two further substitute appearances thus far. She is working hard to establish herself in a team filled with attacking options including American striker Jasmyne Spencer. Talking about her step up to W-League football, Makrillos admitted it was a challenge, moving from NSW Premier League football into the national…

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Victory W-League’s Nairn talks the weekend’s Derby curtain-raiser and more

Melbourne Victory W-League’s ace midfielder Christine Nairn praised the W-league’s standard of play and looked ahead to this Saturday’s clash with Canberra United, which will also be the curtain raiser to the A-League’s first Melbourne derby of the season. “The team is really excited, being the curtain-opener for the men for the Melbourne derby. We’re excited to be here, excited to potentially play before a sell-out crowd. We can’t wait to get started,” said Nairn. “They have the best fans that I have seen so far in this league, especially on the women’s side. We’re excited to put on a…

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Brisbane Hit Top Form for W-League Grand Final

Brisbane Roar W-League defender Kim Carroll believes the two-time champions have peaked at the right time for their fifth Grand Final in six seasons. Brisbane pulled off a 2-1 upset away to premiers Canberra United to reach Sunday’s decider, where they will meet Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium. “We were hoping for a better result in terms of where we finished on the ladder but we’re happy we made the top four and that’s all that counts in our season,” Carroll said. “We’ve had an up and down season, I think everyone knows that. We have had a few losses…

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Mastrantonio Returns to Victory

Football Federation Victoria (FFV) has today completed the signing of Matilda and former Perth Glory midfielder Ella Mastrantonio, making her the newest addition to Melbourne Victory’s Westfield W-League team. The 22-year-old was released by Perth Glory last week and is a former Melbourne Victory player, having made 11 appearances in a consistent 2010/2011 season. Mastrantonio has 57 W-League appearances and six Matildas caps to her name and joins Maika Ruyter-Hooley and Lauren Barnes as Victory’s three signings in the past fortnight. Melbourne Victory coach David Edmondson said he was pleased to have secured the services of Mastrantonio ahead of his…

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Angerer Wins the FIFA Ballon d’Or

Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has received the highest personal accolade in the sport, winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or for World Player of the Year at the official awards ceremony in Zurich overnight. Angerer won the award for her incredible achievements in 2013 which included captaining Germany to a UEFA European Championships victory – saving two penalties in the final – and subsequently being named the UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe. “I have to say that I’m a little surprised, but very thankful,” Angerer said. “I have to thank everybody that voted for me and I just want to…

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Fox Sports provides W-League impetus

Sunday will be an historic day for the Westfield W-League with two live matches being broadcast by separate networks in a rare achievement for women’s sport in Australia. Fox Sports will broadcast its first-ever Westfield W-League live match when Sydney FC tackle Melbourne Victory from Allianz Stadium in a replay of last season’s thrilling grand final. ABC1 will also continue its weekly ongoing commitment to the Westfield W-League with coverage of the match between in-form two-time champions Brisbane Roar and the rejuvenated Adelaide United at 3pm on Sunday. Fox Sports’ maiden Westfield W-League broadcast will commence at 2pm on Sunday…

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Roar Women Gaining Momentum

Brisbane Roar W-League captain Claire Polkinghorne says she and her teammates have found their rhythm following three straight away wins in the competition. The traditional W-League powerhouses opened their campaign with a home loss to Canberra United, however now sit in equal first place with Melbourne Victory following three impressive away victories. Roar will play their first home game in over a month this Sunday against Adelaide United at QSAC and Polkinghorne was confident the two-time W-League champions are ready to continue their recent run of results. “Going into the season we knew it was going to be a tough…

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