Gielnik re-signs to boost W-League side ahead of new season

Striker Emily Gielnik has re-signed with the Brisbane Roar ahead of the 2016-17 W-League season which is set to get underway in a little under two weeks.

Gielnik, 24, has been part of the W-League setup since 2010, amassing 28 goals in 63 games making Gielnik the seconde highest scorer in Brisbane’s 8 year history in the W-League.

Last season was another solid year with four goals in 13 games helping Belinda Wilson’s side reach the Semi-Finals after missing out the previous year.

Gielnik adds some much needed experience to the Brisbane attack ahead of the new season, with youngsters Malli Forbes and Cortnee Vine as alternatives to lead the line.

With Gielnik added to the side, the spine of the Brisbane side is looking strong, with just long time attacking midfielder Tameka Butt and New Zealand international Kristy Yallop remaining unsigned from the list of notable names left off the squad announced last Friday.

The addition of Gielnik takes the W-League side to 15 players, with the likelihood of further additions before the season kicks off on November 11 against Sydney FC.

2016-17 Brisbane Roar W-League Squad
Goalkeepers- Mackenzie Arnold, Georgina Worth.
Defenders- Angela Beard, Clare Polkinghorne, Brooke Spence, Summer O’Brien, Nina Frausing-Pedersen.
Midfielders- Amy Chapman, Katrina Gorry, Sunny Franco, Maddy Evans, Allira Toby, Kaitlyn Torpey.
Forwards- Emily Gielnik, Malli Forbes, Cortnee Vine.


2016-17 W-League squad announced

Brisbane’s 2016-17 W-League squad is beginning to take shape with the announcement of 15 players announced today as part of the side as preparations for the new season continue.

Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold headlines the new recruits for the side with the 2016 Olympian departing Perth Glory to return to Queensland with the Roar.

Orlando Pride midfielder Maddy Evans and FC Rosengard defender Nina Frausing Pedersen  will also link up with the squad ahead of the new season.

Sunny Franco, who made 14 appearances for Brisbane before switching to Sydney FC for the last season also makes her return to the Roar for the upcoming season.

Long time squad members and Matildas Clare Polkinghorne and Katrina Gorry are back with the Roar despite the recent speculation regarding their contracts, as is foundation squad player Brooke Spence.

Amongst the more notable absentees from the 15 player list are Matildas duo Tameka Butt and Emily Gielnik, and New Zealand international Kristy Yallop.

Butt, a foundation member of the W-League side has made 86 appearances for the Roar and is the teams top scoring finding the net 42 times.

Other members of the squad from last season not named include goalkeepers Hayley Kopmeyer and Carrie Simpson, central defender Ruth Blackburn, midfielders Ayesha Norrie and Ashley Spina, and attacking duo Gabe Marzano and Sophie Persson.

With just 15 players currently contracted there’s still a couple of places in the squad open, so some of those not currently re-signed from last years squad may yet be apart of the 2016-17 campaign.

Brisbane open their 2016-17 W-League campaign at home to Sydney FC on November 11th at Dunmore Park in Toowong.

2016-17 Brisbane Roar W-League Squad
Goalkeepers- Mackenzie Arnold, Georgina Worth.
Defenders- Angela Beard, Clare Polkinghorne, Brooke Spence, Summer O’Brien, Nina Frausing-Pedersen.
Midfielders- Katrina Gorry, Sunny Franco, Maddy Evans, Allira Toby, Kaitlyn Torpey.
Forwards- Amy Chapman, Malli Forbes, Cortnee Vine.
Meanwhile in the women’s game, Cortnee Vine has today been announced in the Young Matildas squad for the AFC u-19 Championship qualifiers, which will take place from November 2-6 in Nanjing, China.

This is the start of the Young Matildas journey to qualify for the 2018 u-20 Womens World Cup in France, with the girls playing Jordan and Northern Mariana Islands in this phase of qualifying.

The top placed side in the group will progress to the 2017 AFC u-19 Championships which will take place next year in China.

W-League salary dramas as NYL draw is released

Reports emerged today that some of Brisbane’s players had been asked to take accept revised contracts, after agreeing to a more lucrative deals in recent weeks.

The reports indicate that up to 14 players had been asked to take a pay cut, and one player had been told they were not required for the upcoming season.

The alleged issues stem back to former Managing Director Daniel Cobb, who reportedly offered deals to several players, including National Team trio Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt and Clare Polkinghorne.

The new contracts, which are reported to be up 40% lower than those agreed by Cobb, will amount to savings of $45,000.

Current Managing Director Mark Kingsman issued a response to the claims this afternoon saying that the Roar would be close to the W-League salary cap of 150,000 this season, and had improved conditions with enhanced medical staff and player welfare amongst the improvements.

Im not really sure what’s going on here, but this does seem a bit of a strange way to go about creating savings, and hopefully all of this is sorted out well before the start of the 2016-17 W-League season on November 11 when Brisbane host Sydney FC.

