W-League R9 recap- Raso and Toby secure priceless win in Perth


Brisbane Roar (2) Raso 59’, Toby 66’
Perth Glory (0)
1,046 at Dorrien Gardens, Perth

Brisbane Roar will enter 2018 on top of the W-League table after an important 2-0 win away from home against Perth Glory in a top of the table clash at Dorrien Gardens. Second half goals from Hayley Raso and Allira Toby ensured it was a successful trip across the Nullarbor for Mel Andreatta’s side, who hold a two point advantage at the top of the table with five rounds of the season remaining.

58’ (0-1) Brisbane found the games opening goal just before the hour mark when the home side failed to clear their lines from a corner, and Hayley Raso was on hand to turn the ball into the back of the net.

66’ (0-2) A Katrina Gorry cross was turned home by striker Allira Toby to double Brisbane’s advantage.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Gielnik, Toby.
Substitutions- Lloyd for Toby (67’), Cheung for Gielnik (88’), Palmer for Pickett (90+2’).
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Gorry (16’).
Red Cards– Nil.

Perth Glory XI– Maizels, S. Carroll, K. Carroll, Rigby, Frisbie, Stanton, Tabain, Rodriguez, Bolger, Billam, Hill.
Substitutions– Gibbons for Bolger (58’), May for Billam (68’).
Unused Substitutes– Aquino, Charalambous.
Yellow Cards– Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane remains unbeaten away from home in season 10 of the W-League, with four wins from four so far in 2017-18.

– Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold has now picked up five clean sheets in the first eight games, the most for any Brisbane goalkeeper since Casey Dumont in season 3.

Up next
Brisbane Roar return home for their first game in 2018 or a home clash against Melbourne Victory who are coached by former Roar mentor Jeff Hopkins. The game is part of another double header with the A-League side, with the W-League game set to kick off at 4.20pm.

Meanwhile in the National Youth League Brisbane’s 2017-18 Conference A hopes have been dashed by a superior Melbourne City side earlier in the afternoon at Lanham Park in the Grange. A first half goal from Dylan Pierias sent the visitors on their way, before second half goals from Zachary Bates and Lucas Derrick rounded out a comprehensive win.

The result all but assures City of a spot in the Grand Final at the end of January, with the defending champions needing just three points from their remaining three games to secure the berth as Conference A Champions.

For the Roar it’s been a season of transition at the youth level, with many players making their first step up into the NYL and the injury crisis in the first team has seen many of the sides brightest talents withdrawn due to their services being required in the A-League. Despite the disappointing season results wise, it has been a good learning experience for what is an overall young playing group who figure to be pressing for a chance in the senior side over the next 12-18 months.

Brisbane Roar (0)
Melbourne City (3) Pierias 39’, Bates 52’, Derrick 82’
At Lanham Park, Grange

Up next
The Young Roar start 2018 away to Melbourne Victory on January 7th at Epping Stadium in a battle between the current 3rd and 4th placed sides in Conference A.


2017-18 R7 W-League Recap- Roar go top with win over City


Top of the table at Christmas(Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Brisbane Roar (2) Toby 61’, Gorry 72’
Melbourne City (0)
3,204 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Brisbane Roar have returned to the top of the W-League table after a 2-0 win over defending Champions Melbourne City. Second half goals from Allira Toby and Katrina Gorry were enough to secure a first win over Melbourne City in the W-League for the Roar in the biggest win of the season to date.

61’ (1-0) Brisbane opened the scoring just past the hour mark on the counter attack, with Clare Polkinghorne stepping in to dissolve a dangerous City attack by taking the ball from Jess Fishlock before playing a long ball over the top of the City attack. Allira Toby got on the end of the perfect ball from the Brisbane captain and lobbed over the stranded Lydia Williams to open the scoring and cap of a good piece of play.

72’ (2-0) Brisbane doubled their lead with 20 minutes to play as Katrina Gorry’s free kick beat everyone and wound up going into the back of the net at the far post.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, Pickett, Tathem, Boureille, Butt, Gorry, Raso, Gielnik, Cheung.
Substitutions- O’Brien for Tathem (56’), Toby for Cheung (60’), Norrie for Gielnik (81’).
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne City XI– Williams, Stott, Barnes, Kennedy, Catley, Luik, Kinga, Fishlock, Hatch, Dobson, Simon.
Substitutions– Crummer for Simon (73’).
Unused Substitutes– Hudson, Vlajnic, Jackson.
Yellow Cards– Kennedy (55’).
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– This was Brisbane’s first win over Melbourne City at the sixth attempt, with the defending W-League Champions winning the previous five encounters.

