Brisbane Roar manager Mike Mulvey says he isn’t concerned about damage to the Suncorp Stadium pitch this Friday night when the club hosts their first double-header.
The round 10 W-League match between the third-placed Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers will precede the A-League side’s clash with Wellington Phoenix, and former Melbourne Victory Women’s coach Mulvey says he is excited by the concept.
“I think it is a very good idea by the club,? Mulvey said, “It is progressive and I think our fans will accept it.” ”I think our average this season is up by about 4,000 or 5,000 per game and I’m sure a lot of those will be very keen to see the W-League game played as a curtain-raiser tomorrow.”
Despite the extra traffic on a surface recently ranked the A-League’s second worst in the PFA Stadium Ratings, Mulvey had no worries about the league-leaders’ slick-passing style being affected.
“What you have to realise is the girls are between 40 and 50 kilos per person, it’s not a 120 kilo rugby player or 100 kilo NRL player,” he joked.
“I’m not talking about them not being aggressive,” he further clarified. ”Some of the female players I’ve worked with are as strong as tacklers as Matt Smith, no question about it.”
Mulvey, who is dealing with the fallout from Besart Berisha’s shock move to Melbourne Victory, is also a former National Youth League
coach, having led Gold Coast United to both a premiership and Grand Final win before stepping up to senior duties.
“I think everybody would dream about maybe having a triple-header, having the youth team, women and into the senior men,” he said.
Brisbane Roar’s W-League women, led by Belinda Wilson, are looking to bounce back from a 4-0 thrashing away to pacesetters Sydney FC last weekend. They are expected to be be boosted by the return of newly crowned FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer. The Wanderers are currently equal second-last, but can potentially move into fifth with a win on Friday.
Kick off for the W-League curtain-raiser at Suncorp Stadium on Friday is set for 4:00pm, with the men scheduled for a 7:00pm start in the main game.