Herald Women’s Premier League Round 5 Preview

April 5th, 2018



Match of the Round
Wallsend v Warners Bay
Sunday 8th April, 2:30 pm
Wallsend Park

Last start: Warners Bay beat Thornton 7-1, Wallsend beat Adamstown 3-1

Position on ladder: Warners Bay 1st, 10 points; Wallsend 4th, 4 points

Squad news

At this stage, both squads should be at full strength with a couple of potential changes to be made to Warners Bay depending on injuries. 

What the coaches say

Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis will be hoping to build on last weekend’s strong performance and keep the momentum flowing.

“After a good win last week, we want to continue scoring goals,” Davis said.

“We need to keep the same energy and work ethic that we have had in the last few games for longer periods.

“We know Wallsend are going to come out firing after a good win last week so we are expecting a very tough physical battle.”

Wallsend coach March Hingston is hoping his side will show the same amount of enthusiasm they did last weekend.

“We should be at full strength this week and we are looking to build on momentum after a really good performance last Sunday,” Hingston said.

Bottom line

Warner’s Bay may be the competition’s heavyweights but they can expect a physical game against a strong Wallsend outfit. The Bay has scored 24 points in the opening four rounds but the Devil’s 3-2 win over Thornton last night will give them momentum heading into the match. Wallsend is very vocal and the dynamic trio of Sass Seaborn, Libby Copus-Brown and Laura Hall will be up against Jenna Kingsley, Sophie Stapleford and Cassidy Davis. The match will be won in attack and a close scoreline is predicted.


Thornton v South Wallsend
Saturday 7th April, 2:30 pm
Thornton Park 

Last start: South Wallsend lost 6-0 to Merewether, Thornton lost 7-1 to Warners Bay

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

Squad news

South Wallsend will be without Beth Kermode but welcome back Maddy Searle and Erin Wilson from suspension. Olivia Kennedy could be a late inclusion depending on the results of her ankle assessment. Brooke Meredith and Jennifer Jongbloed return to Thornton with some possible changes to be made after this weeks training sessions.

What the coaches say

South Wallsend coach Kevin Farley is hoping the inclusion of key players will boost the side.

“We aren’t really thinking about the opposition just ourselves,” Farley said.

“Hopefully we can gel quickly as we haven’t been able to field the same side this year.”

Thornton coach Rob Richardson says they will be hunting their first win of the season.

“After a very ordinary first half last week, we need to kick-start our season on Saturday,” Richardson said.

“South Wallsend will also be wanting to get points and get their season going so we are expecting a tough game.”

Bottom line

South Wallsend welcome back key players Maddy Searle and Erin Wilson which is a huge boost to their struggling side. Thornton has had a poor start to the season but certainly improved in the second half last weekend so expect them to come out firing. These two sides share common ground in that they have both suffered heavy losses this season. Both teams will be itching to grab their first win of the season and this match will certainly be competitive.


New Lambton v Merewether
Sunday 8th April, 2:30 pm
Alder Park

Last start: New Lambton lost 8-2 Warners Bay, Merewether won 6-0

Position on ladder: New Lambton 3rd, 4 points; Merewether 2nd, 9 points

Squad news

Carson McGovern will replace Sarah Bennett who is out after suffering a season-ending ACL injury in New Lambton’s only change. Merewether will be without Grace Macintyre for the season, with Rhali Dobson and Leah Giuffre also missing the match.

What the coaches say

New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton says his side is looking forward to the challenge of playing Merewether.

“After getting blitzed by Warners Bay and then having the bye last weekend, we are itching to get back into action on Sunday,” Hamilton said.

“Whilst disappointing, the Warners Bay match was a great learning experience.

“Our younger players will keep developing into the player’s we know they can be.”

Merewether coach Cass Koppen is expecting a tough match against a quality New Lambton outfit.

“With three of our starting line up out and coming off the back of 3 games, we will be relying on our mental strength to get us through the game,” Koppen said.

“New Lambton have a core group of players who are very experienced and we will need to ensure we keep those player’s limited.”

Bottom line

The loss of Grace Macintyre for the season is unfortunate for Merewether as she played an important part in their attack. Whilst Merewether is always strong and consistent, the loss of key players and their demanding schedule may finally take its toll. New Lambton boasts a side full of experience that they will need to rely on to win this match. New Lambton should be fired up and looking to get back into the winner’s circle while Merewether will be hoping to keep their unbeaten streak alive. A tough match that may come down to the wire and whoever scores first will have the advantage.

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