Up next
Brisbane will be top of the W-League table at Christmas as the league enters the final six rounds of the competition, with the Roar resuming festivities over in the West against Perth Glory on December 29th in a top two battle.

2017-18 W-League Round 7 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar v Newcastle Jets


(Ashley Feder/Getty Images AsiaPac)

After an impressive win away from home in Canberra last week thanks to a second half goal from Tameka Butt, Brisbane Roar return home for a Sunday afternoon clash with Newcastle Jets at A.J. Kelly Park in Redcliffe.

Much was made of Brisbane’s lack of goals last season –a number which looks much improved this term-, at the other end the Roar conceded a club record 21 goals in 2016-17. This season Brisbane have conceded just five – four of those came in Round 2 against Perth- with three straight clean sheets emphasising the newfound defensive resolve.

Injury Update Nil.

Team news
Mel Andreatta has the luxury of a full squad available at her disposal this week with no injuries within the squad and will likely field the same team which performed so impressively in the nations capital last Sunday. That would mean experienced duo Amy Chapman and Ayesha Norrie would be on the outside looking in, but that only serves to outline the depth in talent in the Roar squad this season.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Butt, Gorry, Raso, Lloyd, Cheung.

Worth, Tathem, Toby, Gielnik.

Omitted- Chapman, Norrie.

The opposition Newcastle enter the weekend in fourth position on the table and have been going under the radar so far in season 2017-18 with three wins from five games so far this season. That run of wins includes a last start 2-1 win away from home against Adelaide United on Saturday night thanks to goals from Katie Stengel and Tori Huster.

Newcastle Jets squad 2.Hannah BREWER, 3.Natasha PRIOR, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 8.Sophie NENADOVIC, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 11.Cortnee VINE, 12.Tara ANDREWS 14.Tara PENDER, 16.Nikola ORGILL, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18. Clare WHEELER, 20.Claire COEHLO (gk), 21.Pana PETRATOS, 23.Tori HUSTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk) **Two to be omitted**

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane and Newcastle have met previously at A.J. Kelly Park, with the Jets running out comprehensive 4-0 winners in Round 6 of the 2015-16 season.

Second half goal sends Brisbane equal top of W-League


(Mark Nolan/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Canberra United (0)
Brisbane Roar (1)
1,126 at McKellar Park, Canberra

Brisbane Roar have climbed into equal first on the W-League table after another stellar performance away from home on Sunday afternoon. After coming off a bye week due to the recent internationals, Tameka Butt’s second half goal was enough to secure the points for Melissa Andreatta’s side.

The win is Brisbane’s third straight away from home in the W-League, something they haven’t achieved since 2016. In this third straight road game the visitors controlled large parts of the contest ensuring a well deserved win which could have been greater but for the efforts of former Brisbane keeper Haley Kopmeyer.

66’ (0-1) A long ball by Katrina Gorry opened up the Canberra defence, with Tameka Butt on hand to secure the games only goal which sends Brisbane equal top of the league.

Team News
Brisbane XI– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Lloyd, Cheung.
Substitutions– Gielnik for Lloyd (59’), Tathem for Torpey (82’), Toby for Cheung (88’).
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Raso (41’)
Red Cards– Nil

Canberra XI– Kopmeyer, Roestbakken, Flannery, King, Pressley, Bassett, Sykes, Maher, Thorsnes, Carpenter, Heyman.
Substitutions– Sayer for Maher (46’), hunt for Sykes (67’), Whittall for Flannery (76’).
Unused Substitutes– Gordon
Yellow Cards – Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane’s third straight win on the road is the first time they’ve managed that since round 8of the 2015-16 season

Up next
Brisbane Roar return home next weekend for a clash with Newcastle Jets, with the game set to be played at A.J Kelly Park in Redcliffe. This will be Brisbane’s only home game of 2017-18 that isn’t played at Suncorp Stadium, with the remaining three home games all set to be played as part of A-League/W-League double headers.
Youth League
Meanwhile Brisbane Roar made it three wins from three over the course of the weekend with a 2-1 win over Perth Glory on Sunday afternoon in round 3 of the National Youth League. Goals from Daniel Leck and Bryce Bafford were enough for the Roar to secure a vital three points in Conference A at Dorrien Gardens in the west, with a late Michael Domfeh goal providing some consolation for the hosts.

