Herald Women’s Premier League Round 10 Preview   

May 10th, 2018



Match of the Round
Wallsend v Merewether
Sunday 13th May, 2:30 pm
Wallsend Park

Last start: Wallsend beat Thornton 4-1, Merewether beat Adamstown 5-0. 

Position on ladder: Wallsend fourth, 13 points; Merewether third, 16 points

Squad news
Wallsend is without Jess Evans for the next two weeks due to work placement in an otherwise full-strength side. Centre midfield Leah Giuffre returns for Merewether after missing last weekend’s match due to work commitments.

What the coaches say
Wallsend coach March Hingston believes his side can take the three points if they play to their potential.

“Our standard of football was excellent last week but we’re looking to improve another five percent,” Hingston said.

“We’ve been working on being more clinical in front of goals at training as well.

“We know we won’t get 27 attempts on Sunday so our decision making will be a big focus.”

Merewether coach Cass Koppen is expecting a tough match despite beating Wallsend 4-0 in Round three.

“We know Wallsend won’t give an inch and anticipate they will be putting up a stronger performance than we faced in Round one,” Koppen said.

Bottom line
Merewether have scored 10 goals in their last two games and should be hungry for more come Sunday afternoon. They are strong across the park and each player is comfortable with their role in the team. On the other hand, Wallsend will be hoping to build on last weekend’s strong showing against Thornton which should see them produce the attacking play they are known for. Both sides have ‘star’ players who are instrumental to their side’s success which will make for an exciting game on Mother’s Day. This game will be likely decided by executing opportunities with Merewether in the box seat to take the three points.


Adamstown v Warners Bay
Sunday 13th May, 2:30 pm
Adamstown No.1 Oval

Last start: Adamstown lost 5-0 to Merewether, Warners Bay beat South Wallsend 7-2.

Position on ladder: Adamstown fifth, seven points; Warners Bay first, 19 points

Squad news
Elodie Dagg returns for Adamstown after missing last weekend’s match due to illness with no changes to Warners Bay.

What the coaches say
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis is wary of the skill Warners Bay possess but his side is up for the challenge.

“We have worked hard on our ability to follow runners and be tight on players which is important against a team like Warners Bay,” Devitis said.

“They have high quality and skilful players so one on one battles will be important.

“We will need to be at our very best to get a positive result.”

Warners Bay player-coach Cass Davis says her side is keen to keep the momentum flowing after a 7-2 win over South Wallsend last night.

“It will be hard to adjust after not playing for a few weeks then playing three games in a week,” Davis said.

“Adamstown are an underrated team and I know they will be up for the challenge.

“We had a draw with them last time so we will have to make sure we execute what we work on at training.

“We need to use our attacking game with good combinations on a good field to win.” 

Bottom line
On paper, this appears to be a one-sided affair but it would be dangerous to discount Adamstown given the history between the two teams. Injuries have hampered the Buds season so far but it would appear their luck is turning around and a win on Sunday is just what they need to kick-start their campaign. Their brick-wall defence can be difficult to break through and attacking players can easily be caught offside which is a credit to Adamstown. Warners Bay isn’t lacking in the striking department and will definitely be hunting goals on Sunday. It’s a case of clinical attack verses superb defence with only one team coming out on top. A tough one to predict as it’s anyone’s game and whoever strikes first should take the chocolates.


New Lambton v South Wallsend
Saturday, May 12th, 2:30 pm
Alder Park 

Last start: New Lambton beat Warners Bay 4-2, South Wallsend lost 7-2 to Warners Bay 

Position on ladder: New Lambton second, 17 points; South Wallsend sixth, six points 

Squad news
New Lambton will have a full-strength side with a decision made on the starting line-up after training on Friday. Gemma Pearce and Beth Kermode both return to South Wallsend after missing last night’s match against Warners Bay.

What the coaches say
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton is aware his side will need to be at their best to win on Saturday.

“Last week was a great result for us but we need to remember it’s only one match and has no bearing on this weekend,” Hamilton said.

“South Wallsend are an experienced side with good players so we need to prepare well.

“We have to play will the required focus, effort and quality on Saturday to continue our run.”

South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes says his side will be focusing on getting the simple things right.

“It will be another tough game against New Lambton as they have been playing well,” Parkes said.

“They are sitting in a strong position on the ladder so we need to make sure we get the small things right.

“The effort has been strong and when we play at our best we can beat anyone in this competition.

“This is another tough game where we hope we can show that and get another positive result.”

Bottom line
New Lambton is cruising along at the top of the table having been defeated only once this season. They have surprised the competition in many ways and their experience has been a key factor in their success. The Eagles have scored sixteen goals in their last four games and the likes of Tara Andrews, Georgia Amess and Carson McGovern will be hard to stop come Saturday. The return of Gemma Pearce and Beth Kermode is a huge bonus for South Wallsend and should add intensity to their gameplay. South Wallsend have shown they are capable of beating the best in the League but they will need to get the ball rolling early and keep the pressure up if they are to win this game.

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