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 start for us and I think maybe our preparation wasn’t as good as it should’ve been for the first game.,” Polkinghorne explained
“Leading into the start of the W-League we had pretty much half the team in the US playing with the Matildas.
“That was something that disjointed the team a little bit but it didn’t take long to get back into it.”
Polkinghorne said the side adapted better to the recent international series against China and, with Matildas commitments concluded for the calendar year, the momentum was now firmly with Roar in the W-League.
“Some of us had three games in one week, which was tough, but we came up with a win against Western Sydney and that gave us a little bit of momentum going into the Canberra game last weekend,” Polkinghorne said.
Roar turned around their opening round three goal defeat to long time rivals Canberra United, winning 1-0 courtesy of an early goal to Matilda Elise Kellond-Knight.
Polkinghorne said Roar’s uncompromising standards were crucial to the club’s ongoing success in the W-League.
“I guess it’s the whole culture of the club we have here at Brisbane Roar, we set extremely high standards and we have the players that can meet those standards.
“Our history in the Westfield W-League, and also the A-League, is testament to the culture of the club.”
The Roar W-League team was brought in house by the club this season after previously being run in conjunction with Football Queensland, and Polkinghorne said the benefits had been marked.
“There’s benefits on our behalf (as players) and also on the club’s behalf,” Polkinghorne explained.
“We get a lot more services out of the Brisbane Roar as well and we’re becoming more and more professional, and that only helps our game on the pitch as well as off the pitch.”
Amongst those benefitted most from the increased professionalism are the Roar’s contingent of young stars.
“We’ve got three Under-17 Mini Matildas in the squad at the moment and they’ve got a massive future ahead of them,” Polkinghorne said in reference to Ayesha Norrie, Sunny Franco and Brooke Goodrich.
“They’re going to gain a lot of experience out of the W-League and playing with quality players and training day-in, day-out with Matildas.
“They’re going to improve in leaps and bounds and they’re going to be very exciting for the future.”
The Mini Matildas are coached by Roar W-League coach Belinda Wilson.