Up next for the Young Roar is the first of two bye rounds, before a home clash with Adelaide United at Lanham Park on December 16.

Perth Glory (1) Domfeh 72′
Brisbane Roar (2) Leck 22′, Bafford 52′
At Dorrien Gardens, Perth


2017-18 W-League Round 2 Preview


(Chris Hyde/Getty Images AsiaPac)


After a fantastic start to season 10 last weekend in Sydney, Brisbane Roar return home for the first time in 2017-18 for their home opener against Perth Glory on Sunday afternoon as the first half of an A-League/W-League double header at Suncorp Stadium.

As mentioned it was a dream start for Mel Andreatta’s side in round one, with Katrina Gorry scored just 17 seconds into the new season before youngster Allira Toby netted a brace to ensure a first up win.

Team news
Mel Andreatta will have an interesting dilemma at the selection table with three experienced internationals returning to the fold this week, with Kaitlyn Torpey returning from Young Matildas duty, while Tameka Butt returns from overseas to rejoin the Roar. Long time Roar midfielder Amy Chapman has also been added to the squad.

The return of Torpey could also see Hayley Raso return to her normal right midfield role this week, with the young defender likely to slot into the back four, while experienced midfielder Tameka Butt is expected to return to her place in the Brisbane midfield.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt,  Raso, Toby, Cheung.
Substitutes– Veeren, Norrie, Lloyd, Chapman.
Omitted– Tathem, Pullar.

The opposition
In round two Brisbane will face a Sam Kerr lead Perth Glory side who secured a comprehensive 4-1 win over Melbourne City in the Grand Final rematch on Friday night. The lady of the moment Kerr gave the hosts the lead in just the third minute before three goals in the last 15 minutes from Rachel Hill and Nicola Bolger secured the win.

Perth manager Bobby Despotovski is highly likely to stick with the team which secured a first up win, with American trio Amanda Frisbie, Nikki Stanton and Rachel Hill –who scored a brace in round 1- and Costa Rican midfielder Raquel Rodriguez providing able support to Matildas star Kerr. Rodriguez, Stanton and Kerr have a strong understanding on the pitch given the trio represent NWSL side Sky Blue FC in the W-League off-season.

Expected Perth Glory XI– Maizels, S. Carroll, K. Carroll, Rigby, Frisbie, Stanton, Rodriguez, Bolger, Tabain, Hill, Kerr.
Substitutes– Dal Busco, Bilham, Brogan, May.
Omitted– Charalambous, Gibbons.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane have a strong record at Suncorp Stadium in the W-League, with six wins from eight games at the Milton venue, although the one defeat came in 2015 to Perth thanks to a Vanessa di Bernado brace

– Brisbane have made a fast start at Suncorp Stadium in the W-League in recent times, scoring inside the first five minutes in the last two encounters.

All-Time Record against Perth Glory


Roar off to winning start in season 10


(Fox Sports)

Sydney FC (1) Sonnett 80’ (p.k)
Brisbane Roar (3) Gorry 1’, Toby 37’, 84’
at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Brisbane Roar have made a perfect start to season 10 of the W-League with a 3-1 win away from home against Sydney FC. A first minute goal from Katrina Gorry got the Roar on their way before an Allira Toby brace sealed the points.

1’ (0-1) It was a dream start for Brisbane Roar away from home with a goal after just 17 seconds, when Abbey Lloyd’s cross from the right hand side found it’s way to Katrina Gorry who lashed her shot into the roof of the net.

37’ (0-2) Brisbane then made it 2-0 on the verge of half time after Hong Kong international Wei Ki Cheung picked out Allira Toby with her cross, and the Roar winger headed home past Sham Khamis to double the lead.

80’ (1-2) After Sydney were awarded a free kick for a high foot from Summer O’Brien, American defender Emily Sonnett sent Mackenzie Arnold the wrong way to peg a goal back for the hosts.

84’ (1-3) Brisbane’s two goal lead was quickly restored after Allira Toby headed home her second of the game, this time after a cross from substitute Natalie Tathem.

