Herald Women’s Premier League Round 12 Preview

May 24th, 2018



Match of the Round
Warners Bay v Wallsend
Sunday 27th May, 2:30 pm
John Street Oval

Last start: Warners Bay beat Thornton 9-0, Wallsend lost 2-0 to Adamstown 

Position on ladder: Warners Bay 1st, 25 points; Wallsend 4th, 13 points 

Squad news
Nadja Squires and Maddi Latter return for Warners Bay to field a full-strength team. Sass Seaborn has moved to South Wallsend and Laura Hall, Georgia Minors and Rosie O’Connor will be given until Friday to prove their match fitness.

What the coaches say
Warners Bay player-coach Cass Davis wants to finish off Round two strong.

“Last time we played Wallsend, they threw everything at us,” Davis said.

“We lacked intensity which we have spoken about and did really well on Sunday.

“We know Wallsend will come out firing so we need to be ready from the start.”

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston says he is expecting another great game of football.

“We have a few injuries at the moment but we have plenty of depth and culture that money can’t buy,” Hingston said.

“We are quietly confident we can be successful on Sunday but also appreciate that Warners Bay are playing well.”

Bottom line
History hasn’t been kind to Wallsend, with their last victory over Warners Bay back in Round 9, 2015. Sass Seaborn is a big loss for the Devil’s but their young guns will have no trouble filling the void. The visitors have the chance to extend their top four lead and will be out with a point to prove. On the opposing side, Warners Bay have the front-runner for the Golden Boot, Jenna Kingsley, leading the charge up front. Kingsley is dangerous and with Tara Pender and Sophie Stapleford assisting, they are a force to be reckoned with. The Bay is coming off a big win over Thornton and will be looking for another scalp on Sunday. A victory is a big ask for Wallsend but they can beat any team on their day which makes for an exciting match.


Merewether v New Lambton
Sunday 27th May, 2:30 pm
Myamblah Oval 

Last start: Merewether beat South Wallsend 3-2, New Lambton lost 6-5 to South Wallsend 

Position on ladder: Merewether 2nd, 22 points; New Lambton 3rd, 17 points

Squad news
New Lambton is still battling a few niggling injuries but should be near full-strength.

What the coaches say
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton is confident his side can take the chocolates if they perform to their capability.

“Merewether are a top side with a lot of experience and they know how to win,” Hamilton said.

“The South Wallsend result and performance wasn’t great but it’s in the past.

“If each individual does their job, we can be very competitive and are hoping for an improved performance on Sunday.”

Bottom line
New Lambton was flying high and cruising through the competition, having won their last four matches before South Wallsend narrowly defeated them 6-5. A week off is a big advantage which should see the Eagles fired up heading into a match with the competition heavyweights. Merewether may have the upper hand when comparing statistics but New Lambton has won three out of four away matches which is concerning for the home side. The key will be attacking early and putting the opposition behind the eight ball and if New Lambton field a full-strength side, they are in the box seat to take the three points.


South Wallsend v Thornton
Sunday 27th May, 2:30 pm
Walker Fields

Last start: South Wallsend lost 3-2 to Merewether, Thornton lost 9-0 to Warners Bay.

Position on ladder: South Wallsend 6th, 9 points; Thornton last, nil points

Squad news
South Wallsend welcome back Eliza Tupper, Beth Kermode and Laynee Field while Tayla Grant returns for Thornton.

What the coaches say
South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes says Sunday’s match is crucial for his side.

“We are looking to continue building on our good performances recently with a must-win a game against Thornton,” Parkes said.

Thornton coach Rob Richardson says his side will “give it everything we have.”

“We have always been about developing and helping the girls,” Richardson said.

“The team will continue regardless of the score and do their best which is all I can ask of them.

“They have made me very proud these last couple of weeks and I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

Bottom line

If South Wallsend are at full-strength, alarm bells will be ringing for Thornton. The Redbacks have had a tough time with injuries and consistency which has made it difficult to kick start their season. Throughout the adversity and challenges, Thornton will still encourage and play for each other which is pleasing to see. South Wallsend boast experience across the park and are desperate to keep their chance of playing finals football alive. The Wolves will be hoping to do some damage at the expense of Thornton which has them heading into the match as clear favourites.

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