2013-14 W-League Grand Final Preview:Posted: February 21, 2014
2013-14 W-League Grand Final
Melbourne Victory vs. Brisbane Roar
Sunday February 23, 3.00pm (Victorian time)
Lakeside Stadium, Melbourne
TV: ABC1- 3.00pm (1hr delay here in Brisbane)
Brisbane Roar squad:
1) Nadine Angerer (gk), 2) Laura Alleway, 3) Amy Chapman, 4) Clare Polkinghorne ©, 5) Brooke Spence, 6) Joanne Burgess, 7) Kim Carroll, 8) Elise Kellond-Knight, 9) Larissa Crummer, 10) Katrina Gorry, 11) Vedrana Popovic, 12) Erika Elze, 13) Tameka Butt, 14) Natasha Wheeler, 15) Brooke Goodrich, 16) Hayley Raso, 17) Emily Gielnik, 18) Sunny Franco, 19) Ayesha Norrie, 20) Kate Stewart (gk).
Melbourne Victory squad:
1) Brianna Davey (gk), Rebekah Stott, 3) Jessica Humble, 4) Katie Hoyle, 5) Laura Spiranovic, 6) Cindy Lay, 7) Stephanie Catley ©, 8) Ashley Brown, 9) Caitlin Friend, 10) Jessica Fishlock, 11) Lisa de Vanna, 12) Jessica Samuelson, 13) Tiffany Eliadis, 14) Enza Barilla, 15) Emma Checker, 16) Beattie Goad, 17) Gulcan Koca, 18) Emily Hulbert, 19) Alex Natoli, 20) Cassandra Dimovski (gk).
After last weeks 2-1 victory in the nations capital over premiership winners Canberra United, Brisbane Roar are through to their fifth Grand Final in six seasons this Sunday against Melbourne Victory. Brisbane are no strangers to the W-League showpiece as mentioned above with four previous appearances in the final for a 50% success rate. Melbourne on the other hand are in their second final in their history, and host the decider for the second straight season. Their only other Grand Final appearance was last year and resulted in a loss to Sydney FC.
This season the two sides met just the once in the regular season, and it happened to be just two weeks ago in the final round. That day the two sides played out an attacking and even display with Brisbane winning off the back of a Katrina Gorry set piece.
Best of luck to the W-League side lead by coach Belinda Wilson and captain Clare Polkinghorne, they’ve been a model of consistency since the competition began back in 2008 and a win on Sunday would make them the most successful side in W-League history, an honour they currently share with Sydney FC (Both sides having won two finals each).
** There will be no live in game updates on this game due to the delayed telecast on TV, and also the farcical scheduling scenario that makes it impossible to watch both games live. I may post a Full-Time score after the completion of the A-League game, or I might wait and give people time to watch the game on replay. Either way I’ll work it out before Sunday and let you know. Best of luck to the girls regardless.