Brisbane Roar- Arnold, Raso, Pickett, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Boureille, Norrie, Gorry, Toby, Wai Ki Cheung, Lloyd.
Substitutions- Tathem for Lloyd (62’), Palmer for Toby (86’), Pullar for Boureille (90’).
Unused Substitutes- Veeren.
Yellow Cards- O’Brien.
Red Cards- Nil.

Sydney FC- S Khamis, Soutar, Ralston, Cooper, Vignes, Polias, L Khamis, Harrison, Allen, Yeoman-Dale, Logarzo.
Substitutions- Sonnett for Yeoman-Dale (46’), Ledbrook for Logarzo (71’), Ralston for L. Khamis (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Rainey.
Yellow Cards- Nil.
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts and Figures
– Carson Pickett, Celeste Boureille, Wai Ki Cheung, Hollie Palmer and Lucinda Pullar all made their W-League debuts for Brisbane today, becoming the 73rd, 74th, 75th, 76th and 77th players to do so respectively.

Up next
Brisbane return to Suncorp Stadium for the first of five home games at the Milton venue next weekend as part of a double header with the A-League side when they take on Perth Glory.

2017-18 W-League Round 1 Preview


(Chris Hyde/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Season 10 of the W-League begins this afternoon with Brisbane Roar travelling to Sydney FC to kick-start the new season as part of a double header with Sydney’s A-League side.

These two sides have played out one of the biggest rivalries over the first decade W-League, with the two sides meeting in numerous finals matches, including back-to-back Grand Finals in 2019 and 2010. These two sides also met at this stage last season to open season nine of the competition, with the W-League record crowd in attendance at Spencer Park to see Brisbane prevail thanks to Katrina Gorry’s winner. This time around however the two sides meet in Sydney in what is the one and only time the two will meet in the regular season thanks to the unbalanced W-League draw where teams only play four of the eight rival clubs both home and away.

Brisbane Roar go into season 10 of the W-League looking to make amends for a disappointing 2016-17 season, which saw Mel Andreatta’s side finish seventh on the ladder. A large part of the reason for that was the 15 goals scored by Brisbane last time around, a number only marginally higher than that of Western Sydney who scored the fewest goals in 2016-17.

With that in mind however, Andreatta has strengthened here attack with the arrival of Hong Kong international Wei-Ki Cheung and American midfielder Celeste Boureille, in addition to the return of Matildas winger Hayley Raso who made 26 appearances for Brisbane in her first stint in Orange.

Sydney FC meanwhile continued their streak of making the finals series every year of the W-League with a 3rd placed finish last time around, before being on the wrong end of a 5-1 loss in the Semi-Finals to Perth Glory.

The Sky Blues have also seen Matildas duo Alanna Kennedy and Kyah Simon move to defending Champions Melbourne City, leaving a big hole in Ante Juric’s squad. The duo have however been ably replaced, with Caitlin Cooper, Chloe Logarzo and Lisa de Vanna all Matildas in their own right and arriving from Western Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra respectively.

Brisbane Roar
Manager: Melissa Andreatta
Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Kirsten Veeren, Georgina Worth.
Defenders: Summer O’Brien, Carson Pickett, Clare Polkinghorne (c), Kaitlyn Torpey.
Midfielders: Celeste Boureille, Amy Chapman, Katrina Gorry, Ayesha Norrie, Hollie Palmer, Lucinda Pullar, Natalie Tathem.
Attackers: Tameka Butt, Wai Ki Cheung, Emily Gielnik, Abbey Lloyd, Hayley Raso, Allira Toby

Sydney FC
Ante Juric
– Sham Khamis
Defenders– Teigan Allen, Caitlin Cooper, Ally Green, Elizabeth Ralston, Rachel Soutar, Taylor Ray, Emily Sonnett, Julia Vignes, Georgia Yeoman-Dale.
Midfielders- Teresa Polias, Amy Harrison, Angelique Hristodoulou, Kylie Ledbrook, Chloe Logarzo, Emma Rolston.
Forwards– Lisa de Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Princess Ibini, Leena Khamis, Remy Siemsen

Stats, Facts & Figures
– 72 players have represented Brisbane Roar in the W-League side over the first 9 seasons of the competition.

– Kirsten Veeren, Carson Pickett, Celeste Boureille, Hollie Palmer, Lucinda Pullar and Wai Ki Cheung could all make their debut in this match.

– Brisbane and Sydney have met on three previous occasions in Round 1 of the W-League, with one win apiece and draw.

All-Time Record against Sydney FC

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