If you’re looking for more information on the situation, Ann Odong has taken an in depth look at the Brisbane situation and W-League salary cap generally. Here’s the link

Meanwhile the 2016-17 National Youth League –NYL- draw has been released with Brisbane starting the campaign at home to Melbourne Victory on November 12 at a yet to be determined venue.

The 10 round competition, which was won last season by Sydney FC is divided into two conferences which sees the four New South Wales clubs + FFA Centre of Excellence in one Conference and the five non NSW clubs in the other.

Teams will play the four other sides in their conference both home and away, with two byes thrown in and the top team in each conference will then play in a Grand Final on January 29th.

While Brisbane have regularly  been amongst the contenders in the Youth League, they’ve never managed to lift the silverware or qualify for the Grand Final, with last season amongst the closest they’ve come after they missed out on the Conference A Premiership after finishing second to Adelaide United.

The NYL, which was reduced in length due to travel costs ahead of last season’s edition, is now a supplementary competition for the youth side, whose main season is now in the winter as part of the NPL Queensland.

The Young Roar side is currently on a break following their commitments in the 2016 NPL Queensland set-up, and it’s likely that there will be some changes to the playing group before the NYL kicks off. We’ll bring you news on those changes if and when they’re announced.


Roar announce new W-League coach


Brisbane Roar have announced that Mel Andreatta will lead the clubs W-League side in season nine of the competition.

Andreatta, who previously acted as coach of the NTC squad and assistant to former Manger Belinda Wilson, takes over after it was announced two weeks ago that Wilson was moving aside from the role after four years in the job.

Andreatta becomes just the third coach in the W-League for the Roar, following in the footsteps of foundation Manager Jeff Hopkins and Wilson.

Wilson departs the role with 24 wins from 52 games over the previous four seasons and lead the Roar to a Premiership and a Grand Final defeat before rebuilding the side to a finals appearance last season.

Last season saw a return to the finals for the W-League side as they pushed eventual Champions Melbourne City all the way to penalties before narrowly losing despite a strong showing.

Details of the squad are likely to arrive in future weeks as Andreatta now begins to finalise the details of the squad ahead of the start of the new season.

The new season for the Brisbane W-League side begins on Saturday November 5 with a home clash against Sydney FC.

New Youth coach announced as Wilson departs W-League role

According to Marco Monteverde, James Robinson has been appointed as the new youth team coach of Brisbane Roar ahead of the upcoming National Youth League season.

Robinson will be in a duel role with the Roar as both the youth team coach and also joining in with the first team training which is perhaps a nod to the fact that the clubs best youngsters will get there chance in the first team this season.

The clubs former Youth team coach, Josh McCloughan departed the Roar with two rounds remaining of the 2016 NPL Queensland season, with John Sime stepping for an interim period.

Robinson, 33 has been coaching in the NPL Victoria with Ballarat Red Devils following the end of his playing days and according to most observers has done a good job with a young squad, finishing 6th in the NPL 2 Victoria this season.

The English born coach started out his playing career in the UK with Crewe Alexandra and spent a few years bouncing around the leagues before opting for a move to Melbourne in 2006.

That proved an inspired move for Robinson, whose goal scoring record for Richmond in the Victorian Premier League earned him a deal with A-League side Melbourne Victory.

While he was an infrequent member of the Victory team, he is most remembered for his last gasp goal against Adelaide in the Semi-Final series which secured a home Grand Final for the Victory.

Robinson was also a foundation member for the North Queensland Fury and went on to make 13 appearances for the club before rounding out his career back in the Victorian competition.

The youth team is currently on a short break following the conclusion of the NPL Queensland campaign last month and the start of the 2016-17 National Youth League in November. The team finished 9th in the NPL this season.

Meanwhile Brisbane’s W-League coach has departed the role with Marco also confirming that Belinda Wilson will not be the coach of the side this year but will remain with the Roar.

While there was no conformation on the role Wilson will be in moving forward, it’s likely to be some form of youth coaching or scouting role across the NPL and Brisbane Premier League Womens competitions.

Of Wilsons four years as W-League coach, the teams best results occurred her first season in charge, with the Roar winning the Premiership before losing in the Semi-Finals against Sydney FC.

After returning to the Grand Final in season six of the W-League where Brisbane lost 2-0 to Melbourne Victory away from home, the side went through something of a rebuild and subsequently missed the finals in 2013-14 for the first time in the 8 years of the competition.

Last season however saw a return to the finals with a fourth placed finish and a Semi-Final date with Melbourne City, and after a battling display over 120 minutes the side lost on penalties.

Wilson’ record over the years stands at 24 wins from 52 appearances for a win-loss ratio of just under 50%, with 21 defeats and seven draws along the way.

Brisbane will announce a new coach this month, with the 2016-17 W-League season getting underway October 11th with a home game against Sydney FC at Dunmore Park in Toowong.

2016-17 W-League draw unveiled

The draw for the 2016-17 W-League season was released today and Brisbane Roar will play two games at Suncorp Stadium as part of A-League/W-League double headers.

The Roar Womens side will play Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday December 11th before the two sides meet in the A-League later that afternoon, and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday January 7th before Brisbane’s A-League clash with Newcastle.

The teams other four home fixtures will be played at the centrally located Dunmore Park, home of Toowong FC.

The headline for the league as a whole is the 19 A-League/W-League double headers across the league, with the season getting underway on November 5th and ending with the Grand Final on February 12th.

Fox Sports and ABC will once again share the TV rights this season, with Brisbane set to feature three times on the televised game across the 14 round competition.

The Roar’s home game against Adelaide in Round 7 at Suncorp Stadium set as the TV game, in addition to the away fixtures against Canberra –Round 8- and Newcastle –Round 12-.

In addition to 14 regular season fixtures, Fox Sports and ABC will also show both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final.

Last season saw a resurgence of sorts for the Roar, with Belinda Wilson’s side returning to the Finals series before losing on penalties to eventual Champions Melbourne City.

2016/17 Brisbane Roar W-League Draw
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Season Review Part 7- Miscellany

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look back at the season that was, the success stories, the disappointments and take a brief look to what may lie ahead for next season. In this final part we’ll look at a few miscellaneous stats, facts and figures from the previous season.

General Stats
Number of players used- 25
Top Goalscorer- Jamie Maclaren (20)
Number of Goalscorers- (11)
Number of Clean Sheets- (8)
Most Clean Sheets- Jamie Young (7)
Most assists- Dimitri Petratos (7)
Hat-tricks- Jamie Maclaren (1)
Fastest Goal- Jamie Maclaren (5’- R22 v West Sydney)
Latest Goal (Normal time) (90+4’- Henrique R12 v Melb. City)
Roar own goals (3)
Most opposition goals- Romeo Castelen (4)
Penalties Scorer- 4
Penalties Conceded- 3
Home form (Regular season) Played 14. W11, L1, D2.
Away form (Regular season) Played 13. W3, L6, D4.
Home points (35) Equal highest in club history (ties 2010-11 season)
Away points (13) Lowest since 2012-13 & second lowest since League expansion.

Appearance milestones
Matt McKay became the first player to play 200 games for Brisbane Roar, while Thomas Broich became just the third to play 150 games for the Roar after McKay and fellow foundation midfielder Massimo Murdocca.

Corey Brown (57), Brandon Borrello (56), and Jamie Young (51) all played their 50th competitive games for Brisbane Roar over the course of the season.

Jack Hingert -99 games- is just one game shy of reaching the century of appearances for Brisbane Roar, while Jade North (88)and Dimitri Petratos (87) are both also likely to reach the milestone in 2016-17.

Luke DeVere (49) and Daniel Bowles (41) are likely to reach the 50 game milestones in 2016-17, while the likes of Corona, Tommy Oar and Jamie Maclaren could also reach the mark provided they stay injury free.

Over the course of the season, four players made their senior debuts for Brisbane Roar, with Jamie Maclaren, Corona, Nicholas D’Agostino and Javier Hervas becoming the 112th, 113th, 114th and 115th players to represent the Roar respectively.

Discipline and Injury and National Team
Number of Yellow Cards- 45
Number of players cautioned- 15
Players with the most cautions- Daniel Bowles and Jade North (6)
Number of Red Cards- 1
Number of players sent off- 1
Player with most send offs- Jack Hingert (1)
Players who missed games via suspension (2)-  Shane Stefanutto and Jack Hingert

Number of players who sustained injuries- 12
Player with longest run of injury- Jean Carlos Solórzano (17 games)
Most common injury- Quad- (22 games)
Number of different injuries (15)
Games missed via injury- 73
**Injury stats based on the weekly A-League media squad release

Number of players to miss games due to National Team commitments – 5 (McKay, Brown, Maclaren Borrello and Donachie
Most games missed- Maclaren (4)

Number of players used- 20
Top Goalscorer- Emily Gielnik (4)
Number of Goalscorers- (8)
Home form (Regular season) Played 6 W2 L4 D0
Away form (Regular season) Played 6 W3 L2 D1
Home points- 6 (Fewest in club history)
Away points- 10

2015-16 debutants
– 9  players made their debut in 2015-16 (Haley Kopmeyer, Summer O’Brien, Malli Forbes, Gabe Marzano, Sofie Persson, Cortnee Vine, Elise Franco, Kristy Yallop, Carrie Simpson). Players number 56-64 respectively.

– Clare Polkinghorne -90- and Tameka Butt -86- are closing in on the century and could become just the first and second players to ever play 100 W-League games for the Roar.